East and West met, fell in love thru art, now war’s a new affair for the Russian.

A failed composer who became father of modern art – this man, this Russian called Diaghilev – introduced the east to the west through ballet and it was love at first sight.

The costumes were tribal, exotic, over the top, each dress as independent as a sign post. Russian orthodox priestly robes and icons, Cassock boots lined in fur, harem pants and loose swimsuits designed by Chanel – they shouldn’t have worked. Yet everything did and everyone fell in love. Introduced by a Russian.

Stravinsky and Nijinsky, Picasso and Cocteau, Coco Chanel and de Chirico, Balanchine and Bakst, just to name a few followed the flamboyant impresario everywhere.

So much for the Belle Époque, much of the world feeling forlorn – today introductions are everywhere, once again the east is meeting the west, but thru war. It’s awful, effecting everybody in the worst possible way. Countries fighting, falling out of love, suspicious of another alliance, l’affair right behind their back.

Alas, not Putin, He seems to be attracting all kinds. Many are casting a warning to the west. Especially to America. Sure, it’s hot here in Europe’s, but hey, those hurricanes are coming your way later on. There could be blow back. Be careful of your own bait.

You’d be surprised who’s following this Russian, this guy they call Putin. Tehran just fell in love today and that girlfriend’s got a 40billion dowry.

Like so many others, let’s cast a warning to the west. The biggest jock on the block does not have his cheerleaders on side.

Nota bene, wouldn’t be surprised if the Italians are…

Published by baileyalexander

An American living in Piemonte. Sailed across the Atlantic aboard our 43 Nauticat in 2002 and spent over a decade living in Rome, Paris, Prague, Malta, Venice and Bucharest before settling in Piemonte, Italia.

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