Make sure you don’t disturb the Egyptian sphinxes on University Embankment and watch out for the huge black cat in Nikolskoye Cemetery. Rasputin’s ghost on Gorokhovaya Street Grigory Rasputin is one of the most mysterious and ill-fated characters in Russian history. After traveling around the monasteries and cloisters of Russia, he gained the reputation of a wise old man, healer, and prophet. The tsar and his family grew to trust him unconditionally, affording him a lofty status in the royal court. In 1914 Rasputin settled in number 64 on Gorokhovaya Street, the most prestigious district in St. Petersburg. Common people and nobles alike flooded to the courtyard of this house, desperate to renew their health or hear their futures. Witnesses claimed Rasputin possessed the power of a seer, and foresaw the 1917 Revolution and the demise of the Russian monarchy. In 1916 Rasputin was assassinated, but those who schemed to kill him had no idea how difficult … [Read more...] about 5 scary stories about St. Petersburg that you won’t hear on a tour
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Is there a Magic Number? From raising one child to seven (yes, seven!), two mums with very different-sized broods reveal why it works for them Tracy and only-child Scarlett Tracy Buchanan, 41, is an author and lives with husband Rob, 38, and their daughter Scarlett, five, in Milton Keynes. “Watching Scarlett playing hide and seek with her cousins, for a brief moment I wondered what it would be like for her to have a brother or sister. "But back home later that day, as she brushed her doll’s hair, I felt reassured that the calm atmosphere proved I’d made the right decision – our family was complete with just one child. "I’ve always wanted children, but there was a time when I wondered if it would ever happen. Rob and I married after five years together in June 2007, and immediately started trying for a baby. But each month my period arrived. After 18 months I went to my GP and had a load of tests which eventually confirmed the worst – I had … [Read more...] about From raising one child to a brood of seven, two mums compare family life and reveal why living with such different-sized households works for them
Natalya Pavilshcheva/Eksmo, Yauza, 2014 These fantasy and sci-fi book covers are so bad they’re actually good. 1). The Crimson Ruler Might not be much of a name, but Stalin with pet dragons and magical powers is never a good thing! You know those crazy people who revere the past to such an extent that others find them a little frightening to be around? Well, we’ve got ‘em too! Sergey Shkenyev/Eksmo, 2014 2). The Battle for Palmyra: the Special Forces Psychic Seeing as the Syrian war is, for lack of a better word - trending, expect no shortage of trashy fantasy offerings along these lines. And your eyes aren’t deceiving you - this is the book’s name. We admit we’re all rooting for the psychic to use his special abilities to kick some ISIS butt… though we probably won’t be lining up for an photograph with our 5 copies. Sergey Zverev/Eksmo-Press, 2017 3). The Knight from Nowhere … [Read more...] about 10 Russian sci-fi covers that need to be burned before reading!