Posts Tagged ‘Moscow’

Officials at World Athletics championship do not impress

August 13, 2013

I have just been watching the World Athletic Championships from Moscow on TV and need to have a little rant at bumbling officialdom.

I am not sure if this is to the account of the IAAF or to the Russian organisers but the officials at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow have been less than impressive.

  1. Idiot officials at the winning line who try to shoo away decathlon and heptathlon athletes who have collapsed on the track after completing their grueling final runs in the 1500m and 800m respectively.
  2. The utter lack of interest from idiot officials who merely watched as an athlete (Diego Ferrin high jump) was writhing in pain from a pulled muscle (hamstring?).
  3. The apparent lack of medical facilities  around the stadium which takes many minutes for assistance to come to injured or physically drained athletes (Hansle Parchment, Diego Ferrin)
  4. Idiot officials who try to keep winning athletes from celebrating and approaching their supporters.
  5. Idiot officials who are unable to ensure that the athletes competing in the 20km walk follow the designated route and where the position of the winning line is obscure.

I’m sure many of the officials are just temporary help drafted in off the streets for the championships but they do remind me of the security staff at airports – instructed to follow some rigid protocol and not – in any circumstances – to use their brains or their discretion.

Snowden leaves Moscow airport

August 1, 2013

Russia’s interfax news agency reported  at 1354 CET that Snowden had now left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and crossed the Russian “border”.


MOSCOW. Aug 1 (Interfax) – The Federal Migration Service has issued former CIA employee Edward Snowden with a certificate, which allows him to leave the Sheremetyevo airport’s transit zone, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax on Thursday.

“I have just delivered documents from the Russian Federal Migration Service. He can now leave the transit zone,” said the lawyer, who is rendering legal services to the U.S. whistleblower.

The saga continues.

I suppose he will in due course end up in Latin America.

Just another Russian winter — or is it global warming?

January 20, 2013

It is cold that kills not warmth. It is global cooling that will provide the greater challenge for humans – not global warming. But whether cooling or warming or both, humans will be better served by figuring out the best ways to adapt and not waste time and energy on trying to control the climate based on fanciful theories and religious beliefs about what causes climate change.

It’s the Sun, stupid!

Yesterday we had about -20°C,  which is pretty cold but not unusual for this time of year. A friend in Australia was sweltering in +44°C  -pretty hot but also not unusual. Another friend in Alberta had a normal winter day at about -25°C. Yesterday across the world humans were living and managing over temperatures ranging from about -50°C to about +49°C. Coping – quite successfully – with a temperature range caused by local weather of almost 100°C .

Snowpocalypse Russia

On Friday, Moscow was on a verge of traffic collapse as more than 10 inches of snow fell on the city, which is more than half of January’s average. Thousands of passengers were stranded overnight in the capital’s major airports, as several dozen flights were delayed. Muscovites woke up and found their cars, driveways and houses buried under a thick layer of snow, with city workers unable to get to smaller streets.

Moscow (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

Moscow (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

While the snowstorms have caused inconvenience for large population centers in western Russia, they have been life-threatening further east in the country. The polar circle city of Norilsk has been buried under 10 feet of snow – entire apartment blocks, markets, stores and offices were buried under snow overnight.

Banks of snow were as high as two people put together, reaching the second-story windows of some apartment buildings. Cars, stores, garages were blocked. Norilsk metropolitan workers were forced to dig passageways through the snow banks to create access between the outside world and the barricaded city. Meanwhile, icicles up to three feet in length have formed off the ledges of buildings, breaking at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below.

Norilsk (Photo from

Norilsk (Photo from


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