Two Nice Articles about Russia

In the run-up to Russia’s World Cup, The Guardian has two nice articles this week, one about “the mother of all rivers,” the Volga, featuring the river cities of Kazan, Samara and Volgograd, the other featuring “A little parcel of land smaller than Wales wedged up against the Baltic Sea,” the Russian exclave Kaliningrad, between Poland and Lithuania.

Just So You Know

Brunei bans Christmas.

Amber waves of … amber.

Flight delayed by the northern lights.