I can't say that last summer was here very hot. But it was very dry. In fact dry season started very early in April and April, May and June were almost rainfree. In July and August too we saw few very rainy days. As a consequence rivers became low in the June and July. It is hard to say who but someone found interesting occupation: to build improvised sculptures taking stones from rivers :) So after the summer areas near rivers are full of custom made semi sculptures:
This weekend our village became the world's center of various races :) And some of them very exotic :) On Friday I witnessed the start of the historic part of the traditional rally "Around Lithuania 2019" while on Saturday and Sunday we had the occassion to see unique phenomena Fluxus racing "Red Bull soapbox rally":
Today I was in the center and had the possibilty to look at the changes in the center of our village. Several projects clearly approaching the end and they will change the look that we were accustomed for decades.
Business center "Sqeras" is getting the final elements:
It is amazing how Baltics gained influence in Hong Kong, Sometimes human feelings and emotions spreads around the world in very hard to explain way. And people are finding their teachers (old but significantly better word than modern influencer) in very hard to explain way.
Hong Kong opposition not only used the Hong Kong way - copycat from Baltic way - but even adopted the famous song by composer Boriss Rezniks (in 1972-1992 head of Latvian pop group Eolika) "Atmostas Baltija - Bunda jau Baltija - Ergatud Baltimaa" from 1989 as one of their symbols. There are signs that this Chinese version started to spread in mainlan China too:
Hard to say but it would be one of the biggest surprises if democratization of China will follow the songs and ideas born near Baltic
Old Kaunas sports hall is sometimes called legendary: built in 1938-1939 it saw Lithuanian basketball team becoming second time European basketball champions in May 1939 (this was decisive moment and reason why up to this day this country is called baskeltball country). It saw legendary boxing fights in 1949-1952 when best Lithuanian heavy weight boxer of all times Algirdas Šocikas dethroned then time legend of USSR heavyweight boxing Nikolay Korolyov (in 1949-1952 these fights had strong political context because Korolyov was not only boxing champion but also represented army boxing club and has been presented as best Soviet army boxer). Hall saw many other concerts and sporting events such as legendry basketball duels between Žalgiris Kaunas and CSKA Moscow in 1983-1988. Before 1970s it was the main arena in whole country and before 2011 it was the main arena in Kaunas. In the last 8 years hall lived in shadow. Time of changes came: of course it will no longer be the main arena in the city but modernization is necessary. But if it will be legendary after modernization ?
This week our countries will mark 30th anniversary of Baltic way: massive demonstration when about one million people connected with live human chain Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Now it is well known that this event was decisive moment which forced George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, James Baker, Helmut Kohl and other politicians of that period to take Baltic issue seriously. This was the first kind of such protest in the world. In the last 30 years there were various attempts to copy such type of protests: from unsucessfull Arab way to more successfull Catalan way, And the idea of such peacefull protests is still alive. In the recent weeks whole world heard about prodemocracy protests in Hong Kong. They are very massive and very impressive. This week Hong Kong residents are organizing Hong Kong way:
Few days ago chief analytic of one of Lithuanian banks - Žygimantas Mauricas (this country has very active banks analytics sometimes making jumps to the top political positions :)) - published interesting graph showing changes in Russia's GDP per capita in the last 25 years. The post has been aimed to commemorate 20th anniversary of coming to power of current president of that country. Graph shows nominal (not PPP) GDP per capita expressed in USD as the percent of world average in that year. For the comparison Lithuanian GDP per capita as the percent of world's average (100 percent in the chart) is shown too. Chart looks interesting:
I see several interesting observations in the chart. Surprisingly between 1999 and 2009 Lithuanian and Russian economies were on nearly identical tracks. After 2010 we see significant differences. (Significant differences are seen also in 1996-1998). El otono del patriarca: succesfull first 10 years and the failure in second 10 years. Or all successes and failures depends only on prices of raw materials ?
July 2019 set new record in demographical statistics in this country: 5211 residents of foreign countries (absolute majority od them Lithuanian nationals returning back to the homeland) moved to live to this country. 4th month in a row the number of returning back to the country Lithuanian nationals compensates the natural loses of population (the bigger number of deaths than births) and the population of the country is growing. The number of those returning back exceeds the number of those leaving 8th months in a row:
The process isn't completely unexpected because many signs showed that we are at the verge of change in the trends in 2017 - 2018 and the year 2019 will mark the start of the new trends. But the pace of the process is surprising. The immigration data started to be similar to avalanche like process: each month this year the number of immigrants grows by 10-20 percent. Second thing is that recently the country achieved reimmigration data similar (only with sign +) to the worst years of emigration (2004-2005 and 2010-2011). And one more fact: now immigration achieved such speed that if nothing unexpected will happen in one year will arrive 2% of countries population (mhm, most of them will be "old new residents" of course) ! The pace that is almost without analogues in modern European history (e.g. during massive influx of arrivals to Germany in 2015 the number of arrivals was only 0.8 percent of countries population).
This year this country celebrates 100th anniversary of establishment of independent Lithuanian aviation (both military and civilian). To commemorate anniversary today in old Aleksotas airfield aviation show was organized. So I toook my daughters and went to see the event :)