Flag Day…. Прапор України or Наш прапор

The day before Ukrainian Independence Day, August 23, is National Flag Day in Ukraine. Like most things on an official level here, there is a great deal of pomp and circumstance. Though last Saturday had a little musical twist to it. In typical post soviet style the official ceremony featured the premiere of Oleksandr Ponamariov’s…

Another birthday of those close to the top

A couple of nights ago I dropped by The Drum nestled in the courtyard behind 4 Prorizna Street just off of Khreschatyk in Kyiv’s downtown core. I found the usual suspects there, but primarily journalists from the FT, BBC and Bloomberg(Warsaw) as well as Euan MacDonald… of Speeding Lisa and co-owner of The Drum. Euan…

Sir Elton John sings for former President Kuchma

Reported by a number of different sources in Ukraine, apparently Sir Elton John was to have been in Yalta on Saturday to sing for former President Kuchma’s 70th birthday. Rumors have it that the price tag for such a little birthday gift was in the range of 5 million USD, however, this is not easy…

First Sir Elton, then Sir Paul … maybe Sir Mick Jagger?

I was sitting around with some friends on Saturday night, talking about a number of things including music and life and a whole lot of other things thrown in. Somewhere in the conversation there was mention that word out in industry circles is that not too long ago Viktor Pinchuk, who has become a somewhat…

Newton’s Third Law of Motion – towards plagarizm

A week has passed, and clearly the reaction to my blog posting Nothing like plagiarism… and IP rights ignored was very similar to Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” As a result of that post, the “target of my diatribe” as Orest put it, was his blog called…