Dystre utsikter i Ukraina

February 3, 2015

Det var “forsøk” på nye fredsforhandlinger i Minsk før helgen. “Forsøk”, i hermetegn. Fra Ukraina deltok Kutsjma og Meveduk. Da jeg sa navnet på han siste til min ukrainske kone, begynte hun å le. “Skal han liksom representere oss?” Han har ikke en god forhistorie i landet. Kutsjma var president frem til 2004, oransjerevolusjonen, da Kutsjma var blant dem som forsøkte å jukse inn Janukovitsj. På den tiden var nåværende president, Porosjenko, med å starte Regionspartiet, det nå forhatte, til den bortjagede president Janukovitsj. Så det er mange bånd, rundt omkring, og det er ingen grunn til å være optimistisk for hvordan dette kommer til å gå.

Offisielt brøt forhandlingene sammen fordi opprørsrepublikkene ikke sendte sine selvutnevnte statsledere, bare representanter, slik Ukraina gjorde. Ukrainsk side anerkjente ikke motparten som forhandlingspartner. Det er svært lite sannsynlig utfallet ville blitt annerledes samme hvem utbryterregionene hadde sendt. Viljen til fred er ikke til stede.

Donetsk og Lugansk kan ikke vente noen hjelp fra Ukraina eller det internasjonale samfunnet. De er overlatt til seg selv. Nå har Ukraina også stengt grensene. Så mulighetene til økonomisk aktivitet er begrenset. Dette er påskuddet for at grensene må utvides.

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Dagen før møtet mellom Putin og Porosjenko i Minsk

August 25, 2014

Det er dagen før det avgjørende møtet i Minsk, og det mangler ikke på store begivenheter i Ukraina. Det er et eller annet på gang i Maripol, kystbyen, og Porosjenko skal ha oppløst parlamentet. Det siste kan ha veldig stor betydning. Kanskje gjør han det for å ha fri rygg til møtet i morgen? Ellers er det litt vanskelig å vite hvorfor han måtte gjøre det akkurat i dag.

Ukraina koker av rykter. Det er en ny russisk hjelpesending på gang. Carl Bildt mener på Twitter at den forrige brakte viktig last ut av Ukaina. Ukrainas hemmelige tjenester, SBU, mener at Russland kjører tanks over grensen, og at ukrainerne skyter dem. En rådgiver til det ukrainske innenriksministeriet poster bilde av Putin og Gollum ved siden av hverandre.

Og så videre, og så videre.


Dagen før møtet mellom Putin og Porosjenko i Minsk

August 25, 2014

Det er dagen før det avgjørende møtet i Minsk, og det mangler ikke på store begivenheter i Ukraina. Det er et eller annet på gang i Maripol, kystbyen, og Porosjenko skal ha oppløst parlamentet. Det siste kan ha veldig stor betydning. Kanskje gjør han det for å ha fri rygg til møtet i morgen? Ellers er det litt vanskelig å vite hvorfor han måtte gjøre det akkurat i dag.

Ukraina koker av rykter. Det er en ny russisk hjelpesending på gang. Carl Bildt mener på Twitter at den forrige brakte viktig last ut av Ukaina. Ukrainas hemmelige tjenester, SBU, mener at Russland kjører tanks over grensen, og at ukrainerne skyter dem. En rådgiver til det ukrainske innenriksministeriet poster bilde av Putin og Gollum ved siden av hverandre.

Og så videre, og så videre.


Love songs

July 31, 2012

Jersey girl

This song of Tom Waits is the most passionate love song I know. Passionate is not the right word, but how find the right word in English, wich is not my mother tongue, or any language, even my own. The lyrics are so tenderous, so strong, so passionate. I listen to this song on my first vacation with my wife, after we were married. It’s about a girl who you unbearly love.

Tom Waits transposes the song to a drunkiard, which makes the girl just more of a dream.

One of us cannot be wrong

A beautiful song of Leonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen is more to the lyrics than Tom Waits. Leonard Cohen never makes it simple. He very often writes a mysterious world into his songs and poems. I do not know any other song where he does it as well as here. Again, it is this unbearable love, no words  can exaggerate it.

An eskimo showed me a movie

He recently taken from you

The poor man could hardly stop shivering

His lips, and his fingers were blue

I suppose, that he froze, when the wind, took your clothes

And I guess, that he never got warm

When you stand there so nice, in this blizzard, of ice

Oh, please. Let me come into the storm.

This is the last verse. The ending is brilliant. The lover wants himself into the storm, no matter what. There is no will, we are down to instinct, the lyrics are excellent and the song the best I know from Leonard Cohen.

Into my arms

This is a simple song by Nick Cave. It strucked me very hard when it came, and it just won’t let me go. I just have a feel for songs which just put it basic, which doesn’t try so hard, which resign to the desire it is all about. Here it is some kind of contrast between the verse and the refrain. Nick Cave is no great poet, but in the verse he tries. There he writes about Jesus and angels and paths and candels, but in the refrain it is down to bacis, into my arms.

Lay lady, lay

Which love song should one chose from Bob Dylan? I think I will not end up with this one. Most of his very best love songs, are about broken love.

Balladen om herr Fredrik Åkare och den söta fröken Cecilia Lind

The song is of Cornelis Vreeswijk, even though swedish Wikipedia tells me the melody is from an English folksong, Monday morning.

Like a hurricane

This epic song of Neil Young, it’s a lovesong with electric guitar.

I won’t share you

I include this song from the Smiths.

Wichita lineman

Jimmy Web wrote this song, Glen Cambell made it famous. I heard it first time performed by R.E.M.

Hello there (funny how time slips away)

This is a Willy Nelson classic.

Love of my life

This song pales among the others. It is a love from my teenage days, when I was a great fan of the group Queen. I am not that much of a fan of them anymore, but this song, I include it in my list.

One

This is another song from younger days. Made by U2, best performed by Johnny Cash.

Unchained melody

My vintage part of the list ends with this one from the Rightous brothers.

Always on my mind

The king of Rock n’ all should end this list. Elvis Presley: Always on my mind.


To Kiev I will come

January 26, 2009

Yesterday I bought the tickets, in March I will return to Kiev for the forth time in four years. In Norway “to fell in love” is a very strong expression, but I can certainly say I have developed a very true and heartfelt friendship with the city I first visited in the summer of 2007. I stayed there for a week to study Russian at ELC, after a month in Minsk with the same purpose. After the somewhat non-real, weird, strange and strict time at Minsk, it was a relief to come to the chaos and mess and beauty and staggering pulse of the Ukrainian capitol. I lived on the westbank of The Dniepr, and went to the city center from the station Livoberezyna on the red line on the metro. My landlandy gave me more food than even I could eat, something I have never experienced, never before, never after, and my teacher at ELC, made herself my favourite Kievian of all time. She was an excellent teacher, and very friendly and helpful with all kinds of questions and problems. The world needs more of such people!

The last weekend of my stay that time, some of my fellow students and teachers from Minsk – that is, a fellow student, and the one responsible for the cultural program – came to Kiev to visit the city with us. I was there with another Norwegian, no secret his name, Svein, it was, and Odny came, both from Norway, and the girl from Minsk was Natasha. After a nice weekend in the wonderful capitol, we headed to the west in Odny’s car. And I could see that all of the Ukraine was just as beautiful and facinating as her capitol. I certainly should return.

And I did the very same autumn, and made the trip from Odessa to Yalta to Sevastopol to Kiev. Except for Sevastpol, all cities was excellent, and I have some prolems to pull out which city is the best (well – it is Kiev). Sevastopol was also good, with Xerxones right outside the city center, but the beauty of Yalta, and the always fast forward tempo of Kiev, with it’s history and it’s present, it’s chaos and it’s street life, it’s park life, restaurant life, pure life.

So I returned another time the winter to follow, and for the first time I saw a city from the former Russian empire in Winter. The winter was far from severe, the first night it was below 6, I think, but the rest of my stay it was not freezing at all. There was some snow, but not much, it was just beautiful.

Therefore, I decided to go there again. And yesterday I bought the ticket. From 27’th of Februay to 9’th of March, it will be. I hope I get to talk to a lot of people, this time, and that I will improve my Russian, and just have a great stay as I always have there.


Happy new year, world!

January 1, 2009

The biggest difference in the new year and the last, is that this year the blog will be actually written. There will be regular updates in various updates, and the blog will generally be better. It will be written.

For this reason, I have also changed the theme, from the default one, to a new one. Some other changes are also to come, most probably.

So happy new year! May it be a bright year for all of you who read this blog, and all of you who don’t!


Which song did Steven Gerrard ask for at the disco?

December 31, 2008

There are not all songs worth fighting for, but I bet Mr. Gerrard knew what he was doing. It was a great day for him, Liverpool had beaten Newcastle 5 – 1 on away ground, they were on top of the standings, and everything was set for a great party. How sad of the disc jocky to spoil it.

Here are my suggestions for the song:

1. Does your mother know, Abba.

2. Oops, I did it again, Britney Spears

3. Spice up your life, Spice girls

4. Yes sir, I can boogie, Baccara.

5. One moment in time, Whiney Houston

6. We need a hero, Bonnie Taylor

7. Hero, Maria Carey

8. Heaven is a place on Earh, Belinda Carlisle

9. Think, Areatha Franklin

10. Jingle bells, the christmas carol.

I hope Steven will drop me a note wich one it is.