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Eurovision News Review:

* KPNQwest chosen to stream Eurovision Song Contest
* 2002 PANACT Winners
* Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
* Sue you, EU
* The Insider – Iain Dale
* Pint to pint: The White Hart Inn, Winchcombe
* Jerusalem’s First Gay Pride March Defies Critics
* ‘Clones,’ ‘Spidey’ keep bumpy BO afloat

KPNQwest chosen to stream Eurovision Song
This content distribution service allows users to benefit from a high quality solution, supported by a robust architecture to support peak traffic levels. Viewers will also have the opportunity to participate in online events, receive live commentary and engage in topical discussions making the online experience much more interactive. The event can also be replayed within one month after the live performance. “We are glad to be cooperating with KPNQwest and Akamai,” said Juhan Paadam, Executive Producer of ESC2002. “Both companies are well known in the global telecommunications market and that gives us confidence that we’ll be successful in May when the song contest is held.

The competition is known as PANACT, and this year the regions musical talents were again uncovered, with entries being submitted from far and wide. Entrants sang about the love of their town, to the lack of a bus service, to the view from their verandah as they battled for the coveted Pan.

Guardian Unlimited | Archive SearchGuardian Unlimited
Only years after the group broke up did it become clear quite how well loved they always were. The songwriters, Bj?rn and Benny, have survived divorces and derision to win, at last, the acclaim they missed. They celebrate with Peter Paphides Peter Paphides Guardian Saturday June 8, 2002 The glass-fronted kitchen units are bright yellow and filled with many different kinds of crispbread. On the work surface there is a wooden block on which sits a large Plopp and a knife with which to cut it up – Plopp, of course, being a popular Swedish chocolate bar… That’s what I’d thought. ” Björn Ulvaeus has two abiding memories of the Abba years. The first goes back to the group’s Eurovision Song Contest victory in 1974. In the preceding years, Björn and Benny, along with the group’s manager, Stig Anderson, had become obsessed with the contest – reasoning that it would be the only chance the group had of getting recognition beyond their own country. “Stig rightly suggested that the song should have an international theme, so we all came up with Waterloo. It’s the feeling of having won that I remember more than anything else. Just sitting in a room the day after, discussing what we were going to do worldwide.

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very unpopular in Israel. In addition, Israelis — many of whom already have deep-rooted suspicions about European anti-Semitism — have been disturbed by anti-Semitic incidents in Europe during the intifada, such as attacks on synagogues in Germany and France in recent months. Israelis’ mistrust of Europe was reinforced even by the gaudy Eurovision song contest this week, when presenters in Belgium and Sweden and a Danish singer are alleged to have influenced viewers of the live event not to vote for the Israeli entry, because of “the situation” and “what Israel is doing to the Palestinians. ” The event may not have meant much even to most Europeans, but in the Israeli press it was front-page news and the anti-Semitic connection was quickly made. Some Israelis, however, don’t agree that European criticism of Israel’s actions is necessarily anti-Semitic, and warn of the dangers of using the epithet too freely. “Every government that criticizes the occupation is automatically branded anti-Semitic. Every European newspaper that publishes accounts of civil rights violations is automatically added to the list of Jew haters,” wrote Akiva Eldar in Ha’aretz, Israel’s most prestigious newspaper.

The Insider – Iain DaleNew Statesman
Imagine if we had Stephen Byers, Gwyneth Dunwoody, Bob Marshall-Andrews, Clare Short, Gerry Adams, Ian Paisley, Norman Tebbit, Norman Baker, Robin Cook, Christine Hamilton, Peter Tatchell and Helen Brinton. I know who my money would be on for the first bonk. I am always fascinated by the voting in the Eurovision Song Contest. Greece and Cyprus invariably give each other the maximum “douze points”; neither give any to or get any from Turkey. This year, however, I noticed an outbreak of neighbourliness. The Scandinavians scratched each other’s backs; more surprisingly, the Balkan countries awarded each other ten or 12 points. The Germans give the UK and Israel a stream of “douze points”, probably in the belief that history can thus be wiped clean.

Pint to pint: The White Hart Inn,
And I am afraid that the barmaid at the White Hart was a moderate Scandinavian Eurovision Song Contest score. However, she pulled me a decent pint of Flowers Original and I sat down at a bare table with the Scandinavian Rim menu, with its speciality of Smorgasbord Platter and Swedish meatballs. But soon after my swift pint and black bread sandwich, I took my leave of the Wincelcumbers Bar at the White Hart. Despite the new Cotswold stone fireplace, polished copper jugs, dried flowers and ladder-back chairs, it had the sanitised atmosphere of a sauna and massage parlour waiting room. And while the stout men of Winchcombe might enjoy a beer and frankfurter in a scrubbed Aryan Lebensraum, I prefer to sup my bitter in a cosy snug where the barmaid calls me “luv” without any la-de-da-de-da.

Jerusalem’s First Gay Pride March Defies CriticsCommon Dreams – Common Dreams (press release)
Israel decriminalized homosexuality in 1988, much to the horror of ultra-Orthodox Jews who regard it as a sin proscribed by the Torah as an “abomination”. In 1992, the Israeli parliament banned anti-gay discrimination in the workplace, and a year later the army ended discrimination against gay soldiers. In 1998, to the delight of the gay community, Israel’s transsexual singer Dana International won the Eurovision song contest. But west Jerusalem has always stood apart, looking down disapprovingly from the hilltops as the far more easy-going Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv staged a gay pride march every year. When a gay and lesbian community center, Open House – the organizers of the parade – set up shop in west Jerusalem three years ago, its premises were vandalized. The local authorities refused to provide financial support for the parade, and only grudgingly agreed to hang multicolored flags and banners symbolizing the gay and lesbian movement from lampposts after an order from the High Court. One councilor from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Eli Smaheyof, chairman of the finance committee, was quoted as saying that not a single agora (penny) of city money would be spent on “those sickos”.

‘Clones,’ ‘Spidey’ keep bumpy BO afloatVariety – Variety (subscription)
Ditto Russia, where it’s hauled in a phenom $3. 6 million in 12 days. Aside from the Jedis, one booker in Madrid described the local B. O as a desert, depleted by such distractions as the Eurovision Song Contest, World Cup Soccer telecasts, bullfights and pop concerts. He says there’s nothing on the horizon until “Unfaithful” unspools June 14. George Lucas’ epic wasn’t performing as strongly vis-a-vis “Phantom Menace” in France (chiefly because the earlier pic had the benefit of vacation playing time) or Italy, where auds have never warmed to the franchise. One Italo exhib opined that Fox didn’t put much marketing heft into the release, relying unwisely on what it hoped would be an automatic must-see factor; he suspects the campaign was controlled too much by Lucas’ company and not directly by Fox.

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