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Something to keep me going

“No, I don’t like work. I had rather laze about and think of all the fine things that can be done. I don’t like work–no man does– but I like what is in the work,–the chance to find yourself. Your own reality–for yourself, not for others–what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.”

-from “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad


Refined Ways

One of the most frequent questions arriving through my inbox from readers of this blog since yesterday’s big launch has been, “Nikolai, your writing style is fantastic and intriguing – but I just can’t get attached to you because I don’t understand the title of your blog.. where on earth did you come up with such a name?”

Well, to put it bluntly, the title  of my blog is somewhat of a description of my way of life.  I consider myself to be a paradigm of refinement (I drink only the finest wine exported from the greenest hills of Tuscany, my crystal chess boards are preserved in scientifically devised chambers as not to let them age), and as such my ways are refined – thusly, “Refined Ways”.  Cleverly, it can also be used to describe my majestic writing style too, making it somewhat of a genius title, if I do say so myself.

After my “rant” yesterday, on the subject of passion within sport, I am all out of ideas on what else I can write to excite you all next.  Though, as a budding scribe, i guess that is no excuse.  Hopefully I will feel better at the dawn.

God bless.


My name is Nikolai Alexandrov, I’m a 23 year old male from Moskau, Moscow, Movska or whatever you want to call it.  Personally, I call it Москва, but seeing as English is the language of the land I live in, I am attempting to write this blog in English.  As you can tell, my grasp of the language is probably superior to the majority of the cretins who live in this country, including most of the indigenous peoples.  But nontheless, it is a language I enjoy to learn, and learn I do each day.

At first you might find me to be a condescending prick.  And in a sense, I am – but hopefully you will find me to be a condescending prick with a warm heart.  I may appear egotistical, but I have a humble soul and enjoy nothing more than relaxing in the countryside with friends and family, cooking them a great meal and having intelligent conversation.  Perhaps a glass of wine and a game of chess.

The blog I will hopefully update with rants (angry, righteous, philosophical, political you name it!) recipes, pictures, humour, thoughts, controversial but intelligent soccer punditry, chess hints, music and film reviews, religion and whatever else I can think of – so please, pull up a pew, and I’ll walk you through the long and winding road of my soul.

God bless.


Un caloroso benvenuto a tutti voi. Questo è il mio blog, un luogo dove metterò i miei pensieri, i miei ristoranti, taverne, le mie opinioni, le mie idee, e, in generale, tutto ciò che ho voglia di condivisione, tempo permettendo. Spero che li trovate interessanti, anche se lievemente. Grazie, e bene!