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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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Confessions of an International Lothario

How do you track down a Casanova? You dont usually, they track you down if youre a lovely young lady that is. We turned the tables a bit and contacted a man who has ruffled a few bed sheets and broken a few hearts in his time here. The hunter became the hunted, and what did Kellen Derry, a 26-year-old English teacher have to tell us about his ways, his wiles and his women? Read on to find out

Warning: Those with cardiac arrhythmias and/or palpitations should consult a doctor before continuing. Information as represented below does have the capacity to shock and/or traumatise. Please read with caution

You have a reputation as a Casanova how did you gain this?
There are two answers to this. 1. The obvious one. 2. The ability to mask the obvious.

How do you feel about this title?
All the title means to me is that women think Im charming or smooth.  I guess it could be a problem if the reputation persists, or rather, the behaviour persists while searching for a wife.

When did you first realise you were a Casanova? For how long have you been one?  
My basketball coach in middle school asked me a question when I was about 10 or 11. I had just talked to some beautiful girls from a rival school, and he asked, Kellen, do you ever turn it off? Thats when I knew I could talk to girls.

What are your favourite venues in Kyiv? Where have you enjoyed most success?  
Art Club 44 is a good place, but a bit of a young crowd. I really am not much of a club person. I usually use charm to talk a girl out of dancing rather than dance and embarrass myself. Youve got to know your limitations to be successful with women.

And your tactics?
Its much easier to attract interest in a foreign country, just speaking English sometimes works. The smile and eye contact are key. And, remember names!!! Girls love to be remembered.

Have you ever met anyone special enough whos tempted you to change your ways?
Casanova and Player are sometimes false synonyms. A Player has to change his ways because hes cheating on his girl, but a Casanova gets accepted as flirtatious or charming.  When Im out with a girl, I only pay attention to her. There was a girl while I was living in Korea who made me feel like what we had was enough.

How fierce is the competition in Kyiv? Who is your main competition?
The only competition is really the boyfriends. Ukrainian girls love to have boyfriends, but there are ways to work around that.

How is Kyiv for a Casanova?
Kyiv is a brilliant place to live. The women in this country are the best in the world. Its hard to think of a place that could rival this city.

How long do you intend to stay in the game for?  
Until I start losing hair.

What advice would you give to aspiring Casanovas in Kyiv?
Stop aspiring! If you have to aspire, youre not a Casanova.  Focus on what you do have rather than what you can never have.

Is there demand for Casanova teachers in the world today, or can you learn everything from the Internet?
There is demand because people will buy anything that will help them get laid. Just be confident and act like that supermodel is just the average girl. No girl is better than you, thats what you always have to believe.

What mistakes are common among young pick-uppers or those trying to meet a girl?
Trying too hard and not understanding what the girl is looking for. Its true, if you listen or pretend to listen very well, getting a girl is not hard.

What do you think of female pick-up artists? Have you met them? How do you relate?
Female pick-up artists dont really exist do they? They dont need any words or skills. Girls just have to be breathing and willing to get a man. They have all the weapons and were desperately trying to avoid getting killed to get into their pants. Female pick-up artist, isnt that just a hooker?

At what point do you give up the pick-up, if its not going well? 
The first time the girl shows that she thinks shes too good for me.

Are you just a Casanova in Kyiv or in other cities as well?
Like my basketball coach said, its not possible to turn it off.

Do you have a message for our lady readers?  
Youve probably read this and thought, What an a**hole!!!  But, when you go out to the club or pub, me or another similar person will be the guy with whom you like talking.

Finally, is pick-up just a way to get laid for the night or can it be a solution for the lonely hearted?
Both, its better for getting laid but can be used as a solution. Its a versatile weapon to have. 

Graham Phillips

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Comments (3)
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Hahaha | 10.04.2012 16:22

What a prick!

haha | 09.04.2012 22:45

This is the most pathetic thing Ive ever read Kellen Derry. Get over yourself.

OK... | 06.04.2012 17:31

This just smacks of smugness...One day, one day the tables will turn.

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