Hi – I’m Emlyn. Thanks for dropping by. At the time of writing, I live in St. Petersburg, Russia, where I work as an English teacher. I came to Russia for many reasons, but one of the most important was that I wanted to learn about Russian martial arts. Many of these have strong links to Cossack culture, which is another area of interest for me.
I eventually discovered that my work schedule rarely allowed me to get to any martial arts classes, which was a disappointment. I’d already found, though, that learning about Cossack culture and its revival dovetailed very closely with another interest: how to develop resilient communities, able to weather the imminent consequences of Peak Oil, and the other environmental and financial catastrophes that now seem unavoidable. This is now my primary focus.
Everything I write here is, of course, purely in a personal capacity, and is in no way reflective of the views of any employer – past, present, future, or entirely hypothetical.
Update: as of April 2015, I’m living in Beijing. China isn’t exactly a hotbed of Cossack culture, but I’m doing what I can 🙂
About the blog’s banner picture
The banner at the top of each page is “White Cossacks, presumably Kuban, dancing outside a train“, which I obtained from the Photos of Kuban Cossacks page at Pygmy Wars. It’s my understanding, based on that site’s copyright policy, that this photo is freely usable.