Ultima Thule

In ancient times the northernmost region of the habitable world - hence, any distant, unknown or mysterious land.

Friday, August 19, 2005

All you need is love

By Aussiegirl

Looks like the government is trying to encourage a baby boom. Ukraine, along with most other European countries is experiencing a baby bust, with a falling, rather than rising birthrate.

The talk of the town in Kiev : during the sleepy summer weeks this year has entered on hundreds of billboards in the city that, with their dash of sexual innuendo, have outraged some, amused others, and are quickly entering the national lexicon.

"There should be 52 million of us! Kokhaimosya!" declares one version plastered throughout the capital of a country that's currently 48 million souls strong.

Roughly translated, the key last word in the ad means "let's love one another," but its undertone connotation of "let's make love" has set off a storm of discussion here, including in the highest offices of the ex-Soviet land."


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