I’ve been assigned my country as part of the Target 168 project and, as I had fervently hoped, Ms. Svetlana Loboda will be bringing her Hell Machine and her trio of shirtless shiny-helmeted centurions to the 2009 Eurovision Grand Final tomorrow night. And her victory is my victory, because it means that I get to write my Target 168 zine about Ukraine.
I was excited enough when I got the call from the organisers letting me know that Ukraine was mine-all-mine, because I now have not an excuse, but an obligation to create a zine with a picture of Ruslana and her flamethrower on the cover.
But then I did a little wikipedia research into Ukraine and found out that none other than Sergey Korolyev, the Chief Designer himself – the guy who practically ran the Soviet Space Program single-handedly (and anonymously) from its inception to the mid-sixties – was Ukranian.
So. A legitimate reason to put flamethrowers on the cover? Check. A legitimate reason to crap on about rockets and stuff? Check.
This is going to be fun.
And for those who missed it, here’s Ms. Loboda in all of her no-other-name-for-it-really glory. Enjoy.
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