Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, September 5, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 41 Soviet buildings moved to achieve fmodel By KICHARD WALLIS MOSCOW (Reuter) A Communist party announce- ment nailed to the doors of houses here calls on the pop- ulation to help make Moscow a "model Communist city." According to the manifesto, committees should be set up in every district of the capi- tal to supervise tha cleaning up of houses, particularly of their facades, gardens, court- yards, elevators, entrance halls and staircases. This new campaign, with the slogan appealing for Moscow's transformation into "a model Communist city" repeated in large neon letters over the central Mayakovsky Square, is part of the latest Soviet ef- fort to reorganize the capital. Tba widening of streets to cope wiLh Moscow's ever-in- creasing traffic is a constant concern here. MOVE BUILDINGS One of the ways to remove buildings interfering with the planners' vision is simply to transfer them to news sites. The Moscow city council has set up a special department to deal wiih moving old build- ings, an idea which is not so innovation here as a revival. The only house to be moved in Czarist times was a two- storey block of flats which, housing a childrens' library and painted a dirty mustard color, still stands at No. 32 Kalanchevskaya Street, 75 years later. The cost of moving that building was 20 per cent that of the original building _but that of moving a modern high- lisa block of flats is estima- ted at 40 to 45 per cent of the building cost, according to a report prepared by the Mos- cow Museum of History and Reconstruction. When the first house was moved in 1898. all the chim- neys, stoves, doors and win- dow-frames were taken out to lighten its weight and it took 60 workmen nine days to pull it back 66 yards. SHIFT OVERNIGHT Soviet engineers now boast that modern blocks of flats have teen moved during the night while all the occupants were asleep, without so much as the water, gas. electricity, telephone or drainage being cut off. Nearly 50 buildings were moved between 1935 and the Second World War during the first plan for the reconstruc- tion of Moscow, which also represented a drab period in Soviet architecture. About half a dozen build- ings now are scheduled for re- moval although Moscow en- gineers have not yet decided on the cheapest method to be used. COLUMNIST'S NOTEBOOK YORK (AP) "What em I going to do v.hen I re- This question stirs a feeling akin to panic in many Ameri- cans as they near the end of their time in harness. Most of us complain now and then about how routine our lives are. but as retire- ment looms we to look upon that routine as a kind of sanctuary. We want to cling to it. It is our life raft. Retirement becomes an ominous shadowy fear as frightening to a 64-year-old man as the bogeyman is to a five-year-old child awake and alone in the dark. Survivors agree that the best way to minimize retire- ment panic is to prepare for it ahead of the event by mak- ing constructive plans on where you vil! live and how you will spend your time. Somehow I have the feeling this advice falls a little short. It seems to me that it is as important to decide what you're not going to do after retirement as it is to decide what you will do. STICK TO CIGARS The lists are purely tenta- tive, so far, but at the mo- ment here are a few things I am determined not to do: Go to pot. Cigars are good enough to me. Develop a hobby. What is the use of collecting tilings Things we could all do with- out: Musical liquor bottles that play ''How dry I am." Colored bedsbeets printed with chessboard patterns or festooned clusters of writhing snakes. Gold and diamond-studded in a pampered pet dogs. Smutty phrases on sweat- shirts for teen-agers. People with a high I.Q. (in- telligence quotient) who fail at anything they try because it isn't backed up by a high M.Q. (motivation Professional athletes in any sport who go on strike unless they are paid a salary amounting to nearly half their weight in gold each season. Television actors who fell 230-pound thugs with a single karate chop that actually wouldn't give a headache to an ailing midget. Rainbow-hued capsules of medicine that dp you no more good than a sniff of sugar. Adults who tacitly condone their children's going to mari- juana puffing parties because they say it might keep the kids from doing something vorse. The traditional one used so far in the Soviet Union is by lifting the house on to a track of close-fitting rails and then moving it by means of electrically driven pulleys placed between the rails. The most important build- ing scheduled for removal is the Museum of Architecture which must make way for the widening of Kalinin Prospect, Showing utter confidence in the safety of the operation, museum director Victor Ba- din said none of the exhibits would be removed and work would carry on as normal. after 65? Your heirs only throw it out later as trash. Join a Golden Yenrs f'nb immediately. I don't feel like jumping into a sardine can full of old folks the very day I retire. Later maybe. Learn to play bridge or chess. Most of the people you meet who maks a ritual of games are bores or small- time card sharps. Haunt a golf course. I'd rather work every day than have to play golf every day. Marry a rich widow. Why go to hell so soon? There is no worss hell than living off a wealthy woman's alms. FORGET DENTIST What are the things a fellow can do after retiring that will enable him to lead a more contented life? Here are a few things on my list of tilings to do: Become more crotchety. An old nian without crotchets is as dull as a bowl of tapioca pudding at an orgy. Take a trip or two on a tramp steamer. See Africa from stem to stern. Learn a foreign language in a place where they speak it. Never visit a dentist again. Make a bonfire of my 25 books on dieting. Run off with a red-haired nurse or waitress. Who's afraid of retirement? Not the man who is prepared. Rundown vacation resorts where the bedbugs outnumber the mosquitoes and fare bet- ter. Schoolteachers who go to summer school only with the hopeful aim of marrying a seedy PhD. Fingerprints on ths icing of your birthday cake. Cocktail parties at which the host pours the first drink from a triple-shot glass and all the rest from a thimble. Middle-aged lady palmists. Teen-agers who describe ev- erything from a sunset to a car accident with the same phrase: "Isn't it The monologues of dentists when they are trying to take your mind off what they are doing to you. Any pieces of furniture done in ''antique style, such as Chippendale chairs made of plastic. Ladies who wear so much mascara it runs in the rain. Fearful passengers who have to be three sheets to the wind before they will climb aboard an airplane. From these and other bur- densome afflictions of mind and spirit, deliver us, Amen. Lawyer named for inquiry EDMONTON (CP) Calgary lawyer J. C. Major has been appointed counsel to a public inquiry into the failure of Cos- ncpol.tan Life Assurance Com- ps'iy and related firms. The inquiry, before district co-.irt Judge Roger Kearans, is e ;pccted to begin in October. The inquiry was called by Attorney-General Merv Leitch after about 100 shareholders of the firms pressed for an inves- tigation. 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