In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 4: Football as it Is

The Death of the Ball Football was played mainly by older boys. They had a real three-rand leather nipple ball. They took us to their games…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 3: Cognizing Life

Sadist Uncle Zhora The Crime For the first time, I faced the most severe flogging of a child during the first summer school holidays; this happened…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 2: School? This is Just the Beginning, Baby…

The First Pass in First Class I remember the first class due to several events that were unexpected for me: the huge bouquet that my mother and aunt…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 1: Early Childhood

And Then My Childhood Began... My very first childhood memory is a bunch of dead rabbits. After graduation, my father looked for work, and we moved…


In the Shadow of the Belt: Introduction

How Do You Discipline Children? In various countries, physical punishment of children is treated differently. According to my friend, a purebred…


Uchinoura, Part 2

XI. Short beeps in the tube interrupted the commander's swearing. A few minutes later, the colonel was already in the headquarters, and after some…


Uchinoura, Part 1

Dedicated to my colleagues in military unit 14129 “Starry” and to GUKOS*... I. The first time I heard about the wonders of Japanese technology was…


Brooch, Part 2

IX. The base of the hill turned out to be extremely dense. The tractor driver barely managed to take off several feet of soil. It was barely worth…


Brooch, Part 1

I. As he left the office, Hugh mentally scolded himself. He was still half a week behind, but he must drive far into the state. A rush job: they…


Rejoice!, Part 2

XXIV. A taxi pulled up to the wall and stopped. Two men of indeterminate age came out of it, put a couple of photos in a shrine, lit two candles, and…