In Goulburn

We stopped in Goulburn on the way from Sydney to Canberra today. The Victorian architecture there is so well-preserved.

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At the Ballet

On the way to the Sydney Opera House to see the final performance of The Australian Ballet’s Giselle last night.

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Eurovision

I’m not planning on watching Eurovision this year, but seeing as it’s Eurovision weekend (as well as election weekend in Australia!), here’s the best performance in the whole history of the competition: Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka in 2007.

The event took place in Helsinki, Finland that year, and I was actually in the cityi with my brother at the time. We are in the footage they broadcast from the city’s main square.

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Canberra Sunset

There was an amazing autumn sunset in Canberra just now…

Canberra Australia Autumn Sunset Sonya Heaney Sky Clouds 13th May 2019 Nature

 

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More Autumn Colours in Canberra

It’s still SO sunny and warm for late-autumn. Here’s another picture of the autumn colours in Canberra, taken on this sunny afternoon.

Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th April 2019 Warm Sunny Day Blue Sky Garden Nature

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The Hopak

Today is International Dance Day, so please enjoy this performance of the Hopak, the national dance of Ukraine. Most people have seen these steps, these big jumps, and these costumes, but few realise they’re Ukrainian (those baggy trousers and the headdresses with the ribbons are distinctive Ukrainian national clothes, and not worn by Russians). It’s what most people would probably call “Cossack dancing”.

The fact it’s from a telecast on Russia-1, a television station that now dishes up anti-Ukrainian Kremlin propaganda day in and day out, is not lost on me!

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Happy Ukrainian Easter!

Yes, those aren’t pysanky in the bowl, but at least the embroidery comes from Ukraine!

Ukrainian Embroidery Easter Sonya Heaney April 2019

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