‘How to spend a perfect weekend in Kyiv’ – for Lonely Planet

From ‘Bessarabka’, walk up one of the steep vulytsi (streets) that lead to the highest part of the city, and choose a cafe for brunch near the 11th Century Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gates). Eat some varenyki – Ukrainian dumplings that are made with both sweet and savoury fillings. Near to Zoloti Vorota is the gorgeous St. Sophia’s cathedral. Climb to the top of the bell tower for a first panoramic view of Kiev: the exquisite and colourful buildings of Sofiyska Square and St. Michael’s monastery below, and on the horizon, the districts of the left bank of the River Dnieper. … More ‘How to spend a perfect weekend in Kyiv’ – for Lonely Planet

A translation for The Guardian: ‘I want to live in style’ – the gay provocateur defying rebels in eastern Ukraine

I was recently asked by the Calvert Journal, a website about contemporary culture in the post-Soviet world, to translate an article written in Russian by the journalist Denis Boyarinov for the journal Takie Dela. Today the English version of the article was republished by the Guardian, appearing here on its New East Network, and on the homepage … More A translation for The Guardian: ‘I want to live in style’ – the gay provocateur defying rebels in eastern Ukraine

Blue Sky Thinking: A Chat with an Aviation Legend

In July 2011 I was asked by Ukraine International Airlines to organise an interview with Fred Finn, the world’s most travelled man, for their in-flight magazine Panorama. Over 52 years of travelling Mr. Finn has flown more than 24 million kilometres, to 139 countries, and took more flights on Concorde than anyone else.

Our interview “Blue Sky Thinking: A Chat with an Aviation Legend” features some exciting locations, famous people, exotic stories and good advice, and can be found in the November 2011 edition of Panorama.
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