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February 2024

February was a difficult month. The war entered its third year and more provocations are created by russia in Moldova. On the 24th I went to London to take part in the march.

cat

This month Chubbchubbs died, only three months away from his 19th birthday. He lived with my mother for over a decade, but he spent many years with us, as we rescued him as a small kitten. He is going to be missed.

events

In February I’ve been to 6 events in person (Oxford and London) and one was online, all were amazing. From top left to bottom:
1. Oleksandra Matviichuk, the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner, talked about Ukraine – Blavatnik School of Government
2. HURI – 2024 TCUP Conference – Decolonizing Ukraine in Theory and Practice (online) – two days
3. Bill Browder, an American-born English financier and political activist – Said Business School – it was the second time I saw him speak
4. HE Piotr Wilczek, Polish ambassador to the UK and HE Yannis Tsaousis, Greek ambassador to the UK – St. Antony College
5. Why governments need scientists with Sir Patrick Vallance – Oxford Martin School
6. Panel Discussion: ‘The great carbon market debate: is it over for offsetting?’ – Oxford Martin School
7. The future of Ukraine event, London – organised by Ukrainian Institute London, the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK and the European Delegation to the UK. Speakers: Rory Finnin (Professor of Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge); Nataliya Gumenyuk (Journalist specialising in conflict reporting and human rights. Co-founder of Public Interest Journalism Lab and the Reckoning Project); Christina Lamb (Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times); Pedro Serrano (EU Ambassador to the United Kingdom); Melinda Simmons (British Ambassador to Ukraine until Sep 2023). Moderator: Olesya Khromeychuk (Director, UIL, author)

1. Oleksandra Matviichuk, the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner, talking about Ukraine. 2. Vegan goodies. 3. HURI – 2024 TCUP Conference – Decolonizing Ukraine in Theory and Practice (online). 4. Oxford. 5. St. Anthony’s College. 6. Queue to get in at the Radcliffe Camera started before the library opened. 7. Bill Browder. 8. Remembering Chubbchubbs. 9. Oxford. 10. Pancakes. 11. Book about Oxford. 12. Jolly Farmers. 13. Talk given by HE Piotr Wilczek, Polish ambassador to the UK and HE Yannis Tsaousis, Greek ambassador to the UK. 14. Valentine’s Day. 15. The future of Ukraine event, London. 16. Launch of 698! 17. Watlington. 18. Formal. 19. Annual dinner for history, hence a picture of a painting with one of my teachers. 20. A statement necklace and a pocket square in Ukrainian colours for a black tie event. 21. Why governments need scientists with Sir Patrick Vallance. 22. Westgate, Oxford. 23. The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis, a must read. 24. Slava Ukraini! 25. Peterhouse, the oldest college in Cambridge, for the OURC & CURA annual dinner (Rifle Club) – from the day before. 26. Group photo from the annual dinner. (I worked all day, no other picture taken) 27. Panel Discussion: ‘The great carbon market debate: is it over for offsetting?’ 28. Tulips. 29. Books in February

Books

In February I read 6 books. I’m more or less on track for the goal this year, which is of 89. I highly recommend 3 of them, The Historic Heart of Oxford University is about architecture and it is a lovely read. The Forsaken is about Americans who left US for ussr only to be persecuted there, some killed in the purges, some imprisoned in the gulag. Our Enemies Will Vanish is about russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Books in February:
The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack – 5 stars
The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis – 5 stars
Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost – 4 stars
The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis – 5 stars
Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov – 5 stars
Fighting the Red Trade Menace H R Knickerbocker – 2 stars

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9 Comment

  1. Sorry to hear about Chubbchubbs! He was so cute!!!
    You have been to some really interesting-sounding events! I admire you for your commitment to Ukraine!

  2. Sounds a busy and varied month, well done with the reading. Sorry to hear about Chubbchubbs, 19 is a grand old age, what a cute looking cat they were, I’m sure there will be a huge gap for a long time.

  3. Aw, sad about your cat, although nearly reaching 19 is a brilliant age. That’s a lot of serious talks you went to, seems like it was a busy month.

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