1 October Yesterday and the day before, there was bombing. Often these pieces of ‘information’ contradict each other. On August 6, we found out that the widow of the late President Dudaev had fled from Grozny. We can only believe those who have seen things happen with their own eyes. And Bulat-Beg sent a messenger to the Shirvanshah: My ship was wrecked off Tarki and your people came and took its crew captive, and stole its goods; would you, for my sake, send me the men and gather their goods because those men were sent to me. She said to us, “If you are downtown and there’s an air-raid, run to Victory Prospect to house №5; we have a big underground shelter in the courtyard.” To die, I guess, is not scary; what is scary is to lie wounded amidst the ruins and die slowly. They are all good, except that people are remiss in following the laws of God. And Hassan-Beg went to the city to entreat Bulat-Beg. These are old books, printed early in the 20 century. I have not mentioned other towns, because there are so many of them. From Yazd, I went to Sirjan, and from Sirjan to Tarom, where livestock are fed dates; a here, having arrived here four weeks earlier. The woman who sells medicines introduced me to her sisters. But I must wear a scarf so that nobody knows that my mother is Russian and will treat me better. My surname is my mother’s because seven months before I was born, my mum separated from my father. No sooner had she come near us than she began to beg us to leave Grozny. She said, “I don’t know what kind of people there are elsewhere. They learn about the craters on the Moon and all about tides so that they understand, in summer, why it is that their sandcastles on the beach are swallowed up by the waves. And so if you consider the male line, I’m Chechen as well. I know that he has a son with his first wife, also a Russian. I’ve been told since I was little: “Your father is dead! Today my favourite and dearest aunt Leila came to our stall. At one time she used to work with mum at the big factory, the “Red Hammer”. The Moon Mission is packed with illustrations, and comes with a DVD that allows the viewer to follow the trajectory of this adventure to the stars right from its first steps. Children can lift and turn knobs and pulleys to discover how our Solar System operates. From there, I went to Amol where I stayed several months. Here the Shah Hussein, I went to Kashan and dwelt there some months, and from Kashan to Naina, and from Naina to Yazd, and sojourned here some months.
My grandfather, the journalist and cameraman, bought them. The heat from the sun is intense in Hormuz, a man burns.
Any dress with a scarf to match is romantic and tender and mysterious. Here I have the graves of two relatives – my grandmother and my father. A documentary chapter links up the story with historical fact. Cosmic describes the adventures of Liam Digby, a boy whose adult appearance enables him to participate in a contest seeking to groom the world’s youngest astronaut.
Those who dreamed of the Moon followed the path of this pioneer who succeeded in bringing back the infamous Apollo 13 safely to Earth. There are those who see him as the successor to Roald Dahl, but that doesn’t stop him from addressing the world through teen books that conceal accuracy under a layer of cheery good humour.
Hassan-Beg, the ambassador of the Shah of Shirvan, presented each of them with a caftan and a fine cloth that they might lead us safely by Astrakhan.
Here we met three pagan Tatars, who falsely informed us that the Sultan Kassim lay in wait for merchants with three thousand soldiers on the Buzan.