Monthly Archives: December 2013
The world’s news might have given up on reporting on the situation in Ukraine (newsflash: the protests are still going!), but things are getting worse. I have family who are still in Kyiv, still braving the elements, still protesting. They have spoken to boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko (above).
Nationalistic journalists and public figures have been horribly injured in recent attacks. Two of the worst are as follows:
Dmitry Pylypets, organiser of the protests in the city of Kharkiv was beaten and stabbed.
Now there’s Tetyana Chornovol, who was attacked in her car, her face destroyed. She’s going to have to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries. However, she was able to help find the men who attacked her, and arrests have been made.
This is what happens to Ukrainians who are tired of the Russification of their country. Yet another black mark against their neighbours to the east.
I came across this completely by accident the other day. Baileys did a lengthy Nutcracker-themed ad. It starts off a bit slow, but then Thiago Soares arrives on the scene. Who says male ballet dancers can’t be tough?!
Driving past the main Christmas tree in Canberra on Saturday night – on the way to the World Record Christmas lights in Forrest.
This evening we went to the new Jamie Oliver restaurant in Canberra (note to the idiots at the next table: shaking your legs nonstop for two hours is bloody annoying – I had to change seats!) and then to see the world record-breaking Christmas lights. We thought it was busy when we arrived, but the queue when we left was incredible! Roped off areas weaving around, people lining up all the way down the street and around the corner. There’re food stands and all kinds of things – and you even get a free calendar at the exit!
With 502,165 lights, this is a pretty impressive place to visit!