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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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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:

FREE: Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount is FREE.

Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn’t “fit in.” She’s never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness — and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.

Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli’s adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches — like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colourful past.

Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.

Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.

A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure — Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.

Because it’s all about gymnastics this week…

Where did you go?

I’ve been missing in action while I tried to sort my way through a mess of a week. In the end, this blog was the thing that had to suffer (that, and my reading, which has been non-existent).

Hopefully things will be back on track starting on Monday (or maybe Tuesday).


On another note, Tokyo is to host the 2020 Olympics. This was a little bit of a surprise for me, considering neighbouring Korea is hosting the 2018 Olympics – they usually share things around more than that. Though I would have liked to see the Games in Madrid, maybe they thought their economic troubles were too great at the moment.

Ahhh-Maze-Ing book labyrinth

Geeky Book Snob

A labyrinth of books?  Yes please.

“In a statement accompanying “aMAZEme,” Brazilian artist and installation co-creator Marcos Saboya describes the exhibit as a “labyrinth of fake entrances, exits that exit, straight curves, straight lines, overturned abysses, brittle sand stones, blunt edges, filled holes, evident secret pathways, compressed stars, wide valleys, unbridgeable straits, blinding thick rain, longitudinal sea currents, invisible avalanches, still winds, inaudible requests, mislaid sentences, in a dark pyramid, as tall as a chasm, as deep as the sky, without echoes, smooth at touch, worn out by weary fingers, which point to the nothing, which is near, and has always been.””

sigh – dreamy.

See more of the 2012 exhibit here.

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This Week

Swan Lake American Ballet Theatre

I need a moment to express how happy I am American Ballet Theatre is coming to Australia! Brisbane is becoming THE place to go for ballet these days.

My review of Good For You by Tammara Webber is HERE.

Good For You by Tammara Webber

Fire, Ice, and Fear by Elizabeth Paradise is still FREE.

Fire, Ice, and Fear by Elizabeth Paradise

Where You Are by Tammara Webber

Where You Are by Tammara Webber

Graham Douglas was instantly charmed when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film, but she was superstar Reid Alexander’s primary pursuit. After doing everything in his power to keep from falling for her during filming, a chance meeting gives Graham another shot, and this time, he’s taking it.

Emma Pierce sacrificed a promising Hollywood career to lead the life of a regular girl. She thought she’d conquered her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, until a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.
Brooke Cameron just survived three months on location with her beautiful, arrogant ex – Hollywood’s reigning golden boy. Older and wiser, she’s set her sights on her close friend, Graham, and there’s only one thing standing in her way – Emma, the girl he can’t forget.
Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. There’s little to do aside from interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of his latest film. In need of a diversion, the last thing he expects to do is team up with his still-hostile ex to accomplish a common goal: the breakup of Graham and Emma. Game. On.

This, the second book in Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series, picks up the moment the first one leaves off. In other words: this isn’t a book to read out of order!

I loved this book very, very much because the focus was on Emma and Graham, proving that the jerk bad boy isn’t always the one who’s good for you. Graham is one of my favourite romantic male leads. He loves so deeply, but without the creepy possessiveness bordering on abuse that is so popular in the New Adult genre.

Dealing with two young people who are more interested in acting than in the fame that comes with it, the majority of this book is about the two characters who try everything they can think of to break them up before their relationship has even got going.

Brooke, who didn’t come across as quite this crazy in the first book, is a maniac here. Though I DESPISE it when blond women are stereotyped like this, Webber does always give her characters – good and bad – many layers to their personalities.

Tammara Webber’s writing is addictive to me. I’d go as far as saying she is the best author in the New Adult genre.