Many years ago, a teenager trying to make an impact at the legendary Manchester United picked up a loose ball in his own half of the pitch. He looked up, saw that the opposing goalkeeper was hopelessly out of position, and shot towards goal from a ridiculous distance. As the ball flew half the length of the pitch and then sailed into the back of the net, Becks threw his hands in the air with the commentator shouting, “take a bow David Beckham”. He had arrived on the scene, and the spotlight would never leave him.
Although Beckham has since hung up his footie boots, Goldenballs (as his wife calls him) has turned his image and fame into a business career, and has recently launched a grooming brand called House 99. Why are we, What’s On Kyiv, writing about this? Because the legend that is Becks chose the legends that are Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha as the soundtrack for the global advert of his new venture. DakhaBrakha have been one of the leading names in the Ukrainian music scene for over a decade. For noticing this and recognising this special Ukrainian talent, we say, one again, take a bow David Beckham.
Some good news, some bad. Let’s start with the good news. In the latest annual Ease of Doing Business Ranking from the World Bank, Ukraine has moved up five spots and now sits at number 71 out of 190 countries analysed. A five-spot advance doesn’t sound like much, but, for context, at least Ukraine is […]
Ukraine can legitimately sing We are the Champions following Oleksandr Usyk’s fight on 10 November at Manchester Arena. Brit Tony Bellow worked Usyk hard, going into the eight round, but it was Usyk’s brutal left hook that sent him flying to the mat, unable to get back up. With the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight […]
Even at the age of 27, Ukraine can hardly be called a “nation of startups”, as neither the president nor the Ministry of Economic Trade and Development have made this a priority. Regardless, we will reject this pessimism, as real steps are being taken in this direction. In fact, a stratum of IT specialists is […]
Russia, according to Russia, is not party to the war in eastern Ukraine. However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokespeople don’t mind, apparently, speaking on behalf of the “L” and “D” “People’s Republics” (the unrecognised and illegal entities created by Russia to run their operations in eastern Ukraine, also denied by Russia, of course.) In recent weeks, […]