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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Special Feature

Bored At Work? Lets Have Some Fun!

Work can be boring, tedious, monotonous, draining, unentertaining and downright suicide-inducing at times. The onset of the winter weather does little to cheer the mood. Thats where Whats On comes in.
Allow us a moment of your time to introduce you to ways in which both your workplace and morale can benefit from a few simple measures. Managers may not like them. But then what do they know.

Office Sports 
If employers dont appreciate the benefits of a healthy workforce, theyre living in the dark ages. That will be your somewhat fiery retort when your boss asks why youve cleared the desks and moved them together to play ping-pong. Be sure to remind them too that basketball also enhances the health and wellbeing of staff, and that since normal basketball discriminates against the short, youre promoting equal opportunities by playing in the office. When youre using the waste-paper basket as a net and a rolled-up ball of paper to score some three-pointers, remember that youre not pissing about as some may say, but you are in fact taking a stand against discrimination. The list of health-inducing options does not end there. Office darts will improve workplace productivity just as much, and will also encourage team-building when a photo of the boss acts as the board and a bulls eye is the middle of his forehead.

Rearrange the Office While Everyones Out 
Fresh is good. It encourages new ideas and increases productivity. And if your boss doesnt buy that one, tell them that the cleaners did it. 

Photocopy Body Parts and Send Them Off to Everyone 
You absolutely cannot be blamed for technology being so complicated these days. There is no manual for you to take guidance from either. So it is not your fault that you were unsure as to how it worked, and when you tried to fix it, it ripped your clothing and took humiliating photos of you. You were so humiliated by this technological intrusion into your privacy that you sent the evidence of managements negligence to colleagues, to warn them that the same could happen to them.  

Get Drunk and/or High 
Its questionable as to whether drinking late into the evening equates to being drunk at work when arguably you did not do the drinking in work. The same applies to drinking at lunch, because activities undertaken outside the workplace are within the realm of personal privacy and for a manager to question such activities is invasive and rude. Appearing drunk is like saying you appear happy which, of course, is not a crime. For them to suggest otherwise is insane.  

Have a Fling 
Working closely with your colleagues allows for the formation of good relationships in the office, something that has been encouraged by management gurus for decades. If your manager is in any doubt as to the sense of this, just pick up any management self-help book from the store, point to the relevant page and say you were helping yourself. It shows proactivity.

Arrange for a Stripper to Visit a Male Colleague
Bonding or bondage? Let not the cynics have their say. This is fun, and should be encouraged. If you encounter organisational resistance, quietly remind your boss that youll order him one the next time he has a birthday. Depending on whether you like the colleague to whom the lovely lady will be plying her affections, you may even consider ordering him a male stripper instead.

Go Shopping 
If the previous option was for the men, then this ones for the women. Ladies will be quick to remind any naysayers that part of the unwritten requirements of the workplace is that they look professional. How, they would argue, can a lady do that without spending additional hours actively constructing the required look? Men do not need to have their nails done, nor do they need an array of bags to match their outfit. They have it easy, and simply cannot appreciate the torment of the added pressure a woman faces. Of course, if a ladys boss is also a lady, then she at least should understand why the work wasnt done, and why 'nipping out' took over four hours.  

Make Voodoo Dolls
Severity or levity? Thats the choice managers have if they wish to instil a workplace atmosphere of their choosing. Given that this is the 21st century, we should all be moving towards levity. In attempting to rid the office of the former, you will argue a Voodoo doll of the manager is in order. Just to be on the safe side, you should reassure them this is all just for fun and that unlike the James Bond film Live and Let Die you are not using Voodoo to intimidate and control a vast network of submissive followers. Knowing that, they should be fine with it.

Vadym Mishkoriz

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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