RE: For the love of rugby??? or do youse the team you support to attack frustation in the country or God forbid your wife,
April 11, 2013, 13:45:36
Ja Mike, that's interesting...you wrote, her father was a baron in Russia and fled the country in 1017. Must have been 1917...just before the Bolshevik revolution.
I met an elderly man in Russia who was a naval officer in the USSR navy...he was also a heart surgeon (cardiologist) and was a great fan of the late Chris Barnard whom he had met in the USA at a conference.
What a gentleman he was...lived in a modest flat with his wife and daughter but extremely intelligent and well read...had a great interest in history and geography. We discussed SA and Russian history...I was amazed at his knowledge...he told me he felt ashamed of what his people did to the royal family...Czar Nicholas, Alexander and the children. He was a royalist and felt the revolution put Russia back and that Russia would have been a world leader in many things if the plebs never took over. He said he and his family had to live in silence for many years. He had priceless books and photographs of his history.
He was a hunter and great fisherman and showed me the huge elks, bears, boars that he had shot in Siberia and Kamchatna and massive salmon he had caught on the Kola Peninsula.
I met many friendly Russian people when I was in Moscow and St Petersburg...got motherless with a bunch of students at the hotel where I stayed...bottles and bottles of real vodka...they refused to let me pay...really nice guys and gals...highly intelligent and great musicians...they played Beatle songs almost perfectly with guitars and sang very well. It was a gas.