December 9, 2013
What a strange day of mixed feelings.
On Sunday I awoke to the news that the Lenin monument was toppled during pro-EU protests in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. The red granite monument stood opposite the Bessarabska market for just over 67 years. To millions, this day will symbolize the end of an era. December 8th, 2013–the day Lenin fell.
Later on that afternoon, I switched on the radio and the airwaves were filled with Beatles songs. I recalled the December evening in late 1980 when my brother came downstairs and broke the tragic news about John Lennon. Thirty three years ago marked the end of an era in music. December 8th, 1980–the day Lennon was shot.