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    Monument to Sergey Utyochkin...

    by arturowan Written Jan 24, 2014

    Sergey Isayevich Utyochkin was born in 0dessa on 12th July 1876
    He was a man ahead of his time, with a zest for sports, & he would nowadays be regarded as an 'extreme sportsman'...
    Utyochkin was a legend -in-his-own-lifetime, known as 'the conqueror of the fifth ocean', he was capable of publicity stunts, such as driving a car from Prymorskiy Boulevard, down the Potyomkin Steps, into the port!
    Had he lived a century later, he would no doubt have been a global household name, & an athlete representative of an extreme sports brand, such as RED BULL...
    As well as being a keen swimmer, boxer, fencer, footballer, & cyclist, winning 14 races internationally, Utyochkin also was an aviator, motorcyclist, racing driver, & pioneer of roller skating!
    Nor was he 'a jack of all sports & master of none', because his soccer skills were good enough to play for 0dessa British Athletic Club, while he was rated second best pilot in Russia, flying a Farman bi-plane, making about 150 flights & surviving crashes!
    Flying was maybe his greatest love of all, which led him into a passion for air ballooning, which began in 1907 - he flew over the Sahara desert & the pyramids in order to reach Egypt!
    After mastering 15 high energy pursuits, by irony of ironies, Utyochkin died aged only 39, as a result of pneumonia, brought about by contracting flu in Saint Petersburg, in the previous winter of 1915
    He died on 13th January 1916 - though in fact had been suffering since a plane crash in 1911 - unable to afford medicine or even regular food, because in those days, all sportsmen were self-funded...
    Indeed, he died a forgotten hero, rumoured to be insane & homeless, when not in hospital or hotels, after his record-breaking glory days faded, even his wife abandoned him in favour of a rich entrepeneur, in Utyochkin's native city of 0dessa...
    During Soviet times, a vintage car club existed in 0dessa, based at 28 Bazarnaya 0ulitsa, which was dedicated to the memory of Utyochkin...
    His statue can be found in 0dessa City Garden, on a pedestal half way up the staircase leading towards the Utyochkino cinema & jazz cafe, named in his honour, & originally opened by his brothers, in order to provide revenue to sponsor Utyochkin's activities...
    His likeness is cast in bronze, to a design by 0dessan sculptor, Aleksandr Tokarev, depicting the legendary sportsman throwing a paper plane skywards...

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    A day in the life...

    by arturowan Updated Feb 19, 2014
    A city of contrasting images...
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    Monday, 26th 0ctober 1987 - A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union - as recorded by TIME-LIFE photo-journalists throughout Russia & the satellite states around it's vast borders...
    No small project then, & of the 10 000's images that resulted from 100's of photographers, only a fraction could be published in the book that was published to illustrate this momentous, but atypical day of Soviet street life...
    0dessa receives only a few entries in the edited text, but in truth, it was such an interesting city, even in the midst of Cold war doom & gloom, it could have contributed an entire volume of images, warranting a publication devoted just to the port & street life, itself...
    The book was somehow prophetic, with the editorial desire to capture a culture that was in decline, as a result not so much of western competition, as the political policies of Mikhael Gorbachov...
    Gorbachov's policy of 'glasnost' - a word that cannot be accurately translated, but basically means; 'opening-up' - in respect to internal honesty as to how the Soviet Union was managed, or rather, mismanaged...
    Glasnost was the enemy-within for the USSR - within a few years of A Day In The Life 0f The Soviet Union being published in the west, the old order of totalitarian control behind 'the iron curtain', had collapsed, with political revolution within all the states that had constituted the union...
    I've been fascinated by A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union, ever since I first found the book, & now I've tracked down the unpublished photo's by Adnechka Grudinovker, on a webpage dedicated to the city...
    I've been using some of them to illustrate my travel tips on here, because it's extraordinary how so many of the images show scenes unchanged from when I was last in the city...
    Cars & lorries, which have altered so much in the west, appear no different at all!
    The most noticeable changes are the fashions worn by younger folk, & that Soviet streets had an absence of advertising, with Russian signing - something very different in 0dessa today...
    Here I have selected 5 images that I consider best reflect the nature of 0dessa as I saw the city when I was there, & were not much different from 2 decades before...

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    PROTEST! (0r Publicity Stunt?)

    by arturowan Written Feb 21, 2014
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    0dessa is a city where a visitor might witness a political demonstration at any time of year, & this has been true of my visits, (before the troubles of 2013/14)
    Ukraine is a volatile place, & people usually do not hesitate to take to the streets to demonstrate their point of view, on all sorts of issues...
    If you've read my tip; Ukrainian Feminism, you'll know that I'm a touch cynical about some of these protests, which to my eye resemble compulsive publicity seeking, for those who want 'their 15 minutes of fame' on televised news...
    Ironically, a link began circulating on 'facebook', showing the action that had occurred in the main Ukrainian cities, but for 0dessa, where a man was shown sitting on his bed, drinking lager, while watching the demonstrations on tv...
    I say ironic, because soon after this link had circulated, I happened upon some photo's of 1 of the protests in 0dessa, & to my utter disbelief, who should be leading it & addressing the assembly beneath the Duc de Richelieu statue, but somebody I'd met on my third visit there (- in fact, he inspired another 1 of my tips on here - 'moodashlyopi'...)
    I say utter disbelief, because the protest was in daylight, & this person was in the habit of sleeping all day, while partying the night away on a cocktail of vodka & cannabis, & not doing much else in life...
    Yet, in the chaos that has become of Ukrainian politics, this rather irresponsible character, has suddenly been inspired to raise himself from the couchette in the home (not his), where he was 'crashing', & put his point of view across on television, (as if he really gave a 'govno'!)
    I know from a fact, from having met this character, that he could not care less about Ukrainian politics, but knows a good self-publicity opportunity when it presents itself...
    I do not wish to cast aspersions on the genuine protestors in Ukraine, of which there are legion, & though they may not all share the same political point of view, their reasons for protesting are sincere...
    However, do not be taken in by all of them - they're a mixed bag, so to speak, (& some have already been active during EUFA 2012 - flying Nazi regalia beside the Ukrainian flag...)
    In 0dessa, on the news, I've watched female students 'mooning' the television cameras, in order to protest 'feminism' - & now I see a 36 year-old who spends his life busy doing nothing, seeking election!
    Political protest?
    NO - publicity stunt...

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    ODESSA DAY

    by A-Friend-Of-Belarus Written Jan 13, 2007

    September 2, the Odessa day. It's a day when the whole city is on the streets and the central manifestation is being held on the Potemking stairs where crowd listens to various Ukrainian/Russian pop-rock bands that play on the stage just above the stairs and in front of the "Morskiy vokzal".

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  • As I already mentioned Odessa...

    by Maverick22 Written Aug 24, 2002

    As I already mentioned Odessa is unique city with 100% tolarence toward everyone. People are very sympathetic and friendly, almost half of the populatio speaks very disent english. Be friendly to them and they will return it.

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