Thanks to a school curriculum that includes masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn and others, Russians from all segments of society have a common cultural bond and intellectual reference point. This is an important factor in fostering national identity and social cohesion. For Russians, classical literature is more than a way to learn their language or to pass the time. Some classics that are taught at school play an important role in forming the nation’s cultural identity, and Russians often refer to them when making comparisons with similar situations, to characterize a person, to talk about love or hate, or just to use an idiom or make jokes. Every Russian will understand the reference because everyone read the same books at school. Russia Beyond has compiled a list of the most important literary works, and if you read them all, then you’ll better understand the Russian mentality. 1. The Minor, by Denis Fonvizin Catherine the Great … [Read more...] about 10 literary masterpieces on which every Russian was raised
360 content manager 3 2
Courts in and around Greater Manchester dealt with dozens of serious cases in April. They include a man who stabbed his wife to death with a samurai sword, a nightclub killer, and an internet pervert who had to be locked up for his own safety when angry parents saw him unmasked live on Facebook. Here's our rogues’ gallery of criminals who were sentenced last month. The killer who stabbed to a young dad to death 'for no reason' at Suburbia nightclub Jordan Ross was murdered by Dorian Graham after a mass brawl broke out in Suburbia nightclub, off Deansgate in Manchester city centre. Graham, 30, has now been sentenced to life in prison for killing Mr Ross - and attempting to murder another clubber, Christopher Smith. He must serve a minimum of 26 years. Mr Ross, 24, from Birmingham, was on a night out with friends when he was knifed. Mr Smith was stabbed in the neck and back from behind several times, but survived. He was able to stagger out of the club onto John Dalton Street, … [Read more...] about Locked up in April: A nightclub killer and an internet pervert
In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, by at least a year to introduce driverless cars to the public. A deal reached in January to buy thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which get kitted out with sensors that can see hundreds of yards in any direction, puts Waymo’s lead into stark relief. No other company is offering for-hire rides yet, let alone preparing to carry passengers in more than one city this year. GM plans to start a ride-hailing service with its Chevrolet Bolt—the one with no steering wheel or pedals, the ultimate goal in autonomous technology—late next year. Most of the others trying solve the last remaining self-driving puzzles are more cautious, targeting 2020 or later.The road to autonomy is long and … [Read more...] about Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?
IT'S slimy green fronds are something you'd usually try to avoid on a trip to the seaside. But now Scottish producers claim that the country's native seaweeds are going mainstream, reporting sales into the millions. They claim nutrient-rich varieties – from dulse to kombe, sea lettuce and sugar kelp – are flying off the shelves thanks to an explosion of interest in plant-rich diets, healthy eating and local, seasonal ingredients. The seaweed revolution has already been championed by celebrity chefs such as Jamie Olivier and Paul Holloway with a growing number of restaurants incorporating the flavoursome sea vegetables into everything from fish dishes to pizza toppings. Companies now farming seaweed off Scotland's native coastlines are highlighting impressive evidence on the health benefits of seaweed. It's high levels of iron are said to support healthy thyroid function, helping to regulate hormones and fight off everything from fatigue to depression. A rich source of … [Read more...] about Kelp benefits: Scottish seaweed tops this year’s food trends