Vera Rich and Guy Picarda – the Centipede’s Dilemma [1]

Jim Dingley
English text – January 2016. This paper was delivered at the Congress of the International Association of Belarusianists (Міжнародная асацыяцыя беларусістаў), held in Miensk in May 2015.

A centipede was happy – quite!
Until a toad in fun
Said, “Pray, which leg comes after which?”
Which threw her mind in such a pitch,
She lay bewildered in the ditch
Considering how to run.

The idea for this paper stems from the process of change through which the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum is currently going. In the main these changes focus on digitisation, and thereby making the Library collection more available to readers on a worldwide scale. As a first step the Board of Trustees of the Library is addressing the digitisation of the large number of boxes of archive material; after all, these archives are one of the features of the library that make it unique. Continue reading

Mgr Alexander Nadson: obituary

Jim Dingley

ANadsonThe death at the age of 88 in Barnet Hospital on Wednesday 15 April of Mitr Alexander Nadson, Apostolic Visitor for Belarusian Catholics abroad, leaves a void in the lives of many people throughout the world. Whether Belarusian or not, Christian or of no particular religious faith – those who knew him respected and loved him for his luminous spirituality, his passionate scholarship and his ardent love of Belarus.
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