Archive for the ‘Nightclubs’ Category

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Something local – Arcadia redevelopment, Odessa

January 5, 2014

Elsewhere in cyberspace some months ago, I noted that the famous/infamous Ibiza nightclub in Arcadia was being demolished – and presumably rebuilt.

Since then, the main thoroughfare has also been completely ripped up and many of the small stores that lined the route demolished too.

What was this

ibiza

is currently this

arcadia

Blimey!  Summer tourist/beach life central looks anything but.

However, reconstruction begins immediately after the Orthodox Christmas – presumably to be completed by 1st June when Arcadia is normally officially opened for the summer season.  (Though it has to be said for those of us who live in Acradia, “officially” means very little as it is home.)

It will be interesting to see the end results, as to be quite honest, it was better than OK (if not fantastic) before Arcadia was deemed necessary for a face lift.  I have certainly been to far worse similar developments in Greece and Spain.

One has to hope that the de facto summer city centre will be ready on time simply for the benefit of the local  economy.

Right, back to matters political/policy led tomorrow.  I simply fancied a change today.

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For those with nothing to do New Years Eve in Odessa

December 29, 2012

For those with nothing to do in Odessa on New Years Eve – or for those on a budget – the usual New Years Eve entertainment of concerts and fireworks is taking place.

Be forewarned that I may or may not post tomorrow – I’m off out to the “Very Sexy Night” at Gnezdo on Shevchenko tonight and my not be compos mentis enough to write anything whatsoever thereafter!

Yes I know!  Quite how “Very Sexy Night” and myself fit together as anything other than an oxymoron is yet to be determined.

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Human Trafficking

April 9, 2012

Today I was going to write about why reform in Ukraine is so slow and the bottom-up support that is missing.  That will have to wait until I get around to it.

Currently I am researching serious and organised crime for a document that will be published elsewhere in cyberspace in the months ahead.  Certainly it should be published by the year end.  Needless to say, Ukraine like most nations has issues with serious organised crime and within that broad heading human trafficking falls.

During this research, this very powerful, short and thoughtful Dutch video got my attention.  Whilst it does not go into the methodology, statistics, trafficking routes, reasons and end results, it does make anybody who watches it think twice about what is going on around them.

Watch it to the end – Something to think about!

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Ooops – Seem to have missed Monday

October 6, 2009

Oh dear, I seem to have missed a post for Monday.

Sorry dear readers, but business rolled into social and……..well I didn’t get home in time to post yesterday.

Of course today I look like a bucket of smacked twats with eyes like piss holes in the snow.

In fact, if beauty is skin deep, today I look inside out.

Anyway, I am now fully versed and an expert on Captain Morgan’s nightclub in Odessa……..even if I couldn’t hang in there until closing time.

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The Prodigy Back In Ukraine – 7th October

September 4, 2009

Well dear readers, The Prodigy return to Kyiv for the 3rd time and are playing Kyiv on 7th October…….

I don’t know whether to “Smack my bitch up” or “Firestarter”……………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmin5WkOuPw

……..Well, I wasn’t going to “Smack my bitch up” now was I.

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Looking For A Ukrainian Bride?…….Told You All This In Other Posts…….But Now Someone Else Is Telling You The Same!!

June 11, 2009

Well dear readers……..see below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1192211/From-Russia-Without-love-How-thousands-lonely-British-men-ruthlessly-fleeced-Russian-email-brides-racket.html

Not like I haven’t told you sad people many, many times in other posts on this blog.

You still won’t get the message though will you!!!

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Ukraine Government States Gambling Establishments Can Be Run From Residential Buildings

May 13, 2009

I have had a few emails from my loyal readers asking how it is I can write about something every day…..Well this is Ukraine and every day there is something more bizarre and absurd which happens……..meaning I have a never ending supply of material.

Last week in Dnipropetrovsk there was a fire in a “casino” in which 9 people died and 11 were injured…….when a gaming machine caught fire near the entrance to the establishment……..Of course there was no fire escape!!

Gambling 1

This is Ukraine…….health and safety, fire regulations and other such minor issues just do not register on the radar…..unless it is by an official in need of an “administration fee” to “look the other” way when he wants a new car and doesn’t have quite enough cash.

As normal, a criminal case was opened and the directors of the “offshore company” which owned this “casino”……as well as many others no doubt……..were arrested.

Calls were made by certain RADA members and City Administrations to not only enforce all regulations on casino’s but to consider their locations…….preferably out of town.

Obviously casino’s in Ukraine are normally a way of laundering money and are usually owned by “offshore” companies…..with Ukrainian directors.  Well there is no point in laundering money if your company isn’t offshore…..you’ll pay tax on your clean money if it isn’t!!

Ukraine has no Elliot Ness type figure…….so the Al Capone’s go unchecked.  In fact modern day Ukrainian business, politics and economics can be compared quite well to the USA between the 1930’s – 1960’s.

Gambling 2

Now Ukraine’s casino’s are not exactly what you will find in Las Vegas.  Some are fairly large but the majority are just small shops filled with old gambling machines and a lot of old Babooshka’s and old men being paid a little extra money to stretch their pensions, by feeding the machines all day and night……….This is to give the “casino” the appearance of being busy all the time to launder the massive amounts of cash which are supposed to go through them…….but quite clearly don’t.

Gambling 3

Anyway, after the said fire last week in a “casino” one would think that a little more thought, care and attention would be given, considering the recent media coverage, as to location, fire regulations etc. etc.

The last thing you would expect to hear from a Government official is that it is Ok to put them in residential buildings………but this is Ukraine, a place where money will override common sense and morals every time!!

Yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Housing and Municipal Services of Ukraine…….he must have a f*cking big business card……Orest Lotosky stated that is was possible to put these “casino’s” into residential properties.  I quote “We have decided this kind of activity, the gambling business, in residential premises, is permissible.”

Hmmm……..so not only will the residents of the apartment blocks where these “casino’s” will start to appear have to put up with lifts that don’t work, drunks in the stairwells, lights which don’t work in the communal areas…..not to mention piss, shit and puke from the dossers which sleep in the communal areas if they can get into them……you are now going to encourage the drunks, insomniacs, addicted gamblers, debt collectors and other associated low life which are connected to these low level “casino’s” to congregate around the entrances to apartment blocks 24 hours a f*cking day?

Just what a young mother wants every morning, having successfully fought off the unwanted attentions of the first 4 drunks she encounters on the stairs…….she then has to step over the shit, piss and puke……explain to her kids the man is “not well”……..and then avoid the blood-bath outside.  The same goes for every occupant of the apartment block.

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Then we still have the issue of safety for the residents from the other causes such as fire………as seen last week.

What did the said Minister have to say about this?

“They will be checked jointly with the corresponding structures of the Emergencies Ministry, the Ministry of Architecture and others.  Establishments located in residential houses will be checked in accordance the procedure foreseen in law.  We’re only checking to see if the placement of such establishments in residential buildings is permitted.”

WTF?……..You have just said they are permitted you twat! 

You have also not given anyone direct responsibility and even in a non-corrupt country, with so many agencies involved, things would fall through the cracks!!  All you have done is said A,B,C and X,Y and Z are responsible for checks…..So unless their inspectors are feeling somewhat poor this month and need an “administrative fee” to look the other way from the obvious violations, nobody will actually carry out these checks or be held responsible when the next fire occurs but this time the whole apartment block goes up in smoke.

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The only consistency in Ukraine is the consistent inconsistency.

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