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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.


Kyiv Traditions

How to Make 2008 Great!

Whether 2007 was a good year for you and you want 2008 to be the same, or 2007 wasnt the best and youd like 2008 to be better, according to local tradition there are a number of customs you can follow that will make next year a good one. Heres how

The first thing to do is relax! This is not the time of year to be rushing around trying to get things done. Instead it is the time to have fun with your friends and family, and spend time with those closest to you. In fact, it is considered unlucky to be working on big projects on New Years Eve and such activity bodes ill for the coming year, but a little healthy activity prior to the day will stand you in good stead. The first thing to get started on leading up to New Year is your home. This is the time to undertake a good and thorough clean of the place. Break out the scrubbing brushes, rubber gloves and bleach and go through the place like a whirlwind. Get into all the nooks and crannies youve turned a blind eye to during the year, such as under the bed and behind the sofa, and make sure everything is spotless. During the process you should also discard anything old and unwanted, along with those things that may have brought you bad luck during the year (like hanging onto photos of your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend). Pile them all up, and throw them all away! Then your home will be safe and secure, and full of happiness during the coming year.

 Money, sad to say, is an important part of life, and theres one thing to do thats as much common sense as tradition and will make sure you have a financially secure 2008, and thats pay off your debts. The custom here is to track down all those people who have been kind enough to help you out with a loan during the year, and settle up. It is also good to try and pay off any outstanding bills at the same time. This will leave you free to start the next year with a clean slate, and it is also considered very good luck. So much for the preliminaries, now it is time for the big day, and theres plenty of simple things you can do that wont cause you any fuss or distract you from the main aim of having lots of fun and drinking lots of champagne. And thats a good place to start, if a little chronologically out of order: if you want your wishes to come true in 2008 then write them down on a piece of paper. When the clock strikes twelve, set fire to the paper and let the ashes fall into a glass of champagne. Drink the champagne, ashes and all, and your wishes are bound to come true, so they say. For love, if you are a lady (it might work for those men brave enough to try), then be sure to be wearing some sexy new red lingerie as the New Year begins and this will guarantee that you will meet the man of your dreams.

 Have a bowl of exotic fruit laid out on your table, and it is a safe bet that the following year will be a very luxurious one for you, and you may well be travelling to exotic climes. Another important step in this superstitious light entertainment is to have a decent-sized monetary note in your pocket (a hundred dollar bill for example) at the stroke of midnight, as this is

 If you are a lady, then be sure to be wearing some sexy new red lingerie as the New Year begins and this will guarantee that you will meet the man of your dreams

 another step toward assuring yourself wealth and riches in the coming year. After midnight it is time to party, and be sure that part of your frolicking includes dancing round a New Year tree with those that are closest to you, as this is a sure-fire way of guaranteeing you will see the year out with them as well as in. One last but nonetheless important tradition to keep is to make sure the first person you wish Happy New Year to either coming to visit your home, or in the street if you are out and about is a man, preferably tall, dark and handsome, as this will bring you luck across the board in the coming year.

 And remember, no matter where you are and who you are with, have fun and this may well be the best way to guarantee yourself a good 2008, especially if you give weight to that old adage, Start as you mean to continue.

Yulia Samus

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