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It’s ON!

The long-awaited 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Thursday in Moscow with an opening ceremony at the legendary Luzhniki Stadium.

Less than an hour before the start of the official opening ceremony supermodel Natalia Vodyanova from Russia and football legend, Spaniard, Iker Casillas (the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner) brought to the pitch the 2018 FIFA World Cup Original Trophy.

The Trophy was brought to the stadium in a newly-designed travel case by Louis Vuitton, which had the lock and six clasps made in ruthenium – a strong dark-grey metal that has the chemical symbol Ru and was named after the host of this year’s FIFA World Cup.

The ceremony started with the performance of a classical music piece by Russian composer Pyotr Chaikovsky. Then, Britain’s mess Robbie Williams (still trying to understand WHY) him) appeared on the field accompanied by Brazilian football legend Ronaldo.

As the opening ceremony continued Russian harpist and composer performed one of his musical themes, while a huge firebird was rolled out on the pitch and as it spread its wings Russian operatic soprano Aida Garifullina emerged on the back of the fairytale creature.

Anyhow, the whole thing was ok, but the gala was a lot better.

Now let’s talk about yesterday’s match Spain vs Portugal and Crispy Cristiano Ronaldo incredibly hat-trick free-kick goal…

What a beauty!!!

Cristiano Ronaldo just played one of the best games of his life. He was outstanding yeterday, holding up play like a champ, giving life to numerous counterattacks with ingenious flicks and passes, and, oh yeah, scoring three goddamn goals in what ended as a 3-3 tie, which rescued his team a point when it looked like they were out of it.

I don’t usually praise Cristiano but he totally deserves this post.

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Master Of Bas-Relief

Bas-Relief is a technique as old as humankind’s very first artistic endeavours, a way of sculpting figures that are slightly raised from a flat surface.

Bas-Relief sculptures could be found on the walls of all kinds of buildings and temples from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, and now it’s making a comeback.

Russian artist Goga Tandashvili is a master of the art, bringing scenes inspired by the natural world. Think long-tailed birds, flowers and luxurious fronds of fern.

Goga is also a painter, and this comes across in his sculptures. He draws on the wall, and then adds material on top of the lines to create the 3D effect, bringing interiors to life with vivid textures and contours.

OMG I always wanted a Fresco on my wall, but now I want some Bas-relief.

I’m completely blown away by the detail. Just STUNNING! 

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Official ball of 2018 FIFA World Cup tested by Russian cosmonauts

It’s on! June is here, the most epic month this year because in less the two weeks the 2018 FIFA Word Cup, one of the biggest sport events of the planet, will unify Nations in the adrenaline of the sport king in Mother Russia.

For this occasion, Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev played an improvised football match aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with a ball (called Telstar 18) which is planned to be used during the opening game in Moscow.

The official ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Telstar 18, was unveiled in the Russian capital of Moscow in early November. The solemn ceremony was attended by active and former football stars such as Argentina’s Lionel Messi, France’s Zinedine Zidane, Brazil’s Kaka, Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero and Spain’s Xabi Alonso.

YES, YES, YES, YAAAS!!!

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Made In Russia

If you’re a true artist, it shines through anything you do and these cakes by Elena Gnut show her true artistic talent.

Elena is a 31-year-old Pastry Chef from Kaliningrad (Mother Russia,) who gained over 140k Instagram followers by showcasing her original intricate cake designs.

The artist has a versatile style and creates both classical, elegant cakes and unique fairytale-like ones.

She decorates her cakes by drawing on them or adding flowers, berries or fruits on the cakes. Take a look at some of her most amazing cakes:

There are cake makers, but then there are cake masters.

This person is a cake genius! Just MAGNIFICENT.

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Babushka of Baikal

76 years old grandmother Lyubov Morekhodova (Lyubov = love) from Siberia is not an ordinary pensioner. Despite her age, she managed to not only survive frosty weather but also gained attention for her skating skills.

Babushka Lyubov learned to skate at the age of seven and now she spends her retirement days gliding across one of the deepest lakes in the world, Baikal.

Retired technology engineer lives in a modest house and takes care of her beloved animals consisting of dogs, a cat, hens, roosters, calves, bulls, and cows. She wakes up at 5.30 am to feed the cows and let them out to graze on a hill.

Every day, to shorten the distance, she puts on her skates made in 1943 and glides across the lake to make sure that the cows wouldn’t get lost.

Since her husband died in 2011 babushka Lyubov lives alone, but she is not lonely.

During the summer her grandchildren and nephews come to visit. Even though her family encouraged this fearless lady to move to the city, she insisted on staying because she claims to be happy and fulfilled living in the midst of S.I.B.E.R.I.A.

Without a doubt, she’s made in Russia. What an absolute champ!!!

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Team Work

While taking a break from trying to steal baby’s milk and purring out a dusty relic of a song about being Siamese, two Siamese cats from Russia got themselves into a major, major problem as their human filmed it.

Each pussy started at the opposite end of the top of some entertainment unit-looking thing, and made their way across it. They eventually ran into each other and a real Nelly and Kelly Rowland song ensued.

They realised they were stuck. What to do? They could just live there forever. They could turn on each other and try to push one another to a possible death.

Or they could join forces and jump onto their human before attacking their human for recording their troubles instead of helping them. You’d think it would be the third one.

But those cats shocked us all by solving the problem with team work.

So those cunning pussies solved a problem without scratching each other’s eyes out, screaming at one another or destroying the other by leaking harmful into to the media?

Further proof that humans should NOT run the world!

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Bears and Cocks…

Mascots are a common sight at soccer matches. Traditionally, these take the form of cute little children who escort the players onto the pitch to start a match.

Sometimes, as was the case before a game in Russia this weekend, the cute little children are swapped out in favour of a huge fucking bear:

The slave bear , whose name is “Tim” per the BBC, was the guest of honour at Saturday’s third division match between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht.

Now, I agree that a bear’s place should be the freedom in the wild and not “entertaining” dumb humans, but at least he looks healthy and well fed. Regardless, this bizarre spectacle would only make sense in the ferocious land that is Russia.

Now, Tim wasn’t the only animal paraded about on the pitches of Russian soccer last weekend. An angry fan of a second division club decided to register his frustrations with his team’s manager by hurling a live rooster onto the pitch in the middle of a game:

 

Bears and cocks? For being so homophobic, Mother Russia is really gay!!

In short, if this is what a random weekend of lower league soccer in Russia has to offer, I can’t even imagine the chaos awaiting this summer’s World Cup.

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