The sport invented by the writer Joan Rowling in books about Harry Potter abroad has long gone beyond fairy tales. It is played by numerous fans of the blockbuster, dressing in themed costumes and using complex attributes. Quidditch is different in Russia: there are no brooms and no plaque of role reconstructions.
Polina Manskaya, culinary journalist, creator of Foodandfood.ru, a site about food and travel, told Life around how, after studying at an Italian school for professional chefs, she stayed on an internship in a Michelin-starred restaurant, which it cost and taught. CHOICE OF A RESTAURANT Before studying at the culinary academy, I never worked as a cook, but I was interested in getting an internship in a restaurant with Michelin stars.
When at the end of December a competition appeared on the government procurement website to compile an “industry scheme of bicycle paths in Moscow,” the ordinary Muscovite Alexei Mityaev realized that no one knew where to do them except the cyclists themselves. With friends, he organized a group on Facebook, gathered like-minded people and challenged the state machine.
The editors of Life around asked me as a person, apparently infinitely far from any fashion process, to study the work of Moscow personal stylists. I myself have never resorted to such services and, frankly, I can hardly imagine why they might be needed at all. There are probably people who don’t know how to wear clothes, but I myself have never experienced such difficulties.
A police officer was running away from me. He is wearing body armor, I am in a light dress, he has a pistol in a holster, and I have the law “On Police” and cookies in my hands. "Wait, comrade sergeant!" I shouted a little comically. He looked around, dragging on a cigarette as he walked, and everything accelerated his pace. Finally, my companion Andrei Kozenko caught up with him: "Hello, could you introduce yourself and show the documents?
Natalya Tarnavskaya, an activist of the Arkhnadzor social movement, having tried many methods of struggle for the preservation of cultural heritage, decided to switch to radical ones. A few months ago, she founded the Enlightenment movement. Young girls in revealing dresses take to the streets of the city to tell Muscovites about old Moscow.
A group of activists received carte blanche from the municipal assembly of the district for the improvement of one courtyard - this news only at first glance deserves the attention of only district newspapers. In fact, urbanists on one example want to show government officials, engineering workers and deputies of the old formation what urbanism is and how you can interact with the professional community without kickbacks and cuts.
27-year-old Maxim Katz is one of several thousand candidates for deputies of Moscow municipal councils, the elections to which will be held simultaneously with the presidential. He woke up famous after writing the truth about himself and his intentions in his campaign leaflet. In the realities of Russian politics, this looks so unusual that a former poker player and an amateur urbanist began to be discussed far beyond the borders of his native Shchukino.
From November 1, paid parking was introduced in several capital streets. And while the majority of Muscovites have not yet come up against the innovation and are wondering what will happen when the entire center is paid, then everything became very serious for local residents. They cannot choose whether to enter the paid parking zone or not - paid parking itself came close to their homes.
Every week, dozens of trees are cut down in St. Petersburg yards. Residents, as a rule, have little interest in what is happening: "Sawing and sawing, so it should be so." Unless in the house there is an old woman with a heightened sense of social responsibility, who will remember that the tree has been growing for 40 years, produces oxygen, and indeed makes the yard a little more attractive.
Separate waste disposal has long been practiced abroad: containers with compartments for plastic, waste paper, food and toxic waste are installed not only by local authorities, but also by citizens themselves at home. In Russia and Ukraine, environmental responsibility is developing slowly. And in St. Petersburg, recently they began to completely liquidate containers for separate collection, established several years ago: the management companies did not come for months, and the residents reluctantly used it.
Talk about all the benefits of a bicycle as an alternative mode of transport usually subsides with the advent of winter. Nevertheless, activists continue to arrange races, though not numerous, and in the city there will always be several hundred people who pedal all year round. The St. Petersburg edition of Life around talked with a winter-skiing enthusiast Olga that it was more pleasant to fall into a snowdrift than on asphalt, which bike and equipment to choose for traveling, and whether it is possible to catch it everywhere with such vehicles.
My story began three months ago. December. Changeable weather, thaw gives way to frost and vice versa. You have to get to work from a sleeping area. An office on Petrograd embankment, but to get to it from Gorkovskaya, you have to cautiously raise your head up and quietly curse through your teeth.
So, we start the file on the Google-drive. Let's call it pismo-parkovki. We write: "To the Board of the Tver district, Moscow. To the municipal deputy Koroleva, Marina Lvovna ... from such and such ... Dear Marina Lvovna! I appeal to you on the recommendation of Tatyana Dudina, who, like me, is an initiative group in the social network Facebook “Paid parking in the center of Moscow.
Crowdfunding or crowdsourcing is a popular way to finance your project with contributions from private investors, fans, or just like-minded people. Dozens of foreign and Russian sites work on this principle, some even have certain specifics, for example, raising funds for projects on the Internet.
For almost 20 years, against the backdrop of unscrupulous restoration and illegal demolitions of historical buildings, almost no one has noticed the story of a descendant of the Decembrists Christopher Muravyov-Apostol, who for a long time but stubbornly restores his ancestral estate on Staraya Basmannaya to make a museum there. And, despite the fact that Muravyov-Apostol himself tried not to attract attention once again, his story was not just an unusual example for Moscow of a successful restoration.
In 2010, a group of like-minded people decided to conduct an experiment: is it possible to live environmentally in the center of Moscow - organize separate waste collection, not use plastic bags, limit water and electricity consumption. Five people rented a large apartment on Pyatnitskaya Street and not only lived by these rules, but also held festivals, informal conferences, seminars and lectures, where they talked about waste sorting, waste disposal, environmentally friendly transport and reasonable consumption.
In the past few months, a small mobile coffee shop called Cabinet Brew Bar began to flicker at city festivals, and sometimes just on the streets. Not the caravan from which the cappuccino is served from the coffee machine, but the unusual construction of a bicycle and a wooden box, where Kemex, a French press, Vietnamese filters, a pauver and everything that is needed for alternative brewing of coffee are transported.
Dmitry Lebedev was the victim of a scam and lost his laptop, but the very next day the scammers themselves called him and offered money. All Dima needed for this was Internet access, seven dollars and faith in the theory of six handshakes. The editors of Kiev's Life around found out how he managed to conduct a successful "sofa investigation".
The car owner leaves and leaves the car unattended for a while, and when he returns, there are no numbers, and a note with a phone number is left under the janitor - such a fraud scheme is becoming more common in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Over the past year and a half, there have been 14 thousand official complaints to the police, but most prefer to resolve the issue on their own.
Ruslan Kirnichansky Architect, studied at the Academy and designer Mike Shilov, with whom he led several joint projects. Currently, he conducts private practice, is engaged in the design and architecture of apartments, houses and hotels. At one of my construction sites, a foreman started. Runs around the room, prevents builders and me.