Koba Subeliani and his Caucasian Shepherd Dog ‘Buka’

We were watching the hugely popular Vano’s Show on Georgia’s Rustavi 2 channel this afternoon. Hosted by Vano Javakhishvili the show is a mix of comic monologues on topical issues, music and conversations with guests.

Vano’s guest on today’s show was Koba Subeliani and his 12 year old Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Buka.

Koba Subeliani is Georgia’s Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees and is one of Georgia’s most popular and respected Ministers.

The Minister is a great admirer of Caucasian Shepherd dogs and had brought his great dog, Buka, to the TV studio.

It was a very entertaining interview, especially as the Minister and Vano have a great sense of humor. When asked by Vano why he had held his ministerial post for so long without being replaced, the Minister pointed to his dog Buka and joked that who would touch him when he has such a big dog!

There was a hilarious moment when Buka began drinking from a cup on the table!

Buka is a great example of a Caucasian Shepherd. He is huge and a very lovely color.

The Minister has a page on Facebook: Koba Subeliani. There are many fantastic pictures of Buka in the Wall Photos.

I have chosen several photos from the Minister’s Facebook Wall Photos  to show how magnificent Buka is.

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Where ancestors rest (part 2)

You may know that the tall person is English. His ancestors were landowners in the County of Somerset in England.

On his last visit to England, the tall person went to see his brother who lives in their ancestral village of Stogursey in Somerset.

The village is very old and contains the remains of a moated 11th century castle built after the Norman Conquest.

The tall person and his brother went to the village church of St. Andrew where several of their ancestors from the seventeenth century are buried.

The church is a legacy of a Benedictine Priory that was established by a Norman lord, William de Falaise, who had been given the village by William the Conqueror as a reward for faithful service.

Remains of the Priory walls and a beautifully restored Dove Cot still remain.

The church was already in existence when the monks took over the Priory. The herring-bone in the tower masonry uncovered during restoration work in 1954, together with the pier capitals in the church, date the building to the last decade of the 11th century.

The church tower, which is capped by a spire, survives from the late 11th century and holds six bells, the oldest of which dates from 1611.

The bells are still rung regularly. The tenor bell weighs an impressive 1.25 imperial tons!

The beautifully carved pew ends date from 1525. The tombstone is one of the tall person’s ancestors.

It is set in the stone floor in front of the sanctuary inside the church, a place reserved for important members of the community. The tall person’s ancestors owned much land in the parish of Stogursey and also in surrounding parishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church has a graveyard that has several very old lichen covered tombstones.

This one probably pre-dates the tree that has grown alongside it and displaced it.