Happy 2013 everyone! This post isn't related to Mongolia at all, but how awesome is this!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Themed "Streets Digital" for this year, the event will see a live collaboration between 6 Mongolian artists and 3 International artists from Australia and the Philippines.
Masked DJ duo Slice N Dice, all the way from Australia, will be spinning during the night.
Also at the event:
- Free T-Shirt printing
- Digital graffiti
- Neon themed party
- Exhibition of Tiger Translate 2012 submissions
- Art battles
When: 8pm - late, 24 August 2012
Where: Blue Sky Tower, UB, Mongolia
Admission: 20,000 MNT at the door.
Facebook event page (in Mongolian): https://www.facebook.com/events/215175995278879/
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A journalist friend of mine informed me of this. Photos from 2010 of a dogfight with Heineken banners plastered around the venue has recently gone viral on Facebook, with consumers threatening to boycott Heineken products. The photos are from a 2010 dogfight "championship" organized by a pit bull terrier breeders' club at a UB nightclub called Elite. According to the site that originally posted the photos, the breeders' club has been organizing these "official" fights since 1997. (source here. be warned though, graphic images of animal cruelty).
In an official statement on their website, Heineken denies any knowledge of or involvement with this activity, stating:
Images continue to circulate in social media channels showing a dog fight, with Heineken® banners clearly visible in the background. This is very distressing and totally unacceptable. As a company and a brand owner, we do not and would never knowingly support any event, outlet or individual involved in this type of activity...The venue owner has verbally confirmed that Heineken banners are visible in the pictures because the previous evening the club had been decorated for a promotional event and he had failed to remove the banners once it was over. [Source]The company claims to have removed all promotional materials from the venue and ceased relationship with the nightclub since the incident came to light.
I have not been able to find any information on laws prohibiting such activities and according to friends, dogfights are not illegal, i.e. nobody's bothered to address it so far. These events are most likely low-key and never publicized, as I have never heard of this before yesterday.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
And they're beavers. 14 Eurasian beavers arrived in Ulaanbaatar from Bavaria, Germany this week.
Known as ecosystem engineers, the hard-working beavers build dams that have positive effects on the ecology. According to Wikipedia:
Beaver ponds, and the wetlands that succeed them, remove sediments and pollutants from waterways, including total suspended solids, total nitrogen, phosphates, carbon and silicates. SourceSix more beavers will be sent over from Germany later on. According to various news sources, Germany is sending the beavers over for free. 20 more beavers are to be imported from Russia sometime this year. The initiative by mayor G.Munkhbayar is a part of a program to restore the heavily-polluted Tuul river basin, which provides most of the drinking water for Ulaanbaatar city.
The beavers will be bred in a protected environment before being rehabilitated into the wild.
Of course, one questions the logic of pinning our hopes of saving Tuul river on a few families of beavers when there are thousands of human families dumping their household waste into the river. One hopes that this is only a small part of the Tuul river restoration plan.
Beavers are native to Bulgan river, Khovd aimag of western Mongolia. However, according to news reports, Bulgan river beavers have been migrating south to China over the past few years.
If you are curious, below is a BBC documentary segment on how these hard-working animals go about building their lodge.
Monday, April 16, 2012
More info here @ BBC
Genghis Khan on a horse by Dashi Namdakov.
Marble Arch, Westminster.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Following the arrest of Mr.Enkhbayar, various questions spring to mind. For one, why did they carry him shoeless out of the apartment and into the car like a drunk crowdsurfer at a concert? Couldn't they give him a minute to put on some shoes? Another question, why punch MP's in the face and overturn sofas on them? I understand one may have various reasons for wanting to punch an MP in the face, but it was neither the time nor the place what with all the media and spectators. During the raid, why were the first people to come through the door in plainclothes and ski-masks, making the raid look more like an ill-planned robbery than an organized and legal operation?
The competence and organization of the raid were best summarized by a conversation between a policeman and a spectator, who accused an unidentified plainclothesman of attempting to shoot the ex-president during the earlier bungled arrest attempt. As people shouted out that he had a gun, he ran for cover to a police van, and sat with his face covered by his jacket. As various media gathered, the spectator started asking the policeman guarding the van about the identity of the man.
Spectator: - Who is that man? If he is not one of yours, why did you take his gun from him?
Policeman: - You told me to take it from him.
Hilarious, yet sad at the same time. No formal announcements have been made with a list of accusations against the ex-president, except that he is being charged under Article 150.3 of the Criminal Code, which deals with "Misappropriation or embezzlement of property". If convicted, he may face up to 5 years in prison.