As you may know, I was recently held for 3 days by the Ukrainian army. Thinking the ordeal was over as I was put out at the Polish border, it was a shock to find every single file on my computer deleted – the SBU had taken my computers in Kiev, kept them for over an hour. Not only my Ukraine files, even a recent photo taken with my great aunt, all gone.
The next shock was logging online to find my Facebook and Vkontakte hacked. I managed to regain control of my Facebook, just as the pizza establishment in the Polish border town of Przemysl Glowny was closing, putting me off the internet for the next 12 hours as I travelled to Warsaw. I then arrived in Warsaw to find my Twitter account hacked, my email account, my Facebook gone again. Whoever had done it knew what they were doing – they’d hacked my accounts then set up their own back-up email and telephone number so I couldn’t recover them. I fought to get my Twitter back, but Facebook went for good, and then the worst of all, to go to my YouTube channel and find 2000 videos deleted.
In a time that civilians are being killed in Ukraine in such numbers, in such barbaric ways, I don’t want to complain when I’m still fine, healthy. But losing the videos was hard, it’s my life’s work, personal videos of my family were in there, moments of history. It’s tough to recover from, but that needs to be done, so this is how we are going to do it.
I’m ‘closing’ this blog – most of the posts here connect to videos no longer there, going through deleting them would just be too painful. Also, this blog goes back to a certain time. A certain time when life was calm in Ukraine and I enjoyed poking into societal matters, writing about my ex-girlfriend Ira, River Palace, nightclubs, pick-up artists. I felt and feel those shed light on a wider sphere of life in Ukraine as it then was. I wrote about those alongside artiles on history, politics, they were all part of an overall picture.
But, that time has passed now. It seems hard to imagine when it’ll be the time again to write about such trifles as the beauty of Ukrainian girls. And appraising the blog overall, they do now seem out of context in light of what has come. So, I’ll be migrating the best of all that content to this new blog ‘Sex, Society, Clubbing’. There are no real plans to add new content there for now, but perhaps that will happen in time.
My main blog will now be here, called ‘World to Writes’ –
That will be updated regularly with new content, as well as my migrating the best content from here over there.
There will also be a new YouTube channel, I already have new Facebook, Vkontakte –
This site will stay here as a kind of personal, giving updates about what projects I’m working on etc.
So, it’s the transitioning, and closing of this site as a magazine blog, and huge thanks as of today the blog has achieved near 650,000 hits. Will look forward to seeing you moving on, and into exciting new projects. Those projects backed up, password protected etc, so we don’t have to write another post like this again.
Best for now, Graham