Alex Massie

Ukraine’s Got Talent

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Perhaps you've already seen Kseniya Simonova's performance on Ukraine's Got Talent. But if you haven't, watch how she recounts the horrors of Ukraine's experiences during the Second World War. With sand.

It's one of the most remarkable, moving, beautiful pieces I've seen in ages. Since the video has already been seen 900,000 times  I suppose she counts as a "Youtube sensation" but that term seems absurd and cheap when applied to this sort of thing. So too does any comparison with our own Susan Boyle.

Take eight minutes from your day and watch this. You won't regret it. The final words mean, I gather, something like "You are always with us".

You can see another of her pieces here.

[Thanks to Mr Eugenides for brining this to my attention.]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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