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THE 9TH COMPANY / 9-YA ROTA

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

I haven’t written here movie reviews for years, but the one I saw yestoday, was one of the greatest lately.

The poster of this movie is not the most attractive, unfortunately, but everything else that’s beyond that, exceeds the expectations to a Russian movie.

“9th company is a film about war cruelty, inhuman cross crippling the heroes’ lives, about honour and duty, sufferings and friendship, about life that is one for all and death that is different for everyone.”

9th company truly shows the beauty, the reality and the uselessness of such wars against locals. Now, 20 years after, the equipment has developed, but all in all, it still gives an impression of the actions against the Iraq.

The characters were colorful and well picked, although some of them still looked too similar to me for messing them up.

The movie is high quality, with well mastered sound and Russian spirit in it, but vastly dramatic and definitely not a typical American movie with a happy end. It is a great example of human values and motivates to think about “What matters most”.

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Travel notes from Warsaw, Poland

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

General impression: Western Europe with Eastern Europe’s prices.

Transport.
Taxi from airport to city centre costs around 6-8 €depending on a company. 9627 is one pretty economical taxi number.
The public transport in town costs around 6 € per one way.

Language
It’s so-so. Older generation might speak Russian, younger usually handle English. It’s not rare that people in (for example Hip-Hop Shop in Chimelna street) youth shops even don’t understand either Russian or English..
On the other hand, if you speak Russian yourself, you can often find Polish quite easy to understand. And on the contrary - due the history Polish people usually don’t like Russians really that mutch. So it’s up to you..

Where to eat and drink.
You will find everything from Chimelna street. :)

Recordstores.
The two recordstores I visited were quite lousy by drum&bass selection - around 50-100 records in both of them. At least some new releases were put out as well.

Clubs

  • Lokomotiv club - When I got there at 1:00 am, the party was ending. There was no-one on door to ask money for tickets, in hiphop room there was 1 dancer and in drum&bass room there were 2 dancers. DJ’s mixing was not too good and equipment was so-so as well :) The party ended shortly after it and took me to …
  • … (to be continued)
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Polonia Palace is well located and overall good selection for 4* - one of the newest renovated hotels in Warsaw, single rooms starting from 70 € /night.
    Local Sheraton hotel is a bit out of centre and not in that good condition and not so well priced.

    Internet access
    The suckiest thing is that it’s pretty hard to find free Wi-Fi areas in Warszawa. There’s one free area hidden somewhere near King’s Palace. Internet cafes all over the town cost 0,2-0,5 € per hour, though. The price for interet access in hotels is around 15€ per hour…

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    Quick comment about the Siberian DNB Festival

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

    To put it simple, the trip was wonderful and the pictures will be online ASAP as well.

    Event ratings:
    Venue: 5/5
    — open air, whereas the equipment was properly protected from water and wind at all times. warm food and drinks were provided properly. unfortunately not too much warm water was available, but as the party was hot as hell, it only needed cold water:)

    Crowd: 5/5
    — the lowest kolbasnik [candy raver] rate on dnb event ever: less than 1% !!

    Music: 5/5
    — all genres of dnb + hiphop + jamaican music were represented, lot of local music was played as well

    Sound quality: 5/5
    — quality was flawless. and those electricity blackouts enabled you to sleep for a while also;)

    Concept: 5/5
    — 500km + 500km of trip to/from the venue with several party buses - that’s something to be repeated!

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