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Catkins (urvad) AND "cones" (käbid)?! Indeed. It's a LEPP, also known as an alder. Photo: Riina Kindlam


Pussy willows get all the attention in the spring. Cute and soft and perfect for putting in a vase. In Estonian, they're paju/tibud (willow chicks) or paju/kiisud (willow kitties). But what about that tree decked out in dangling catkins (urvad)? No, not the kask (birch) in the background, although they have urvad as well and the two species are related; they both belong to the birch family kaselised, which also includes the nut-bearing sarapuu (hazel). is seeking children up to 16 years of age to write submissions for the online portal's newlylaunched children's culture column.

UK’s flag-carrier airline British Airways commenced regular traffic between Tallinn and London, connecting Tallinn Airport with the UK capital’s Heathrow Airport.

kaljurandRevelations that Russian intelligence agents penetrated the computer systems of Yahoo three years ago is hardly news to someone like Marina Kaljurand, writes the San Francisco Chronicle.

katkiSeen on World Poetry Day, 21. märts, at the Tallinna Kesk/raamatu/kogu (Central Library). One of the computers in the children's section stated: "I'm broken. Play board games instead!" Hanging by the ekraan or kuvar (screen) are kõrva/klapid or "kuularid" (headphones), below is the klaviatuur (keyboard).

The newly released World Bank report "Doing Business" has ranked Estonia sixth among 190 countries worldwide in ease of registering property, an indicator measuring the steps, time and cost involved in the process.

Danske Bank has begun searching for a buyer for its retail banking business in Estonia in the wake of revelations that it was used in a scheme to launder billions of dollars, according to a Danish report.

ski1Women medal winners (upper photo) and men medal winners.   Photos by Andrus Ers.


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