The Rise of Russism

The Rise of Russism

  Today Crimea is voting to join Russia in a local referendum. We all know the result, 100% or even 150% will be in favour. The referendum is being held under an armed occupation. Voters only have two options: join Russia immediately or revert back to the 1992 constitution when Crimea was declared independent. No … Continue reading

The 10 Commandments

The 10 Commandments

    His Excellency Most Highly Esteemed and Honourable Emperor of the Land of Golden Fields has graciously penned in his personal gold ink 10 new resolutions for the people this New Year.  These 10 principles will transform ignoble servants into golden citizens. We are most humble to His Excellency for guiding us with true … Continue reading

Caterpillar Clamour

Caterpillar Clamour

    This Easter break I went on a little Eastern European adventure with my friend Little Miss Fun travelling to the western Ukrainian town Lviv and then into Poland and the Czech Republic. Before heading off we had to sort out our trains. We brought our Kyiv – Lviv tickets via the national train site:   … Continue reading

Remembrance Sunday

    On November 11th I went to The Eternal Flame in Kiev to pay my respects to the souls lost in war. The flame burns day and night at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier killed in the IIWW. Passing through The Park of Eternal Glory towards the granite obelisk, I saw children playing … Continue reading

The Red Ribbon Concert

The Red Ribbon Concert

      Apart from watching the odd match with locals in makeshift tent-bars along the seaside, I mostly spent June sunbathing on the Crimean coast far away from Euro 2012. On retuning to Kiev, an amazing party atmosphere full of excitement greeted me. The city centre has been transformed into a football fan zone. … Continue reading

20 Ukraine Travel Tips

20 Ukraine Travel Tips

    A wave of England fans has washed over Kiev today for the Euro 2012 quarter-final against Italy.  Since this is likely to be their first trip to Ukraine, here are my 20 survival tips:   1. Carry cash. Ukraine is like many FSU countries where cash is the main way to pay. Buying … Continue reading

The Hydra & The Poisoned Chalice

The Hydra & The Poisoned Chalice

    Ukraine takes on England this evening, two countries I hold dear, two countries from two different worlds. As the teams collide, so do Europe’s East and West, the 1st and 2nd world. Leading up to the tournament Ukraine was bombarded with negative press but since seeing the hospitality of this ‘terrible’ place, firing has … Continue reading