The Story of My Life – Chapter 1

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I was born on a cold December day in the Year of Our Lord 1979, in Bucharest, Romania. The day I was born, the 19th, USSR Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev had just instructed the Red Army to invade Afghanistan to effect regime change. So, one can say I came into this world during interesting times. … Continue reading The Story of My Life – Chapter 1

The Abridged Story of the Swiss Square Flag

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Normal national colours are rectangular and let's put it this way... peaceful. That is not the case with the Swiss national colours. Here follows the extraordinary journey of the Swiss flag. Depicted: the Swiss Pantone 485 C Red. The approved colour of the Swiss Confederation's flag. Our story begins in the Middle Ages, up in … Continue reading The Abridged Story of the Swiss Square Flag

Your Country Wants You Dumb

Preface When I started writing this blog three months ago, Covid-19 pandemic was in full swing, and the world seemed on a downward slope to oblivion. Because I did not want to add to the utter confusion of those days, I stopped to reflect. Some might even say I took a knee. In truth, I … Continue reading Your Country Wants You Dumb

Covid-19 vs. Freedom

Hoarding is morally wrong. Personally, I believe that any person who hoards food, medicine, medical supplies, toilet paper in excess to their needs, and for the purpose of profit making, is a person who believes they can survive when his peers are dead. Newsflash: they can’t. We all live because we need one another. We … Continue reading Covid-19 vs. Freedom

Old Age Wisdom

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Not everything that’s old is bad and not everything new is good. Every day and age feels compelled to claim that it is a new, fresh start. That it did away with the ways of old. That it discarded it as if somehow broken. Our modern world is no different. … Continue reading Old Age Wisdom

The Last Days of Pompeii

Karl Bryullov (1799-1852) Karl Bryullov was born in the last year of the 18th century in Sankt Petersburg, Russian Empire, as Charles Bruleau. Although a Russian by birth, Bryullov’s artistic mind, which he inherited from his Huguenot academician father, was attracted to Italy and Europe. The young aspiring painter attended the Imperial Academy of Arts … Continue reading The Last Days of Pompeii