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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

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.


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.


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.


Kyiv Cars

This Surely Cant Be A Ford Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo first appeared in the early nineties and the first time I saw one I remember thinking what an aw-ful looking thing. It may have been marginally better than its predecessor, the Sierra, but at least the Sierra looked a little cool when it was launched. Therefore, Im not exactly
buzzing with excitement when I go to collect a Mondeo for a test drive, but Im pleasantly surprised when I see the latest model.
Very surprised. The new Ford Mondeo is a good-looking car. Ok, you can see the wind tunnel has played a large part in the design of the thing, but its sleek and stylish all the same, and has some interesting features that for a family saloon make it a bit of an eyecatcher.

Theres a double grill at the end of a softly slanting front end, the headlights have a very futuristic look resembling the eye at the end of the telescopic tentacle in the original War of the Worlds movie, and the whole thing seems to be hunkering down as if ready to spring into action.Inside is equally cool. This is a family car and it has plenty of space inside for all that. The interior is well laid out and it seems like theres more room on the inside than there is on the outside. The velour-imita-tion leather-mix seats are large and comfortable and theres plenty of legroom front and back. This Mondeo Titanium X with all the options is top of the range and the controls are laid out nicely with a large LCD display on the centre console and a second one on the drivers panel be-tween the speedometer and the gauges making sure you always know whats going on.
This has no key and is controlled by a proximity sensor that knows when youre close to the car, which then opens with a simple pull of the handle and starts and stops with the press of a button. This is all very cool and may impress your friends, but if youre an anal retentive like myself who needs to check a car is locked before leaving it, then this new-fangled gad-getry falls down because you lock the car by pressing a little button on the handle, but if you want to check the car is locked by tugging on the handle then the prox-imity sensor allows the car to open.Electric seats allow you to select the optimum driving position, then its time for the off. This car is powered by a 2.3 litre engine that produces 160bhp, and youd think that would be enough to make it a fun ride, but youd be disappointed. This car may look as if its hunkering down ready to spring, but in reality its hunkering down ready to yawn. Trying to get the Mondeo going is very much like trying to get me out of bed in the morning it takes a while. From a standing
start this car reaches 100km/h after 10.5 seconds, which, on the upside, is enough time for you to have your morning coffee if you didnt have time to grab one before you left the house. The car tops out at 207km/h (128mph) so if youre a fan of late night street-racing then this isnt the car for you.

Good Family Values
Having said that, this car drives very nicely. Im a lover of manual transmissions and would never choose an automatic, but the 6-speed
automatic gearbox on this car is one of the best Ive experienced. Many automatics provide you with a choice between constant speed or full-out acceleration, but this car gauges how much youre wanting out of it by the extent you press the accelerator, so if youre just wanting to cruise past someone on an out of town road, this car will allow you to do so without giving you whiplash in the process. There is, as seems to be pretty much standard these days, a manual option as well. The handling of the car is also first-class. It goes where you point it, and even out on the track at Chaika theres little in the way of over- or under-steer even when youre going far too fast into a bend. On top of that, the suspension is solid and makes for a very smooth and comfort-able drive through all the lumps and bumps Kyivs streets can throw at you. The only downside here is that the front bumper component is very low slung so youll have to avoid some of the larger undulations and find a ramp if the pavement youre trying to park on is more than a few inches high.
The Ford Mondeo is a family car, and when it comes to that it takes some beating. Theres enough space inside for a family of four to remain comfortable throughout Kyivs worst traffic jams, and with a CD player, radio and lots of buttons to press even the youngest should remain entertained, at least for a while. Theres also a massive boot in this car,

Trying to get the Mondeo going is very much like trying to get me out of bed in the morning it takes a while. From a standing start this car reaches 100km/h after 10.5 seconds, which, on the upside, is enough time for you to have your morning coffee if you didnt have time to grab one before you left the house.

which has enough room for luggage and toys when taking the family to the dacha for the weekend or longer trips to the provinces.Ok, so this cars not going to break any land speed records, but its not designed and built to do that. This car is a family car and it does that perfectly. Will it attract the ladies? If its young things looking for excite-ment youre wanting, then this car isnt going to do you much good, but if youre looking for a sensible lady with her feet on the ground and an eye on the future, this could be the car for you. 

                                                                                            Neil Campbell

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    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.

    Kyiv Culture

    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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