Fifteen Years Ago

On the 18th of January, 2003, huge parts of Canberra, Australia’s capital city, were hit by a massive firestorm. People died and many hundreds of homes were burnt. The video starts to get scary at 1:08. Those are suburban streets.


Happy Ukrainian Christmas!


Ukrainian Christmas in Kyiv Ukraine

Andersen Book Art

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Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Little Match Girl was first published in December 1845.

Karine Diot sells book art based on Andersen’s stories.

Paper Sculpture Fineart Postcard The little match girl n-4 - Hans Christian Andersen's tales

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Courtney Milan…

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I want to share historical romance author Courtney Milan‘s #metoo story. (That is her penname; she is Heidi Bond in real life) You can read it HERE.

There is a Washington Post article about it. I have a subscription, but if you don’t you may not be able to access it (they only allow a few free reads a month).

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Goodreads 2017

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Goodreads Choicde Awards 2017

Yet again, Goodreads members can vote for the “Best Of” of the year, and yet again the voting has been opened with a sixth of the year still to go!

I have just begun Joanna Shupe’s A Daring Arrangement – released on the 31st of October – and I already know it will be one of my favourite reads of the year.

It also doesn’t have a chance to make it into the nominations, seeing as it came out hours before the voting opened… I really wish Goodreads would rethink how they do their yearly awards!

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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

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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

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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: