Russia – Culture Smart! by Anna King

When I was about five, I received my first atlas. I have a very clear memory of asking my mum what that massive section of the world that seemed to be called USSR was all about. At that instant an obsession was born. One that has continued to this day - intensifying somewhat when I [...]

Church on Spilt Blood

This church was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated twice, although not where he actually died. Different in style from the rest of St Petersburg, this was the most beautiful church I have ever been to. I was pleased to find it just as ornate inside as it was outside. Not [...]

Anna Karenina (2012)

Having read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to feel about a film adaptation. If for no other reason, then just because the book is so bloody long. How can you condense something of that size into a two hour film?The answer, it seems, is by setting the [...]