Slavito -- 20/May/2013 22:00
You gotta love a Western economist who is up-to-date on Russian idiomatic expressions. Barcelona-based Edward Hugh may just be one such polymath–well, at least he says he has seen his share of Russian movies.
While his recent article on Economonitor has little to do with his apparent love for Russian culture, knowledge of the idiom came in handy when Hugh looked for the appropriate metaphor to describe the economic and demographic plight of a country that has long been considered (perhaps, unfairly) as Russia’s poor cousin to the west: Ukraine.
The expression he picked was ‘suitcase mood’ (чемоданное настроение) which, broadly speaking, describes the mood of someone who has had enough and is thinking of leaving a place.
Why is this expression fitting? Ukraine, says Hugh, is simply winding down.
Slavito -- 03/Jun/2012 04:40
The idea of the artificial urban beach is not entirely new. It’s been a good decade since Parisians were first able to disrobe and flop their sunscreen-lathered selves on the moderately hot sand of Paris-Plages. There are similar projects elsewhere - in Brussels, Shanghai, and Chicago, among other places. For most of the 20th century, though, the sorry state of the waterfronts in major North American cities kind of rendered the whole concept of sunbathing anywhere near them a stunt falling somewhere between the eccentric and the absurd. Fortunately, things are changing...
Slavito -- 27/Mar/2012 00:00
Quito’s New Airport (rendering)
Quito’s new international airport is scheduled to open in October of this year. Located in Tababela, northeast of the city, this new airport is being constructed using earthquake-resistant techniques and materials. The government is pinning its hopes on the airport’s ability to turn Quito and, by extension, Ecuador, into a regional tourism and commerce hub. The mildly odd part about all this is that the airport is still not named...
Slavito -- 09/Sep/2011 02:30
Almost 30 years in the making, not even exactly finished, actually, and drawing out not much more than a collective yawn from the local press for its architectural qualities, the new Montreal Symphony Hall (la Maison symphonique de Montréal
) nevertheless opened its doors to a select group of invitees and hosted the inaugural concert on Wednesday...