My reaserch paper

•April 12, 2007 • 1 Comment

My reaserch is going well. Right now I finished the Powerpoint. I was in the British Council on Tuesday but couldn’t find anything so I will come there ones more maybe today.  I won’t have a lot of qoutes in my reaserch. You know my situation. I wrote almost 2 pages. And I have a question about blogs. Will we continue writing blogs when we will give you the reaserch or the course will be ended?


“Memories of a British Agent”

•March 20, 2007 • 1 Comment

Kiev is the capital of our country and one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. It is world-wide known for its beauty, for the variety of its green landscapes and unique architecture. Tourists are attracted by numerous places of historical interest in Kiev such as Kiev-Pecherska Lavra, St. Sophia Cathedral, the Golden Gates, the monument to Prince Volodymyr and very many others.

And it was like that almost a century ago in 1915 when it was visited by the man fromGreat Britain. “You will like
Kiev. You will find a better atmosphere here than in Moscow” – his traveling companion, an officer who was returning to the front, greeted with smile. British man arrived to Kiev from Moscow. And the officer was totally right. He really liked Kiev more than Moscow. On that time Kiev was full of nature. There were not so many buildings than it has now. The chestnut-tree was and is the symbol of Kiev. There were more parks and forests to take a walk or to have a picnic.
British man visited a lot of historical places such as Vladimir Hill, Suspension Bridge, Saint Sofia, Kiev Lavra and its caves. And everything what he saw he compared with such places in Moscow, but Kiev most beautiful for him. Now
Kiev combines historic values and traditions with modern and tense industrial and business life. We, the Ukrainians, can be proud of our capital, as Kiev is the city of ancient culture, unusual beauty and eternal glory.

Lockhart, Robert Bruse, “Memories of a British Agent” Middlesex, Egland, Penguin Books, 1950

Article “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930s

•March 15, 2007 • 1 Comment

It has been thought and told of many times. – Even though Germany and the Soviet Union were fierce enemies they also had a number of very important and noticeable similarities which, even though only imaginary, pulled them together to kind of connection. Proof of this can be found in the article “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930”. One of the key common characteristics was the kind of economy used. In both Germany and the USSR command economy prevailed over any other forms of organizing country resources. It is obvious why it was this way. At the time there was no other possibility to fulfill enormous military spending in any other way. The government was at the complete control and it was only up to the highest branches of it to decide of how the money made is going to be spent. Both governments even planned their future in the same way. Besides maximum possible expansion and spread of ideology both Germany and the Soviet Union had almost the same preparations and arrangements as to what is going to be produced in the nearest years. For USSR it was the well known Stalin’s Five Year Plan. In the case of Germany it was the Four Year Plan. This strategy, if carried out properly, was believed to be able to help the countries to build indestructible weaponry, teach fearless soldiers and, most importantly, make the territory beneath their steps unconquerable and truly theirs for centuries to come. This is how Hitler and Stalin saw it.


P. Temin, “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930s”. Economic History Review, XLIV, 4(1991), pp. 573-593

About my research paper

•March 15, 2007 • 1 Comment

In some days I’ll be interviewing my Grandma again. Last semester I took the interview about my Grandpa who was a pilot-tester. And now in this research I want to open this topic more. You see my grandpa was a great man. But he died when I was only two months.

I chose this topic because I think it will be better for me to know more about Grandpa and his flyings.

Russian Aviators in the 1930es

•March 7, 2007 • 1 Comment

 I decide to write about such aviators as Gromov Mikhail Michaulovich, Danilin Sergey Alekseevich and also Grizodybova Valentina Stepanovna.

Gromov Mikhail Mikhailovich was born on the 12 (24) of February1899 in the city of
Tver’. In the childhood he lived in such cities as Kalyga, Rzhev. Graduated from
Moscow practical school. In 1917 ended aviation theoretical courses of N. E. Zhykovskiu. And from that year he was in the army. In the 1918 ended
Moscow flying school and stayed there as a pilot-instructor.

From April 1930 – pilot-tester and commander of the aviation detachment. Tested almost all the planes of Typolev, made in the 1930-es – passenger planes such as ANT – 9, ANT – 14, ANT – 20 “Maksim Gorkiu”, ANT – 35.

 Mikhail Mikhailovich was the participant of Great Domestic war: since December 1941 – the commander of 31-st mixed aviation division (Kalininsky front); since February 1942 – the commander of Air Forces of Kalininskiu Front. In May 1942 – May 1943 – the commander of 3-rd air army created on the basis of the Air Forces of Kalininskiu Front. The air army in structure of Kalininskiu and Northwest fronts participated in defensive operation in area of city White, in GraetLyksk operations. Since May 1943 – Commander of the1-st Air army. The army under his command in structure of Western and 3-rd
Belarus fronts participated in Oryol operation.

Article “My Father Was a Cop”

•March 7, 2007 • 1 Comment

“Today I’m proud of it. But there was a time when I never talked about it” – these are the words of the author of the article Maureen Dowd.

She is telling about her and about 60es. People thought that cops were and the military was fascist. Her father was a cop and she didn’t want to tell about it. As she was saying “it wasn’t cool”.

Maureens father was an aide to a Senator and then to a Congressman after he retired from the District of Colombia police force, it seemed easier to say he was in politics. But now she don’t think so.

On March 1, 1954 three Puerto Rican nationalists fired onto the House Floor from a spectators’ gallery. Five Congressman were wounded. But her father wrestled one of the shooters to the ground.

Many civiliants suffered before people understood that it was politicians who sent all those young men to die after they knew Vietnam was unwinnable. Shaggy-haired collegians like Bill Clinton were protesting Vietnam and writing letters about “loathing the military”.

“Nowadays, I never say my father worked in politics. I simply say, with the greatest possible pride, that he was a cop” – Maureen Dowd.  

Maureen Dowd. “My Father was a Cop.” Reader’s Digest January 1999: 16-17

Kevin Costner – Actor become Producer

•February 26, 2007 • 1 Comment

Kevin Costner, a famous American actor, was born in Los Angeles. He spent his childhood often on the move, changing schools frequently, owing to his father’s job at the regional electricity company. As a teenager, he developed a keen liking for football, baseball and basket-ball and was also interested in singing and writing poetry.

He married his college sweetheart Cindy wilst still at California State University and came out with a business degree in marketing. In his spare time he appeared in local theatre productions. Theatre became increasingly important to him and after having worked six weeks in a marketing company, he gave the job to become an actor.

 I like this actor because the characters he plays are strong personalities, wise people who are worthy of my admiration. In my opinion, this is the reason of his growing popularity in many countries. He is not only a talented actor, who’s acting draws your attention from the very moment you see his face on the screen. But he also a successful producer and continues working at his new films which are certain to amuse the people.