People can fly

In this blog, I’ll tell a little bit about my interests.       vertikal.jpg                 0065273b.jpg

In my little town there were not so many places to go as here in
Kiev: theatres, museums, cinemas, entertaining centers and night disco-clubs. It’s amazing how big the number of variants for spending free time. You can do what ever you want!
I like to meet interesting and creative people, because I can learn something new from them. Sometimes I prefer to spend my free time in jolly company; sometimes I like to stay along and listen to the music, to draw or to read a book. I don’t like to watch TV…


The studding year is ending. It was not only my first year in the institute, but also my first year I spent far from my parents in big city of
Kiev. I’m happy to realize I became much more self-depended. I feel I become adult. First time, it was very hard to cope with all those problems, which I faced after I left my little native town, where I lived all my life. During this year I learned much that was new for me, I met new people, I made friends with many of them.
In my classes it seems that I’m doing not bad. It pleases me J. Only a few weeks remain. Now everyone needs to concentrate on studding, to finish the year well.

My composition teacher Mrs. Gray left for
USA. She asked us to write her blog about what happens in
Ukraine. Personally, I don’t interested in nowadays-political situation. After Yshenko had signed the decree about the dissolution of Verkhovna Rada, Partia Regionov decided to gain revenge over the Maidan (Orange revolution) two years’ prescription. The biggest capital square, the territory near the Verchovna Rada and parliament is filled up with blue tents. Really, I see these events only as modes to make money. I don’t want to be a part of this senseless struggle. I don’t see any site, which wins it, will influence positive on the economy of our country. People, who organize all this political meetings, earn much money. Also a great amount of money is needed for the reelection. In my personal view, it is better to spend them on problem- solving, because in our economy there many spheres, which are in need of financial support.

Eventually, I got to my blog! Really, it was hard to find free time during the holidays. Last week I was at home in my native town. I was very happy to see my parents, old friends and my school classmates. The time flew very quickly, I returned to
Kiev. Now I have so many assignments to do, because the end of the year is coming. That’s why I can’t write my blogs very often

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I would give this article a title like “Ukrainian eternal dream of peace come true” or “ Bloody pages of Ukrainian history”.She used 7 sources.The best quote fro the interview, in my view, is “Everything for the Front, everything for the Victory”. I liked it, because in these words is shown the devotion of soviet people to their native land.The best quote from the source in my opinion is “In desperation, Stalin spoke to the Soviet people on radio as early as 3 July 1941. He called on the remaining forces to “make life in the rear of the enemy unbearable.” His “strategic plan” was to “destroy all that cannot be evacuated” – a scorched-earth policy, which saw the retreating Soviet authorities destroy industrial plants, railroads, food supplies, water resources, cultivated fields, and other resources.” from Magosci. It shows the real situation that formed in the
Soviet Union that time.

Few words about my research paper…

Final research paper I will write about the brave women, who is from the Zaporizhzhya region (my region). She was not only a pilot, but also a hero. September 24 1938 at 8:12 in the morning well-known women-pilot Polina Osipenko and two her companions started from the Moscow on the twin-engine airplane “Rodina” and determined on Vladivostok. During 26 hours and 29 minutes “Rodina” made 6450 kilometers. The World record was covered by 1,5 thousands kilometers. The main thing, that aerial to the Far East was discovered. Polina Osipenko died in 1939 in a plane disaster. I didn’t know exactly what title I would give to my work, maybe something like “ A Girl Born To Fly” or something like this. I will use quotes of director of the pilots’ school, where Polina studied, also the quotes of her friends.

When I was at the British Council Library, I was not sure of the topic I’m gonna to write about. But I sent nearly 10 articles about the WWII to my e-mail. I was shocked, because when I looked thru my e-mail I found, that I received nothing…Maybe I did something wrong 😦

We Need More Cranks…

Yesterday I’ve read an article in Reader’s Digest (March n1998) about cranks by John Tierney. Who are they? Here is an example: Mrs. Seigel. As author of the article tells, Mrs. Seigel was distracted by a couple of teen-age girls loudly exchanging obscenities. And when one of them threw an empty bottle, Mrs. Seigel said: “You pick that up!” Girl was surprised, but she didn’t begin to argue, maybe she was experiencing a novel feeling – shame. Author said, that after this incident he founded himself asking boom-box carriers to turn down the volume, and when someone discarded a piece of paper, he returned it helpfully saying, “You dropped this.” After the unpleasant event in metropolitan with the young guy, who scratched his initials on the subway window, the author began to seek guidance from Robert Axelrod, who worked on the esoteric approach called game theory to devise strategies for dealing with boors. Axelrod studied a situation in which two players must choose either to “cooperate” for mutual benefit or to “defect” by acting selfishly. Then here is a description of situation when 2 drivers listening to different radio stations, while waiting for the green traffic lights. Cooperating, by do not cranking up the volume, they both are satisfied. But if one turns the volume up, a principle “tit for tat” begin to act. And when the music become so loud, that it begins to disturb dozens of apartment dwellers someone have to punish boors, or they will become more obnoxious. In other words, we need more cranks. In conclusion author returns to the Mrs. Seigel, who just turned 92. “ If someone on the street makes noise”, she said, “ I would just go right out and say, ‘Hey, cut it out! You’re annoying people. You don’t live alone in this world.’”I completely agree with the author and Mrs. Seigel also. Boors have to be rebuked!

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I liked this text about the city of Kiev. It’s a part of a book, isn’t it? Here is a story about the travel of American soldier to Kiev. As I understood he came to Kiev after a period of time he spent in Moscow. It was after WWII. He was told, that he would like Kiev. And he really liked it.  His journey begins from the wayside station. There was a train with prisoners; one of them sang the Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana. The author was amazed. He arrived in Kiev for sightseeing, as the typical American tourist. The weather was nice and it seemed, that everyone smiled. First day the author visited the Vladimir Hill, he liked this place. He said, that America private enterprise would have built a sanatorium here. Then he “drove down to the Suspension Bridge, to have look at the town from the plain”. He said that Kiev reminds him of Quebec. In the evening he want to Saint Sofia, where he attended the midnight service. On Monday he visited “Kieff Lavra” with the Troitse-Sergievski Monastery and catacombs with relics. I also have been there, and I liked this place very much. There is so pure atmosphere. The author also describes his thoughts about blind soldier, fortune-telling parrot and Caucasian singer he met on his way. Finally, he mentioned, that the week he spent in Kiev remains more clearly fixed in his mind than any other incident in the war.

Sad Memories

Today my teacher invited on our Composition lesson 4 old women, who are the eyewitnesses of World War II. My group was separated in 4 parts and we listened to the story of each of the widows. I heard a story by Claudia, she told us about her childhood. Claudia was born in 1937 near
Kiev in a village called Kagarlyk. It were hard times because of Holodomor, so her family was forced to sell a part of their house to the Jews for the bag of potatoes and bowl of flour. When the WWII started she was only 4 years old. One day she stood in the vegetable garden, and a piece of shrapnel flew near her head, she thought it was a bird. Now she thinks, that God saved her life. After the war in 1946-1947 it was also very difficult situation in
Ukraine, people have nothing to eat. Claudia told us how she and her mother traveled in
West Ukraine, to find some food. They went there by train, but it was not a kind of passenger train, it was like freight one. Many people sat on the platform of the train. Some of them were in horrible state of health, with swollen legs in case of hunger, someone was dying. In
West Ukraine they lived in shed and inhabitants give them some food. After they returned home in Kagarlyk, Claudia remembers, how they gathered ears and did a soup with them.
Claudia had especially hard childhood, but she survived. I was touched by her sad memories. Unfortunately, she didn’t tell us much about WWII (my research paper’s topic) 😦, maybe because she was too small that time and she doesn’t remember. But in whole it was interesting to listen to her stories.

Writing papers in MLA format

MLA format was founded in 1883. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. And now we also have an opportunity to use one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities, created by Modern Language Assosiation. This format is used by some writers, it even can protect them from accusations of plagiarism. There are many points to follow the MLA format, you can acquaint yourself with them in such sources as MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing also you can find information in internet, as I did From the first studing year in WIUU we were asked to write all our papers and essays in MLA format,and I think this expirience will be usefull for us in future.