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🏛️ BP, Russia and the @BritishMuseum 🧵

In 2014, the Russian state invaded Crimea.

In 2017, the Russian Ambassador and Cultural Attaché met with the museum's Director and Chair - and staff from their sponsor BP - before the press launch of its new #Scythians exhibition...

That exhibition involved collaboration between the British Museum and Russia's State Hermitage Museum - which BP also sponsored.

For years, BP strategically sponsored cultural orgs in both the UK and Russia - and the ties between them - to strengthen its influence.

And at that time, BP was actively seeking ways to get around sanctions so that it could push ahead with drilling in a shale deposit - in partnership with the Russian state oil company Rosneft - by reclassifying that shale deposit as ‘limestone’!

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#Hydronomastics is the study of #hydronyms, the proper names of bodies of water.

It's a branch of #toponomastics, the study of #toponyms (the proper names of places), which in turn is a branch of #onomastics, the study of #orthonyms (proper names).

French / Luxembourghish sign: The River Sauer in Martelan...
#Hydronym and #hydronomastics both derive from Ancient #Greek ὕδωρ / húdōr (water) + ὄνομα / ónoma (name). The Greek island of Skiatho...
#Hydronyms tend to outlast other #toponyms, even when new #languages and cultures displace earlier ones.

#England, #EastAnglia, #Essex, and #Sussex are named for the #Angles and #Saxons; but #Trent, #Ouse, #Thames, #Severn, and #Avon are older #Celtic and #RomanoBritish names. A map showing the main rive...
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