Архів розділу: FICTION/OPINION COLUMN

Angel Guardian

(Magic realism story)

Lilith moved quickly down the empty street. As usual, she hurriedly had breakfast in the morning and was already 30 minutes late for the meeting. The girl forgot to turn on the alarm clock again. Fortunately, the voice of a stranger in a dream woke her up today.

Mikhail Bulgakov and Magical Realism

(book review)

The tongue may hide the truth but the eyes –never”.
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

All-Ukrainian Congress of Witches!

(Essay on magic realism)

Once, in a Ukrainian village near the city of Cherkasy, a witch named Oksana received a message: “The All-Ukrainian congress of witches will be held in the city of Kyiv, namely in the Green Theater, when Saturn comes in Aquarius.” And so, when Saturn was in Aquarius, Oksana milked the cows, packed her things in the store, changed her broom for a winter one and flew away towards Kyiv. She was traveling on a broom highway at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour, did not stop at the request of a policeman and turned around on a double air solid line. There was again no room for flying brooms in the parking lot, and Oksana left the broom on the sidewalk, blocking the exit.

A student’s day that repeated

(magic realism story)

On Sunday evening Sophia decided to watch the legendary film ‘Groundhog Day.’ In the film, the protagonist is stuck in a day that repeats itself. “What a marvelous example of magical realism!” Sophia thought. The hero was very funny to watch, but I felt pity for him. Sophia wondered if she were stuck in her day: “Well, no! This is nonsense!” Having overlooked the film, she went to bed.

Witchcraft Watchcat

(magic realism story)

I’m crazy about cats, that’s true. I can pet them, kiss and squeeze all day long. So it’s not a surprise that I have one of them at home. Her name is Emma and she’s one of the weirdest cats in the world. 

‘Eat to live’ or ‘live to eat’

(Bon appetite article)

Instinctively, most people will automatically answer, “Of course, we eat to live.” It is obvious that their thoughts are completely focused on the biological process of their body needing food and nutrients to survive. But let’s delve into this controversial topic deeper.

Weird Fig

(magical realism story)

When Lexie was little, she used to visit her grandparents during summer holidays. They lived in a small summer cottage with a big garden. 

When are coronavirus people the most contagious?

The first five days after the onset of symptoms are the most dangerous for the patients with the coronavirus and those who surround them. This is evidenced by new large studies.

Covid-19 changed the rating of the most expensive cities

The top three included Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong, which scored the same number of points.

A Painted Fairy Tale

At three o’clock in the morning, the girl was sitting in her room at the private house, drawing her homework from university again on a graphics tablet. It was not the first sleepless night, it was reminded by a few empty cups of coffee, which helped to stay up at night and sit in the morning on the distance lessons. Outside the window there was an opaque darkness in which the forest was disappearing. The atmosphere of the house did its thing – it was a little scary, but also cozy.

Friday. Who is right?

(magic realism essay)

Suddenly Sweet Rescue

(magical realism story)

It was a painfully cold day when the Walsh family packed their bags and decided to go on a sail trip to the North Sea. They rented a boat and started their voyage.

Fantastic Students and Where to Find Them

Our Institute of Journalism has four departments: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. All students have their own unique magic wand – corporate mail. Just only adepts know that the institute teaches the magic of journalism. It is for us to decide either we with Gryffindor or Slytherin…

The message of the owl

(Magic Realism short story)

It was a gloomy Friday night. The young boy, exhausted by the road, but with joy in his soul, returned from a long business trip, where he spent six months.

Playing With Fire

(ironic story)

Everyone is taught not to play with fire. Everyone knows fire may be dangerous. But that does not stop many girls from going out with a guy named Fire. He is enthralling, magical, and as hot as a summer heat. But the thing is — this apocalypsing guy burns all the girls out, one by one.

Behind Eyes Closed

(essay)

Monday. Mum was watching TV while I was reading another one dull school book. Of course I was more fascinated with the plot of the new mum’s favorite soap opera. Suddenly I felt our house shaking. We knew what we had to do. We hadn’t even taken our belongings before Mum and I ran out the front door. The cherry tree was the last thing I had seen. After that a pile of bricks fell down on me.
Game over.

Review on ‘Nation of Vegetables’ by Oksana Moroz

That is the provocative book that caused me the most doubts. Doubts were conflicting with each other. Is the author telling the truth? Was that really the case? And I doubted if I really needed to read it. But let’s go step by step.

Corns on my hands

(humorous story)

Once in Kyiv, a guy came in a sex shop, crept to the seller and asked him, “What can you recommend me for a present to my girl’s birthday?”

Martin Eden by Jack London

(Book review)

‘Martin Eden’ is perhaps the most famous work by Jack London, I read it twice. A novel about great love, commitment and thirst for knowledge. This is the story of an ordinary sailor from a poor family, with a surrounding typical to his profession, of drunkards and brawlers.

To be Сorona be or not Corona be?

(ironic story)

A hobo Nikita decides to get imprisoned to avoid the winter chill. Firstly, he decided to steal a bunch of bananas from the market, but no one noticed stealing. Also, bananas were disgusting! Then he tried to attack an old woman, but she successfully hit him on the head with a bag.

Sunny and Rustic

(ironic essay)

I think almost everyone feels more confident and cool when walking down the street in headphones. I also sometimes give in to such a trend. One day I strolled so cool in white socks and white sandals, to rhythmic music in headphones and felt like the Queen of the world, well, or at least of our village. At that moment, I didn’t care what I was wearing, but to be honest, fashion just doesn’t exist for our village at all. So when I’m in the village, I dress in a rustic style and its main rule is to wear something comfortable and old, something cozy and folk. And as a girl who follows our village fashion trends, I always follow this rule.

Glossy Trash Or Trashy Gloss?

(ironic story)

My glamorous friend is always neat and tidy, smart and trendy. He spends many hours choosing new watches and shirts. Only if the day is extremely warm, he does not wear a high quality and expensive shirt. In this case change it for a classy and cool t-shirt. Usually, my glossy friend meticulously takes care of his well-trimmed hair and handsome face.

Brand-New Car!

(Ironic story)

At a little town not far from Kyiv lived a man with bad luck. His name was Kuzma. He had a good job, a good wife and actually he was a good guy. But unfortunately, Kuzma was an awfully unlucky person.

The “best” day in my life

(ironic essay)

One day everything went awfully from the morning till the evening. I was late for school, got an F, and tore my favorite shirt. Still now, I don`t know how it happened. And even after all that, when I thought that anything couldn’t be worse I was doused from my head to my toes by a car on my way home. When I started complaining, one hilarious and freaky guy sloshed me with water too.
“What a wonderful day,” I said and tried not to cry.

Frozen Adventure

(humorous story)

Once upon a time, when winters were frosty not marshy, we came back from a party. Snowy evening, frost, and we were young and happy… Yippie! My friends ran and jumped into the ice puddles. The amusing crunch and laughter! Wow!

Offended Artist

Once my female friend was angry with me, I was kidding a lot, but for some reason she quickly forgot about it and asked me to pose for a portrait (she is an artist). So I sat for a whole hour, and she drew and drew me. I wanted to see it and then she showed me a blank sheet of paper and said that she saw me that way…

Two Queens

(ironic story)

Gorgeous evening, juicy sweets, the new season of the’Crown.’ The story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II continues, more and more dramatic plot twists are added, and even the new series are played not by Claire Foy, but by Olivia Colman.

I am a surgeon

(ironic short story)

It is Mark’s first day as a surgical intern. Med school is in the past. Now he has the full right to call himself a surgeon. But the thing he anticipates the most is the promise of his chief to let him scrub in on an appendectomy. 

Brainy Dog

(Humorous story)

Yesterday, while going home, I noticed a young man sitting on a park bench and playing chess with his Labrador dog. I watched the weird game in astonishment for a while.

Rich Retirement

In the US, many people save money for their green age retirement. In retirement, many of them travel around the country or go on a trip to Europe or Asia. Unfortunately, there are people with low incomes who live and just make ends meet.

Three Female Friends

(Humorous story)

Not far from the Black Sea coast, three female friends stranded on a deserted island and found an old magic lamp. Inside of it there was a genie who agreed to grant each female friend one wish.

Unwanted Surprise

(humorous story)

I’m living in a dormitory. I’m a proud, independent… and always hungry. Because of my studies, I don’t always have enough time to cook. So, when Sunday came, I decided to cook a large pot of soup, enough for four days.

Fatigue and Goal

I have a goal. My muscles hurt… my legs don’t listen to me… my heart beats with such force that it knocks air out of my lungs…

Athlete! In My Dreams

(ironic essay)

Sport is my dream. Sport is something I always miss. Every evening I decide what physical exercises I should do to develop different muscle groups next day, and every morning I think that I am a bit tired and there is no necessity to hurry up. Though no matter what, you always want to lose weight and make your body slimmer.

Some Duty from the Cutie

( humorous essay)

Sometimes the Cutie Destiny hugs me with her prickly astonishing situations screaming: “I have so pleasant gift for you! Wanna get an unforgettable chain of events that gonna choke you to laughter?” So disappointingly because I often pour my mother’s flowers with me tears (they would die if I weren’t so kind and sad). Although this time I truly laughed cause the next story happened not with me. Finally…

Ukrainian Jerry and Ukrainian Tom

(ironic essay)

Once I was walking in the center of the city and saw a man dressed as the mouse called Jerry.

Unexpected Surprise

One day my brother decided to please his girlfriend and bought a kinder surprise at the supermarket.

How to Recognize a Witch?

Once I was going by a public bus. Surprisingly, there were few people in the compartment. But one person attracted my attention.

Watch out for the car!

Popular rock and rap stars are often concerned about their safety. They often use crowds of bodyguards.

Books to Start Reading in English

Do you want to read books by English-speaking authors in the original? But what if we start with the simplest works that even beginners with a basic level of knowledge can do? For example, from easy novels, children’s books or the works of your favorite authors that have been read hundred times?
Here are books for you that are written in simple words, so they are easy to read even for those who do not know the language perfectly.

Save the Turtles!

(humorous story)

As a child, I was very generous and still now I love the cartoon “Ninja Turtles.”

Сhildhood frustration

(humorous story)

One day my little sister was very upset and even cried out.

Grandfather With Humor

(Humorous essay)

I would like to share one amusing and funny, in my opinion, story.

Trick IN Treat

(black humor story)

Long ago, somewhere in 1691 or 1791… So far way… In the middle of nowhere…not far from Dublin… there was a small kitty called Pirozhok.

Hurry up, but not in a hurry

(humorous story)

I dreamed about being late. It was a good start.

Summer of Covid-19

(humorous short story)

This story happened to me last summer.

‘Going Postal’ by Terry Pratchett

(book review)

Still, people think strangely. Steal five dollars, and they call you a petty thief. But if you have stolen thousands, then there is already one of two things: either you are a government or a hero.”

Interview with Ukrainian writer Anna More

Hello. Tell our readers about yourself. In my opinion it can be good start of our talks. Where did you study? Work?”

“Hi, I`m Anna More. I was a student at the Institute of Journalism, Taras Shevchenko National University. Finished the baccalaureate in radio journalism and Master`s programs in art history. Now I work as an editor of a website, a reporter, and a PR-manager on public radio. Besides, I`m a host of podcast about information in media and a creator of documental material for Radio Culture. But, at first, I`m a writer.”

Endless Lateness

(Feature Article)

You are ready to leave the house. Suddenly you remember that you forgot to take the keys, then a friend calls with an urgent question, the laces are torn – and now you are running headlong to the meeting, you are late and think that next time you will arrive on time. However, this does not stop. Why so?

How Will Alessandro Michele Present The New Gucci Collection During A Pandemic?

(feature story)

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a crisis in the fashion industry. Since January 2020, the capitalization of the fashion and luxury goods market has decreased by almost 40%. In annual terms, the projected profitability of the industry, which accounted for $2.5 billion before quarantine, will decrease by 27-30%.

Vegan Fashion: Everything You Need To Know About Animal-Friendly Clothing

(feature story)

Over the past year, the concept of vegan fashion has been added to such already known concepts as vegetarian and vegan diets. So what does this mean?

What is so so magical about the new Netflix TV-show ‘The Queen’s Gambit’?

(feature article)

In the recent limited series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, the exclusive thing that’s real is the chess. Child prodigy Beth Harmon is fictional. But, every chess game played is extremely accurate.

Day in a Long Line

(humorous story)

A guy asks his girl to go to dance. She agrees, and he decides to rent a suit. The rental has a long line, so he waits and waits, and finally he gets his suit.

Lego and E-work

(humorous story)

It’s already been 8 months of Coronavirus pandemic. Almost everyone studies distantly, a lot of people work from home or start to adjust the process to this unpredictable and half-crazy situation…

Broken TV

or potential family murder

(humorous essay)

Beginning. We had been living without watching TV for two months before my Mum and I got tired of each other. I was annoyed with Mum’s “Give me your tablet, please” and she got disappointed with my refusals. Thus, the best and the one man in our family decided to solve this problem. After a few hours of work and some minutes of bad language we were deprived of television for another two weeks.

Brazilian Police Arrested a Parrot

(Miniflash Humorous Story)

Drug dealers with their parrot have hidden from the police in the house. Men have tried to outsit and outstay quietly, waiting for the approach of cops and thinking about an escape plan.

Expect Unexpected

Love triangle

(black humor story)

“I think I love him too much. You know, sometimes I just want to gently place my hands on his cheeks and hold his head there in my hands, looking into his eyes…” I told my best female friend.

“… and kiss him?” she interrupted.

Crazy and Tasty Sport

(humorous short story)

“This time I will manage to do it! Go! Go! Go!” said I to myself early in the morning… Nine of ten voices in my head supported this idea… I started preparing and went out for doing come sport exercises and run around the city.

The Best «UNO» Player Ever

(humorous story)

Do you like playing «UNO»? Are you good in this game?

Unexpected Call in Italian

(humorous story)

My grandfather worked as an Italian language teacher. And my grandmother knew only a few phrases.

How to recognize a predator?

(humorous story)

I was going to the subway once. There were not many people. It was cloudy outside, no mood. And here I felt someone’s gaze on me. And so probably for 10 minutes, I had these spidey feeling eyes. Well, they certainly didn’t look at me in love.

AFTERMATH. NORDS 2020 NORDS

(sci-fi story)

Breaking news

“Now you are listening to CMM news. Today, on February 27, 2020, our astronomers from such European countries as Sweden, Ukraine and Germany, witnessed a strange space phenomenon when Mars disappeared from the screens of telescopes for almost eight hours. At the same time, not far from it, something resembling an unregistered cigar-looking asteroid exploded emitting extra-long radiant rays in different directions. We invited Professor Dupinski, a specialist in all extraterrestrial issues, to comment on these two unusual sky phenomena.”

Annual festival “in space years”

(Fake news)

On November 1, 2020 Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University will host the annual “in space years” festival.

Oh, Sweet School Years…

(Humorous story)

On Chernobyl Memorial Day it was cloudy a little bit, but sometimes sun worked its way through the clouds. Our class went to the memorial of Chernobyl disaster. There were all high school students from other schools. We were standing around the memorial and listened to the narrator that told us about Chernobyl disaster. Of course, nobody listened to her.

My Shortest Diet

(humorous story)

“My cheeks are disgusting. They make my face look like a ball,” I said to the mirror one morning. “I need dieting!
I’m starting now! Heigh-ho!”

Folk Glamour

The artist Stas Volyazlovsky collected special postcards of the twentieth century: romantic and hand-painted. I offer an exclusive selection of these leaflets, as well as Elena Afanasieva’s interview with Volyazlovsky, from the Kherson magazine CAFFEINE published in 2007.

Poetry Still Alive?

(essay about poetry)

What is art? What is poetry? Can we say that in the 21st century, poetry still remains only in textual form? Contemporary art is a big question. From the author, from the viewer, from society, from the art-object. And we underestimate how poetry changes us, how it affects thinking. And the fact that people often do not go internally from rhyme to vertebra takes a lot. We still ask with skepticism, “And is this art?” “Why?” Bbecause our hearts are closed and blind.

What is fantasy and what isn`t?

The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world,”
(Half-Life 2, a video game character)

Tasty Coffee

A waiter gives a man a cup of hot coffee. The angry man takes a sip and spits it out.

Technologies and Fashion

(Feature story)

The intelligently, immersive computerized arrange is an opportunity for molding ultramodern models bypassing all exhibiting plans, concurring to Sam Field, Head of imaginative tech and development over EMEA markets at RYOT Studio. RYOT, Verizon Media’s Emmy Award-winning generation house, made the exhibitionsr together with Kaleidoscope, MOR, and FIA. “They can take the gathering of people interior their world. Our architects made virtual sculptural pieces of clothing that participants seem associated with, but they too made storyboards to relate the stories rousing their designs,” he clarifies. “So frequently, you see unused articles of clothing and plans, but the artist’s story behind it is lost.”

I would rather lie

(humorous story)

Peter goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss.

‘Nightlights’ – comics by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

5 stars – Great art and fascinating family-friendly story with slight suspense makes this comic worth revisiting.

Back to the Roots

(opinion article)

Taylor Swift, one of my favorite singers, is back to the country stage of the 2020 ACM Awards with a song from her latest album.

When I was a Ghost…

(trick or treat story)

Once I studied at a music college. There, my studies were characterized by the fact that students came early in the morning and went home late at night. One morning I came to the classroom at dawn, too early before classes. It turned out that the cleaning lady had locked me in the classroom accidentally. I couldn’t call anybody. So I stayed in the class as if I had a choice. My music teacher was very scared when he opened the door. He thought that he met a GHOST…My ‘Good morning’ sounded too o-o-o-m-m-m-inous from an empty class.

Journey Through The Autumn Trail

(essay)

Each autumn is its own story with its own insights and inspirations, flashes and fairy tales…

Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent heart surgery

(news article)

October, 27, 2020. The Terminator star has already felt well and has taken a walk around the city.

Victory of Ukrainian national football team

On November 13, 2020, in the match of the fourth round of the League of Nations A, the Ukrainian national football team defeated the Spanish rivals 1-0. The match took place in Kyiv.

Thanks to caution, the Ukrainians were able to keep the score 0: 0 in the first half before the break, despite the constant possession of the ball by the Spaniards. The decisive goal was scored by Tsygankov, using a successful counterattack. The rest of the match was played by Dynamo Kyiv football players in defense, beating Furia Rocha for the first time.

It was the victory of historical significance. For the national team of Ukraine, this triumph was also the first after a series of three consecutive defeats. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi congratulated the Ukrainian footballers on their victory, and head coach Andriy Shevchenko noted that the result of the match was decided by a game without a ball, thanks to which they managed to cope with the individually strong Spaniards.

Dogs Also Want Warmth

October 29, 2020, Kyiv. It is not a problem for 600 million animals in the world not to have a home. It is not a problem for animals not to have owners. The problem of reducing the population of stray animals and their sterilization is not completely solved. After all, not all animals are sterilized.

In Ukraine, about 57% of dogs and cats live with people in love, and where other 43% of pets live, nobody knows. They also dream of warmth, hugs, and good food not found somewhere in the street garbage bins. The animals that are thrown away, after a while, will just hate humanity, they become wild.

I want to ask people why you harm animals? There are other options to get rid of the animal, give it to someone (there will still be those who are looking for a faithful pet), sell it (and get some benefit from it), and not just get rid of them. And if you’re the one who found the four-legged friend, just find him a family.

There are many options. And they are simply not guilty of anything. Dogs also want warmth.

What is Love?

(poem)

What is love?
An uncontrollable desire…
Embrace your eyes tightly
Sit gently to kiss and to be kissed…

How does it look like?
It is like a burning fire
It is like a tender touch
Apparently, it’s like a real drug

When will it come?
But God himself does not know it!
The key thing is not to oversleep it
Not to regret it and not to weep for it.

What is it for?
Cause everything is magical with him!
It makes sense to keep on living
Why not to love him?

What is love?
An uncontrollable desire
Embrace your eyes tightly
Sit gently to kiss and to be kissed…

Children .What a beautiful word, isn’t it?

It was a usual Christmas Day, all the family including their children came to our home to celebrate it. And of course who was chosen as their babbysitter? Surely, that was me. A person who still has no clue, how to deal with that little and funny manipulators.

At first, everything was totally fine, we were playing some “exciting” games, but one of them asked me to lift her up and go to the Christmas tree. There were no warning signs on the horizon when suddenly that “charming” kid grabbed a toy and started to pull it… Of course, the Christmas tree couldn’t stand it and fell down crashing a lot of glassy balls…

That was my first experience as a babysitter.

Meow Murr Meow

(Ailurophile or Cat-Lover)

I often fall in love with cats. I’m serious, I have four. (No, I don’t eat them. I just love them.)

My mother told me not to tell anyone that I had four cats. Because an only weirdo has four cats.

In any way, I think if I bring  the fifth cat, my family will evict me. But not a cat…

Meow Murr Meow…

A QUIET KILLER OF SELF-ESTEEM

In recent years, more and more attention is being paid to psychological and emotional abuse. But still something can be overlooked. This is a big problem of psychological violence – the victim herself may not feel like a hostage of an abuser who successfully manipulated her behavior, and eventually destroyed her self-esteem, subjugated herself and isolated from friends and society.

Autumn is Not a Ball of Depression

Autumn is a period when you want to wrap yourself in a blanket, pour hot tea, watching the rain outside the window and the leaves fall. The air smells damp, but is it a reason to sit at home? It is enough to tell your friends on the phone that because of all this you have depression and you want something instead of staying at home for a week, plugging in a laptop and goggling at your pc screen.

I will tell you the secret of an amusing autumn slice-of-life on the example of one day in my life!

On October 18, 2020, in the city of Nemyriv, a group of my friends decided to take me outside. They promised me a magical day that I would forget forever what a bad mood was. I decided to trust them. We walked all day in the park “Vanguard” with backpacks, thermoses of citrus tea. We remembered what it was like to be a child at 18, threw leaves, did cool stories on Instagram and sang guitar songs. It was so snappy and cozy, like autumn, that we didn’t even realize how quickly the day ended.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is outside. It all depends on you! Autumn is a time of chats and walks with friends, a time of rest with relatives, a time of new horizons and challenges!

The First Culinary Flop

(humorous story)

When I was 13 years old, I decided to bake a cake. I found the most fascinating photo of cake on the internet. It was a chocolate pie with juicy cherries. I did everything according to the recipe and poured the dough into the form.

While the cake was baked, I cooked cherries with сhocolate. The soft aroma filled the kitchen… Mmm… But what is it? My lovely cake looked like a thin burnt loaf with a black spot in the middle! Oh no! Ouch! Chocolate cherries mingled with my tears… It was the biggest culinary failure!

Oh, These Morning Lections…

(humorous story)

No, I can’t find it. Where is the charger? Ialready have a rummage through the whole room, but got only annoyance and rage!

My phone beeps and will turn off now… Traitor! How do I get to the online class then? Oh, I’m in trouble… The new lecturer will not forgive this. She’ll fill a tattoo with my name and that I’m truant… Shame on me and my bloodline!

Wait, I have another charger… Yeah, really! I’m so dumbass.

Like a scuba diver, I’m plunging into the darkness under the bed in search of old boxes. With my fingers I feel something square. I’m pulling it to the light.

He-he, here is it. Oh, the wire is pretty worn out. Well, I’m full of hope that this still works.

Plugging into an outlet… CHARGING! Just in time, just in time for a class.

I feel like I won the $1 million lottery. ‘Victorious’ is playing in my head.

So, I’m gonna enter the password. I have just removed the second charger from the keyboard. Stop… THE SECOND CHARGER?!

Surprise

(black humor essay)

Mom and Dad stand in an empty room not knowing what to do…

“It could break her heart… It is so surprising… I don’t know how to tell her!” said mother.

“I’ll tell her,” answered the father.

The father enters his daughter’s room feeling as big sweat drops falling from his forehead.

“What are you doing, girlie?” asked the father.

“I’m drawing my family tree,” she replied.

“Erase your grandfather`s horse…”

Student’s Dreams

(essay)

I have veen waiting so long for a new stage in my life and thinking about the Uni events.

But a year has passed and Subconscious said to me: “What’s wrong with you, dude ? Didn`t your Experience show you the price of your hopes?”

I slept and reflected in my dreams,“The Expert should not take the insults so close to his heart… I will ask to forgive me…Don`t hang up any more! And suddenly it happened! Halle-bloody-lujah! Someone put my brains in order! Halle-bloody-lujah! Boy, that’s doable! I got at the threshold of the new stage!”

October 27, 2020

My Favorite Teacher (Mon Educateur Préféré)

One time in the 6th grade, we had a break and while I was running to my friends, I kicked a HUGE rock. Without thinking, I shouted at the top of my lungs “C’est DOMMAGE!” And with my God-awful-luck, my French teacher was sitting at the bench right BESIDE ME. He took me inside of the school and instead of yelling, he just couldn’t stop laughing and said, “Garçon terrible!” Then he sent me back outside with a candy bar. He is still my favorite teacher I’ve ever had.

10 Fascinating Secrets of Famous Books

The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

All characters of the tale have their own prototypes. The image of the prince is deeply autobiographical – this is Exupery as a child. The rose, whom the ‘Little Prince’ loves and protects, is his beautiful but capricious wife, Consuelo. And Liz is Silvia Reinhardt, a good friend of Exupery, who helped him in difficult times.

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

It is known that Jules Verne usually wrote his novels based on his own scientific knowledge. But in this book he deliberately left out one detail: in the description of the method of making nitroglycerin to undermine the granite rock, there was not enough catalyst (platinum), without which this whole idea would never have worked.

The Hobbit’ by J. R. R. Tolkien

Tolkien wanted to write only a small fairy tale to read to his own sons, but he got so carried away that he ended up with a full-fledged book with maps and illustrations. At first, there was only one handwritten copy of the book, which the professor sometimes gave to his friends and students to read. Thanks to one of his students, the book was published, and later it was continued too.

Another amusing fact is that the reviewer for this book was a ten-year-old boy, the son of the director of the publishing house in which it was first published.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll

The characters ‘the Mad Hatter’ and ‘the March Hare’ come from two English sayings: “crazy like a hatter” and “crazy like a March hare”. The saying about the hatter is connected with the fact that in the old days, in the manufacture of felt for hats, mercury was used, chronic poisoning of which could cause mental disorders. And the madness of March hares is explained by the mating season, which begins in the spring.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ by J. K. Rowling

When the book was released in the UK, the publisher, to avoid absenteeism, asked bookstore owners not to sell the book until schools were closed for one day.

Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov

It is believed that Nabokov’s novel was inspired by the sensational story of Charlie Chaplin, who fell in love with his second wife, Lita Gray, when she was 12 years old.

The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas

The plot of the book was drawn from the archives of the Parisian police. The shoemaker Francois Picot was arrested on a denunciation and thrown into the fortress, where he spent about 7 years. In the prison, Pico dug an underground passage to an adjacent cell where a wealthy Italian priest was kept. They became friends, and before his death, the priest told Francois the secret about the hidden treasure in Milan. After leaving prison, Pico took possession of the treasures bequeathed to him and under a different name appeared in Paris, where he devoted 10 years to retribution for meanness and betrayal.

The Shawshank Redemption’ by Stephen King

Stephen King sold the film rights to his book for just $ 1. He gave such an opportunity to young directors or students, while retaining all rights to the works and prohibiting them from extracting commercial benefits from the resulting films.

Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

‘Ballantine Books’ released an additional special edition shortly after the dystopia was published. 200 copies of the novel were wrapped in an asbestos-based material with exceptional fire resistance.

Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Once Chuck Palahniuk was resting in nature and had a falling out with guys from the nearest camp, after which he was severely beaten. Returning to work with a bruised face, Palahniuk saw that none of his colleagues were asking what had happened. Then he got the idea for the novel ‘Fight Club’. In the course of writing the book, the author repeatedly got involved in street fights, testing the experience of his heroes on his own skin.

What is fantasy and what isn`t?

Many of us love to spend the evening with a good book. Especially, when it is a fantasy story because they can escape real life and everyday problems. Fantasy writers are only limited by their own imagination and maybe it`s the reason we like their stories so much – we never know what can happen next. But what is the fantasy genre?

Book review. Roger Zelazny’s ‘Alien Speedway’

Imagine Clypsis, an entire solar system designed as the most awesome racetrack in the history of the sport.
Imagine personality-implanted robots, whose knowledge and influence can make or break a racer’s career and fusion-fueled ships that move at extraordinary speeds.
Imagine a young hero from Earth, braving the unknown to reach Clypsis, where his dream of being a faster-than-light racer can come true.
Enter the imagination of marvelous Roger Zelazny. Share the dream of Mike Murray as he makes his way from the racing pit to the cockpit of the universe’s most dangerous and exhilarating challenge. This is a story set in space where people race in ships that travel faster than light. In the core it’s really a sports story about a kid learning the ropes and living his dream.

This is not a Hollywood story where he wows people with his untrained skill, wins his first race and against all odds because he is the most riveting racer in history. Not at all, he struggles to find a job, does not win his first race and struggles to even match the apprentice… But despite this, we see he has natural talent and he has the drive to learn and keep pushing no matter how many times he is knocked down. Friends are made and obstacles are overcome and thrilling achievements are accomplished.

My only gripe is that it ended too soon, just as I was getting into…My rating is 10/10.
Look forward to reading the next one, highly recommend.

Book Review of ‘Surrounded by Idiots’

Everything you say to a person is filtered through his frames of reference, biases and preconceived ideas”
(Thomas Erikson)

‘Surrounded by Idiots’ is a Scandinavian bestseller on the psychology of communication, the book that has broken all book publishing records in Sweden.

Its author, the famous Scandinavian psychologist Thomas Erickson, divides all people into four color types: noisy ‘red’, cheerful ‘yellow’, caring ‘green’ and persistent ‘blue’. He explains the characteristics of the representatives of each color, how to communicate with them and what to look for. This book is the key to every person. Thanks to Thomas Erickson, you will learn: what types of people exist, why it is comfortable to communicate with some people, but not with others, how to communicate with different types of people, how to behave with idiots and dullards, as others see you.

He describes the logic of behavior, temperament, value system of representatives of each color. Explains how to find a common language with them, lead projects, resolve conflicts and establish partnerships. Thomas Erickson’s system convincingly and wittily clarifies: why we understand some people at once, while others do not understand at all, why very intelligent successful people seem to us to be idiots and psychopaths.

In principle, I did not think that the topic of color types might be amusing to me. I bought this book because I was asked to do a task on it at the university. At first I was disappointed, it was boring and uninteresting, but a few chapters later I was glad that I bought it and began to read. The book is really useful. Very brightly written, many insanely recognizable examples. The system the Swede offers is very simple, but that’s why it works.

The book is more suitable for managers, since most situations are considered from the point of view of work and a boss-subordinate scheme.

In short, I would recommend reading it. It’s worth it. My rating is 9.5/10

The Fifth Sally by Daniel Keyes

It was exciting to get acquainted with Danel Keyes from this book. Without any doubt, the topic of multiple personality is very difficult and always made the reader nervous and anxious, but the book was fascinating and if anxiety did appear, it was extremely rare.

The fifth Sally is a story about a woman with an ex-husband, two children and four other personalities in her head.

The main character is a drab waitress, divorcee and loner in the big city. But, though she is unaware of it, she is also four other, quite different people: Nola, the cold independent artist who has a studio in Greenwich Village; Derry, the happy-go-lucky tomboy; Bella, the sexpot with a talent for singing and dancing; and finally Jinx, the hate- filled killer.

Whenever events put too much of a strain on Sally Porter, she feels a headache and a new character takes over. If there is a man to be fascinated, she will become Bella. If there is an intellectual problem, she will become Nola. As happens in the opening scene of the novel, if there is a rapist to be dealt with, she becomes the vicious Jinx. You need to get to know Jinx, Derry, Nola and Bella in order to understand what Sally’s woman really is.

It is the task of the wise and patient psychiatrist, Dr. Roger Ash – a man who nevertheless has severe problems of his own, to deal with this case of multiple personality and, through painstaking therapy, to try to fuse the four disparate personalities into “the fifth Sally.” It is catching to watch how she goes to Dr. Ash, who helps to “piece” her together, while the doctor also has mental disease. His struggle and near disasters become the major strand of the story.

Author Daniel Keyes played with our minds and intrigued each of us. Which personality will survive? Can they stop Jinx for creating chaos everywhere? Can Bella stop getting into troubling relationship with men? Oh, not to mention that Sally and Nola contemplated suicide few times before….

Sybil and The Three Faces of Eve are a bit similar to this one. They also deal with the theme of multiple personality. I give this book 4 stars just because of the ending.

October 11, 2020

Big Book-Fashion News (Idea Hamster)

(miniflash story)

Hello, “Fashion Directory of Ukraine”! 6 months of work + 100 hours of interviews + 92 heroes = 192 pages of the FIRST BOOK! about people who create the fashion industry in Ukraine.

Be careful, you can transform yourself into a bookworm: while reading, you can stop as soon as you finish the next, and then again the next and again the next chapter …like a running idea hamster in a wheel…hilarious and happy…

Unsweetened Life

(essay)

The controversy over the harm caused by sugar consumption has been going on for years. I believe that sugar affects the state of our body, so I take the time to study this issue. In their recent research, scientists have come to a new conclusion — eating a lot of sugar can cause bipolar disorder and aggressive behavior.

American scientists from the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado have published a study on how sugar affects mental health. Experts say that high sugar intake in the daily diet can cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as bipolar disorder and aggressive behavior. Experts have determined that one of the most abundant sugars in nature, fructose, makes the body think it is starving, which in turn causes mental changes.

Hunger awakens the instinct for survival, and the reaction of obtaining food encourages a person to take more risks, quick decision-making and aggressiveness. Doctors explain that it was this reaction that genetically helped our ancestors to get food and survive. In our time, the launch of such processes in the body after consuming sugary foods and drinks can lead to mental disorders.

“We present evidence that fructose, by lowering energy in cells, triggers a food-seeking response similar to fasting,” said lead author Richard Johnson.
Scientists point out the need to avoid sugar consumption as much as possible. But if that can’t be done, I found statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA) that can help regulate sugar intake:
• Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 g or nine teaspoons);
• Women: 100 calories per day (25 g or six teaspoons).

But it’s important to note that there is no need to add sugar to your diet. The less you consume, the better. Don’t forget to take care of your health.

Journalism is not for the weak

(essay)

Once I decided to write a report of one discussion, the topic of what was “The Ukrainian journalism in the occupation.” This subject so interested me that I wrote the report  for several days. Exactly, I did not spend the whole days on it, but as the result I had been writing it for almost 4 days. I know, that it is obvious that in Ukraine the journalists are warriors in information space, but words of one of the invited guests, of Stanislav Aseev persuaded me again that the journalists on the occupied territories of Ukraine are courageous people. Though they burn their business and sacrifice their lives, they keep on writing and working as journalists. The theme seriously inspired me and I was convinced once more, that I want to work only in a journalistic sphere.

October 21, 2020

World War II-Era ‘Earthquake Bomb’ Explodes in Polish Waters

October 13,2020. Swinoujscie, Poland. Divers of the Polish Navy in a shipping canal off the Polish port city of Swinoujscie tried to remotely neutralize a bomb dropped by the British, but the bomb had no intention of going quietly. It exploded!

Here We Are

(essay)

When I was a fresh-frosh girl at Borys Hrinchenko University, I mean a first-year student, I took part in a student talent festival ‘Here we are.’

This is a festival where students demonstrate their talents. Vocals, choreography, sharp and bright humor did not leave anyone indifferent.

For a whole month my mainstream was the preparation for the festival. There were dance and singing rehearsals days in and days out. All institutes of the university took part in the action.

We came to the university at 8:30 and went home after 17:00. Tried to train during breaks. But our efforts were not in vain.

It was hard, but we didn’t give up. We understood that the result would exceed our expectations. It was a great experience for us. We really maxed out!

On stage, our performance was enchanting. Emotions ran high, charged with zappy zest for a long time.

The debut of freshmen created a marvelous mood for the whole audience, causing bursts of sparkling emotions and thunderous applause.

Homeless at Home (Puppy Love)

(essay)

Recently I have met a puppy. The beginning of this story does not promise a bright turn of events, but what happened that happened.

On October 19, at about 8 pm, I came across a four-legged, hairy character who didn’t even realize we had met. I did not know his breed. It did not know mine. The only thing I can say about his pedigree, quoting the words of many non-professional dog experts, it was the “ordinary mongrel”. Although it was the first ‘ordinary mongrel’, it put me in such unusual circumstances.

The dog had a pleasant reddish color, as if autumn itself shook its extra paint from the trees. The same trees, apparently, were outraged that this bright time of year with such a frivolous attitude let the dog be just reddish. So they probably stopped it and added a little shade to certain parts of the body. Two paws and ears were brown.

It ran against the blue sky, not in a hurry, sometimes taking advice from the wind, where to go next. While I was choosing what homework I should do, the dog did not even guess what “homework” is. So carefree. So simple. So funny. It seemed.

Sitting at home under a warm blanket, I understood. This dog never knew, does not know and will not know what a home is. I can sit in a cozy bed and look at him, but he won’t even realize that, besides the blue sky and the whisper of the wind, home exists. There is a place where, instead of the cold color of the sky and no less cold monologue of the wind, you will be greeted by someone who will cover you with a warm blanket.

Do you feel sorry for this dog? I don’t. And I’m not cruel. I’m just telling the story in a different order. Though at the bottom of my heart I think – maybe, it is a kind of …puppy love.
While I was choosing what homework I should do, this puppy didn’t choose the destiny of my homework. I just had to draw and animate him with a computer program.

Thanks to Adobe After Effects, my first job in it, and myself for the ability to blunt.

Autumn Gifts

(News article)

October 22.2020. In Rivne city school number three, children and teachers organized an exhibition ‘Gifts of Autumn.’

This exhibition is held annually. To show how rich nature is in autumn and to show the creative abilities of children. Pupils bring their products made of autumn leaves, chestnuts, vegetables, fruits and display them in the hallway under the number of their class, and then consider the work of other classes.

It is always an amusing event that makes children happy. Fifth-grader Olena says, “I always look forward to this exhibition. And I think in advance what I will do. For example, this year I made a hedgehog from pumpkins, matches and apples.” Teachers are also involved in this exhibition. “We evaluate the work of each class and choose the best. The winning class receives sweets and gratitude,” says Deputy Director Larysa Vasylivna.

So, as it became known this year, the best products were in the 5th-B class. However, everyone tried, so the children were happy and enjoyed the fruits of their craft.

Fatal match for Ukraine

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Ukrainian football team had an International Friendly football match with France football team in a near-empty Stade de France. As a result Ukraine lost 7-1 to France.

The goals were scored by Olivier Giroud Eduardo Camavinga, Corentin Tolisso,Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, also there was an own goal by Vitaliy Mykolenko, while Ukrainian team punched only one revenge goal by Viktor Tsygankov.

These results could be easily explained. Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko had to improvise with six injuries and eight COVID-19 cases in his expected yellow and blue squad. That’s why he had to use the other team members not ready to play at that time.

The coach of the Ukrainian team said, “I had a very serious talk with my team after the match. They have to be more responsible despite the situation that we have now.”

The Ukrainian football team is going to max out and train more than ever planning to win the next match with Spain next Tuesday.

Kids` Rollerblading Championship

Expocenter of Ukraine, Kyiv

Last Sunday, on October 11th 2020, on the territory of Expocenter of Ukraine located in Kyiv, Kids` Rollerblading Championship took place.

Children of different ages came to that championship to show their skills and win some prizes. The championship was organized by private rollerblading school but you could also take part simply by sending them the application form which was available on their website.

One of the coaches of rollerblading school, Andrew Romanov, said, “Such championship is the most incredible thing we manage to organize. It is really fun to prepare the kids for it and after that to celebrate their victories.” The 11-year-old student of that championship said, “This is my first championship but I`m sure there will be more because I like it here and I made a lot of new friends while taking part in this event.”

The kids surely will attend the next championships and do their best to win all the prizes.

Even the Alpaca Got a Job!

October 6, 2020. Chinese video production startup in Wuxi ‘hired’ the alpaca.

Actually, he’s a cross between a male llama and female alpaca. His name is Tuo Baiwan. The alpaca is responsible for entertaining office workers. Usually, he takes a walk around an office to find food. Employees with the greatest pleasure treat and caress him. But sometimes Baiwan is in no mood to communicate with office workers. Then he prefers walking at campus or rolling on grass.

The manager of Chinese video production startup, Gao Tong, said, “Baiwan brings us a lot of joy and cures us every day. Even though he’s sometimes a naughty boy, he’s around two years old, but we all love him so much.” Also, she noticed that many online fans are very curious what it’s like to keep an alpaca. Especially, as an office pet.

Office workers like to shoot short video about daily life of their furry pal.

A RABIES FOX IN IVANO-FRANKIVSK

October 7, 2020. The Ivano-Frankivsk City State Veterinary Hospital received a notification that at the night of October 6-7, a fox ran into a private farm on the streets of Chornovil. The dog, kept on the farm, was bitten by a fox.

The owner of the animal reported this case to the police department and the municipal service of KP ‘Polygon.’ The fox was caught and euthanized. The results of laboratory research established fox rabies. A dog that had contact with a wild animal was given a course of forced anthrax vaccination against rabies by specialists of the State Veterinary Service. Disinfection was carried out on the territory of the farm.

In the danger area, all necessary measures are taken to localize the disease in accordance with the current instructions. Specialists of the State Veterinary Service conduct rounds to vaccinate all dogs and cats against rabies.

Just Love Trains

(essay)

The sound in the train carriage is soothing like music…

I like to go somewhere without a goal, like some sort of a wanderer or traveler…

I’m going to my hometown and can’t wait to go back…

Not that I don’t like my city, I just love trains…life-long trains…

The ‘Alchemist’ By Paulo Coelho

The ‘Alchemist’ is the best of Paulo Coelho’s works. This is a serious book about such things: how to be a person, how to make your dreams come true, about the kindness and love that are inherent in each of us.

The book tells how a simple shepherd boy acted contrary to his parents because his goals and desires were strong and noble. Coelho hints that everyone can come to success, but only on the condition that he clearly defines for himself how this success must be. The true meaning of the novel is deeply hidden: behind the plot, dialogues and descriptions, behind the mood, there is a message from the author, who seeks to convey to the reader the idea that the strength of his soul, combined with the right choice of direction for movement, can give any person a lot.

The merit of the author lies precisely in the fact that he was able to present complex and subtle things in such a light and fascinating form.

Coelho is engaged in a conversation with the reader, the topic of which does not tolerate haste. Slowly talking about Santiago and his adventures, the author leaves the reader with the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the novel, immerse himself in reading completely. That is why the plot is not oversaturated with events — this narrative has a different goal. In the ‘Alchemist’ Coelho does not seek to tell a striking and spellbinding story, he wants to convey the thought hidden in it, its moral, and this requires thoughtfulness and relaxation.

I do not urge you to read the whole of Paulo Coelho, but if you really want to get to know him, then grab the ‘Alchemist’ at first.

The ‘Alchemist’, a ‘cult’ novel by Paulo Coelho, is a parable for our time, and it is not for nothing that it is a favorite book of millions of people in 117 countries. “To achieve the embodiment of one’s destiny is the only true duty of a person…” My rating is 10/10.

The Boys (Superhero TV series review)

My rating is 10/10. Around the world, we have a global obsession of superhero comic characters even though they are not real. The billion dollar industry vultures are soaring and swirling around them trying to bite off some juicy slices. Would you even imagine the franchise price if they came into real life! This franchise would become Number One and Numero Uno at the same time! Here comes ‘The Boys’, an American superhero and black comedy TV series developed by E,Kripke!

It might easily turn into the greatest first season of A Superhero TV show ever, competing with ‘Marvels Daredevil’, of course. But this script is so freaking fascinating, the over-the-top violence and gore, along with great dialogues and brilliant acting, easily brings it to the list of the blockbusters. I would be really surprised if the two KIWI lead protagonists, Kurl Urban and Anthony Starr wouldn’t get nominated as the best leading role actors, especially it relates to Starr. He was abso-bloody-lutely brill as the lead antagonist, Homelander. That says something for a superhero movie, wouldn’t you say!

I was waiting patiently for this show, and living up to that hype, though, it was not easy. You have to binge it at one gulp, it is too addictive. Wow! Before even release, Amazon Prime ordered a second season even though the production cost might have been astronomical, I would imagine. They were confident that it was so sick! Watch it and you’ll enjoy it!!!

Book Review on ‘The Joke’ by Milan Kundera

Living in hell…”
The Joke’ was Milan Kundera’s first novel. It was completed in 1965, first published in 1967 and first translated into Ukrainian in 2020.

Several foreign languages. Are they needed? Sprechen Sie…le Francais?

(opinion article)

Most people understand that without knowledge of foreign languages it is difficult to survive in the modern world. Therefore, they send their children to schools where they can study two or even three foreign languages. However, is it good to study several languages simultaneously? On the one hand, foreign languages are the main part of our culture, so they help us to expand our outlook. We cannot broaden our minds if we see the world only from the perspective of our own culture. In addition, learning languages is a good exercise for the intellect. Moreover, if pupils know at least one foreign language, they learn new languages much faster. On the other hand, many pupils find it confusing to learn two or three languages at a time, especially languages that are similar, because children usually mix up lots of words. Besides, some languages are tricky enough to learn. For example, in English there are more exceptions than rules. In this case, children can be overloaded with homework. More than that, some pupils do not know their native language well and learning several foreign languages could prevent them from mastering their own language.

We asked one of the parents about their attitude towards learning several foreign languages:

“Hello. We see that at the present time one foreign language is not enough and schools are introducing the second. How do you feel about this and do you agree?”

“Good afternoon. As a mother, I feel sorry for my children because this is a big burden on them. But if you look at it in perspective, then learning several foreign languages ​​is a huge advantage in adulthood. It seems to me you can make such sacrifices.”

“What is your second language?”

“We chose German because there are relatives in Germany and my boy has already learnt it a little.”

In conclusion, I want to say that learning languages is extremely beneficial and I would like to know different foreign languages. However, I believe children should not learn too many languages at the same time, so as not to get confused. They ought to get a solid base in one language before they start learning a new one.

Alors, parlez vous…Deutch Sprache? Addio…

Is ‘the Lord of the Rings’ coming back?

October 19, 2020. Kyiv fans are delighted with the news about the shooting of the series “Lord of the Rings”. The series will be the prequel to the trilogy. This year it is 20 years since the premiere of the first part of the film.

The Largest Falafel

(news report)

October 1, 2020. The largest falafel, 27 meters and 87 centimeters long, was cooked on Kontraktova Square in Kyiv. This was done by the chefs of the vegan network “Green13”, the team of the Ecological Alternative, as well as volunteering Kyivans, in particular, students of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Ukraine Celebrates Victory Against Furia Roja

October 13, 2020. Kyiv. Ukraine national football team won Spain national football team with the score 1:0. The incredible match was at the main stadium in Kyiv NSC ‘Olimpiyskiy.’

BROVARY SCHOOL FIRE

(news report)

There was a fire in Brovary school number seven, but no one was hurt.

Pride and Prejudice

(book review)

Jane Austen’s most famous novel ‘Pride and prejudice’ is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature.

Youth…

It seems everyone remembers this peachy period with warmth… An extraordinary time when you can just enjoy your life… First love, first friends, and first “complex life dramas”… The time when you start understanding where to fly, where to land… how to dream and how to live… to say sincerely in old age, “my life was beautiful.“

Wonderful youth…

Interview with a street photographer of Kyiv youth

Diana Nikolaichuk is a street photographer who documents slice-of-life moments on a tape camera. She mostly documents evening-parties, walks with friends and places that attract attention by being charming. “My project is a private collection of photos. It is more than something for wide public. However, if I elect to share a certain photo — it is the echo of how the young people have chill in the capital,” the photographer comments.

Magic Beans

(fairy tale miniflash)

For not doing his homework, the evil sorceress turns the boy Bob, who lives in a small settlement near Kyiv, into a poor guy, giving him three beans. From them, Bob grows a bean grove, which gets bigger not only by the day, but by the minute and reaches a size of 300 meters in height. The plant grows so fast that all the buildings in Bob’s backyard rose to the plant top too.

Now, in order to live in his house, Bob needs to climb to the top of the plant. But how does he do it? Here in the settlement appeared a girl with long hair, her evil sorceress settled on a cloud, and only she could take Bob up. And in order to persuade the girl to trust Bob, he played the flute for her every night…He told her 101 fairy tales…It lasted 101 nights until the girl with the long braid opened her heart and lifted Bob to her onto the cloud.

Book Review ‘Me Before You’

“‘Me Before You’ gives us an insight of life meaning in a unique way”.

Review on the book ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand

Yes 5 stars! Why? Because whenever I rethink about this book, I become speechless. The lessons it taught me and the life it showed me were invaluable. So whatever you may find below are the mixed emotions which I could withdraw out of it.

Not “the War in the East of Ukraine” just “the War in Ukraine”

(essay)

War’s a toxic thing…

It’s hundreds of deaths if not thousands…

Someone lost a son, someone a house and someone a mind…

I don’t want it like everyone who has a grain of wit…

A majority of Ukrainians go in and out paying attention to the war as something annoying…

Please, don’t forget that the soldiers fight not for the meters of land obeying the orders, but, first of all, for humans who were living, are living and will be living on this land… for people such as me and you…

October 15, 2020

Book Review on ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Ukrainian Elephant on Ukrainian Fields!

On October 14, 2020, an elephant escaped from a zoo in a village near Kyiv.

Interview with Timothee Chalamet. Drama film ‘Call Me By Your Name’ : Reality and Homosexuality

Tania Myronysheva: “Oh my God! It`s a real Timothee Chalamet in front of me!”

Timothee Chalamet: “Ha-ha… I am also glad to meet you, Tania.”

Tania: “I think you understand that it was a bit ironic start, which is due to the topic of our interview. We’ll talk about a movie that made you a real Hollywood star.”

Tim: “Okay, let’s start.”

Tania: “My first question; you became popular in just one day after the premier of the film ‘Call me by your name.’ What do you feel at that moment?”

Tim: “Frankly speaking, there were contradictory feelings. I was a simple guy, who one day was declared as a sex icon of a whole generation. And it was like, “Who? Me? Are you joking?”

Tania: “What is your favorite scene in the movie?”

Tim: “The one where Elio first tells Oliver about his feelings. The director decided to shoot this episode in one shot. I think it was the right decision. This moment looked very natural. I’ve got goose bumps every time I recall this scene.”

Tania: “You`re so sensitive and emotional. I just can’t help asking about the situation with a peach, ha-ha… Maybe everyone remembers the scene where you masturbated with this fruit. And my question is simple. Can you eat it after that?”

Tim: “Ha-ha. I can still eat peaches, but I always remember that moment. This is probably the most awkward scene you can watch with your parents. But I must say, I love every episode of this movie, even this one.”

Tania: “Okay. Now it sounds like a story of popularity everyone dream of. Was it really so simple, sweet and sloppy?”

Tim: “Unfortunately, it wasn’t. First, because everyone perceived me as 17-year-old Elio, who fell in love with other guy on the Italian Riviera. It was difficult for people to understand that this guy from the computer screen is just a character.”

Tania: “Let’s break this myth. Tell us about your actual sexual orientation. And are you dating anyone right now?”

Tim: “I officially declare that I’m a heterosexual. I like girls and had relationships with them. But right now I’m free as a bird. And I think, I should add, my heterosexuality is due only to my physiological characteristics, not because I am homophobic.”

Tania: “Recorded! And now let’s back to the topic. This is just one side of popularity, which called ‘frustrated fans. But in the other side, many viewers didn’t accept the film at all. What can you say about it?”

Tim: “Unfortunately, this is true. After this film, I realized how cruel some people are. It was unpleasant. Not everyone is ready to accept homosexual relations so freely.”

Tania: “However you and Oliver (your partner in film) showed us that love between 2 boys can be so amazing and romantic! Like any other kind of love, if it happens sincerely.”

Tim: “Thank you so much! Personally, my task in this movie as a protagonist was to portrait a world in which the traditional values are love and freedom, not prejudice and stereotypes. This is the world I want to live in.”

Tania: “And it is possible! The movie has become very popular. I think it means we are moving in the right direction.”

Tim: “Undoubtedly. The film received really great feedback.”

Tania: “And it`s just a beginning! Thank you for coming!”

Tim: “Thank you for inviting!”

October 12, 2020

The Endness of Eternity

The heaviness of her airy kisses. The instance of her flowing movements. The laughing past of her tears.

It’s my memories hardly thrown in head before my everyday alarm clock shouts.

The elusive light gleam that she kept every sunrise. The bouquet of blooming herbarium that she collected on her last autumn. The soundless feelings she cried in her first songs.

I don’t remember curtains on the windows. I don’t remember the colors of flowers. I don’t remember the words of songs.

Today I woke up because of my alarm clock.

Roadside picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

(Book Review)

Intelligence is the ability of a living creature to perform pointless or unnatural acts.”

Eight Great Tips to Boost Your Reading Skills

(article-listicle)

If the world tumbles down on you, enjoy long romantic strolls through the nearest book shelves…”
(Unknown author)

Book Review on ‘Twin Peaks’ by Jennifer Lynch and Dale Cooper

This cult book includes two stories: ‘The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer’ аnd ‘The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper’.

Interview with Vladislava Solovieva

Hi! Howdy-dowdy! Dear readers of my blog, today I got lucky to take a short interview with my friend Vladislava Solovieva. I asked her to give a couple of answers to my questions, not because she is my close friend, but because she is a blockbuster Kyiv blogger. Her Instagram account has over 50,000 subscribers. In this article, you will find out how Vlada earned her first money on her own, what troubles she faced, and what is the best option to promote your blog in 2020.

Book Review on ‘Untouchable’ by Abdel Sellu

The best book in 2014 is ‘Untouchable’ written by Abdel Sellu. It is well-known as film “1+1” too. The movie relates to the criminal drama genre.

The Fifth Sally by Daniel Keyes

It was exciting to get acquainted with Danel Keyes from this book. Without any doubt, the topic of multiple personality is very difficult and always made the reader nervous and anxious, but the book was fascinating and if anxiety did appear, it was extremely rare.

The Book “100 Ideas That Changed Fashion” ― All About Fashion Innovations

(book review)

“100 Ideas That Changed Fashion” is your guide to fashion history. It was written by Harriet Worsley, who graduated from Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where she currently teaches. Harriet has also worked in fashion magazines, and she is the author of several books on fashion history.

How to become a millionaire?

The brilliant book “The Road to Financial Freedom: Earn Your First Million in Seven Years” by Bodo Schäfer

“If you were not afraid of doing the first step, it would be an indication that this step is too small for you,” affirms Bodo Schäfer. No, this is not spam that typically comes to your directly. This is an extremely cool and fascinating book that does not promise a temporary result. But the result is promising.

The Other Side of students` life

(essay)

Students’ life is full of not only studies. It includes meeting new peeps, new buddies, new classmates, new parties, new songs, new dances—everything flish and phlesh, cherry and berry!

Thanks to Student Council of the Institute of Journalism, we can drop in many funny events uniting all of us. Recently, after a student picnic at the Institute of Journalism, I felt it with a chill down my spine – the team spirit and the other side of student life.

“By day the frolic and the dance by night!”

P.S. Don`t forget about morning! The classes…are important too!

Mirror Ball

(essay)

Friday night! The club is crowded and ready to blast into a hilarious party! People are flooding the dance floor! The music is spine-thrilling, the drinks are in-cheery-toxicating!!!

And here I am, spinning around, reflecting the spotlights, enjoying the dazzling dark. I’m watching everybody, but nobody’s watching me.

They revel in the rays of light that I throw at them.

They look up while dancing, but they never see me.

They jump around while whirling, but they never notice me.

And when the party is over and everyone is gone, I still spin around in circles…being invisible, illuminating and impenetrable…

Yes, I am a mirror-freaking-ball!!!

Fatigue and Goal

I have a goal. My muscles hurt…my legs don’t listen to me…my heart beats with such force that it knocks air out of my lungs… Fatigue doesn’t allow me to see normally and to move normally. Soon it will darken my eyes…

But the BIG GOAL will not let me get out of the way. I can’t betray it. I’ll get the 10th running lap and buy a big chocolate cake.

I will do it. We are the champions!

Happiness Around You

(essay)

There is a huge field of flowers around you…

The sun is shining brightly over your head, the wind is swaying the trees, the birds are singing and there is no fuss around…

You run faster, faster and faster, not turning around, just feeling the complete freedom…

The whole world seems so beautiful and just terribly beautiful.

You are happy…

What it is to be a brand manager?

(interview with Viktoria Grom)

Hello, Viktoria! Can you tell me about yourself? And about your profession?

“Hi! Yeah, sure. I’m a marketing specialist. Marketing includes different kinds of occupational areas. I was working as a junior brand manager at my previous job. My job responsibilities included administration of social media (SMM) and website, work with any kind of documentation, payment, communication with supplies, event management, cause we organized about 1-2 events a month.

Is there something you want to know more specific?”

Wow, you had so many responsibilities! Could you tell me more about your SMM experience? What did you – you’ve created content or managed people?

“Yes, we had a small marketing team due to the company situation at that moment. A lot of work was doing outsource, but still, I had to manage almost all of this work.

About SMM – I managed people, we had a contract with an SMM agency, they created content for us due to content plan. Also, we had a rebranding at the company during the first month of my work there. We had a new design, a new logo, colours, etc. And it was kind of a challenge when you had to understand how to work with this “new brand” and how to explain to your outsource team what you want to do from them.” She smiles.

So, mostly, your work was about your company’s brand, wasn’t it? What is the company’s brand for you?

“Well, my position was named as a brand manager, so yeah, almost all my work was about the company’s brand. Haha, it’s kind of hard to say it in few words, especially when you know the definition of what is brand, brand management, etc. Okay, first of all, the company’s brand is what people feel, think, and talk about your company. I would say like that:).”

Okay, but how do you create this atmosphere around your company? Is it about SMM, events, and design?

“It’s about all of these and more. About SMM, about how employees communicate with clients and suppliers, about the company’s values, about the quality of services, you provide, about events and if they’re useful for your customers, about the way you talk in social media, about colours and logo, even about your tone of voice and smile during the conversation. About how do you think about your company and represent this vision.”

Could you tell me about some f*ck-ups in brand management? They can be someone else’s;). Do you like to know about the last scandal in Knigarnya Ye?’ ”

“To be honest, there are a lot of f*ck-ups in brand management, just some of them people notice, and some of them not. Of course, I heard about the scandal with ‘Knygarnia Ye.’ I think it happened mostly because of miscommunication and maybe not really high level at communication in general. To push this red button (all that relates to Russia) is very dangerous nowadays, for businesses I mean.

As for me, I always bought only Ukrainian books with Ukrainian translation, and I’m gonna continue doing it at this bookstore chain and others, so…”

Oh, I see. Thank you for such a splendid and sparkling interview! Have a nice day!

October 7, 2020

Dana Pavlychko And ‘Osnovy’ Publishing House

(interview)

Dana Pavlychko is a Ukrainian publisher, director of the ‘Osnovy’ publishing house. She is a member of Forbes magazine’s project about 30 Ukrainian, who have achieved success in 30 years. Let’s find out more about her and about the work of the ‘Osnovy’ publishing house firsthand.

Night

(essay)

When I was a child, I was really scared of night. Its darkness and mysticism, infinity and mystery… All those “nightly” things made my little brain crazy…

Time passed by, I was growing up and started reading books that told about what the night was from a scientific point of view. I realized that there was nothing to be scared…

But now I am writing my essay in dark September room surrounded by only my laptop and a cup of warm tea… And I can’t understand: is it the night MONSTER standing behind me or it is just a crippling chair?

‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

(book review)

Coraline Jones and her parents have just moved into a house so big they share it with an old man who trains mice upstairs and an aging former actress in the basement. An avid explorer, Coraline investigates the large garden and grounds around her new home until a heavy rain forces her to confront every active child’s nightmare an entire day stuck inside with nothing to do. So she turns to explore the inside of the house, and in a corner of the seldom-used drawing-room, finds something puzzling –a locked wooden door that reveals only a brick wall when her mother opens it with a huge rusty key.

The Living Eyes

Thousands of people’s faces without noses and mouths… I see only eyes…  They are frightened or calm, inviolable or mobile, of various shapes and colors…

Only the eyes live above the masks. They are talking news, suffering, complaining, laughing or worrying about lateness…

Is it a nightmare? Or mirage from the future? Not at all! It’s the morning underground!

Covid-19 vaccine. When will it be invented?

(Interview)

Covid-19 has caused a lot of damage to all areas of our lives. Ranging from health problems to economic crisis. The number of deaths exceeded 900 thousand people, and this is not the limit. So many people are wondering, “When the Covid-19 vaccine will be invented?”

So today I managed to speak to the one of the leading doctors in Ukraine. His name is Lesyk Borysiuk. We will discuss the current situation about developing the vaccine.

Fear or Сonfidence?

I will tell you briefly about my first day at university. I went to this mysterious place for the third time in my life. Passing through the Dnieper, I thought about different things, both good and bad. But I adjusted myself for the better. The inner experience prevailed.

8 things you need to give up to succeed in business and beyond

Sometimes, in order to achieve something, you need to give up something. And the thing is that you say “no” not to something important, but to a load that actually pulls you to the bottom. Here is a list of things you should look at, and it is better to give up altogether, keep it to yourself:

Alumni Party

(short story)

The alumnus meeting is a serious event. Everyone is trying to look his or her best. The best clothes and makeup, the best hairstyles and jewelry. All girls look like fancy fashion models. Wow! Here everyone is trying to be better than he or she is, everyone is bragging about everything that he or she managed to achieve during past ten years. Career and money, family and children, travel and everything noticeable, everything that one can envy at least a little.

How the Ecola service works?

The interview with Nazar Mozhovyi — co-founder of the Ecola service.

Ecola is a startup of two business partners from Ukraine and London. Its goal is to make sorting and removal of waste for recycling convenient and accessible to all. People who sort at home can collect clean and dried recyclables in one package and order free removal from home. And people who pick up and sort garbage for sale will be able to sell it to large harvesters and processors and make money that way.

Tomorrow Time Loop

Tomorrow will be a new day.

It will be sunny or gloomy, wonderfully warm or icy cold…

Уou will laugh or cry…  It will be a day of your success or failure…

Though, tomorrow may not come at all…  Tomorrow you will think of today as the past…

Tomorrow you will not be able to change what you did today… Some sort of a time loop…

Take care of your today!

Call for Break

(essay)

A call for a break…You pack your things in a bag and run to the first floor. Your heart is pounding in the chest, your hands are shaking, and you know that now dozens of others like you are dashing there. You rush into the room and with relief understand that you are the first. Number 1! You make a choice, draw a card, and then a saleswoman says that the terminal does not work…You have no cash and life becomes senseless…

Basement

(short story)

…I think I`m in a basement.

There`s this steamy smell… I feel it crawling under my skin… My hands are tied… I can`t move and can`t breathe…All I can think of is a glass of water but then I hear a spine-thrilling sound… As if someone is sharpening a knife… I am going to die… But I don`t want to die! This time for sure… I hear footsteps approaching…That`s where my life ends…

And then I hear him screaming: “Сut!” And the scene is over.

The Incredulous Mr. Ivanyuk

(short story)

The family of Mr. Ivanyuk settled in Tsvetochek during the time of Taras Bulba. Ivanyuk’s great-grandfather, not without a certain grip, quickly took into circulation all the beet farms and several years after amassed a solid capital, which allowed him to rebuild an exquisitely expensive classical-style mansion in the very center of the city and provide all his descendants for three hundred years in advance. So, Mr. Ivanyuk was fabulously rich. He not only did not squander his great-grandfather’s money, but also multiplied it many times in some completely mystical way.

Little Giant

(short story)

This splendid story is about Oscar, a little kitten. Though he seemed small only to people.

He considered himself huge. He walked around the house with long strides, even stomped trying to roar like a lion. With the most menacing look, he approached the bowl to eat. And he managed to be big in the eyes of other pets too. Parrot Carl stopped stealing his food; the older cat Max permitted to play with his toys, and the dog Teddy generally avoided the brave kitten.

That’s how baby Oscar turned into a big respected gentleman.

And it’s not about size, it’s about self-confidence. Having a heart of a lion, Oscar turned into a LION. I guess that many of us could learn life from this Purr-fect meow.

Life is Life

(essay)

We are born. Wow! We learn to walk and talk. Great! We learn the world. Blimey! We go to kindergarten. Boo! Meet new people at school. Ho-ho-ho! We study for 11 years at school. At long last! Graduation. Swell! Then the university. Hip, hip, hooray! Let’s go to work. Ouch! We find new friends. Yummy! We fall in love. Oh, dear me! We are getting married. Awesome! We travel the world. Enjoy! The first car. Yeah! Adult problems. Crap… Happy moments. Good heavenly days! Heavy losses. Bullsh*t! Birth of children. Holly Fire! Old Age. OMG! Death. Amen. We are born again…Hallelujah!

S-a-a-a-d Comedy…

(essay)

On the weekend, I decided to watch a movie with my friends. For a long time we chose what to watch, but decided that we wanted to relax, so we picked up a college comedy.

On Saturday morning, we got together at a friend’s house, ordered pizza and started watching. The film was extremely fascinating and funny, but suddenly something went wrong, the light bulb popped and burned out, we got a shocking blackout…It was a nightmare! Since we watched the movie on TV, it also cracked…It was a s-a-a-a-d comedy…

Вересень 30, 2020

Tea…Joie de vivre…Pleasure

(essay)

Probably not many people dislike drinking hot tea. Frankly speaking, I can`t even grasp it –how it is possible not to love it…

It’s autumn, and winter will come soon after it. But autumn just does not exist without hot tea as winter does not exist without hot coffee! In this time of year, your morning starts with a cup coffee, and the evening ends with a glass of tea. And how could be different?

Surely, tea is the opposite of coffee… Coffee amuses and wakes up, and tea soothes and helps to fall asleep, especially mint tea.

They say that tea for the English is a picnic right at home. For Ukrainians tea is a way to dream, especially, in the time of the coronavirus.

If you love tea, keep on loving…you know the aroma of ‘joie de vivre’! Surely, I mean the joy of living!

Вересень 30, 2020

Wonderful Youth

Youth…

It seems everyone remembers this peachy period with warmth… An extraordinary time when you can just enjoy your life… First love, first friends, and first “complex life dramas”… The time when you start understanding where to fly, where to land… how to dream and how to live… to say sincerely in old age, “my life was beautiful.

Wonderful youth

The New Cinderella Story

(essay)

Once upon a time lived a beautiful, smart and hard-working girl ̶ Cinderella. Unfortunately, her step-mother and two step-sisters, being lazy, angry and awful, hated and envied Cinderella.

The only thing that united them all was the solemn ball in the royal castle with the handsome prince. This event had been fantastic, except one moment, the girls began to fight for the love of the prince.

However, who knew that the prince was so open and loved women so much? He had easily reassured the girls that he loved them all and offered to live together.

And they lived happily ever after!

Hilarious Traveling!

(essay)

I am a sophomore, a second-year student.

However, in light of the circumstances I visit the university just once a week.

It’s so unusual for me every time because I forget the location of classes. I even forget the class in which I am sitting now.

If I leave the classroom, I can’t find it…

OMG! It is awful, isn’t it?

Of course no! I always get to new places.

I always travel hilariously around the university!

Usual Weekday Rush

(essay)

I’m rushing forward like Flash!

Am I in a hurry to go on a date or visit my Mom? Not at all! I’m late to a lecture. And so… every time.

Could I go out in advance? Sure! But is there any need? Nope! I like to overtake and overcome people like obstacles…

Whether I come in time is another question…

Eternal Childhood Friendship…

(essay)

They met in a kindergarten 16 years ago. They fought, but immediately reconciled, shared secrets… It seemed like it would last forever.

Now they are 19 years old. They occasionally say ‘hello’ when they meet in a small town and remember each other with a pinch of sadness.

How long does your “forever” last?

Autumn

(essay)

Most of all the other times of the year, I’m waiting for autumn. For me, it associates with multilayer clothes and warm drinks, trips with friends to cozy coffee shops and soft soul music.

After all, I can`t stand hot weather at all, and I like long drizzles and chilly coolness…I like when it is raining pitchforks days in and nights out…Stunning trees and falling leaves… I’m inspired by the autumn aesthetics… I always wait for this time of year. ..

2020 Broke the Film Industry

(interview)

Will 2020 mark the beginning of the end of the era of cinematography in movie-theaters? This question would start our today’s interview. It’s no secret that the current coronavirus pandemic has hit the film industry hard. I managed to talk with one of our domestic directors, Mikhail Dashko, and just in several remarks he explained the current situation with films and cinemas.

Interview with Clementine Kruczynski. Despair…Love…Yoga

(fantasy)

(the protagonist of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, an American sci-fi romantic drama film )

Konstantin Kozhemyaka And His Advice For Future Publishers

(interview)

Konstantin Kozhemyaka is the owner of the family printing house Huss and the niche publishing house ArtHuss. His advice will definitely come in handy for budding publishers.

Morning Hustle, Morning Bustle

The dainty dream didn’t want to let me off…Іt was warm, lovely, and well-off… Half-closed eyes looked for the phone… Mmm… Moooom! It was eight p.m. First lesson can be skipped!

Interview with Diana Nikolaychuk

Due to the coronavirus, the break in the matches of the women’s football club “Ateks” dragged on for a very long time. After this pause, the team started with several victories in Kiev, as well as on the road. The heroine of today’s interview is Diana Nikolaychuk, who scored the winning goal for the Ivano-Frankivsk team at their stadium.

Jennifer Lawrence: How I Became An Actress

(interview)

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest Hollywood stars and the brightest actress of her generation. Let’s find out more about how Jennifer Lawrence became an actress.

Why did I choose Grinchenko Uni?

(essay)  

This question is heard by every student who studies at this university. And the answer is probably very simple, I like this uni-happy-versity because it is a modern miracle and has everything you need for comfortable high-brow learning, e-learning, edutainment learning, practical learning, blah-blah-blah learning…

Of course, there are also cool teachers and chalkies, professors and brofessors, Ms. Wonderful and Mr. Motivator, ready to help at any time.

September 23, 2020

Time

(Waiting For No One)

(essay)

Sometimes I start thinking about the transience of time…

It seemed that only recently I was a little girl who ran with friends through the muddy puddles and didn’t think about anything.

You need to enjoy every minute of your life, because you never know when it will end. Appreciate “now”, not “later.”

Why did he pay so much?

(essay)

A man stood at the tram station and waited for a tram. Next to him there was a tent with a tired woman selling flowers…

He decided to buy a bouquet…

Having paid a triple price for three tulips, the man waited for a tram and moved home.

It was getting dark quickly. More and more people were going home from work.

It got colder, a strong wind got storming; a light drizzle got dripping.

The woman got ready to go home with the only thought, “Why did he pay so much?”

Work…Work…Work?

His meals consist of every second I breathe. Sometimes he uses my lateness as spicy seasoning…

His sleeping exists due to every minute I act. Often he sees nightmares because of my fails…

But he doesn’t know about the rest. I’ve told him to forget about work. He didn’t listen.

I’ll try again.

My dear Time. Stop. Please.

Fairy Tale House

(short story)

It stood alone among well-designed two and three-storied summer cottages… Small and shy.,.Rough and rustic…Fib and fairy-tale…

It was loved by local birds building a dozen of nests under its modest roof…

A summer passed…It turned big and broad, fresh and fashionable…but still fairy-tale…With more chatting people and more chirping birds…Who cast spells?

Kiss of a Rabid Dog

Maria felt the hot sand under her feet, holding a cold strawberry mint cocktail in her hands, refreshing her in the insufferable scorcher…

Only in the Circle of Loved Ones story

Autumn brings people together. Meetings in a cafe for tea when you are hiding from the cold. The whole family at the table after a hard day’s work and school. Meetings to visit each other, because walking is already dark and frosty.
Autumn gives people warmth and an atmosphere of comfort, which can be felt only in the circle of loved ones.

MEMORIES OF ONE GIRL

(essay)

Invisible but palpable movements of cold air streams. Gloomy autumn clouds do not allow to relax normally. The tops of trees sigh in a special way.

The autumn wind shakes them up and down, sparing no efforts, and the clouds seem to be so close to catch them alive. In such a period, everything is different, somehow strange, rough and at the same time sad and gray.

The summer is behind; behind exciting bike rides and funny friends, wonderful night walks and soul guitar songs. It is so sick at heart that I will experience it again only next summer.

I close my eyes. I’m at home. It’s quiet and cozy. My family is around me. The yawning cat is sitting quietly at the window, looking at a lonely chirping sparrow…My Teddy Bear is lying on my knees… I open my eyes, seeing nothing at first but in a sec…a slight ray of hope.

Psychedelic Cooking

(essay)

The circle emitted heat… Fire warned about danger… It kept me in tension… Seconds later the redhead spider web drew all spirals… The psychedelic picture gradually mesmerizes me… After several senselessly long seconds, the pancake is prepared… If you love to eat, love to cook too.

My Best Worst Day in Autumn

(Essay)

In the morning a cutting cold woke me up…

Love Story

(humorous story)

Finally St.Valentine’s Day rolled around!

Strength

(short story)

A little girl was chasing down a butterfly with a hoop-net in her hand near the house.

Child-happy-hood

(essay)

Do you remember the time you were a kid?

White Skirt in Cappuccino

Morning in the city

(Essay)

Autumn heat. A light breeze lifts the сlassy hair of girls, styled just in the morning…

Fateful Conversation

(Short story)

We make our own fortunes and we call them fate”.
©Disraeli

Student’s Dormitory Life

(essay)

While someone is looking for food on frying pans of their bros and chicas, others celebrate a birthday of a roommate!

University is alive! It is not virtual!

An epidemic of the coronavirus started all over the world half a year ago and our university like many others switched to distance learning.

Music 

(essay)

Music is the rhythm of my heart and my soul…

Magical Autumn

(essay)

Autumn, like a fairy, changes everything in its own way.

September

(essay)

One day the first refreshing rain drop will say farewell speech to the summer.

But now the sun goes on laughing with last cheerful echo of August…

Every year this star gifts us its smile as gold dust on tree leaves…

Unfortunately, I got white leave with my homework…

Fascinating Tooth Fairy or Night Monster?

That`s for you to decide…

(Essay)

Touch your heart and shut your eyes, dream sweet dreams and sleep tight.”
(Unknown author)

Cliches in dialogues you should stop using

Dialogues are everywhere in our life. Especially in the writer’s job. It doesn’t matter what you are writing — a scenario, a book, a play, even if it’s advertising — you can use dialogues everywhere. You should, probably. But be aware of your wickedest enemies – cliches.

To Detox or not to Detox?

Don’t I spend too much time on social media?

Social networks have become an integral part of our daily lives. Three and a half hours ― that’s how much a person spends on average on social networks and messengers a day. Facebook and Instagram can improve mood, make it easier to communicate with others, but at the same time, they increase the feelings of loneliness and amass anxiety. Personally, I use Instagram as my portfolio; I find a lot of useful information there, and I consider Telegram the most convenient messenger for communication.

Finding a job after graduation

Today, there are thousands of different vacancies around the world. And what is most surprising, even if the job title is the same, the requirements and conditions are different, thereby making the job unique. The hardest part of your professional journey is getting started. Few people know how to present yourself to the employer, how to create a sellable resume and portfolio. How to design your resume? What to write and what to keep silent about? In my opinion, there are the following answers to all these questions.

Welcome to the Institute of Infortainment!

Journalism… Pardon… Journalism

In some Ukrainian companies, the University grads could be shocked with this puzzling phrase, “Don`t forget to delete everything you learned in your University. You won`t need this stuff while working here.” And when a confused applicant says, “Do forgive me, but I did not go to any University,” he or she could be smashed with a final knockdown, “Really? So, you are underqualified to be employed here!”

NORDS 2020 NORDS

(sci-fi story)

Breaking news

“Now you are listening to CMM news. Today, on February 14, 2020, in such European countries as Poland, Ukraine and Germany, many people witnessed a strange sky phenomenon with dozens of shining cigar looking spots skyrocketing fast in a strange and chaotic way. We invited Professor Dupinski, an expert in all extraterrestrial issues, to comment on this unusual sky phenomenon.”

HOW CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS MAGAZINES

Advertising experts expect the first signs to start to appear in the June issues and by September, the most important month of the year for magazines, the decline will be clearly visible, especially for those that depend on luxury brand advertising. Independent magazines will likely feel the pain more quickly.

Why people forgive cruelty

“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself”
(Bible, Proverbs 11:17)

What Author Needs to Know in 2020?

The last 10 years have been turbulent for publishers, writers, and agents. Technology has spurred seven key trends that are shaping the business and the art of our literary industry.

Why aren’t students hired?

Students find it hard to get a job. Most often, they themselves are to blame. The manner of behaviour, misunderstanding of goals, coupled with a lack of experience makes young specialists not the bestseller on the labour market.

Coco Chanel: born to survive

She was one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century. But Coco Chanel’s reputation is again under scrutiny over allegations that she was a Nazi agent in World War II France.

Juvenile Crime. Work-out playgrounds, Rap Events?

Juvenile delinquency refers to antisocial or illegal behavior by children or adolescents and is considered a serious problem all over the world. It is caused by social, economic, and cultural factors. This criminal activity of youngsters is apparent in marginal sectors of urban areas where children and teenagers are exposed to violence in their immediate social environment, either as observers or as victims. Some steps are to be taken to curb it a bit…

Society and Problems

Students Against Drugs!
Students Against Hard-drinking!

“Don`t fall into the death trap. Say no to drugs!”
(Sloganhub.org)

Dogs have learned to identify COVID-19 patients

In a study by Finnish scientists who found out that dogs find COVID-19 by smell, some people in academia react with enthusiasm and others with skepticism. Although everyone knows about dogs’ keen sense of smell.

Instagram. Your Business Profile Promotion

In the CIS countries, social networks have long been gaining momentum as another channel of communication with the client. Online beckons. Even the owners of the “old school” business, faced with the consequences of COVID-19, are no longer so skeptical about Instagram and online in general. But the problem remains the same: the number of unsuccessful attempts to advance is many times greater than successful ones. Why does it happen? High competition, inappropriate social network, truncated coverage, or maybe a “non-working” target? Let’s speak frankly, the whole point is the initial development of your product and the further strategy for promoting it on Instagram, or rather, its absence.

How Not To Waste Your Life

The other day I was looking in my computer’s archives for an old document I needed. In the midst of my search, I came across a bunch of photos from my childhood. It was fun to be reminded of what life was like back then, the friendships and the good times. The amazing thing is the emotions that I felt back then come flooding back in, every emotion except the fear and worry. Then the thought occurred to me: I wasted a lot of time worrying about daily problems, my place in the world, and the future. I wish I hadn’t because I think it caused me to miss more of the joy I could have been living. Then I thought about the present. I’m stilled filled with the same fear and anxiety about the same things. Living in fear is a great way to end up with a wasted life.

They say, when senior people are on deathbeds the last thing they want to do is look back on their lives and realize they wasted it. So, here are 10 ways not to waste your life that we hope will be helpful to you.

Trends and Quarantine

(Viral article)

A healthy body makes a healthy spirit.”

Scriptonite

(Portrait essay)

“Music is also a woman, and so far – the only woman who can keep me close.”
(Scriptonit)

Bullying. Commercial Bullying. The Ways To Overcome It

“First of all, it seems to me that in a situation with bullying there is no one ‘culprit’. There are many responsible.
(Lyudmila Petranovskaya)

The Story Of…MARUV

“Art is a provocation. Look at the most famous paintings. The main thing is that I evoke emotions in you, I make you talk about it. ”
(MARUV)

In a dream I dance

(essay)

Do you know how it feels when you lose the hobby you thought was your most favorite thing in the world? If your answer is no, you’re the lucky ones. It’s like when your heart becomes so heavy that you begin to feel the heartbeat all over your body. Like if your life isn’t your life anymore and the only thing you can do is to sit alone and think why it’s you.
Oh, it’s a little bit negative, isn’t it?

Alive Trees

(50-words story)

 Annie had been looking into the window for a long time and couldn’t answer the questions: “Why do all trees are moving back? How do they move so fast?!”

Finally, the girl closed her eyes and realized the absurdity of the question, the reality of what was happening, and the fact that she was moving in a car.

One Day of My Life

(A story)

It’s raining all day. It’s my favorite rain. It’s my favorite day.
How many emotions can a person feel during a day? How many dearest wishes can be fulfilled in such a short period of time?

Why do rock stars kill themselves?

(Viral Article)

 ‘Live fast, die young’
(Ed Westwick)

Count till forty. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten… Forty. Do you know what happened right now? Somebody has committed suicide. It happens every f**king forty seconds. And it is terrifying. Especially, it is terrifying when you know the person to do this when there were no signs of trouble and he or she seemed to be so happy and successful.

My Lovely University

(Essay)

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.”
(B.Disraeli)

You know, today I realized I still haven’t said anything about my University for two years of study yet! Let me introduce my favorite Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University.

The courage to be yourself – what is it and how?

Each of us goes through a natural path of change in life. The butterfly also liberates itself from the cocoon through pain and misery. But if we help when it doesn’t ask, we will only harm it and the butterfly will die. Parents, by keeping their children close to them and “helping” them by falling in love or wrapping themselves in their fears — an excuse for inaction, are really only harming. After all, the absence of risk is the absence of danger and the possibility of growth in equal measure. Only if you risk going your own, you can turn into an authentic personality.

Quarantine… New Knowledge… New Horizons

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100 countries have closed educational institutions for quarantine. Quarantine invaded Ukraine brutally and unexpectedly.

Racism is Evil

On May 25, Minneapolis police detained 46-year-old George Floyd. According to law enforcement agencies themselves, during the arrest “the black man refused to get out of the car and offered physical resistance.”

In love with the mountains: Top 7 spectacular movies you should watch

(Listicle article)

Are you fascinated with dangerous peaks and wild gorges? Are you listening to the stories about mountains with bated breath? Save the list of movies complicated especially for you!

Rococo style

The philosophy of the Rococo style was determined by women – the favorites of the king: the Marquise de Pompadour, Madame Dubarri, Maria Leshchinsky.

5 main rules of economy

One of the positive traits of character has always been considered reasonable savings. After all, the ability to maintain and maintain a family or personal budget is not given to everyone by nature. But this difficult task can be learned by mastering a few basic rules of economy.

The Sunshine City

(blog article)

In the winter of 2019, I visited Barcelona. This city impressed me and left a lot of pleasant memories. Barcelona was the second foreign city I visited. I remembered these feelings for the whole life.

What is better: sweets or sausages?

(blog article)

How to set yourself up for proper nutrition? Ideally, you should do this gradually. So it will be easier for you, less stress for the body, and less likely that on the second day in general, the PP will go to hell. Gradually – how is it? That is, in the first week you need to abandon the worst: chips, crackers, sausages, sauces, fast food, other beer. A week later, remove sweets, pastries, sugar, and all products that contain it (yogurts with additives, rolls, curd masses, sweets, cakes).

Then you should learn how to cook dishes. Stop frying in oil, and give preference to stewed or baked dishes. You can also steam. You can fry in a dry non-stick pan or with a minimum amount of coconut oil. Remove soda from the diet. Especially sweet and colored drinks. If you drink juice it must be freshly squeezed. It is also better to refuse carbonated mineral water. Set the water regime. It is important! Not 1 cup per day. And 30-40 ml of pure water (this is not tea, not stewed fruit and not coffee!) Per 1 kg of weight. That is, for my 50 kg you need 2 liters of water.

What about alcohol? You can leave white / red dry wine. But only if it is a good wine, and only if a little (200 ml at a time). An overdose of alcohol threatens with loss of appetite control. Have a drink? Why not? Though, keep yourself in control.

Yes, proper nutrition is easy. And it suits to any wallet! Yesterday, the subscriber answered my story, where I cooked broccoli and redfish, that PP is expensive. Really? But aren’t sausage and sauces expensive? And aren’t sweets and cookies for tea expensive? Aren’t Nutella for bread expensive? Aren’t potato fried in liters of oil expensive? What about Fragolino for dinner to the rolls … ??? There can be nothing cheaper than proper nutrition, believe me. If one can afford to have dinner every day with redfish cutlets in almond flakes with dor blue sauce…

Then the second budget is smaller, and he dines with baked hake and salad, or an omelet with vegetables. That will be 5 times cheaper. But the first and second options relate to proper nutrition. Everyone just eats that his wallet allows. The first dessert has a fruit salad with mangoes, the second has baked apples. If you wish, you can always build your diet as diverse as possible, not expensive and at the same time useful and healthy! And let me prepare you one of these days for a post with inexpensive options for meals about? And you will see that proper nutrition is not expensive.

So, did you catch my idea? I mean, what is better: sausages or sweets?

When I Dislike Somebody…

(blog article)

When I really dislike someone, I always say to myself: “People are different. For some, this is the most beloved person. Husband, son or brother … And someone loves him, kisses, hugs… And then that I don’t like him doesn’t make him bad”.

‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman

“On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents, in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.
She was a person of sixteen or so–alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.”

What a Strikingly Stunning Cover!

(blog article)

Oh, my God! What a beautiful cover! I come closer to the shelf where it is. The book of my dreams. Well, probably the book of my dreams. Most likely. I do not change my mind until I start reading the description. What kind of boredom? Oh my God. What a pity, what a pity. You are so beautiful on the outside, but so uninteresting on the inside. Sorry, so sorry.

Hot Bathes are Unhealthy

Sometimes we love to lie in a hot bath, warm ourselves and relax when we are cold or tired. Someone likes to stand in the shower for 20 minutes in the morning, filling up.

Thirteen Reasons to Read Books

  1. Books to read must be able to choose. Reading worthy authors, we not only gain certain knowledge but also learn to express our thoughts correctly and beautifully.

It is much more pleasant to communicate with people who speak competently. This skill is also necessary for those who wish to succeed in business, in leadership positions, or in politics.

How to combine work and study?

Currently, a huge number of students get a job and begin to combine two types of activity at once: labor and educational.  Sometimes this step is dictated by the desire of the student himself, but most often by necessity.  How to combine work and study so that it does not affect either the quality of labor or academic performance? 

Mankind riddle. Does life exist outside the Earth?

This issue has been of concern to people for a long time. There was a time when it was an acute topic and the first signals into space were something exciting, but now this interest has become less because of years of silence.

HOW TO BE A GOOD BOSS YOURSELF

There comes a time in the life of each of us when we fall out of our work routine and become our own bosses.
It doesn’t matter if you leave the office on a freelance basis, or start your own business, or just have to sit for a while without work and plan your day on your own – self-discipline is required in each of these cases.

Magpie Interview!

Today, a third-year student of the Institute of Journalism of the Borys Grinchenko University Anna Lugova interviewed a third-year student of the National Medical University named after O.O. Bogomolets Anna Zinchenko.

Primary School Teacher. Life Experience

(Interview)

Karabut Maryna Platonivna is a primary school teacher with 40 years of experience, and my lovely grandmother.

TOP 5 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS (QUARANTINE VERSION)

(Humorous article)

For many of us, it has been more than a month of constant staying at home. What was expected to be a funny experience became a nightmare for thousands of people (even introverts, imagine that!). We survived through the first wave of zoom screenshots instead of photos from real meetings. We endured several flashmobs and challenges on cooking, reading, drawing, yoging, blogging, studying, memeing, and embroidering. We enrolled in dozens of online-courses (which we are not going to finish), signed up for a hundred webinars (which we will sleep through) and now it’s time to search for new activities. With this, I give you a list of the top 5 places to visit without leaving your apartment.

Generation Gap Clash

“Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers”
(L.Mumford)

The life of the monarch: 10 interesting facts about Queen Victoria that surprised me!

“We will not have failure –only success and new learning.”
(Queen Victoria)

Best friends: how to wear diamonds according to etiquette

The classic rule is: “Diamonds are not worn until the age of thirty and until five in the evening.” In fact, the intricacies of wearing jewelry are much greater.

The Sea Before Him

(short story)

The sea before him is riotous. Dark. Foams with bright splashes against a gloomy sky, screams with a piercing cry of gulls. And lives.

Vegetarians Advance!

According to the earliest documents, historical development of vegetarianism started in the 6th century BC in ancient India and ancient Greece. The diet was closely hooked up to the idea of unharmed animals and was encouraged by religious groups and philosophers in both instances.

How not to start hating your job?

Do you know that there are three main factors that trigger the emotional burnout of employees?
1. High load daily tasks.
2. Lack of rest after a working day.
3. Conflict and tension in the team.

Teacher`s Day Around The World

“Teacher? We prefer the term the Educational Rockstar!”
(Students from California)

What to wear for an interview: 10 things that say everything…

We all know that we are greeted by clothes and escorted by the mind. But at the interview, the appearance has not a fewer role than the internal content, and partly it reveals it. And before you start the story about yourself, you have to arrange potential employers with their appearance. I picked up 10 things in a modern business style that can help you with this.

“I CONFESS” to JAUNE CABRE

(book review)

“Real art is born out of frustration. Happiness is fruitless.”
(D.Chirkova)

Business Correspondence

(From A to Z!)

Our community has long gone digital. Now just press the button, and the recipient is already reading your letter. But people still make banal mistakes in business relationships. Here are three, in my opinion, the most important rules that everyone should follow.

Best Goalkeepers of All Time

(listicle)

A good goalkeeper is half of his team. His position is the most important, tough and unpleasant for all his rivals. Let’s remember three of the greatest players in this position in the history of European football.

The Greatest ‘The Simpsons’ Episode

(Opinion article)

‘The Simpsons’, the animated sitcom screened by Matt Groening, has the fame of the satirical series, which not only entertains but also predicts the future.

The story of Princess Diana’s wedding shoes

“Only do what your heart tells you.”
(Princess Diana)

‘Theory of Lies’ by Paul Ekman

(book review)

The last book that struck me was The Psych Theory by American psychologist Paul Ekman. It was first published in English in 1985 and later appeared in Russian. The book was published in Ukrainian in 2015 by ‘Kraina Mriy’ publishing house.

Asymmetry Of Human Face?

Spiritual beauty in more important!

(opinion article)

“Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.”
(Dolores Del Rio)

Everything Can Be Different

(Celebrate diversity every day!)

There are different types of teas: black, green, and white…
(we know much more).
Apples are different: green, yellow, and red.
Girls are different: black, white, and red.
The hugs can be different…

Amazon Employee, Be Funny and Dirty!

Ardin Williams, Amazon’s vice president of employee development, during Amazon Career Day in the USA talked about what HR managers pay attention to when recruiting them.
“I would advise you to think about the principles of leadership, and they undoubtedly are the foundation of our company”, said Ardin Williams.
She also added it would be nice to recall a few stories before the interview about how you showed your leadership qualities: “What stories that cover your work in the context of leadership principles you can tell me as a recruiter or hiring manager?”

My Word is Law

“I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business”
(H.S.Firestone)

Ukrainian Business Culture

Machos and Lambs

Ukrainian sense of personal responsibility

The main difference between Ukrainian and Western thinking is that people in the West, when doing business, try to take as much personal responsibility as possible and rely more on their own strength, but with Ukrainians it is completely different. In Ukraine, all responsibility is transferred to the group. In doing business in Ukraine, you get used to such a concept as “external forces.” They will always stand in your way, and keep your partners from fulfilling their responsibilities, will make you wait. The culprit of this problem are public authorities, which create permanent bureaucratic wires, require additional documents and unnecessary formalities.

Tips for Successful Job Interview

(Don`t flirt a lot!)

The interview is the final stage of the job search. If you have chosen a vacancy and decided to go for an interview, you will definitely need some recommendations.

Ten Rules of Interview Etiquette

Job interview scheduled? Whether you’re looking for your first job or you’re a seasoned professional, it never hurts to brush up on these etiquette basics.
Follow these rules for making all the right moves before, during, and after the interview, and you’re sure to shine.

Workplace Etiquette

(Three strikes and you are out!)

Do you have to say hello to everyone you meet in the office building?

Greetings with eyes, a good look — this is a greeting. Neutral phrases or small talk are already a sign of attention. It is worth remembering that there are always national features and traditions. Koreans or Japanese are silent in many ways, Americans are joking loudly. The golden mean is fine jewelry. Like everything to do with gold.

Non-fiction is Leading

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
(F.Douglass)

We used to divide books into two large groups: educational literature and fiction. Fiction was for pleasure (or for school), and educational manuals are for knowledge (or for school too). Now the non-fiction is overtaking these genres. Today, fiction serves as an educator of the aesthetic course. And textbooks are needed for narrow specialists.

Instagram as Business

Stories. What comes to your mind when you hear this word? Red Riding Hood or Jack and the Beanstalk that your Mom read to you at night? Horror stories you heard at a scout camp? Stories about monsters under the bed your kids/sister/brother/nephew told you? Nowadays stories refry to Instagram which is becoming a more and more popular business platform.

Business in Ukraine

(business review)

In my opinion, there are many smart people in our country thanks to whom we can be known in the international market. Grain, steel, and sunflower oil have been recognized as the most famous goods of Ukrainian exports for centuries, but recently Ukraine’s reputation in the international arena has been growing thanks to outstanding achievements in information technology, high fashion, aviation, architecture, and design. Here are my top 10 Ukrainian things that have attracted international attention.

Female Office Etiquette

Compliance with etiquette in the office is an important nuance of the employment relationship, especially for young women. This helps to make friends with colleagues, not to get out of the work schedule and not be distracted by trifles.

Female Rules of Etiquette At Interviews

Those who are looking for a job know how important it is to get the desired job interview. After all, it is based on the results of the interview that a decision is made about your suitability for an open vacancy. Moreover, it is at the interview that employers evaluate not only your professional qualities, but also how well you manage, manage, work in a team, and whether you fit into the team.

Business etiquette in Ukrainian companies

(opinion article)

Every group of people has its own culture. Organizations also have their own culture, which is created over the years and cannot be changed in one day. Typically, such changes occur when a new chairman of the board or a new chief executive becomes the head of the company. Each employee requires some time to perceive the existing culture of a particular organization, so very frequent and abrupt changes can confuse employees, disorganize them and lead to disruption of the established rhythm of work. However, corporate culture cannot be static. It must correspond to a specific time, and therefore change.

Interview Types

While preparing for a job interview, it is desirable to remember that they could differ a lot. It could confuse you a bit, especially when your head is stuffed with all basic and additional information relating to the vacant place you want to take. So, look through these variants. Who knows, maybe, one day they will be useful for you.

Sport as a part of our live. Running is the Best!

Nice shape, great stamina, bulging muscles are the dreams of most people. These dreams may come true thanks to sport. Practice showed that strenuous activity is the most important stimulant of all the physiological functions of a man’s organism. This is a pledge of successful development of mind and body. Regular exercises strengthen the central nervous system, contribute to health and temper, making people strong-willed, purposeful, and active.

Six Amazing Hybrid Animals!

The world is full of enigmatic and exciting things. Just look at the hybrid animals I have recently encountered in the global network!

Learning a Foreign Language! Apprendre une langue étrangère! Eine Fremdsprache lernen!

Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language? English or French, German or Eskimo? It isn’t easy, is it? It takes time and hard work, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Countryside or Big Cities?

In the situation we all are facing nowadays, a lot of families, especially those who have children, choose to leave big cities and move to the countryside at least for several months. But will they get what they hope to in the countryside?

Too-bloody-Much Tech-bloody-nology

(opinion article)

Technological advancements that are designed to make us smarter and entertain us are overwhelming many 21st century kids belonging to the so-called Generation Alpha (birth starts 2013). Since I have my younger brother who is twenty-two months old, this question has become familiar to me. As for my mother, she is into this issue too.

Letter to Compassionate Editor of Brovary Newspaper

Dear Editor,

I am a resident of Brovary, and I read your article about mitigating punishments for young offenders. Mercy and clemency are good things but not for those muggers who rob grannies and young women on our dark streets. I believe there should be tougher punishments.

What should be taught at school?

“Morale and attitude are fundamentals to success”
(B.Wikinson)

How to prepare for the interview?

“Do not confuse interviews with confession.”
(Alla Pugacheva)

IT IS MY LIFE

My autobiography

(essay)

“Kyiv is my love and my spirit dove,
Kyiv is my dream and my hearty beam.”
(Unknown author)

Ukraine and Poland! Concert market in 2020!

The show must go on. Inside my heart is breaking!”
(Queen)

Three Effective Ways To Never Get a Job

“If you hang around with losers, you become a loser!”
(Donald Trump)

Graphic Design as A Business

(opinion article)

“You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrant…
or in front of a piece of graphic design.”
(Stefan Sagmeister)

The Most Common Mistakes of Novice Writers. Part 2

Hello, y`all! I’ve been browsing on such a popular resource as Fickbook for more than five years. I have begun writing, recently, to practice in my major (publisher and editor). I started to check and edit the works of other young authors. It turned out to be a very fascinating and useful thing. Now I pay attention to a lot of details! This is the second part of the most common mistakes made by novice writers.

The Most Common Mistakes of Novice Writers. Part 1

Hey, hello! I’ve been surfing on such a popular resource as Fickbook for more than five years. I have started writing, recently, to practice in my specialty (publisher and editor), besides, I began to check and edit the works of other authors. It turned out to be a very fascinating and useful thing. I got accustomed to paying attention to a lot of details! Today I want to share with you the most common mistakes.

Charismatic Tom Hanks …and a cup of coffee

(essay)

If you ask who my favorite actor is, I’ll say it’s Tom Hanks. In fact, I like a lot of actors but I remember Tom Hanks most often. The fact is that I like him not only as an actor but also as a person. He impresses me even with his kind look. There is something so appealing about it.

Pirates of the Caribbean! World Classics!

(film review)

One of my favorite films is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End.’ It`s an adventure film, starring Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley. The story is set in an imaginary world of pirates. The special effects are actually amazing. The acting is looks accomplished too.

My Wished-for TV Program Is…

… Galileo. This is a television cognitive program about the structure of the world. It is out of the ordinary and easy to watch. The TV anchor of the program, Alexander Pushnoy, is a classy and charismatic man, having many hobbies, not speaking about the fact that he is a famous musician. He poses absolutely any questions on the air of the show, even those that seem ridiculous and ‘childish.’ The answers, quite mature, are screened in the Galileo video clips.

How not to go crazy on quarantine?

“Diligence is the soul of all work and the key to prosperity.”
(Charles Dickens)

Be Active Be Attractive. Even online!

These days we’ve spent worrying about our own health and health of our relatives and friends. No one person around me, whom I know, can really relax and I — not an exception. But as a part of the scientific community of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv university and because of my role as the Head of the scientific community in the Institute of Journalism I have to continue my activity.

Saving the future from your couch

The gaming industry has been thriving during the quarantine. It would be enough to just talk about the most popular gaming platform, Steam, surpassing a record of 24,5 million daily users. Everyone is staying at home, with most of their responsibilities taken away from them. It’s only natural that we’d finally free up enough time to dive into our favourite fictional worlds, somewhat in a way to escape grim reality.

My City Is On Quarantine… 

“If you are going through Hell, keep on going.”
(Winston Churchill)

YouTube! Big Bad Bar or Classy Cool Creation?

“Technology is just a tool.”
(Bill Gates)

Rap in 2020

“Talent is what brings you into the game, and personality is what leaves you there.”
(Doctor Dre)

All We Need Is Love

The world will be a better place if there is more love. Love is the most powerful thing in the world. It can change you, your world, and your life. It can make you the happiest person, and it teaches you how to be someone. Love is the least understood part of human life. Some people think that love is complicated because it breaks your heart. However, I believe that love is all we need because it encourages us to be the greatest, it makes our life better, and it teaches us to be stronger and more optimistic.

Alcohol: is it really good or bad for you?

Irish Dockers against Teetotalers

“Hit the bottom and get back up; or hit the bottle and stay down”
(Liccione)

Is alcohol bad for you? Many people know that it is bad, but still, some people won’t stop drinking. Once they start, they can’t stop; it’s too addictive. Now there are too many people on the Earth who drink and die. A lot of students are engaged in binge drinking. If this increases every day, one day everybody on the Earth would be drunk! To stop this from increasing, you must stop drinking first. I have some reasons supporting this.

Make Each Day Your Sport Triumph Tour!

(Opinion article)

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible”
(Lou Holtz)