Month: November 2011 (Page 2 of 3)

Monkey business

Amazing as this might sound, many Ukrainians actually open bananas from the wrong end!

I mean, they turn the banana upside down, ignore the stem (accepted by most of the world to be the part that opens the banana) and then open the fruit from the closed end. – the bit without the handle!!!

How do you open yours?

Bananas: How do you open yours?

The first time I saw this I thought it was a joke, or perhaps I was watching a crazy person?. Well, No. As time has passed I’ve watched in amazement as many other Ukrainians have done the same thing. There really is no ‘right’ way to open a banana in Ukraine.

Maybe its a anarchistic statement, a complete rejection of the dominant social order. Or perhaps its a subtle rejection of communism – I just don’t know, but its barmy.

If you’re in Ukraine, take a look, you might witness this crazy behaviour yourself.

Monkey business

Amazing as this might sound, many Ukrainians actually open bananas from the wrong end!

I mean, they turn the banana upside down, ignore the stem (accepted by most of the world to be the part that opens the banana) and then open the fruit from the closed end. – the bit without the handle!!!

How do you open yours?

Bananas: How do you open yours?

The first time I saw this I thought it was a joke, or perhaps I was watching a crazy person?. Well, No. As time has passed I’ve watched in amazement as many other Ukrainians have done the same thing. There really is no ‘right’ way to open a banana in Ukraine.

Maybe its a anarchistic statement, a complete rejection of the dominant social order. Or perhaps its a subtle rejection of communism – I just don’t know, but its barmy.

If you’re in Ukraine, take a look, you might witness this crazy behaviour yourself.

Fall off the table, get swept under

Hot on the heels of my professional TV début, I made another début this week in print in Kyiv’s ‘What’s On’ magazine.

This isn’t the first time I’ve appeared in print because I edited text for the European Business Associations weekly adverts for almost a year (not to mention my full page spread in Slovenia’s Anja magazine) but as far as I can remember this is the 1st time I have willingly contributed directly to the creative content of a publication.

It’s a modest start, but still I wanted to find a copy to keep as a souvenir, so I used this as an excuse for an expensive breakfast in Vernisage.  Of course they had a copy and as I thumbed through the magazine over breakfast, I came across an interview by a guy called Martin Nunn – a PR executive and long-time immigrant here in Kyiv. I liked it for two reasons:

Firstly because it is hard not to agree with many of his observations about Ukraine, Ukrainians and Russians. Such as:

“Russians, particularly Moscow-based Russians, tend to have a glorified opinion of their own superiority.”

and

“…the roads [in Ukraine] are in a terrible state, but instead of fixing them people buy bigger jeeps. If you go into the tower blocks, the apartments themselves are beautiful, but the communal areas are in a terrible state. It’s this crazy mentality. You have people wearing very expensive clothes, and very expensive shoes, with very expensive cars, walking through some of the worst states of decay I’ve ever seen, into these mini-palaces. Nobody’s doing anything about the gap in between because nobody thinks it’s their responsibility. Until people realise it is their responsibility, nothing will change. The only people going to save the country is the people themselves.”

Secondly, because he picks up on the shockingly bad state of the countries PR industry, or more specifically political relations.

“The PR people in government have done more damage to the image of the President than anyone else. There’s a supreme arrogance in the way they work, and it’s probably been one of the most deplorable cases of non-PR I’ve ever experienced”

If you have any doubt how bad it is, read their ‘newsletter’ here. It embarrasses me and I’m not even Ukrainian.

Anyway, I ‘Googled’ him and found another interesting article from Mr Nunn here http://www.ipra.org/archivefrontlinedetail.asp?articleid=879. If you’re curious and have nothing better to do, I recommend it.

As for me and my media fame, I’m currently working on a plan to move from free magazines to Hollywood film stardom.

I’ll keep you posted.

Eddy 

Posted from: www.bearder.com

Video: Fairy tale of Troeshina

A Ukrainian woman has transformed her depressed Soviet-style floor into a fairy tale. The 13th floor of house 26 in Kiev’s dormintory subburb of Troeshina attracts many visitors. Some are horrified by the scene, others impressed.

Gallery: Kiev

Scenes and shots from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

Well Water for city dwellers

The water supply system has broken down in a subburb of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. No worries. There is always the local water well. Dozens of people line up to get there plastic bottles filled.

There is also a queue in a nearby district. No problems with the water system here, but people just prefer water from Mother Nature. Tap water in Ukraine is of poor quality. Many wells are located on church property. The sacral environment makes the water better to the taste locals.

By Jerom Rozendaal

Well Water for city dwellers

The water supply system has broken down in a subburb of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. No worries. There is always the local water well. Dozens of people line up to get there plastic bottles filled.

There is also a queue in a nearby district. No problems with the water system here, but people just prefer water from Mother Nature. Tap water in Ukraine is of poor quality. Many wells are located on church property. The sacral environment makes the water better to the taste locals.

By Jerom Rozendaal

Video: Winter clothes from Europe

Medio Oktober. Ukrainians are preparing for the winter.

The Shulyavski second hand market in Kiev is crowded with people on a Wednessday afternoon. Dozens of people dig through the heaps of clothes in search of a bargain.

The garments origin from Europe and were donated by charity organizations. Among the fur loving Ukrainians fur coats are especially popular around this time of the year.

By Jerom Rozendaal

Gallery: Kiev

A selection of photos from Ukraine’s capital city.

Gallery: Pushcha-Voditsa

Images from Pushcha-Voditsa, a Small spa town outside of Kiev

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