What a week!

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The flag of Ukraine

This time last week, I wasn’t expecting a week of food poisoning and international war.

After the last couple of years of avoiding Covid, I was hoping that 2022 might finally be a much more positive year; a year of rebuilding. But we now have a world leader intent on starting World War III.

But we’ll get to that… this week, it appears that I tried to start a fight with my immune system.

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Podcasts

Grover Podcasts is an excellent app for Windows 10

Over the last year, I’ve had a 45–60 minutes commute each morning. and evening. A perfect opportunity to catch up with podcasts.

Over the last year, these have been my favourite podcasts:

  • The Chernobyl Podcast
  • Edgelands
  • Death in Ice Valley
  • How to Invent a Country
  • 13 Minutes to the Moon
  • Dying for Sex

I expect you should be able to find them on your podcasting application of choice (mine is the free to use PocketCasts for Android).

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Learning Russian

Русские книги (Russian books… in Russian)

In spring 1988 I travelled to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) for a week with my school. We flew from London to Moscow, stayed in the capital for a few days then took an overnight train to Leningrad (now St Petersburg), not far from the Finnish and Estonian borders.

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