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For God, Tsar and the Fatherland

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History of some Russian Beards

Beards were and are still a reason of great pride for many. The history of beards is a thick one, especially that of russian beards. In old mother Russia, the beard was a sign of maturity. Tsar Ivan the Fourth was a terrible one, but his beard was amazing.   

But there was a tsar which amused himself greatly on the “facial jewelry” of his subjects – first, he obliged them to shave it: some were brought to the barber by force, but if they didn’t want to conform themselves to this new command, they had to pay a….  tax on beard! The funny guy which introduced this tax was a moustached man named Peter the Great, and the russians of his time protected their beard with pride: not only they emptied their pockets, filling the tsar’s treasury, but even wore a medal to certify in public that their beard was….ridiculous.  

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The Rubbish Cabinet

A beer bottle…. broken;…. canned fish…. biscuit boxes… glass jar fragments…. many, many bags… a water can….. a 50 metters long cable… some enigmatic light bulbs… a broken TV!?!  This is what I found last year, on 25 september 2010, on a Saturday, at “Let’s Do It, Romania!” (1), when I, my twin brother, my collegues from class 8C and the mathemathics teacher went, along other 200.000 volunteers, to clean the land of our beloved nation!

This year, on 24 september, another Saturday, this thing is going to happen again. Last year, 1% of our country’s population went to the “national cleaning”. This year, the initiators hope to be 500.000 volunteers, which means 2,5% of the country’s population. This procent seems very small, taking into account how much tons of garbage are being left by romanians in the middle of nature! In 2010, 600.000 garbage sacs were collected. If the proportion is kept, this year 1.500.000 sacs of garbage would be raised. And yet, is it enough>

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