Tag: Sport

Can you explain Ukraine?

This website (bluetoyellow.com) was set up with a simple mission: uncover Ukraine.

It is a fun mission and it is a fascinating mission – but we need your help. We need you to help us explain Ukraine.

Our writers and editors all work full-time on other projects and for other companies, but we write whatever we can, whenever we can and then we share this with you and with the world. The problem is, Ukraine is a big place.  Actually it is very big place and it is incredibly varied.  Even if we never slept and wrote non-stop 24 hours a day – it would still be too big for us to cover.

So, we want all our readers and followers to help us. We want you to send us stories about Ukraine.

Do you live in Ukraine? Are you Ukrainian? Have you spent some time in Ukraine? If so, then I’m sure you have a story to tell  …and we are all waiting to hear it!

We want this site to be a detailed collection of essays, articles, opinions, stories and videos which will lift the lid on Ukraine and shine light on the many curious aspects of Ukrainian life.

Don’t worry if you are not a native English speaker, we will work with you to correct your grammar and in some cases we could even translate articles from Ukrainian and Russian.

Unfortunately, we can’t pay you (we don’t make any money) and writing for us won’t get you an invitation to the Oscars. But you will earn the love and admiration of our readers, and you will be able to sleep well – happy in the knowledge that you are helping to promote this country around the globe.

Here are some ideas for articles:

We all love stories, and somehow life in Ukraine leads us on the craziest of journeys. So, please share your experiences with us. This could be something short (maybe something happened while you were out walking, riding the metro or during your work) or perhaps you’re a keen writer and have written a longer story about a journey or other mission.

The obvious option is to review businesses, events and restaurants, and these are all very good. However, we also want to read about interesting buildings, or places. Do you have a favourite place to sit and relax? Where can you see an amazing view? and where’s the best place to drink vodka and eat shashlik on a summer day?

Tell us about the Ukrainians. The good the bad, the ugly and the incredible. What do they do, how did you meet them, why are they interesting? what did you learn from them? Do they have interesting or strange jobs? We want to know about them.

Photos and funny stuff
We all know Ukrainians LOVE taking pictures, so please share the best/most interesting/funniest with us.

Here’s your chance to help others. Help us survive in Ukraine, share your expertise and teach us something useful. Where should we shop and how do we get there? How do you find an apartment? What about studying here? or booking a holiday? What should I do if I want to eat salo in a Ukrainian village in spring?

Nature and the Environment
Ukraine is a large and diverse place. From the mountains in the West, to the wonderful Black Sea coast in Crimea – the country has some inspiring natural sites and some unique wildlife.

Food and Drink
We all love food, share your recipes or suggest a good place to eat.

Tell us how you keep fit. What’s happening in the sporting world? Where can we try these sports? What are the latest health crazes sweeping the nation? From pilates to parachute jumping, we want to know.

We look forward to working with you and we look forward to sharing your stories with the world.

For submissions, or if you have any further questions please write to Ian Bearder at ian@bluetoyellow.com

Kind Regards
The bluetoyellow team

PS, many thanks to all of you who have already submitted articles and work.

Ten amazing statistics about the rebuilt Olympic Stadium

Kiev's Olympic Stadium

Kiev's refurbished Olympic Stadium

The grandiose building work in the heart of the capital is coming to an end. Tomorrow, 8 October, the renovated Olympic National Sports Complex will be unveiled in a huge and colourful ceremony. This is the arena where on 1 July next year the final match of Euro-2012 will be played. It is crucial for Ukraineas fellow host Polandwill open next summer’s football fest, which is the third biggest sports tournament after the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games. Four host cities in each country will stage the games. In Ukrainethe cities are the “cultural capital” of Lviv, the “second capital” Kharkiv, the “capital of Donbass” Donetsk and, of course, the country’s capital, Kyiv. But let’s get back to the stadium in Kyiv.

Football-loving Colombian star Shakira will be helping to create a party mood with her music at the opening. She penned a song called “Waka-Waka”, which became the official song of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

During the reconstruction of the stadium many unique operations were completed, and quite a few “construction” records were broken. Let’s look at some key stats.

Key numbers about reconstruction:
119,000 cubic metres of concrete used for building works
100,000 square metres of granite used on decorating works at the NSC and the surrounding area
48,000 square metres – the area of the roof over the stands
12,000 square metres of the façade is glazed
40 km – total length of the cables
760 tons – the total weight of the entire cable-stayed system

608 powerful floodlights installed on the roof, which make up the lighting system
88 Full Range and 80 low-frequency networks make up the sound system of the Bowl at the stadium
4.4 trillion colours are displayed on the LED displays, the largest in Ukraine
43 fast food kiosks make up the system to serve fans. Thanks to the in-house factory kitchen at the arena 60,000 guests can be fed simultaneously: 4,000 guests in the VIP-area and 54,000 people in the fast food outlets.

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