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Thursday, February 15th, 2018
8:32 pm
tout nouveau testament
 и спросил он у царя ирода: "нет ли в месте том твоих губителей душ, что побивают младенцев сирийских за злато твоё?" - "ихтамнет!", был ответ ирода. - "ты сказал!", ответствовал он. и стало так.


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Sunday, December 24th, 2017
3:51 pm
The Man in the High Castle
 

"One selfless act of love and hope. That's what I put my money on."

A brilliant adaptation of the famous novel by Philip K. Dick, which goes, at least in my opinion, far beyond the book itself, and in a good way. I think that the author himself would appreciate this reminder about the truth that even in the most perilous conditions it's crucial for us to stay the humans who draw their strength not in hatred but in Love. Merry Christmas, everyone!

P.S. Second season is even better than the first one. Looking forward for the third!
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Friday, December 22nd, 2017
1:03 am
dies natalis solis invicti
 
Всіх з Зимовим Сонцеворотом!

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Saturday, November 25th, 2017
12:17 pm
Requiestcant in pace
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Thursday, October 26th, 2017
5:19 pm
Democracy Study Centre - «Pulse of Ukraine Forum»
Last weekend I participated in the forum organized by Democracy Study Centre in collaboration with German Polish Ukrainian Society and European Ukrainian Youth Policy Centre. It was an excellent event with many interesting speakers, among which I would especially like to mention representatives of STRATCOM Department from Lithuanian Army, telling us about modern informational warfare, former Prime Minister of Poland Mr. Belka with a very inspiring speech about modern challenges to democracy, and Ms. Pentus-Rosimannus, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, who gave as a thoughtful insight on current state of NATO affairs (and not only). It was also pleasant to get acquainted with many young Ukrainian civic activists and innovative entrepreneurs who came from all over the country to be awarded during the final ceremony of the contest for the best social ideas and their realisation. Fellows of Democracy Study Centre also received their graduation diplomas. In general, these were two productive days, during which I had a chance to see old acquaintances and met new interesting people. Thanks to the organizers for the invitation! :) Collapse ) This entry was originally posted at http://sparrow-hawk-ua.dreamwidth.org/
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
5:37 pm
cinema
 
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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
12:40 am
Berlin Station
Berlin-Station 

Perhaps the best thing that has happened to a spy thriller since the first seasons of the Homeland and the Americans.

The series is good not only as a psychological game that keeps a viewer in suspense, and not only grâce à pleiad of excellent actors.

The central question of the series: how far can you go in an attempt to protect the state interests? And at what point does the pursuit of security become the source of this very danger?

This theme is consonant with the book I am currently reading: Save civil rights: freedom and safety by Gerhart Baum.

Baum is a German politician and lawyer. His tenure as a Federal Minister of the Interior coincided with the pick of activities of the infamous RAF, Rote Armee Fraktion. So he was obliged not in theory, but in practice to carry out the massive counter-terrorism campaign – and in the same time to guarde the constitutional rights of citizens, not to allow security measures to infringe civil freedom.

In the series, German workers of BfV (Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution), as well as their American counterparts, very often violate the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable (to be fair, it is sometimes very blurred). And this leads to grave and unpredictable consequences.

So I recommend this series not only as entertainment, but also as a food for reflection.  It is especially relevant in our time, when the war on terror becomes more and more extensive.

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Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
8:13 pm
Червоний
Потужний фільм. Дуже раджу. Радий, що є таке наше кіно. І за тематикою - і за якістю.

~~~

 A truly powerful Ukrainian movie based on real events.

An officer of UPA (Ukrainska Povstanska Armiia - Ukrainian Insurgent Army) was trapped in the living hell of Stalin's concentration camps but managed to survived with human dignity and will to freedom - and to organized an uprising of political prisoners.
 
Strongly recommended.



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Thursday, July 6th, 2017
10:10 am
Timothy Snyder: Germany's Historical Responsibility For Ukraine
'If one wants seriously take Germany's responsibility for the East, the word "Ukraine" should be in the first sentence.'



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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
1:27 pm
Many blessings to all good people! :)

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Thursday, February 16th, 2017
12:04 pm
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
1:52 pm
A little piece of happiness - Christmas card from friend!
Collapse ) grossgr, спасибо тебе!! :0) This entry was originally posted at http://sparrow-hawk-ua.dreamwidth.org/
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
9:42 pm
Efter brylluppet (2006)
 

And this is first movie of the year. I love scandinavian cinema, it has its own grim charm. And I like a lot Mads Mikkelsen, I noticed this actor as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, after this was absolutely brilliant performance in Hannibal (tv series) - and these are quite big shoes to fill after Anthony Hopkins! Recently I watched another Danish movie with him as a main character (Flammen & Citronen (2008) - about resistance group during WWII). And now - this one. The psycological drama about life, death, love, and consequences of our actions, even unpredictable ones.
 
Also I would like to mark playing of Sidse Babett Knudsen, I've already seen this actress in Borgen and Westworld.
 
It's neither an action nor a thriller, but if you like to think a little about your way of life and goals (especially in the time of NY resolutions) I would definitely recommend you this movie.


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9:20 pm
First book of this year
 



This book broke my heart - and healed it in the same time. I cannot recall previous time when I cried during reading the fiction, but this book did it to me. It's sad, charming, and fascinating. 

I'm so grateful to my sister for this gift and I'm so glad I've read this novel in the beginning of the year to remind myself about those important things which make our life truly meaningful. This entry was originally posted at http://sparrow-hawk-ua.dreamwidth.org/
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
12:28 am
La magie de l'hiver à Varsovie

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Friday, December 2nd, 2016
9:22 pm
L'arbre de Noël dans notre maison des étudiants.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016
11:37 am
the price is just too high
Yesterday, while reading the article about English nationalist who killed MP Jo Cox before the Brexit referendum, claiming that she is a traitor and people’s enemy and he wants, by this assasination, to re-establish old glory of Great Britain – I was thinking about the past. How often the past catches all our attention and resources, and forbids us to think about future. How often some people want to speculate on this, pursuing their own private goals. I see this only too well in my own country… and here, in Poland. And in France. And in the US. And… You can prolongate this list endlessly. And I remember these words from Ulysses by Alexander Pope:

Thus solemn rites and holy vows we paid
To all the phantom nations of the dead.


We are paying. But sometimes the price is just too high. This entry was originally posted at http://sparrow-hawk-ua.dreamwidth.org/
Monday, November 21st, 2016
11:18 pm
the genius predicted even this
“I opened the packet and extracted the cards. They were on the order of tarots, with their wands, pentacles, cups, and swords, but the Greater Trumps were quite different…
“They were almost lifelike in appearance, the Greater Trumps ready to step right out through those glistening surfaces…”

— Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny



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Monday, November 14th, 2016
9:49 pm
veritas vincere


Правда

Саксонській Сад, Варшава

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Friday, November 11th, 2016
11:52 pm
you’ll never be there
and you know it

you know it perfectly well

but still you’re going

keep going

without stops

toujours



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