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Фенологические наблюдения и пр.
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27th-Apr-2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
A.sanguinolentus is correct - very distinct in UK fauna.
I enjoyed seeing the river walk - Hampton Court images. My grandfather was a blacksmith and later a warder there, his son, my uncle, worked there as an assistant to Anthony Blunt and had a grace and favour home which at one time was Christopher Wren's drawing office. My mother worked at the Palace as a gardener during WW2 ... and a cousin from Sicily sells ice cream from his van outside the gate!
27th-Apr-2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's a pretty good connection with the place!

Didn't get the part about "A. sanguinolentus" though -- what was that about? I didn't ID bees/flies here yet =)
27th-Apr-2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ampedus is on your Wimbledon Common page - I typed a comment but was not sure if it would download, so I tagged it on to LJ.
My mother and her siblings are all dead now, but when alive we knew little about my uncle's role with Blunt: he was not an art historian, more likely one that helped cataloguing, preparing exhibitions, loans etc from the royal collections. I remember one day he told us that all staff were told not to go into the Tilt Yard, but he took a look from a window and saw a motorcade draw in and Halie Selassie get out of car - nothing in our media to say he was in UK.

27th-Apr-2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, right! So there IS just one of those in England! In Russia there are several more that look like that.

Well, there's many people that visit these shores without much media coverage =) And Selassie used to live in Cannizaro House by Wimbledon Common -- there's a monument for him in Cannizaro park nowadays.
28th-Apr-2016 10:33 am (UTC)
I think Selassie had just been deposed when he arrived at Hampton Court. Interesting he lived near Wimbledon Common - another not widely known fact I think.

I've been on two expeditions with the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk) but both were to Kazakhstan. I was taken off for a day's field work around Novosibirsk. I would like very much to collect insects in Ussuri region and "Russian Far East" . . but maybe I'm too old fort such things now.
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