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I am not a football/soccer person but every time I come to Asha in summer my dad and I go see the local football team in action. I like the feeling of belonging with the other supporters perched on the wooden benches, a bottle of cold beer in hand, on this cosy stadium surrounded by covered in green mountains.

Not to forget these sharp comments from the enthusiastic supporters who apparently know exactly how things should be done and are ready to share it with the players and the referee. They know each player by name and God forbid one of the guys decides to shirk. The insulted fans do not keep their breath responding with the comments that will make unaccustomed ears burn. Let us say it can get very personal. At first this kind of language and attitude threw me off but soon I realised it was a somewhat bizarre expression of love.

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A few pictures from the same vintage point, different directions.

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It hadn’t rained in Asha for two months by the time I got there so I climbed up one of the mountains and offer a desperate-for-rain dance to the local gods.

The smoking chimneys on the other side of the river that at that point almost completely dried out belong to the local Metallurgical Plant. It was a relief to finally see the town I had been born in thriving thanks to the revival of the factory. Way to go, Asha!

The rain started when I was leaving my old hometown to go back to my present home. The gods did like the dance, it seems.

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My short visit to Russia made me nostalgic of the good old cartoons we grew up with in the former USSR. “Hedgehog in the Fog” (Russian: Ёжик в тума́не, “Yozhik v tumane”) was never among my favourites when I was a child: it had no songs in it, hardly any words at all and although the plot was straightforward I always had a feeling there was more to it only I couldn’t get it.

The stop-motion movie was made at Soyuzmultfilm by Yuri Norstein and his little film team in 1975.

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