In brighter news, Tbilisi is still on the EuroNews weather, though not Vladivostok. There is a scrolling list of less important cities at the bottom of the screen along with words telling you what Voice Over Man used to say i.e. what time of the day the forecast is for. Another city on the list is Yerevan, which reminds me that on two of my three trips abroad this year, to different places and on different airlines, the in-flight magazines had articles about the delights of Yerevan as a tourist destination. Being a bit of a cynic, I cannot help wondering if maybe they feel they need to have flights there but have difficulty filling them, therefore they are hyping it as a destination.
However, I have conceived a strange desire to go there. Not least having seen this 1982 Soviet era guidebook someone has typed in or scanned. The bit about the metro is particularly fine. The quote I like the most is "Wherever you go in Yerevan, watch out for pot holes as you walk, but fear not pick pockets, assaults, and other kinds of crime which are unheard of here."
I had a look for a guide book in Waterstones in Reading when we were there on Sunday, but sadly the guidebooks went staight from Argentina to Australia.