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Leonid Brezhnev

Not someone I recall with great fondness, and the old monster would be getting his telegram from the Tsar this coming Tuesday. However, Brezhnev nostalgia is all the rage in Mother Russia, and one character comments: "For 18 years, the country lived in clover...[he] was very intelligent. Otherwise, he would not have been allowed by others to run the country for so long". Then again, the commentator happens to be called David Brezhnev...

The report found "that 31 percent of Russians would prefer to live during the Brezhnev era, while 39 percent picked Putin's time. Only 1 percent of the 3,200 people polled by the state-run VTsIOM longed for Boris Yeltsin's 1990s". As something of dilettante student of Russia and Russian history, this does not surprise me that much, since if there is one thing Russians do not like it is uncertainty - witness the Time of Troubles, the civil war and the collapse of the Soviet union.

Meanwhile, an antique Soviet era joke:

A woman is being asked a few questions by the KGB.

"Where were you born?". "Sankt Peterburg".

"Where did you grow up?". "Petrograd".

"Where do you live now?". "Leningrad".

"Where would you like to live?". "Sankt Peterburg".
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Anonymous peter hicthens said... 1:40 pm

He just wasn't a very exciting dictator was he?
Although the friend of the people did regularly crash the peoples rolls Royce's and porsches into trees whilst pissed, i like that kind of hypocrisy, rather like ghadaffi with his lamborghinis and yacht, the colonel is cool ,probably the coolest ever, if not the most brutal.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:48 pm

For 18 years, the country lived in clover...[he] was very intelligent. Otherwise, he would not have been allowed by others to run the country for so long".

So what was Stalin's reason for staying so long? Of course, he was a cultured man, someone of great intellect whose only concern was the welfare of Soviet people. Now I understand why FDR called him Uncle Joe! Nostalgia. If only we could bottle it and sell it with a free pair of rose tinted spectacles.  

Blogger Newmania said... 3:47 pm

Ghengis Khan was above all a humane man .If he wasn`t why would the Mongols have allowed him to decapitate his rivals for so long ?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:10 pm

He did bring about pax Mongolica , sometimes despots do have a stabilsing effect , saddam for one.

Now Mr Newman the clever bot at the front, what was the name of the summer palace of Kublai khan and which great city now stands nearby?

hurry up! no googling , come come on come on  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:18 pm

Betcha don't know, betcha don't care, but Ulan Bator means Red Hero. Not sure how many stately pleasure domes it has though.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:30 pm

Did you know that the "dome" was in fact a tent?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:33 pm

Did you also know that
Samuel Taylor Coleridge author of Kubla Khan , was unable to complete the poem due to having been "detained on trivial business by a person from Porlock"?
There he was off his tits on smack with the poem in his head , and then some Somerset twat made him forget the end.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:38 pm

I certainly did. He was in the middle of an opium vision when the man from Porlock attempted to sell him insurance.

I think Newmania is guilty by association, as he's in that racket - insurance certainly, if not, as far as I know, selling poppy by-products.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 6:16 pm

can'tbelieve that any discussion of dictators couold exclude Napoleon.

he really enjoyed himself and like all the greats tried to take russia.

surely any self respecting dictator must display world ly ambition

and un like hitler,he shagged lots of birds  

Blogger Newmania said... 8:50 pm

PHITCH in Xandu did Khubla Khan (notice the symetry of the vowel scheme), a stately pleasure dome decree where Alf the sacred river ran through caeverns measureless to man down to a sacred sacred sea...

Oh blimey you`ve all done it . Yes Coleridge is perhaps my favourite romantic poet.He is so flawed .

Other than Leighton James who is it that stoppeth one in three ?

Tamburlaine is good bloodthirsty tyrant as I daresay C remembers from Marlowe

(Cue inappropriate wailing sax over the steamy city night )  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 10:04 pm

shang tu is just outside Beijing

In xandu did khubla kahn a stateley Nike factory decree  

Blogger james higham said... 10:06 pm

...31 percent of Russians would prefer to live during the Brezhnev era...

Where did they get this from? Ask anyone here and they'll either laugh or shudder. Clearly, this is just a few grandparents who were asked.  

Blogger Newmania said... 10:23 pm

I would have like to have lived in the 1930s if i was rich . You`ve got all the essentials and noone else has . Sweet.

Sorry I meant David James ...clunk(Leighton james played for Derby and Wales ..years ago)and the other one that stoppeth one of three was of course

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
`By thy long beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me ?

ST Coleridge

(You know some stuff Pietro !!)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:29 pm

I rather liked the parody:

"It is an ancient batsman,
And he stoppeth one of three".  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 10:30 pm

I know youre a cunt newman (+;  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 10:57 pm

ladies please  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:08 pm

I know youre a cunt newman ...?!

What have I done , I was reffering to "shang tu is just outside Beijing" and I thought coo , who would know a thing like that.

Tuh you walk on egg shells around here don`t you.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:17 pm

N - there was a wink there, and I think PH was calling you, erm, a lady's part for liking romantic poets.  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:27 pm

Crap I have already set the contract in motion.I use this bloke Nick , never met him but he seems to get the job done .

(can`t call him off now)  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:29 pm

Code name "gouty" .I wonder.....  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:34 pm

(You know some stuff Pietro !!)

"I know youre a ****"
Mr newman it was lost in cyber translation .
I like you, I would even venture to say I admire you for your efforts against the evil Ken.
Sorry if I offended.
As Will pointed out I did wink.  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:48 pm

Phew,........ I am just admiring Lembits taste , 48 that Sian Lloyd .I think one or two cheeky girls would be my preffered option . Love it when things are so fucking predictable . Lenny Henry was a good one (was he ever funny?)Dawn French . NOOOO!Cheeky Girls ...fine musicians.

Heres a post C -The Law of predictable consequences , would you believe that following law changes to allow offspring to trace their natural father there is a shortage of sperm donors..

Gasp !!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:56 pm

N - look at this post of mine from way back....  

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