Tobogganing without Snow
Orlando Jones remembered where some of the famous Russian skating scenes were. There was one, for instance, in Anna Karenina  when the tragically shy Levin went to the pond in the Zoological Gardens in Moscow where Kitty was skating. He wanted to propose to her, but speechless or not, it did him no good. He was, however, an excellent skater.
So, it is rumoured, was Lenin. He forced himself not to be distracted by his twin passions for night skating and Latin. Much later, in Beijing, Orlando Jones saw Chairman Mao Zedong. Culturally unfamiliar with the idea of preserving the physical body of a leader in perpetuity, she tried desperately not to have irreverent thoughts. This proved difficult. She bought a Mao watch (a wind-up watch) in the Silk Market for Lily Wong, but kept it for herself. She heard that Mao often studied under a street lamp.
The body of Deng Xiaoping was not (as far as anyone knew) preserved in Beijing. Sometimes, Orlando Jones wondered about this.