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Memorial for TV presenter Price


Eurovision News Review:

* No longer knocking on Europe’s door
* Poignant farewell to Price
* Eurovision all karaoke now, says Logan
* Memorial for TV presenter Price
* Papers anticipate Israel’s revenge
* Writing home. Malcolm Rifkind on why a miraculous intervention is…
* Spain keeping it real with ‘Actors’

No longer knocking on Europe’s doorGuardian Unlimited
He built a home-made satellite dish with a coat hangar and saucepan lid to enable him and his friends to tune into the show on Finnish television. He says now that had his factory boss found out about his secret parties, he would have been sacked and would almost certainly have ended up in jail. Soviet leaders frowned on Eurovision. “But for me, it was a chance to feel that the Iron Curtain could break down, and I and my family could, if just for a night, be part of Europe. ” He spread the message in Soviet times, reproducing the score sheets and song recordings in “Samizdat” format, and passing them round as underground artefacts, to be handled with great discretion. His club has now been disbanded – many of the founding members have since passed away or are too old, he says. But he will resurrect it again, albeit briefly, for this year’s contest – although for once he will have to set the video recorder if he wants to see it on television… But he will resurrect it again, albeit briefly, for this year’s contest – although for once he will have to set the video recorder if he wants to see it on television. This year the avid Cliff Richard fan will be able to do something he could only dream of for years: be present at the contest and feel, literally, that his country is finally at the heart of Europe. Suddenly Eurovision does not seem so insignificant. The following correction was printed in the Guardian’s Corrections and Clarifications column, Friday May 17 2002The Eurovision song contest began in 1956 not 1966. Its first winner was Switzerland, with a song called Refrain sung by Lys Assia.

Poignant farewell to PriceBBC News
Thousands of fans mourned after the 34-year-old was found dead in his London flat last month. Friends and guests at the ceremony included former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney, who was due to co-host BBC Choice’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest with Price later this month. Also at the South Kensington church were Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, Royle Family star Ralf Little, comic Jenny Eclair and presenter Claudia Winkleman. Price’s coffin, strewn with white lilies, was carried into the church by six pallbearers. ‘Absolute fan’

In contrast to the presenter’s mixture of sarcasm and flamboyance, the Catholic mass was a sombre occasion with traditional hymns and requiems sung by the oratory choir. In an emotional speech, BBC colleague Robert Nisbet – who found Price’s body – described him as “one of the best friends I ever had”.

Eurovision all karaoke now, says LoganIrish Independent
His remarks came in the run-up to the contest in Estonia, which is without an Irish entry due to last year’s dismal performance. Logan, who won the competition twice as a singer and once as a songwriter, said: “The background recording sounds much like karaoke to me. I want to see orchestras again, or at least the singers should have the possibility to choose. ” Eurovision had lost its sharpness in the last decade… Logan, who won the competition twice as a singer and once as a songwriter, said: “The background recording sounds much like karaoke to me. I want to see orchestras again, or at least the singers should have the possibility to choose. ” Eurovision had lost its sharpness in the last decade. Five or six good songs could usually be found among entries 20 years ago but in recent years only two or three songs were worthy of winning, Logan declared in an interview for a special edition of Estonia’s City Paper.

Memorial for TV presenter PriceBBC News
The 34-year-old was found dead in his London flat last month. Price’s death is not being treated as suspicious, but forensic tests are still ongoing to determine the cause of death. His funeral will take place in west London next Wednesday, with a public memorial service on 25 May at St Martin-in-the-Fields on London’s Trafalgar Square. The presenter’s family have requested that well-wishers do not send flowers, although they do state that they are acceptable if they are from “Kylie or someone equally famous and glamorous”.

Papers anticipate Israel’s revengeBBC News
But The Sun believes it looks more like a deckchair. Call this a flag? it asks dismissively. It is described as a fruit salad in the Mirror, while the Express says it will burn holes in the retinas of all who see it flying high and proud over EU buildings. Then, as a final insult, it adds: “It’s the flag version of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Writing home. Malcolm Rifkind on why a miraculous intervention is…New Statesman
Even more difficult has been the reluctance of Arabs to accept that the Jews have an equal entitlement to a state of their own in Palestine. In part, this has been because the early Zionist settlers were mostly European, and their colonisation of the land was seen in terms similar to the colonial empires in Africa and Asia. Even today, Israel is thought of as an extension of Europe in the Middle East (which may not be surprising, given its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest). The reality is that modern Israel is not exclusively European. A high and growing proportion of its Jewish population have come to Israel from the Arab countries, North Africa and other parts of the third world. Gilbert here describes not only how the Diaspora was formed, but also how the exiles have returned. If the Arabs could accept the Jews as a people who have inhabited Palestine for several thousand years and whose right to live in Palestine is at least as great as their own, progress would have been made.

Spain keeping it real with ‘Actors’Hollywood Reporter
(The show has no connection with the Actors Studio in New York, and the competition is just for a place at an acting school in New York. ) Allen was the first of a series of high-profile guests to appear on the program, which will subsequently air on Wednesday nights. The format apes reality show “Operation Triumph,” which became Spain’s most-watched program since the early 1990s and became a social phenomenon as Spaniards watched a group of twentysomethings compete for the chance to represent Spain in the annual Eurovision singing competition. Broadcast by pubcaster Television Espanola, the final show averaged 12. 9 million viewers and reached a peak of 15.

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