September 11 2001 – Memories of Countless Losses

For many people the events of September 11 2001 seem to have occurred just yesterday. I like many others who are old enough to remember can in their mind’s eye picture exactly where they were during that brutal attacks on the World Trade Center on that beautiful Tuesday morning. At that time I was living…

EURO-2012: Ukraine, why bother?

Back in September of 2011 I wrote up my “Travel Advisory Euro-2012”. It seems to me, all joking aside, that someone has heeded this message. However, I highly doubt it! Clearly the powers that be in Ukraine have not been able to convince the world that they actually deserve hosting the European football championships this…

Euro-2012: They shoot horses, don’t they?

When we hear about all the grotesque things going on in Ukraine, most of us are thinking about politics on a human level, but unfortunately there is an element that is permeating Ukrainian society that may get some individuals even more appalled then they would about the country’s politics . While it is clear to…

A vindictive form of justice

The lack of an independent judiciary in Ukraine prevents it from becoming part of the civilized world, undermines the principles of Ukraine’s Constitution, and the most basic rights and freedoms which it is supposed to guarantee. The lawlessness of the current regime is nothing more than a vendetta against those who were trying to bring…

The morning after – the ShokolaD interview

I got up the next morning and I was still staying on Filetova, not to far away from where I had to be in about an hour, and as usual, for that district of L’viv I missed the time period when the hot water was turned on. Well it was after all Friday and I…

Pre-ShockolaD – but just as sweet working out some deals for charity

Between the time I had first met Dana at Liviy Bereh underneath the L’viv Opera, a few days had gone by, but during that time I had arranged accommodations for some employees of a friend of mine who were coming into town on Wednesday morning and had been running around meeting with journalists and trying…

A different type of musical direction

Many years ago while working on a story for Ukrainisky Chas a Ukrainian radio program based out of Montreal, Canada there was a need for me to travel to L’viv to cover the inauguration ceremonies Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Though the purpose trip from Kyiv to L’viv was twofold . The morning of the…

A little music history

Easter is one of those moments for family and friends to gather. Due to a small force major incident last Thursday I couldn’t travel to my father’s village to spend time with my cousin, his family and my godson. As a consolation I spent Easter with my business partner and someone who has become a…

Christmas Season Releases

Well it seems that there are a number of Ukrainian bands that will doing presentations of their new albums right before the Christmas season. There will be a presentation of the Telnyuk Sisters’ new album Along both sides of the Sun and the Moon in L’viv on Tuesday December 12 at Kino Palats in L’viv,…