Monthly Archives: December 2018
By TIM BOUSQUET*
Large sporting events — the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, what have you — as a rule are economic disasters and black hole budget items for governments. That’s because backers always oversell their ability to control costs and overestimate the economic impact of such games. Continue reading
Lenin is now alive more than ever. Foreign fans at the World Cup 2018 waited in giant lines to visit the Lenin Mausoleum.
One of the main attractions for fans at the World Cup 2018 was Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow. The editor-in-chief of the Maxim Gorky film studio, Andrei Apostolov, published a photo of a huge line of visitors, which stretched along Red Square on the days of the 2018 World Cup.
The fact that thousands of fans wanted to visit the Mausoleum, Apostolov writes on Facebook:
“While the ‘morning paints a gentle light onto the walls of the ancient Kremlin’, several thousand foreign football fans lined up in a winding queue to visit the recumbent Ilyich … Such a pilgrimage Red Square probably has not seen for half a century … (A frame from the window of the Historical Museum does not at all convey the real dimensions of the disaster, for the people of darkness). According to the staff of the museum, this is the way it has been every day,” he wrote.
Venezuela (8-1) took sole possession of qualifying Group F with the win. Canada fell to second place at 7-1, but still looks like a strong contender to advance with two of its final three qualifying games at home. Continue reading