Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala has said 2023’s song contest should be held in the UK if her home country is unable to host. The singer, 38, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 with her tune 1944, fled Kyiv in March following the Russian invasion. Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra went on to win this year’s contest in Turin, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said it was in talks with the BBC to ‘potentially host’ the 2023 event after concluding next year’s contest cannot be held in Ukraine . ‘It’s really sad the EBU decided to take away all this chance and all this hope,’ Jamala told the PA news agency. ‘[But] I really understand that it has to be in a peaceful place for participants and for everybody. ‘Great Britain came second in the competition, so if Ukraine is unwilling to host the event for whatever reason, it would be fair to hold it in one of your cities.’ Jamala said she considers the decision on where to host the competition to … [Read more...] about UK ‘fair’ option to host Eurovision if not Ukraine, says former Ukrainian winner Jamala
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I will always remember the day they took away the history books. My small boarding school, on a rain-lashed Devon hilltop, had until that day taught us about the glory and grandeur of English history. It was a story of courage, freedom and the defeat of foreign threats. But these volumes, their pages soft from use, their illustrations in wistful black and white, were no longer acceptable. They were gathered up and carted off. Instead, we were given glossy, brightly-coloured replacements with larger print and supposedly exciting photographs of a brave new world. Luckily for me, the change came just too late. I had already absorbed all the old stuff and I would never be able to regard the 1945 Labour Government as being as exciting or interesting as the Battle of Trafalgar. I thought then, as I think now, that this country had indeed had a Glorious Revolution in 1688. Significantly, it was about the same time that they began to inflict the ‘New Maths’ on us – but once again I had … [Read more...] about PETER HITCHENS: Is there no way to stop the secret brainwashing of the next generation?
The city of Lysychansk has fallen to Russian forces as Ukraine's military command confirmed that its troops have been forced to withdraw. It had been Ukraine's last bastion in the eastern province of Luhansk and the subject of fierce fighting in recent days. "The continuation of the defence of the city would lead to fatal consequences," Ukraine's military said on Sunday. "In order to preserve the lives of Ukrainian defenders, a decision was made to withdraw." The confirmation from defence forces comes after Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that the city has been "liberated" and that Moscow is in "full control" earlier in the day. Advertisement Russian media showed footage of Luhansk militia fighters marching in the streets, waving flags and cheering. It comes just days after Russian troops took Lysychansk's sister city Severodonetsk, on the opposite side of the Siverskyi Donets river. More on Russia … [Read more...] about Lysychansk falls as Ukraine’s military says its troops were forced to withdraw from city