Sunday, 24 January 2016

Eurovision 2016: Ivan

Well, meet Ivan, a representative of my country. I try to evaluate his song now, but I can not. Maybe time will put everything in its place. Maybe the song needs refinement, or new arrangement? I dont know. But in this version, this song has not found an echo in my heart. OK, I'll wait and I listen to this song again in the spring. I hope that the Belarusian producers will help Ivan to become more charismatic and this song will also look decent.
Incidentally, Ivan is a pseudonym. Singer's name is Alexander Ivanov, and he was born and grew up in Gomel. Alexander won several music competitions and now it has an pseudonym. It's a cross between Aivengo and Belarusian Ivan. Produced by the singer talking about it)
Well, I hope that Ivan will be able to get into the finals.

P.S. I voted for Flame by Alexey Gross.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Black Thursday

I did not want to write about the crisis in Belarus, but the circumstances are stronger than me. You probably heard in the news that Belarus has introduced a new law in 2016. Entrepreneurs must have a certificate for their products, they have no right to sell without certificates. I will not write my point of view here. I will say only one thing: 90% of entrepreneurs do not come to work on 1 January and do not work so far. I see closed shops everywhere in the markets. Employers pay a tax to the treasury before. But now they do not work and no one pays taxes. I think the money in the budget will soon run out.

Another reason for my sadness was the falling of USD. On Thursday 22 January, it rose 2,000 BLR for two hours. People say that the Belarusian ruble fell following the Russian ruble. OK, everything is possible. So when I got my salary I spent it at the store on those things, which I had long dreamed of. I thought, no one knows what the price of products and goods will be tomorrow.

I feel a lack of confidence in my future. But I will not write any more about it. I do not want to panic. Maybe my country find a way out?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Cyclones Emma and Daniella seized Belarus

I will not lie if I say that my country has been completely captured by snow cyclone. Yes, there was a big snow these days. But it is usual for the winter, is not it? people are accustomed to snowless winter, but this year is not like the year before. 

There was a lot of snow but the people in Gomel quietly doing their job. The first time I took my new white umbrella in the snow these days. It was very warm and cozy under my big umbrella. Yes, I know that there was no electricity in the villages. But rescuers and emergency services  help people. 

January 16, I went to school, like I go to school every morning. There was one slight difference: my feet sank into the ankle-deep drifts. But road services cleared the streets  in a few hours.

Also my students were very happy. They run and play in the street between lessons. They came to the school in wet cloth from the snow and their eyes shone with happiness. I think: this winter is needed each year)))

And Gomel has become a very beautiful and festive after cyclones. These are photos "Gomel after the cyclone." They are taken from site

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Kobrin is waiting for holidays

I was away from my home town before the New Year. And I could not see the holiday town, unfortunately. This video is not perfect, and I know it. But it's exactly the mood before the holiday. I know that people decorate their homes and streets for Christmas. In Belarus, people live much poorer than in Western Europe. But we want to make a holiday. Therefore, people decorate the city with the money that they have.