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2009-06-07 14:52:03

Alexandra Tolstoy, a distant relative of famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy, is struggling with a newborn while divorcing her husband, a family friend says. The family friend, whose identity was not reported, said the 35-year-old TV presenter is facing an awkward divorce following the birth of her first child, The Telegraph on Sunday said. It is a very complicated situation, the friend said. Everyone is just being as supportive as they can, but splitting up with your husband at the same time as...

2008-08-04 12:00:35

By ROSEMARY GORING ONE of Alexander Solzhenitsyn s earliest memories was of helping his mother bury the medals his father had earned as an officer in the Russian army in the First World War. Not long after marrying Solzhenitsyn s mother at the battlefront, Isaaky Solzhenitsyn died in a hunting accident, and within weeks he and his kind were seen as a mortal threat to the Bolshevik regime. Solzhenitsyn was born after his father s death, in the resort town of Kislovodsk on December 11,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'