Personal Pocket Security Systems
MTS is offering new services attuned to the demands of fast-paced and occasionally dangerous big city living. The first, "Mobile Bodyguard," guarantees the subscriber 24-hour police protection. After signing a contract, your personal details are entered into the central database of the Moscow Police. Then, at any time you think you’re in danger, you can press the pre-set alarm key on your phone and, without even needing to speak, an operator will receive all your details and dispatch a group of armed police to come to your aid.
Also new from MTS is the Single Mobile Information Service (MIR). Just dial 082 on your mobile phone to gain access to around the clock customer service info in Moscow, in both Russian and English. MIR promises to answer ALL your questions, from flight and train schedules, to good places to buy school textbooks to the location of sport clubs. And, if you’re stuck for ideas on the weekend, MIR will fill you in on the latest exhibitions, cinema and theater offerings and nightclub action. They’ll even read a bedtime story to your child.
Get more info on "Mobile Bodyguard" at Tel. 771 6611, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.08911.ru. Other MTS services at www.mtsgsm.com.
Linens and Things
Just in time to decorate the dacha without breaking the bank this season, Nash Home, a store selling attractive Russian-made linens for the home, recently opened just off the Old Arbat. Featuring a range of products for the home, including matching sheets and comforters, throw pillows, drapes, blankets and tablecloths, most of the store’s products are made in their own factory just south of Moscow. Cotton, chenille and linen dominate the summer collection, which includes soft pastels, bold prints and even a line inspired by Japanese minimalism. Nash also sells a selection of women’s clothing and local handcrafts, and houses a small cafe and coffee shop where shoppers can relax and imbibe while they ponder their purchases.
Nash Home is at 27 Old Arbat (in the Bukle boutique at 47 Starokonyusheny Pereulok), Tel. 291 7209 www.nash-home.narod.ru. Open 11am-9pm.
A Fishing Hole for Urban Anglers
Expat anglers yearning for those lazy summer days spent by the river – despair no more. Fishing Village, in Moscow’s Botanichesky Sad region maintains a pond stocked with trout, sturgeon and carp, with fishing rods for hire and little docks where you can cast off and wait for a bite. There’s also an on-site kitchen that will prepare your catch for you. In summer, you can eat your fish ’round a table in a shalash (a rustic gazebo of sorts), washed down with beer, vodka and various zakuski. In winter, you can rent one of the ’village’s’ two izbas for the night and try a little ice fishing. Even if you’re really unlucky and catch nothing the owners have thoughtfully placed an outdoor restaurant two-minute’s walk from the pond, offering good Russian and Georgian cuisine, with the emphasis, of course, on fish.
Fishing Village: Tel. 974 3566, 181 9018, www.fishing-moscow.ru, Ul. Selskokhozaistvennaya, Likhoborsky entry to the VVTs, Metro: Botanichesky Sad, but best to take a car – it’s a long walk to the village.