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Ukrainian flag

This is going to be pretty much one of the most serious posts in my blog so far. There’ll be no pictures or videos. You’ve seen them all. I... don't feel very good writing this because I know it is probably not going to change anything. I had doubts about finishing and posting this article but the events of last Friday, 2nd of May in Odessa pushed me to do it. Moreover, I am now getting used (since December) to hear many (and I mean, MANY) questions from my non-Russian/Ukrainian-speaking colleagues like “So, what do you think about the events in Ukraine?”. Well, I'm finally ready to tell you what I think.

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Surprising announcement at ZHdK’s Ausstellungsstrasse

It’s a beautiful day in Zürich today! Wonderful sun and smell of flowers sets you in the right life-enjoying mood. Seemed like nothing could spoil it…

I needed to take care of some “paper” business at the ZHdK’s Ausstellungsstrasse (also known as Hochschuladministration) building and specially for that I came from Winterthur to Zürich but only to find out that today it is closed due to something...

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Freddie Mercury - Angry Bird

Hi! Just returned from the 11th Freddie Mercury Memorial Day in Montreux yesterday. A lot of impressions as usual, so the story about the trip is, sure, to follow. Now, everybody heard that this week we had an outstanding chance to play a special Angry Birds tournament dedicated to the Freddie For A Day event for...

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Daily Star: AIDS kills the king of rock

Hi!

Please read the following. It is very important.

Three years in a row I have been proudly participating in the worldwide anti-HIV/AIDS charity event "Freddie For A Day" and was planning to do it this year as well, however, due to the reasons beyond my control I was not able to fulfil my ideas here in Zurich but hopefully it will happen next year.

I have been proud to be a part of this major initiative of the Mercury Phoenix Trust for the last three years (first two years, in Odessa it was happening with indispensable help of my friend Alex Viktovskiy)...

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Michael Jackson, the King of Pop

"Just because you read it in a magazine or see it on the TV screen don't make it factual..." - Michael Jackson, "Tabloid Junkie"

Good day!

From time to time I get involved into conversations I'd rather wouldn't. One particular topic is about Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. I mean, not about Michael Jackson in general, but about how bad he was. It's an appropriate time to say this, I think. If Michael Jackson was still alive he would have turned 55 yesterday.

Bits And Pieces

Hi everybody! This summer we decided to try something new with my wife Sachiko. Since people in Japan don't know so much about Odessa or Ukraine, we had thought that it would be a fun...
Oh boy! What a night! We just finished watching Queen's legendary "A Night at the Odeon" concert with Alex. Actually, we got so excited that afterwards, we just had to re-watch some selected songs from...
I'm glad to share with you the news that an old friend Alyosha Semenenko just won the second prize of the Queen Elisabeth violin competition. Congratulations!
I think that Richard Marx's "Endless Summer Nights" is one of the most beautiful and at the same time one of the saddest songs about love ever written. We recorded a "live" acoustic cover together...
I'm going from Berlin to Zurich by bus and I've just been forced to buy a full separate ticket for my viola. Why can't I put it on a shelf like usual? Because if the...
The results of the 1st international Boris Goldstein violin competition have just been published and the places go as follows: Grand Prix - Mone Hattori 1st place - Aleksey Semenenko/Stefan Tarara 2nd place - not...
It isn't a time to talk about how bad was new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie but could somebody explain why in the world the Turtles have a Manley Massive Passive device in their van?!...