The Hilton in Minsk was known for 'working girls' hanging around the nightclub. However, the only time that I ever got propositioned was in the Overtime nightclub by an Azerbaijani 'girl' (even in the poor lighting it was obvious that she was the wrong side of 35 and, probably, the wrong side of 45).
Its excellent. We went Sept time, so the weather was largely bright and sunny.Ah I've always wanted to go to Stalingrad, what was the tour and the modern city like?
A good mate of mine married an Algerian girl and seemed more than satisfied with her.However back on topic, our visiting ME friends (especially those at RMAS) used to like visiting the Arabia club in London. Picking up some ladies and retiring to a posh hotel for the weekend.
I was informed that moroccan girls were the best.
Thanks for the feed back!Its excellent. We went Sept time, so the weather was largely bright and sunny.
Between the railway and the river its very nice, maintained parks, etc. Quite european like in many ways. Eating out was fairly cheap and good quality.
Then you notice that the cars outside are mostly German and this is the haves. Go north of the railway and this is the have nots. Russia is very much, you are either rich, or you are not.
Russians were OK, and very interested why we were there. Once you explain you are learning about the Stalingrads part in the great patriotic war and the sacrifice Russia made to defeat the Nazis and we couldn't have done it with russia. Prepare to drink much vodka and get very very drunk.
The battle itself is fascinating, Beevors book is good, I'm currently reading Voices from Stalingrad by Jonathan Bastable. But when you actually walk the ground, visit the museums and memorials. Its worth going if only to visit the Mamayev Kurgen (and Mother Russia) and the Panorama Museum, the 360 Mural is amazing.
The scale of it is simply epic. I know we walk the WW1 battlefields, but the shear brutality of this place.
Imagine visiting Thievpal or sanctuary wood, then walking along and start seeing the odd human vertebrae, a thigh bone, partial skull.
You know how our war memorials have lists of names, well imagine they are names of regiments and you get the picture.
however back on topic, our visiting ME friends (especially those at RMAS) used to like visiting the Arabia club in London. Picking up some ladies and retiring to a posh hotel for the weekend.
I was informed that moroccan girls were the best.
Graham Greene walt .....On my first trip to the DDR in the late '60's , visiting the Leipzig Messe, I was approached in the bar of my state approved tourist hotel by a very attractive, early '20's Polish girl. I thought, knowing how incredibly difficult it was to A) get a visa to enter the DDR and B) the huge number of identity checks one had to go through on arriving, That she was working on one of the Messe exhibition stands. Her reply when I asked what she was doing in Leipzig, was "I .make love" in a very sexy husky voice.
I immediately thought it was some kind of Stasi blackmail set up, made my excuses & left.
It wasn't until my third or fourth trip that I met a nice "ossie" blond, working on one of the stands, who was very generous with her favours and just enjoyed my company. Plus the fact that I had got to know some of the (illegal) E/W Deutschmark fiddles where I could get 4 - 5 East marks for ! W. Mark in W. Berlin instead of the official 1 for 1.
I also had found a good, but slightly dodgy, nightclub that would take E marks from a westerner (all other "approved" cafes/bars/clubs in Leipzig Messe time insisted on only taking Western currency) and sold passable and very affordable Russian Champagne given my good exchange rate!
Ah the joys of cross iron curtain travel before its fall!
It was just your Welsh charm and chat up lines wasn't it.
Wow, you can be caned for free!Diplomatic row over British Born drug dealer caned in Singapore:
In a statement, the British High Commission in Singapore said: 'The UK strongly opposes corporal punishment in all circumstances and condemns its use in this case.'
Yuen's case was first revealed by the Mail in January last year. Mr Hunt raised it with Singapore's minister for foreign affairs when he visited the country that month.
Since then Foreign Office officials have made further representations on Yuen's behalf, while human rights groups condemned Singapore's use of the cane, saying it breaches the UN Convention Against Torture.
Its made very clear when you enter Singapore that the penalty for drug trafficking is death. I have zero sympathy.
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Ye Ming Yuen, 31, who went to £41,000-a-year Westminster School, was strapped to a large wooden trestle before being caned 24 times at Changi Prison in Singapore yesterday.www.dailymail.co.uk
Indonesia just the same thing:
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As this theme has just reopened, any update on how this one ended?Time for a thread bump with a new victim of an alleged miscarriage ...
I don't if she is unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time , or whether the family are not telling the whole story and she , or the new partner she'd met only that night , were up to a lot more than smoking a joint .
A BRITISH air hostess, 23, has been living off bread and water in a Dubai hellhole jail after being forced into a fake confession over cannabis joints, her family claim. Derrin Crawford was arreste…www.thesun.co.uk