âTime passes slowly when you are looking for love.â Thus wrote Bob Dylan in 1970. Time is passing very quickly here in Moscow, and I am not sure that very many of us are looking for love. We seem to be hovering in a state of expectancy between what could happen, what could have happened, and what we want to happen. Perhaps it is time to open our eyes and see what is actually happening. In this context; whatever one thinks of Russia, it is difficult not to enjoy what Gorky Park has to offer. The image of the park has completely changed from the bad old days in the 1990s, and from the even darker ambience portrayed in Cold War spy novels. In an article in this issue, we take a walk around the park as it is today.
It is hardly fashionable to talk about successful Russian businesses, but being people who tend not to follow the crowd, like many expats in Russia, that is exactly what we have done, in this issue, and report on two Russian businesses. One of these is an extremely successful Russian fabric and scarf design and production company called âRadical Chicâ, and the other called âSplatâ; which makes and exports toothpaste to some 28 countries. Other highlights in this issue include a feature on Nepal, and the extraordinary story of Jane McGill and how a few Scots and English families living in Moscow led a dramatic, and very British revolution in the Russian textile industry.
Maybe there is still time for look for love in Moscow.
Rarely does a magazine include any words from the Publisher, especially when we are so fortunate to have such an excellent editor in John Harrison. Be this as it may, since our launch 3 years ago, we have hardly followed the rules!
However we are in âspecial timesâ and these are presenting extraordinary challenges to the expats that are remaining in Moscow, despite the aura of âbusiness as normal!â
The departures of many great friends have, I believe, affected many of us and as our 2015 Survey indicated, many expats are looking for additional contact and a feeling of belonging.
Many individuals and organisations work hard to serve our community with a comprehensive variety of events and meetings. These range from business, social, spiritual and charity and we try to cover as many as we can in our pages.
As a leading voice of our community we also feel the need for more events. As many of you know, we host regular meetings of the Moscow Good Food Club, so if you enjoy good food, excellent wine and great company, please join us on one of our many evenings as we strive to find good food at exceptional value in this great city.
To add to our Moscow Good Food Club we will also be organising smaller, exclusive wine tastings providing you with the opportunity to try and purchase some great wines at competitive prices.
But the big news for the Autumn is the launch of our own ‘Moscow Networking at its best!‘ Evening on October 28th. This will be the ultimate business and social networking evening of the Autumn providing a professional platform for successful business and social networking with high quality food and drinks in a comfortable venue. The price is not low but many will understand the reason as we aim to attract only professionals looking to meet and do business. It will be a multi-national audience providing the potential to increase business during these demanding times. Register on-line at www.MoscowexpatLife.ru/Networking
We wish you all success in these challenging times and assure you of the continuing support of Moscow expat Life for our entire community of expats in this great city of Moscow!
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- Expat Survey
What Moscow expats want! 2015 survey results
- Social Movers
Chris Helmbrecht, Don Craig & Maria Ushakova provide tips on Moscow’s social scene.
- News & Announcements
Whatâs happening in Moscow, new appointments & general information.
- IWC News
The start of a new IWC season.
- 19th IWC Embassies of the World Dinner & Ball
One of Moscowâs most fabulous charity fundraisers.
- BBC at Vinogradova
Summer BBQ at itâs best.
- Paintings by Titus Adams
Visions inspired by Russia.
- Retirement in Russia
Mike Chalkeyâs story.
- Wine and Champagne at Imperial Tailors
The better things in life!
- Rotary Fundraising Evening
Wonderful support to deserving children.
- Intro to Rotary International
Rotary International in Moscow.
- Mozambique Independence Day celebrations in Moscow
- Jazz in Moscow
Midnight in Moscow by Simon Green.
- Pure Useless Beauty
An encounter with an Electronic Melodeclamationist pop group.
- Comedy Night in Moscow
Now thatâs a funny thing.
- Icon Painting
Try your hand at Icon painting.
- Moscow Pub Quiz
Yes we now have this in Moscow!
- About Gorky Park
Behind the scenes at Gorky Park.
- Photo Walks around Moscow
Join Moscow photo walks.
- The famous Russian Bannya
Get naked, hot and sweaty.
- The McGills and the Russian Textile Industry
Fascinating history from the 19th century.
- Remembrance Service to Robert and Jane McGill
A memory of their lives and legacy.
- Soviet Nostalgia
Memories of Soviet times by Nikita.
Moscow memories from 1999.
- rAsia, Russia-Asia business forum
Report on the 5th international innovation forum.
- Radical Chic
Incredible designs and printed scarves from Russia.
A Russian success story setting an example.
- Gil Petersil
Moscowâs ultimate networker.
- PFS International
- Chris Weafer’s Column
A bitter-sweet message?
- Expat Childrenâs Impressions of Moscow
â by students of the International School of Moscow.
Travelling today to Nepal.
- Trending Health Matters
Seeing the risks and making informed choices.
- Immigration to the UK
The challenges of spouse immigration.
- Moscow expat Football Leagu
Now in itâs 11th glorious year.
- The Rosinka Cup
A childrenâs football festival for charity.
- 8×8 Cup for Embassies & Diplomatic Missions in Moscow
Spain victorious in Moscow!.
Moscow Good Food Club:
Still one of Moscowâs best.