Archive for November, 2016



If the whole Earth population is reduced to a village of 100 people, then, considering all proportions, this village will look like this:

– 57 Asians;
– 21 Europeans;
– 14 Americans (Northern and Southern);
– 8 Africans;

– 52 will be women;
– 48 men;
– 70 non-white;
– 30 white;
– 89 heterosexual;
– 11 homosexual;
– 6 individuals will possess 59% of all the world’s wealth, and they all will come from the USA;
– 80 will not have adequate housing;
– 70 will be illiterate;
– 50 will not have enough food;
– 1 will die;
– 2 will be born;
– 1 will have a computer;
– 1 (ONLY ONE) will be highly educated.

If you look at the world from this point of view, you see that we are in great need of sympathy, understanding, patience and education. Just think of it.

If you woke up healthy this morning, you are happier than 1 million people who will die before the next week.

If you have never experienced a war, an isolation of a prison cell, pain of tortures or starvation, you are happier than 500 million people in the world.

If you can go to your church without a fear of being trapped or killed, you are happier than 3 billion people on earth.

If you have food in your fridge, you are well dressed, you have a home and a bed,
you are richer than 75% people in the world.

If you have a bank account, money in your wallet and a few coins in your pocket,
you belong to 8% of the most wealthy people in the world.

If you are reading this, you are blessed twice, as:
1) someone is thinking of you;
2) you don’t belong to the 2 billion people who cannot read, and…
3) you have a computer!

Somebody once said:

– Work as if you don’t need money,
– love as if you’ve never been hurt,
– dance as if no one sees you,
– sing as if no one hears you,
– live as if earth is paradise.
There is always something to be grateful for. We thank you all for being with us today, for our great experiences in the past and for our mutual great plans for the future. Happy thanksgiving day!!!

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You can visit Menshikov Palace, which is a part of the Hermitage Museum, for free. This is something pleasant that November 2016 offers you. 

The largest bank of Russia – Sberbank – is celebrating its 175th birthday and free admission to the Hermitage is their gift for the dwellers and guests of St Petersburg. Even though they do not open the main complex for free access, Menshikov Palace is also an incredible place to visit. Honestly, how many of you have been there? Apart from the luxurious palace interiors, you have a unique chance to see the restores copy of the most famous painting by Jheronimus Bosch “Garden of Earthly Delights” (central part).
You can visit the Palace every day (except Mondays) from 12 to 30 November in the working hours of the Hermitage. Great time to see and learn something new!



It sounds unbelievable, but the Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter I, was known as one of the most beautiful women in Europe, however, she was not educated. She was mainly interested in her own beauty, dresses and parties, than in education and science. She never read books, and even being the head of the state she did not know, for instance, that Great Britain was an island. She was a living proof that beautiful women have only one task in their life, which is just sit and look pretty. Elizabeth loved dressing up, and after her death about 15 000 dresses were found in her wardrobes – sure, as an Empress she could not allow herself to appear in public in one and the same dress twice!

By the way, she was also known as “cheerful Elizabeth”, as her balls and parties were running up to 5 am and gained the world fame. But looking pretty was still important, so Elizabeth forbade to install candles and chandeliers up on the ceiling – they should have been on the level of her face, so no one sees the shadows under her eyes. Besides, the Empress could regularly check how she looked in the innumerous mirrors in the interiors – they came in fashion right in her reign. Coincidence? Don’t think so.

Elizabeth was particularly fond of masquerades, where she ordered all gentlemen to wear women’s outfits. The very thought of the poor men having to wear huge dresses of the 18th century can make you cry. On the other hand, the ladies had to wear military uniforms with very tight pants. Elizabeth strongly believed that there are no legs in the world that are more beautiful than her own, so she was very happy when the ladies did not look too well in the military outfits. Just as the queen in a well known fairy tale, she could not allow anyone to look better than Her Majesty.

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