Look after your heart. A peek inside the NAS hospital in Kyiv

‘At least they have a healthcare infrastructure’ explained Anna, who works for thye World Health Organisation, as we stumbled home after England’s EURO 2012 win over Ukraine. ‘In Indonesia and Thailand’ she said, ‘nobody has ever built one’. It might be old and outdated, but this is true – Ukraine does have an extensive healthcare…

Merchants of the under passage

Crossing a street in the UK normally involves traffic lights and a short wait while cars stop to let you go. Sometimes it involves a bridge and some steps. Very rarely, you can cross through a tunnel that goes under the street. However, in Ukraine, as in other ex-Soviet states – the tunnel rules and a walk in the city…

Pre-fabulous: Flower Pots

A study of prefabricated and moulded concrete. Part 2.  A few weeks ago, I started a study of ‘Soviet concrete‘ with a highly unscientific study of the pre-fabricated concrete fence. Inspired by what I discovered, this week I ventured forth into Kyiv’s city jungle to study the fence’s small cousin – the flower pot. Background  In Russian…

Old, cute, kitschy, cool

This week I’ve been exploring the weird and wonderful world that is Kyiv‘s left bank. Like many foreigners here, I have to admit I spend way too much time in the city centre and view the left bank with a certain amount of suspicion and intrigue. So, on Thursday I joined a mini tour of…