Not sure why I'm posting these now - wanted to post them on the day of the Maccabi-Liverpool game, but got distracted. Well, this is a backlog, so here goes:
The boy kept the ball from dropping forever. English fans drinking beer at Maidan were delighted. Hope he earned some money from them.
Didn't see any Maccabi fans - but Ukraine's best-known anti-Semite Baba Paraska (aka Baba Porazka - Grandma Defeat) was there. If she's not making some cash posing for tourists' pictures, she should.
By the way, there's an Orthodox church holiday called Makovey (this is one of the names, at least), celebrated sometime around now, a few weeks ago, I guess - they take poppy heads to church for blessing, even in the Soviet times they did, it's one of my very few church-related childhood memories, old women walking to the church at the end of our street in the town of Pryluky - and we've recently realised that the official church holiday has nothing to do with poppy (mak in Russian), but is all about Biblical history: Maccabi is Makkavey in Russian - but Makkavey sounds like something about mak, poppy, and hence the whole pagan ritual. It's interesting, I'd like to read more about it.