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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.

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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.

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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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Kyiv Cars

For Boy Racers & Midlife Crises

The Mitsubishi Evolution series has become something of an icon for boy racers throughout the world and has a massive following all over the globe, including here in Kyiv where there are numerous owners clubs. Its younger (and cheaper) brother, the Lancer Ralliart was launched only last year, but already it is coming of age, and it proves to be a very exciting car.
The Lancer Ralliart is a sexy looking young thing. While it is the orange/brown hue of an airhostess, it is just as sexy: this car has some truly beautiful curves, and some very sensual bumps. With a big spoiler on the back, its going to attract the attention of the young testosterone-filled males right from the start, and the air intakes on the bonnet along with the front grill and sexy lights will probably make that testosterone flow even faster.

The young ladies could be quite attracted to this machine as well, because you can tell just by looking at it, its full of wild energy and frantic fury only just held in check.
The interior, surprisingly, is somewhat more practical. The sports seats in the front are very comfortable, even for a big man like myself, and even after a long drive youre not going to be too much in need of a stretch. There is also ample legroom in the back, giving a comfortable ride to all your passengers no matter their age or stature.

Road Racer
The gadgetry is as you would expect, with sporty dials and gauges and plenty of electronics to keep you occupied in a traffic jam. It has, of course, a radio and CD player, and on top of that it has sat nav, Bluetooth, USB connection so you can plug in your MP3 player, and all this is controlled by a touch-screen panel on the centre console, which turns into a video screen when you put the car in reverse. The sound system is good and loud, and it all makes for a very entertaining onboard experience, which is a good thing when stuck in Kyiv traffic. In this car you dont need to get stressed about sitting for hours not moving: instead you can sit back, relax, and play with all the toys around you while listening to a little deep trance.
But this is not a car for sitting in traffic jams. This is a car that wants to be moving, and it moves very well Im not kidding! This car has a 2-litre engine, and its turbo charged. Producing 240bhp this car hits 100km/h (60mp/h) from a standing start in seven seconds flat. And once its going, it keeps going. Now, we would never condone anyone breaking the law, but, and this is purely theoretical, if you were to find yourself in this car cruising on the Odesa-Kyiv highway, for example, at 140km/h, and you were to put your foot down, you would find it accelerates rapidly and smoothly up to 200km/h without problem. Not that this was tried during the testing of this car of course, its just what you would find if you were irresponsible enough to try it yourself. And with a top speed of 230km/h (143mph), theres room left to spare.

Track Times
On the track, where it is legal to push a car like this to the limits, the car handles well. It has a solid sports suspension that keeps all four wheels on the ground even in the hardest cornering, and it breaks as smoothly and as well as it accelerates. The transmission is a quick-shifting, twin-clutch SST (Sequential Sportshift Transmission), six-speed automatic with a sporty personality. And it has tectronic manual shifting mounted on the steering wheel which adds a whole heap of fun to the experience of driving this car as intended which is a fast as you possibly can. Jenson Button you aint, but you might find yourself feeling like it.
If you are of the boy racer type then theres not much thats going to out do you when late night street racing down Lesi Ukrainka, and you might even imagine yourself as Vin Diesel when going fast and furious down the boulevard, beating all comers. If this car is appealing to you because youre in the middle of mid-life crisis, and trying desperately (and maybe a little pathetically?) to relive those years when your cares were free, hangovers were light, and your little soldier was always standing to attention, then this car is going to seem like a time machine to you. Behind the wheel of Lancer Ralliart youre going to be the man you once were, and theres nothing wrong with that.

Bumps and Pavements
This car is pure sports. This car is not of the huge black variety with oversized wheels and a ground clearance high enough to drive over a toddler without hurting him or her. This car does not tell everyone youre lacking in the manhood area. Instead it says youre fun, and exciting, fast and loose. And while that may be the image youre wanting to portray, you might find that the Lancer Ralliart is a little less than practical downtown Kyiv.
The car sits low to the ground, and has an even lower front spoiler, so mounting the pavement to park is not going to be easy. In fact, youre going to need a ramp every time. And potholes and undulating tramlines might cause you some problems too. Once youre down near the Circus, or in Podil, youre going to have to be a little bit careful with this baby, or you might find you lose some things off the bottom. And you never know, some of those things might be important. You may even find yourself unable to proceed down some of the more unruly roads, having to make the odd u-turn now and then.
But thats not a problem for the people likely to buy this car whether young or old, the boy racers behind the wheel of any Lancer Ralliart will be out on the open highway, looking for freedom and adventure, and handing over bribes on a regular basis to just about every traffic cop they pass. Thats what this car is about fun and excitement, and it will provide plenty of both.

Lads and Ladies
One thing you will notice when you drive this car, is it turns heads. Most of those heads, it has to be said, will be on young male bodies, not the female ones youre hoping for. Having said that, if youre hoping to improve your appeal to the opposite sex, this car will do that for you, whether youre male or female.
Any woman driving a Lancer Ralliart will find that just about any male she might have her eye on will be impressed by the car even if it is just so he might stand the chance of having a shot at driving it himself. And men hoping to attract the ladies could do a lot worse than this as well, because once you have her beside you in the passenger seat, shes going to be thrilled by the excitement of the cars performance, and in awe of your driving skills.
All round, the Lancer Ralliart has a lot going for it, and with a price tag of around $37,000, it outstrips almost all other cars in this group. If youre a boy wanting to race, or a man wanting to be a boy wanting to race, this car will give you exactly what you want, and a little more besides.

Neil Campbell

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Salvatore | 18.12.2012 02:52

The History of : information hoirsty An automobile powered by a Otto gasoline engine was built in Germany by in 1885 and granted a patent in the following year. Although several other engineers (including Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach and Siegfried Marcus) were working on the problem at about the same time, Benz is generally credited with the invention of the modern automobile.The large-scale, production-line manufacturing of affordable automobiles was debuted by Ransom Eli Olds at his Oldsmobile factory in 1902. This assembly line concept was then greatly expanded by Henry Ford in the 1910s. Development of automotive technology was rapid, due in part to the hundreds of small manufacturers competing to gain the world\'s attention. Key developments included electric ignition and the electric self-starter (both by Charles Kettering, for the Cadillac Motor Company in 1910-1911), independent suspension, and four-wheel brakes.Although various pistonless rotary engine designs have attempted to compete with the conventional piston and crankshaft design, only Mazda\'s version of the Wankel engine has had more than very limited success.Since the 1920s, nearly all cars have been mass-produced to meet market needs, so marketing plans have often heavily influenced automobile design. It was Alfred P. Sloan who established the idea of different makes of cars produced by one company, so that buyers could move up as their fortunes improved. The makes shared parts with one another so that the larger production volume resulted in lower costs for each price range. For example, in the 1950s, Chevrolet shared hood, doors, roof, and windows with Pontiac; the LaSalle of the 1930s, sold by Cadillac, used the cheaper mechanical parts made by the Oldsmobile divisionSource:


 
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    Ukraine Truth
    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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