Happy New Year!
Надежда Никифоровна Рогожина
, проректор по международным программам, зав. кафедрой лингвистики и межъязыковой коммуникации Самарского муниципального университета Наяновой, кандидат педагогических наук, доцент.
Директор негосударственного учреждения дополнительного образования “World Class-Samara”.
Happy New Year!
I do hope 2008 will be happy for all people all over the world, as I am at the moment. For I am staying at my friend’s home (Mr David Wright’s bungalow) in England now and thus am trying to be absorbed into the English way of life, at least for a while.
The year started with a brilliant New Year concert which is traditionally broadcast from Vienna all over the world. The hall of the Vienna Opera was decorated with flowers, a gift from the Italian city of San Remo. It was a gorgeous sight with displays of orchids and roses everywhere. And the music, of course, Strauss’ polkas, waltzes and marches performed by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and conducted by the French musician George Pretre. The repertoire was chosen by the maestro and it did not repeat last year’s concert except for the Blue Danube waltz (a credit to the place of broadcasting, I think).
I think M. Pretre gave a lot of thought to the programme and was able to find pieces for all the occasions celebrated, such as the Chinese Gallop to greet the Summer Olympic Games of 2008 in China, for instance. There was a Russian piece (a march, naturally!) and many others. The Strausses were internationalists and one can find amongst their compositions, music for all tastes. So there was a French piece, too. Which one? Try to guess! A polka, of course!
Ah, so much for that event. Did I mention it was on TV? Sorry!
That was a remarkable way to start a year and I would like to thank all those who made it possible for the people of the whole world to gather around their TV sets and listen to such majestic music. I enjoyed it immensely! It’s pleasant to feel oneself part of the international community, isn’t it?
Besides the concert, there were other TV programmes which attracted my attention over this New Year period. People eat a lot during holidays like these, as you know. We can’t imagine New Year’s day without the notorious Olivier salad, which is called Russian salad abroad. So I decided to find something new for the menu. There are many different culinary programmes on all British TV channels. To mention but a few: ‘Saturday Kitchen’ (rather like our Russian ‘Smack’.); ‘Come Dine with Me’ (similar to our ‘Zvaniy Uzhin’); and ‘Cooking the Books’ (where the authors of culinary books demonstrate their art). Some of the recipes looked quite easy and not very troublesome. I think I could try them! I’ll share the recipes with you later!
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