Author Archives: Sonya Heaney

1992: Ukrainian Champions in Barcelona

In Times Gone By...

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona were held from late July to early August. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union the year before, athletes from the former USSR competed under their own flags and national anthems in individual events, and for the Unified Team in group events.

Ukrainian rhythmic gymnasts Alexandra Timochenko and Oksana Skaldina came home with the gold and bronze medals. They are the two fair-haired first place-getters pictured below at the 1991 World Championships.

Alexandra Timochenko (Ukraine), Oksana Kostina and Oksana Oxana Skaldina (Ukraine) (URSS) 1991 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Champions

Under their own flag for the first time, Ukraine’s 1992 female artistic gymnasts also outshone their teammates, with the women winning a further two gold, a silver, and two bronze medals individually, as well as a share in the team gold with their Belarusian, Uzbek and Russian teammates.

Stamp_of_Ukraine_s23 Rhythmic Gymnastics Stamp of Ukraine 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games

Ukrainian stamp from 1992, featuring Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics. X

Despite almost no funding and an ongoing war with Russia, Ukrainian gymnasts continue to win Olympic medals, most recently gold and silver…

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Visit Scotland Book Sculpture

Sonya's Stuff

In a series commissioned by Visit Scotland, here is a book sculpture of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The famous landmark has been used in lots of television shows and movies, including the Harry Potter series.

More pictures can be found HERE.

Glenfinnan Viaduct Book Sculpture Visit Scotland Harry Potter TRAIN

Glenfinnan Viaduct Book Sculpture Visit Scotland Harry Potter

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R.I.P. Michael Bond

Sonya's Stuff

R.I.P. to Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.

 (13th January 1926 – 27th June 2017)

Paddington Bear and his creator Michael Bond

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Making a Return

This blog has been left unused and unloved for a few years, but I have plans to get back to it soon!

In the meantime, you can find me over procrastinating on Tumblr at:

http://natalia-heaney.tumblr.com/

Harry Potter Christmas ornaments!

a new recycled Harry Potter book made into a Christmas ornament

Book Page Christmas Trees

Book Page Christmas Trees

Book Page Christmas Trees

Wall Art + Christmas Book Set

Wall Art + Christmas Book Set

Wall Art Children's Illustration Print and Children's Christmas Book Set

Folded Book Angels

Folded Book Angels

Folded Book Angels

Snowflake Bookmark

It’s going into summer here, but this Snowflake Bookmark would be nice for Christmas!

Snowflake Bookmark