Да вот, не утерпела и в первый раз поучаствовала :-) Answers for sollersuk
1. Dormice of course :-) to stuff as in Apicius or to fry with honey and poppy-seed as in Petronius. But no, I wouldn’t like to get in trouble like Patrick Faas - he nearly went to jail for animal rights’ abuse after demonstrating some dish either with dormice or with mice on Dutch TV. Anyway, skinning small furry animals isn’t at all in my line. Perhaps asafetida (hing) – although it could be found I haven’t done it yet. Medieval verjuice would also come in handy. And flowers – I love the idea of using flowers in modern cooking – like zucchini flowers, violets and even roses – but even these latter (untempered chemically) are difficult to obtain. But really I shouldn’t complain. When I experimented in Soviet times it had been almost everything – the simplest ingredients (like whipping cream, good cuts of meat, baking powder etc.) missing. I remember substituting fresh bananas with dreadful sticky air-dried ones that were at least sometimes available (instead of perhaps once every two years as normal although green and unripe bananas usually were), or capers with home-pickled dandelion buds – the results frankly left to be desired.
2. I am a very bad judge of this as I am very Moscow-centered – so I am sorry but I can’t imagine a wizarding school anywhere outside Moscow. Probably it could be built along the lines of something called группа продленого дня or продленка for short – lessons the first part of the day, walking around the grounds, playing, doing homework, going to various school hobby clubs (this was usually called кружок) and having some free time the second, then going home by portkeys (or alternative magical metro – Moscow underground) after parents are back from work. Boarding schools in Russia are really rare – in Soviet times as far as I know they were used mostly for invalids or juvenal delinquents (yeah, St. Brutus – only named after such or other communistic figurehead) and very seldom – for really talented children. The location? I could perhaps imagine a grey disused construction site and something rather like a brightly-coloured cottage of lost play inside, bigger within than without, full of fun and well hidden from muggle eyes. And of course us having the so-called school quarters, not trimesters there would be four periods of holidays (when everybody goes home): the long summer vacation (from the 1st of June to the 31st of August), short autumn (beginning of November) and spring (end of March) breaks (about a week) and New Year holiday (the end of December the first third of January). In short Harry is much better off in Hogwarts in this respect ;-)
3. Chinese. No competition. These tones really got me down – I was very shy at reproducing them especially as at the time I rather fancied my teacher.
4. What a cunning way of putting it. Usually I would have said that there’s no time like one’s own and I sincerely believe this. I don’t like to think of myself having been born even five years earlier or five years later than my actual 1974 – I would have missed so much! But as I am really obliged to ponder this now… Um. What a choice. Not in Soviet times with all their ideological poison and the shadow of KGB constantly looming in front of you if you dare reading anything 'ideologically wrong', that’s for sure. And I don’t really like dressing up and spending much time on my appearance and making polite small talk but living in the past in a polite society (I like reading very much so no other possibilities) it would have been imperative. I guess the only way would be to become a blue stocking somewhere in Russia at the end of the 19th century. And have the First World War and Revolution to look forward to? No thanks. Changing the country doesn’t seem to help either – there are drawbacks everywhere, be it Italian Renaissance, British Regency or Minoan Greece. "Времена не выбирают", visiting other times via books is much more fun. I definitely prefer living now!
5. Ancient Rome every time. I love Latin. Also by that time it was a much opener, cosmopolitan world with more freedom of choice (at least I think so) – and many more books to be read.
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флешмоб так флешмоб, знаю, что эта эпидемия в русском жж уже прошла, но почему бы и нет
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