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The Tsar’s Photographer and His Amazing Preservation of Russian History

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Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky was a Russian chemist and photographer famous for his pioneering work in color photography in the early twentieth century.

In 1905 Gorsky set himself to the task of photographically documenting the Russian Empire with the primary aim of educating Russian schoolchildren on the diverse history and culture of the realm. After his famous color photograph of renowned author Leo Tolstoy in 1908, Gorsky received an invitation to present his work to Tsar Nicholas II and his family. So impressed was the Tsar that he commissioned Gorsky’s plan and provided him with funding and a specially-outfitted dark room rail car for his work.

From 1909 to 1915 Gorsky tirelessly traversed the Russian empire capturing thousands of shots of virtually every walk of Russian life. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the completion of his historic mission, we are publishing 100 of his best shots, giving a vivid glimpse into Tsarist Russia on the eve of the Communist Revolution.  

‘War and Peace’ author Leo Tolstoy – 1908

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84-year-old Pinkhus Karlinsky was the supervisor of the Chernigov floodgate over the course of 66 years – 1909

Dagestani couple – between 1909-1915

Assumption Cathedral in the Dalmatov Monastery – 1912

Assumption Cathedral in Tobolsk, rampart and part of fence – 1912

Austrian prisoners of war at a barracks near Kiappeselga – 1915

Young boy standing next to a gatepost – 1910

Bukharan bureaucrat – between 1909-1915

Cathedral in Shadrinsk – 1912

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God at the Ipatevsky Monastery – 1910

Cathedral of the Transfigured Savior and Church of the Entry to Jerusalem in Torzhok – 1910

Foreman of the Chakva tea factory, Lau Dzhen Dzhau – between 1909-1915

Chapel from the time of Peter the Great near the Kivach Waterfall near the river Suna – 1915

Chapel where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times – 1909

Children sitting on a hill near a church and belltower in the countryside near White Lake in northern Russia – 1909

Church of the Resurrection of the Blood – between 1909-1915

Church of the Holy Mother of God in Tobolsk – 1912

Church of the Resurrection in the Grove in Kostroma – 1910

View of Dalmatov from the monastery belltower – 1912

Joining of the Irtysh and Tobol rivers – 1912

Courtyard of the Church of the Resurrection – between 1909-1915

Dagestani couple – between 1909-1915

Dmitrievsky Cathedral in Vladimir – 1911

Drying nets on Lake Seliger – 1910

Entrance to the Church of the Resurrection in Kostroma – 1910

Exit from the yard of the Church of St. George at the Riurik fortress Staraya Lagoda – 1909

Carpet merchant in Samarqand – between 1909-1915

Family working iron mines in the Bakaly Hills with shovels and horse-drawn carts – between 1909-1915

Farmers taking a rest from haying – 1909

Russian forest – 1910

Column fresco in the Church of St. John Chrystosom in Yaroslavl – 1911

Overview of Artvin from the small town of Svet – between 1909-1915

View of Liksansky Palace from the Kura River – between 1909-1915

View of Nikolaevsky Cathedral from the southwest – 1911

View of Shakh-i-Zendi Mosque in Samarkand – between 1909-1915

Georgian woman standing next to a tree – between 1909-1915

Girl with berries – 1909

Sergei Gorsky at the Karolitskhali River – 1912

Gospel belonging to the nun Varsanofiya, governess of the Tsarevna, in Trinity Monastery in Alexandrov – 1911

Group of Greek tea harvesters in Chavka – between 1909-1915

Hay storage at the Viazovaya Station – 1910

Iconostasis at a church in Borodino – 1911

Iconostasis at the Winter Church of the Fedorov Mother of God in Yaroslavl – 1911

Treasures in the vestry of the Ipatevsky Monastery in Kostroma – 1911

Borodino Museum – 1911

Jewish children with their teacher in Samarqand – between 1909-1915

Production shop for scabbards at the Zlatoust arms plant – 1910

Boat Yard in Kareshka – 1909

Large gathering of men in Central Asia, possibly for a game of Bayga – between 1909-1915

Workers laying concrete for a dam over the Oka River – 1912

Locomotive and coal car at a railroad yard – between 1909-1915

Horseman on the Golodnaya Steppe – between 1909-1915

Man sitting among bamboo trees – between 1909-1915

Man sitting on a log next to a hut for woodcutters – 1912

Melon vendor in Samarqand – between 1909-1915

Mills in Tobolsk Province – 1912

The last Emir of Bukhara, Mohammad Alim Khan – 1911

Artistic casting at Kasli Iron Works – between 1909-1915

Monks planting potatoes at Gethsemane Monastery – 1910

Mother of God-Odigitria in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin in Smolensk – 1912

Mullahs at a mosque in Aziziya Batum – between 1909-1915

Sergei Gorsky near the Kivach Waterfall on the Suna River – 1915

Hotel in Gagra with chauffeur in front – between 1909-1915

Night camp by a rock on the banks of the Chusovaya – 1912

Kyrgyz family on the steppe – between 1909-1915

Noviy Afon Monastery Ponds – between 1909-1915

An old man in Samarqand holding a brace of birds – between 1909-1915

Ordezh River near Siverskaya Station in Petersburg Province – between 1909-1915

Handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk Railway – between 1909-1915

Skuritskhali River – between 1909-1915

Guests standing near Catherine’s Spring at a spa at Borzhom – between 1909-1915

Rafts on Peter the Great Canal in Shlisselburg – 1909

Right bank of the Irtysh River at Tobolsk – 1912

Hauberk and helmet of St. Dalmat – 1912

Sart fields in Samarqand – between 1909-1915

Sergei Gorsky with two Cossaks in Murman – 1915

Settler’s family in village of Grafovka – between 1909-1915

Steam engine ‘Kompaund’ with Schmidt super heater – 1915

Stork in a nest in Bukhara – between 1909-1915

Tile stove in the prince’s chamber in Rosta Veliky – 1911

Tow rope bridge in the village of Lava – 1909

Trinity Cathedral in the city of Lalaturovsk – 1912

Trinity monastery in the city of Tumen – 1912

Tsar Aleksei Mikhaelovich’s gospel and Tsar Mikhael Feodorovich’s sacremental vessels in Trinity Monastery in Alexandrov – 1911

Tsarist gifts to the Goritsky Monastery – 1909

Two men and a woman standing outside the Zlatoust arms plant – 1910

Two men and two boys in Samarqand – between 1909-1915

Two men with a boat in Ostrechiny – 1909

Shir-Dar madrasa in Samarqand – between 1909-1915

Solovetsky Monastery – 1915

View of Tbilisi from St. David Church – between 1909-1915

View of Dalmatov Monastery from the Iset River – 1912

View of Tobolsk from Assumption Cathedral – 1912

Village of Kolchedan – 1912

Weighing station at the Chakva tea factory – between 1909-1915

Woman in Purdah standing next to a wooden door – between 1909-1915

Woman spinning yarn in the village of Izvedod – 1910

Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the village of Pidma – 1909

Young woman in Malorossi (Ukraine) – between -1909-1915

Young women offer berries to visitors to their izbas – traditional wooden houses along the Sheksna River near Kirillov – 1909

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Census 2022 – what difference does it make?

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Next Sunday, April 3rd, is Census night. Millions of people in homes countrywide will fill in page after page of questions, some of which are deeply personal and many of which might be unfamiliar.

But what it is it all about?

At a basic level, Census 2022 will be used to inform planning of public policy and services in the years ahead, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The questions will cover a range of environmental, employment and lifestyle issues, including the use of renewable energy sources in homes.

The questions will help inform policy development in the areas of energy and climate action, and the prevalence of internet access, to understand the availability of and need for internet connections and range of devices used to access the internet.

Questions also focus on changes in work patterns and will include the trend of working from home and childcare issues, while questions are also asked about the times individuals usually leave work, education or childcare, to help identify and plan for transport pattern needs locally and nationally.

Other topics covered include volunteering and the type of organisations volunteers choose to support, tobacco usage and the prevalence of smoke alarms in the home.

And of course there is a time capsule – the chance to write something which will be sealed for the next 100 years.

In this episode of In The News, the head of census administration Eileen Murphy and statistician Kevin Cunningham about what it all means for us.

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Oscars 2022: Will Smith makes Oscar history after slapping Chris Rock over joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith | Culture

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Will Smith took the Oscar for Best Actor at last night’s 94th Academy Awards, but he also became the protagonist of the ceremony for other reasons. The night was following the script, until Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on the stage after the latter made a joke about the shaved head of the former’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Rock had quipped that he was “looking forward to GI Jane 2,” in reference to her look. Pinkett Smith has revealed publicly that she has alopecia. It looked as if the moment had been planned, until Smith went back to his seat and shouted: “Get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”

The moment, which immediately became Oscar history but for all the wrong reasons, left the attendees with frozen smiles, and asking themselves whether it was possible that a veteran such as Smith could have lost his cool in front of tens of millions of people. After taking the prize for Best Actor, the superstar actor made a tearful apology, saying that he hoped the Academy “will invite me back.” Later on, actor Anthony Hopkins called for “peace and love,” but it was already too late. The incident overshadowed the success of CODA, which took the Oscar for Best Picture. Just like the time when Warren Beatty mistakenly named La La Land as the big winner of the night, no one will speak about anything else from last night’s awards.

At first sight, Smith’s actions looked as if they were scripted. When he first heard Rock’s joke, he laughed. But his wife was seen on camera rolling her eyes, and it was then that the actor got up onto the stage and hit Rock. When he returned to his seat he raised his voice twice to shout “Get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” sending a wave of unease and shock through the attending audience. The fact that he used the f-word, which is prohibited on US television, set alarm bells ringing that this was real and not a planned moment. In fact, the curse word was censored by the broadcaster, ABC, in the United States.

During a break, Smith’s PR manager approached him to speak. In the press room, which the actor skipped after collecting his prize, instructions were given to the journalists not to ask questions about the incident, Luis Pablo Beauregard reports. The next presenter, Sean “Diddy” Combs, tried to calm the situation. “Will and Chris, we’re going to solve this – but right now we’re moving on with love,” the rapper said.

When Smith took to the stage to collect his Best Actor award for his role as Richard Williams – the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena – in King Richard, he referred to the character as “a fierce defender of his family.” He continued: “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know to do what we do you’ve got to be able to take abuse, and have people talk crazy about you and have people disrespecting you and you’ve got to smile and pretend it’s OK.”

He explained that fellow actor Denzel Washington, who also spoke to Smith during a break, had told him: “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.”

“I want to be a vessel for love,” Smith continued. “I want to be an ambassador of that kind of love and care and concern. I want to apologize to the Academy and all my fellow nominees. […] I look like the crazy father just like they said about Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things,” he said. He then joked about his mother, who had not wanted to come to the ceremony because she had a date with her crochet group.

The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement last night saying that Chris Rock would not be filing any charges for assault against Smith. “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the statement read. “The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”

On December 28, Pinkett Smith spoke on social media about her problems with alopecia. She stated that she would be keeping her head shaved and would be dealing with the condition with humor. “Me and this alopecia are going to be friends… Period!” she wrote on Instagram.



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House-price inflation set to stay double digit for much of 2022

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House-price inflation is expected to remain at double-digit levels for much of 2022 as the mismatch between what is for sale and what buyers want continues.

Two new reports on the housing market paint a picture of a sector under strain due to a lack of supply and increased demand driven by Covid-related factors such as remote working.

The two quarterly reports, one each from rival property websites myhome.ie and daft.ie, suggest asking prices accelerated again in the first quarter of 2022 as the stock of homes available for sale slumped to a new record low.

Myhome, which is owned by The Irish Times, said annual asking-price inflation was now running at 12.3 per cent.

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This put the median or typical asking price for a home nationally at €295,000, and at €385,000 in Dublin.

MyHome said the number of available properties for sale on its website fell to a record low of 11,200 in March, down from a pre-pandemic level of 19,000. The squeeze on supply, it said, was most acute outside Dublin, with the number of properties listed for sale down almost 50 per cent compared with pre-pandemic levels.

It said impaired supply and robust demand meant double-digit inflation is likely until at least mid-2022.

“Housing market conditions have continued to tighten,” said author of the myhome report, Davy chief economist Conall Mac Coille.

“The broad picture of the market in early 2022 remains similar to last year: impaired supply coupled with robust demand due to Ireland’s strong labour market,” he said.

Soure: MyHome.ie

“One chink of light is that new instructions to sell of 7,500 in the first 11 weeks of 2022 are well up from 4,800 in 2021, albeit still below the 9,250 in 2019. The flow of new properties therefore remains impaired,” said Mr Mac Coille.

“Whatever new supply is emerging is being met by more than ample demand. Hence, transaction volumes in January and February were up 13 per cent on the year but pushed the market into ever tighter territory,” he said.

He said Davy was now predicting property-price inflation to average 7 per cent this year, up from a previous forecast of 4.5 per cent, buoyed strong employment growth.

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Daft, meanwhile, said house asking prices indicated the average listed price nationwide in the first quarter of 2022 was €299,093, up 8.4 per cent on the same period in 2021 and and just 19 per cent below the Celtic Tiger peak, while noting increases remain smaller in urban areas, compared to rural.

Just 10,000 homes were listed for sale on its website as of March 1st, an all-time low. In Dublin, Cork and Galway cities, prices in the first quarter of 2022 were roughly 4 per cent higher on average than a year previously, while in Limerick and Waterford cities the increases were 7.6 per cent and 9.3 per cent respectively.

The report’s author, Trinity College Dublin economist Ronan Lyons, said: “Inflation in housing prices remains stubbornly high – with Covid-19 disturbing an equilibrium of sorts that had emerged, with prices largely stable in 2019 but increasing since.

“As has been the case consistently over the last decade, increasing prices – initially in Dublin and then elsewhere – reflect a combination of strong demand and very weak supply.”


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