Possible impossible :)

For a long time I thought that it is possible to plow hills or other higlands, to excavate channels, etc. But not houses. It seems that I was wrong: it is possible to plow houses too :)



The weather today was bad so I want to propose to look to the two photos made yesterday by another guy.

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To commemorate 100th anniversary of independence, part 2 - the strange geography

XIXth century was one of the most complicated centuries for Lithuanian people. Probably never Lithuanian nation was so close to dissapearance as in the XIXth century. There are many questions on this aspect but lets to see to this process from the geographical side (or to be more exact from topography side). We can take any map of Lithuania printed in XIXth century and we will find a lot of towns and other settlements here with the names which aren't native in any way and with the names that people today don't remember: we can find towns and townships with such names as Novoalexandrovsk, Yakubov, Verzhbolovo, Ponedel, Rogov,  etc. I can take a map of Kaunas area printed in 1907 and I am finding that this town is surrounded by such townships: Slomianka, Vilki, Aleksandrovka, Kormelov.  There are lots of villages with such names as Dorofeevka, Cherkizov, Sokolovshchina, Voishnidovo, etc. Where the hell we are ?
How the process evolved in history ? I am suggesting to illustrate this with the usage of the town name Kaunas and Kowno. I took the images from the site maps4u.

Probably the oldest remaining illlustration of Kaunas is made by Tomasz Makowski about 1600:



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What to preserve from not so old past ?

What once was modern now often becoming obsolete. Thats true for the buildings too. Soviet period buildings were in mass not interesting, boring and sometimes even oppressive. But among them there are some interesting examples too. The problems with the former Road police (or when it was built in 1985 it was called State automotive inspection) building in Vilnius provoked the need to make a list of valuable buildings from soviet period that needs state protection.  (The new owners of former road police building in Vilnius decided to demolish the building and to build new modern office center at the same place. But the old building was designed by famous archhitects in 1980s and was rather progressive for the period. Photo here: http://www.15min.lt/images/photos/616209/original/buves-keliu-policijos-pastatas-573cc2ac58aad.jpg).
I found a list of proposed to protect soviet period valuable buildings in Kaunas at the facebook page of State commission of cultural heritage. What we see here ? (Most of the photos from their facebook page).

They're proposing to protect a Exhibition center (built in 1978-1979, arch. Gedgaudienė and Navakas):



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Illegal immigrants or smuglers ? :))))

Two days ago to Nida border control point arrived four citizens from Russian side. None of them didn't had any documents and categorically refused to disclose purpose of their visit. Lithuanian border police decided to allow enter them Lithuanian and EU area for humanitarian reasons :)))
But I have the feeling that these were fur smugglers :)))

Photo from State border control service facebook:

Europe terroristic

The next map looked interesting to me. This map shows the number of terrorist attacks in Europe with at least one casualty in 1970-2015 (one point one terrorist attack):



The map isn't perfect: it can't show the total number of casualties (the terrorist attack with single casualty is lesser evil than terrorist attack with hundreds of casualties). It also can't show timeline of the attacks: while the Northern Ireland was frequent target of terrorist attacks in the 1970s-80s it is nearly free of them after that. Similar situation is with the Basque region while the appearance of Eastern Ukraine on the map is completely new phenomena. Anyway the map is interesting.

At least the process started

This  is one of my favourite Kaunas modernism builldings - the cottage of the architect Arno Funkas built in 1933. For very many years it was occupied by various civil defence organizations. The photo from 2008 shows it former view:




And finally it was restaurated :)

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Lithuania in the role of Japan :)

More and more often international film studios are filming their films in this country. Lithuanian landscapes and towns played the roles of Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Siberia, etc., etc. But the record probably belongs to the authors of TV series "Tokyo trial" - here Lithuania played the role of Japan and many scenes from "Tokyo" were filmed in Kaunas :)
Recently Netflix began to air their new TV series - "Tokyo trial" - about the 1946 process of 28 Japanese war criminals. This film (it is interesting that this is nearly coproduction of two biggest film makers in the world - Hollywood and Bollywood)  was shot in Lithuania. On occassion I will try to see these series and analyze the "Tokyo" but even the trailer of the film shows some familiar scenes :)



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To commemorate 100th anniversary of independence, part 1 - the people, the atmosphere

Slightly more than one year later - on February 16th, 2018 - this country will mark 100th anniversary of restoration of independence. Or in fact 100th anniversary of establishment of Republic of LIthuania. It is hard to overestimate the importance of this day (in fact not the single day but some prolonged in time process) for our country: our life, our culture, our politics would be entirely different today without February 16th, 1918.
The reestablishment of the state and the creation of the Republic of Lithuania is some sort of miracle. This happened in the very complicated environment. Complicated in the various senses.
Let us look to the environment of the late XIXth century and early XXth century via the fate of one family. Today in the center of Kaunas you can find Zoological museum of Tadas Ivanauskas:



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