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On the 22nd of September, a solemn liturgy heralded the rebirth of the spiritual life of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. The service was held in the newly constructed Cathedral of the Resurrection.

This central area of Moscow, near Olympic Avenue, has no shortage of new, non-standard architectural structures, but they are mostly made of glass and concrete. Against their backdrop, the Cathedral, and all the buildings of the complex, are decorated with tuff in bright sunny colors, from golden -pink to orange-red, and the effect is unusual  in color, shape, and size.

There is no shortage of serious literature portraying Great Britain or of booklets intended to lure tourists to the country, but - now that the season of summertime vacations is at full swing – the time is right for yet another suggestion to turn attention to this part of the world

SHOPSKA-U-LIKE

It is funny the way particular types of salad can spread from one culture to another. For instance, the French introduced the Russians to one type, which became known as Salad Olivier in their honour. The Russians in turn introduced this to the Bulgarians where it was a hit, so it’s known in Bulgaria as Russian Salad. Whilst it is undoubtedly popular in Bulgaria, it is not the most popular. No, the number one king of salads there is the Shopska.

Take a look at the Bulgarian flag. Three bands of colour. Red, green and white. Not the most exciting looking flag ever invented yet it symbolises the real Bulgaria in many different ways.

March 17th is the most important say of the year for the Irish and for Irish communities all around the world. It is the official day of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick. But these days it is famous not so much for religious reasons, than for the party atmosphere it heralds, when vast quantities of stout are consumed (a traditional dark Irish beer, the most famous of which is Guinness) in celebration of the man who is considered to have converted the pagan Irish Celts to Christianity.

One of the highlights of 2013’s memorable dates was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Marinesko, the legendary commander of submarine "S-13.". How many submariners’ names are famous in naval world history? They can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And so for just the mention of a name to cause vivid historical associations, is perhaps even rarer. Historians and veterans, researchers and professionals remember of course the American submarine commander Joseph F. Enright of the submarine "Archer-fish", who sank the largest Japanese aircraft carrier the "Shinano" which had a displacement of about 70,000 tons.

 

In autumn 1884 Fridtjof Nansen saw an article by meteorology professor Henrik Mohn about artifacts from a wrecked American expedition ship the Jeannette which must have been carried by a current right across the Arctic Ocean. Nansen connected this theory to other finds such as the Siberian driftwood and earth that he had seen in the ice off the east coast of Greenland in 1882. 

“Let us not take for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.” Virginia Woolf.

The purpose of this series of documentaries is to travel to the smallest countries of Europe, such as San Marino