Everyday life Life

May 2024

May was an exciting month. I finally had my graduation from the 2-year course I finished at Oxford in 2021. Amusingly, I had my graduation from KCL last year, studies I could only undertake because I finished my Oxford course with a good grade.


I’ve decided to wear my Vyshyvanka from Ukraine because of my current studies. A couple of days before the ceremony was Vyshyvanka day, so it was appropriate to wear it once again, as I am doing my Masters’ on Ukrainian history. I also had my Oriel pin, my college at Oxford.


I enjoyed the celebrations very much and I had a chance to talk to my tutor, who helped me choose the university to finish my undergraduate degree at. He handed me the award, so it was very special indeed.
We had a reception afterwards and a chance to talk with another colleague from the course. It was an unforgettable day.

Sir Chris Whitty

I got tickets for Science & Society: The role of society and the State in preventing disease with Chief Medical Officer, Sir Chris Whitty a long time ago. I was very excited to see Sir Chris Whitty talk. After the talk there was a drinks reception and my husband had a quick chat with Sir Whitty. I was too star-struck to talk to him, besides the hi/bye stuff.

In May I also attended a talk by Josep Borrell and an event with two Azovstal defenders! Both were very special too. The last lecture/event of my studies was with Rory Finnin (from Cambridge University), on his book on Crimean Tatars. All these events were fantastic.

On a less positive note, but what I think everybody should know and is not presented in mainstream media, russian propaganda. On the 9th I watched the Victory Day Parade in moscow, where putin said:
– russia alone fought against the Nazis (again, russians don’t know what happened between 1939 and 1941)
– all of Europe were on the side of the Nazis
– China defeated Japan
Apparently BBC can’t be bothered to report that putin casually stated that UK and the Nazis were allied in WWII. Also, BBC seems to be unaware that there is a difference between soviet soldiers and russian soldiers, as they mentioned the number of soviet casualties as if they were all russian when in the fact the ones doing most of the fighting in the first waves were not russian, but Belarussian, Ukrainian, or ethnic minorities. It looks like it is more than sloppy journalism there.


Another thing worth mentioning is that putin decided to have two war criminals behind him in the parade. One was in Bucha, where the russians killed 600+ civilians (+ torture and looting). The other one held 350 Yahidne village residents (basically all villagers) in a school basement under concentration camp-like conditions in March 2022, 10 died there.


This wonderful bouquet of flowers was a gift from a friend. She gave it to me just before the Orthodox Easter, so this is why there are some Easter decorations in the picture. The candles and the chicks were made by Ukrainian artists, bought a couple of months ago from a fair.


Eurovision celebrations in Liverpool could have been better, but it was ok for a couple of hours in the city. I can’t say I’m happy with who won. For me that song was not bad but not great. I liked Croatia more, which  came second. Of course I voted for Ukraine, with their amazing song celebrating women. If you have not seen their videoclip, here is on youtube, it’s worth watching and reading about the women who appear in it.
I also loved Armenia and Estonia, from the final, and Moldova (not in the final).


1. May Morning. 2. Presentation day today. 3. Amazing talk by Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. 4. Lunch at The Vibe. 5. Easter celebration. 6. Playing games in the garden. 7. Prepared a gift for a Ukrainian friend, which included some British foods (Marmite!). 8. Park. 9. putin alongside war criminals, to celebrate the defeat of Nazis. 10. Shopping at Cheshire Oaks. 11. Eurovision in Liverpool. 12. Lights in one of my trees. 13. MMA. 14. Dodo socks with NAFO. 15. Vyshyvanka. 16. Science & Society lecture with Professor Chris Whitty. 17. Event on Georgia’s struggle against the russian law. 18. Windsor castle. 19. Graduation (for a course I finished in 2021, but was postponed due to COVID). 20. Formal. 21. Research day. 22. View from the Senior Library, at the Formal. 23. Azovstal defenders talking at Oxford. 24. Homemade dessert. 25. Celebrating with a cube. 26. Dyed dress. 27. B&Q, remembering me of the horrible attack on Kharkiv 2 days prior. 28. Books I am planning to read, bought from Windsor. 29. Lecture on commemorating the 80th anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of Crimean Tatars with Rory Finnin (from Cambridge). 30. On the road. 31. Books in May


I read 7 books in May, reaching a total of 33 for the year. I am a bit behind my target, 3 books to be precise, but it’s not too bad. I read an interesting novel, A Song of Silence, which is the second book I read by this author and it was very good. I highly recommend it. I also enjoyed Malcolm Muggeridge’s memoir, very interesting.

I bought 2 books from Windsor this month. I read it both because the subject is so incredibly interesting, the Queen’s Dolls’ House, which turns 100 this year. The house is a delight to see, unfortunately we couldn’t take pictures of it, but there are a lot of pictures online with it, for example here.

Books in May:
A Song of Silence by Steve N Lee – 5 stars
Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola – 5 stars
One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty – 2 stars
Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge – 5 stars
The Miniature Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House by Elizabeth Ashby – 5 stars
The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth – 4 stars
The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton – 5 stars

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7 Comment

  1. Congratulations on your graduation. How gorgeous are those Gerber’s – I found some peonies today so looking forward to them coming out

  2. Congratulations on your graduation. Sounds like you attended some interesting talks last month. The books about Queen Mary’s dolls house sound interesting. We missed it out when we last visited Windsor Castle as the queue was so long. #project365

  3. Interesting and busy month. Congratulations on finally having your delayed graduation. I’ve not been into Windsor Castle since I was small, I used to live in the town originally.

  4. You had an interesting, busy month, as always. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I love the display with the sunflowers. They’re such bright, cheerful flowers and the little chicks are really cute, too.
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    1. Thank you very much. xx

      The flowers are Gerbera, but they do look a lot like sunflowers. I don’t usually decorate for Easter, but I loved those chicks, so I had to buy them. 🙂

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