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    Write back in the USSR

    Decided to post this just because it is so different from so much of the news items we see at the moment and also because i thought it was such a good story.

    In the depths of the Cold War, the daughter of an imprisoned Soviet dissident received a message from across the Iron Curtain that changed her family's life.

    In June 1971, Marina Aidova was eight years old, living in the Soviet city of Kishinev. Her father, Slava, was imprisoned in a camp for political prisoners. When his family was allowed a three-hour visit, it took a two-day railway journey to reach him, paid for by her mother donating blood.

    When her mother, Lera, found that Slava had been on hunger strike, she too began her own protest by only eating one piece of bread a day.

    And then, into this bleak backwater of the Cold War, a letter arrived. It was a postcard addressed to Marina with a picture of an unfamiliar town. "With love from Newbury. Berks. England. Harold and Olive."

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    Remarkable story. This passage is quite amusing...

    "There were other surprises ahead when she reached the UK. Why would people buy jeans that were ripped and why, when there were no food shortages, were people eating muesli?"

    muesli... lol. Have some in the pantry.

    And a very touching ending...

    "We came to Newbury and walked in their garden, looked at the apple tree and stood where the letters had been written," she says.

    Perhaps I'll read this book.
    West of House
    You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
    There is a small mailbox here.

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    Thank you for sharing that..............it restores one's faith in humanity and confirms one's suspicions regarding politicians?


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    Yeah for me it was a really nice change of pace from all the other "media worthy" stories we see. It shows how a small gesture can have a huge impact.
    \"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.\"
    \"The reason we are so pleased to find other people\'s secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own.\"
    Oscar Wilde(1854-1900)

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