Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Monday, 25 November 2013

Video about Worth Admiring Russian Inventiveness (and I mean it)

Britta Huegel


Dear You, 
yes: winter stretches out his icy hands, touches my flowers on the balcony, and they shiver - so I will have to put them on the balcony floor, put little wool caps and balaclava helmets (I always wanted to use this word, balaclava, at least once in my life) on their green coiffures and put them at rest.
Wish the same for my heart - must be in some sort of crisis, all circumstantial evidence seem to indicate that. (As a story teller I will keep the arc of suspense till my next post)
But it is Monday (a day of the week I'm utterly in love with - I know, I know, most people aren't and they write hateful songs about it - but not me: I love vigorous starts, even if only imagined, love the freshness and the possibilities of the first of seven days lying promisingly and glittering ahead of me).
And I love to laugh: in a not-mocking, yes I can say: here in an admiring way. I love the following video (you need a bit of patience, as for most good things). Those Russians know how to help themselves - in a sort of crisis they don't sit around and moan: they have bright ideas and the will to act - that is the right spirit!

http://www.snowaddiction.org/2013/11/you-will-not-believe-how-these-russians-get-this-car-out-of-a-frozen-lake.html 

In this sense I wish you a beautiful, sparkling week!

Yours 
Britta 


18 comments:

  1. Dear Brigitta - a good quirky start to my week - thank you. I really thought that everyone of them might end up under the ice - they were fortunate that the ice held.

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  2. Dear Rosemary,
    they were very fortunate - I wonder how it happened in the first time, how the car went down - the ice seems so squashy.

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  3. Dear Penny,
    glad to see you back!

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  4. Britta...there is so much I don't understand about that video! How, why, crazy to be so near the broken ice...????? However, I do admire their ingenuity and tenacious pursuit of resurrecting that car! After, a hectic Sunday spent cooking for 10, Monday was greeted with delight! Here in the USA we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. Sending you special thanks and blessings for sharing a glimpse of your little corner of the world. Smiles...Susan

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  5. Dear Susan,
    wow - cooking for ten is an effort I seldom have to undertake - though it must be lovely to have so many people around the table!
    And as I imagine you have still lots and lots to prepare for Thanksgiving Day! I love turkey, and cranberries... and of course the idea of giving thanks for what we got. Here we celebrate "Erntedank" (= Thanks for the Harvest) on first Sunday in October - though more in church, where they decorate it with beautiful fruits, vegetables and flowers. Have a heartwarming Thanksgiving!
    Britta

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    1. Britta.. Thankfully the 10 for Sunday Dinner was our family Thanksgiving. We have been invited to our son and daughter-in-love's celebration with her family. I'll prepare the traditional Southern "dressing" or our alternative to stuffing and a dessert. So truthfully, I have it easy! We always have a joyful mixture of cultures... Our D-I-L's father grew up in England and her mother in Cuba and mix that with South Georgia and you have a non-traditional holiday celebration! Of course, Thanksgiving morning temperatures are to be below freezing...just perfect for the 3+ hour trip to Atlanta! Hope you are having a gloriously sparkling week!

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    2. Dear Susan,
      that's good to read that you had not to do all the work! Such an interesting mix of nationalities must be fun! Will you share your recipe for Southern dressing?
      With (or without :-) your permission I'll nick the expression "daughter-in-love" - that's beautiful! Till this moment I always used "lovely daughter-in-law" to express that I really love her - but your version is so much better, thank you!

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    3. Absolutely, please use my little endearment ... Our sweet Gwendolyn is truly loved! Will definitely share the recipe. Perhaps a blog post in the making!

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    4. Dear Susan,
      thank you: I've used it already now! And look forward to your new post!

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  6. Solidarität - nicht die internationale, die nachbarliche das ist es!

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  7. Dear Anonymus,
    thank you! For my blog-readers I translate what you have written : "Solidarity - not the international one, but that of neighbours, that is the real thing!"

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  8. I love the way everyone stands around not worried in the slightest that the ice could crack at any given moment!

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  9. Dear Paul,
    they are really cool, aren't they?
    I love the way the song accompanies the hard work of winding that practical sort of lever, and I would like to know the words of the song the chorus sings (my three years of learning Russian are not enough to understand it). .

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  10. You can do anything with a lever! Talking of Russian ingenuity, have you seen

    http://youtu.be/oH2NahLjx-Y

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    1. Dear Dominic,
      after putting on my safety glasses and finding a bit of concrete, I was glad that I do weight training - so I managed to open that can. Now I'm looking for a cat to eat the content of the can. :-)

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  11. And a very beautiful sparkling week to you, too!

    Such an upbeat and lyrical post. Good video, too. Those guys have the kind of can-do attitude I admire. In essence, they devised a man-powered winch. Very clever.

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    1. Dear Susan,
      that is what I like too so much: being able to help oneself. Use one's brain instead of panicking.

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