Tuesday, 28 July 2015

MILKI - "Accent"

The song was written by Alexander Rybak and produced by Amir Aly at YLA Studios. The 5 members of MILKI (“The Cuties” in Belarussian) are: Tatsiana Stakhouskaya, Marina Putnikova, Taya Serikova, Victoria Nazarko, and Anna Rai.

This song took part in the Belarusian stage of selection of Eurovision Song Contest, but failed. Alexander Rybak was offended by the Belarusian jury. I do not know how Europe would vote for this song, if it won the national selection. Everyone has an opinion. I like the song Uzari & Maimuna, but I like this song too.

My accent is the same!

You are the love of my life,
you know I’m always by your side
(By your side)
You have a choice, baby;
I can be yours ‘til the end of time
(End of time).

But if you wanna be with me,
there’s one thing you need to know
(You need to know)
I will do anything you want,
but you will never change my soul.

Because my la-la-la-la
my la-la-la-la
my la-la-la-la
my accent is the same!
my la-la-la-la
my la-la-la-la
my accent is the same!

My accent is the same!

[Belarussian lyrics]
My darling, tell me,
But tell me the truth,
What were you doing yesterday?
With whom were you walking all night long?

I began to follow him
To catch him with his mistress,
It turned out – he is working
To feed my relatives.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Independent Belarus: 25th Anniversary

A bit of history
25 years ago, the Supreme Council of the BSSR adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Belarus. This document is the first official step towards the independence of Belarus, and this day, July 27 has been declared the country's Independence Day. According to the Declaration, Belarus was proclaimed a sovereign state, which is based on self-determination and statehood of the Belarusian language, the rule of the people to determine their destiny.

August 25, 1991 Declaration of State Sovereignty has received the status of a constitutional law on the basis of which changes were made to the Constitution in 1978. The new Constitution was adopted March 15, 1994.

The celebration was canceled after the referendum, 1996. Independence Day is now celebrated on the day of liberation of Minsk from the Nazi invaders on July 3. But I think that we should not forget such an important date in the history of the country. So today I am celebrating. I'm sitting with a cup of tea and sweet cakes and am writing this post.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Belarusian trucks in foreign banknotes

There are two images of Belarusian machinery in foreign banknotes.

1. Belarus tractor was painted on the banknote 200 VND. This bill is practically out of circulation, the smallest denomination in Vietnam now - 1000 VND.

2. Belarusian BELAZ depicted on the banknote of 1,000 Guinean francs. By the way, one dollar is equal to 7000 francs.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Gerard Depardieu in Belarus

A famous actor, restaurateur and winemaker, Gerard Depardieu came to Belarus on a familiarization visit. The artist wanted to learn more about the local agriculture and the economy of the country as a whole. Prior to the Belarus Independence Day Gerard Depardieu visited the Embassy of Belarus in Paris where he received an invitation to visit Belarus and see local agricultural farms and tourist sites.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

City Day in Kobryn. 2015. Part 3

This is the second part of the photo.

City Day in Kobryn. 2015. Part 2

I decided to divide photos into two parts. This is the first part of the photo.

City Day in Kobryn. 2015. Photos &video

Recently, my hometown celebrating his birthday. The fun lasted for several days. People walking in the park, the fair was on the streets, festive concerts and dances were each evening.

Even a strong evening rain and hail did not stop holiday!
When the rain started, the mayor went to the scene. He asked whether the necessary fireworks at night? Maybe it's better to see fireworks the other day? Without the rain? But the inhabitants of the city did not want to cancel the fireworks. We saw it standing under umbrellas. And it was great!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Stary Olsa Band

STARY OLSA is a mediaeval Belarusian music band. It was founded in 1999 by its present leader Zmicier Sasnoŭski and now consists of six musicians. It takes its name from a brook in the west part of Mahilioŭ Region (Belarus).

The band's repertoire includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, Belarusian national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections (e.g. Polack Notebook, Vilnia Notebook), Belarusian canticles of the 16th - early 17th centuries, as well as European popular melodies of the Middle Ages and Renascence.
STARY OLSA cooperates with many knightly clubs from Belarus and Europe, museums and research centres, masters of early instruments, bands of folk, aulic, sacred and city avital music, as well as with solo performers using old instruments, as well as with fire show theartes.

The band's music makes it possible to restore sounds of many forgotten instruments. STARY OLSA uses for its performances maximal exact (in appearance, technology and materials) copies of old aged Belarusian instruments such as Belarusian bagpipe, lyre, gusli (Baltic psaltery) , svirel (reed pipe), jew's-harp, ocarina, Belarusian trumpet, birch bark trumpet, hudok (Belarusian rebec), tromba marina and drums.
The STARY OLSA band has recorded eleven albums and one musical project. The band's music is included into seven collections of old melody performers.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Potato sausage

Potato kishka appeared in the national cuisine in the 19th with the spread of potato (bulba), which is called "the second bread" in Belarus. The prototype of the potato kishka was even more ancient dish – sausage made from blood and buckwheat stuffed into pork intestine (kryvyanaya kishka). By the way, according to a legend, the influential noble family Kiszka got their name because the founder of the dynasty was very fond of the sausage. There are also recipes of kishka without blood, with cooked pork.

The sausage made from grated potatoes and pork (bacon and/or meat) became very popular among Belarusians as a delicious, affordable and nourishing dish.

For four servings you will need:

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

July evening in Kobrin

Yesterday I went for a walk in the park. And took some pictures on the phone.

This swan swam very slowly, it posed for evening visitors)
Some fishermen were on the lake, they sat far from each other. I did not want to interfere with their fishing so did not come close.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Krambambulya - Dolce Vita

This song became popular almost immediately after the broadcast. I heard this song on the radio, and on television and in the pages of social network.

Description of the song.
The guy wanted to live a beautiful life, but  there was nothing beautiful around him, only gangsters and police. His chief is always scolded,  and  his wife kicked  guy out of the house. Son got the lowest mark. His lover and his wife were far from the girls of Playboy.... In general, life was dull and uninteresting. And the man dreamed of la dolce vita. 
Where are you, dolce vita? Where is tequila, margarita where, where?
Once his friend got a photo, there are two beautiful blonde hugging a hero and there were the ocean and palm trees on the background of photo. But the hero wrote that he was tired of the good life, and he misses his chief's cry))

There have been several cover version of this song, I'll post the best)))

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

50 ruble notes are withdrawn from circulation

50 ruble banknotes are history in Belarus. Banknotes with the image of the Brest Fortress are withdrawn from circulation.

The National Bank considers their use impractical. Thus Belarus plans to save on production of the note.

You can no more use the 50 ruble payments in stores but banks will still accept them until September.