There's more. I missed a contaminated aeroplane on the outward journey by a
few hours, i.e. BA flights earlier in the day (B 767s) were implicated but
not mine, the last one out (an A320).
On the return (Nov 26) no flights were contaminated, according to the
British Airways website, but I did travel on a B 767...
My hotel, a Stalinist masterpiece
is located on a road that used to favoured by the Soviet press corps and my
friend there works in a bank for an oligarch...(and he is an American I
know from London, where the top management of his previous employer was
implicated in fraud, though that was way after he left)... and we ate in
(stumbled into) a restaurant that is so expensive that mostly 'New Russians'
(Rich Russians) only can afford. (But the food was good.)
And, as my project of the week, I learned to (slowly!) read Russian (block
A chap I met at the exhibition I went to is a Serb resident in Moscow who is
a partner in a newly-established company based in Serbia but trading in
Russia, minimising taxes at both ends...
Oh, and I didn't tell you about my trip to Sarajevo last spring...what was
funny was being told -- by my hotel barman -- that UN troops (or was it
NATO?) were being given medals for simply serving there for six months...
and that this barman was a bit put out by the fact that he kept winning or
doing very well in regional cocktail-mixing championships but that nobody
wanted to drink cocktails...
That's another non-sequitur but, hey, it's Monday...
Shmersh agent, Mosow
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