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The alternative guide to Switzerland


Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* RTE to overhaul Eurovision selection show RTE to overhaul Eurovision…
* The alternative guide to Sweden
* The alternative guide to Switzerland
* An idiot’s guide to idioms
* Junior: 10 Walloon kids selected
* The lonely life of happy pills and dream machines
* Turkish delight in trouser department
* Packed courtroom
* The alternative guide to Germany
* The alternative guide to France
* Women Spies of WW1…
* The last syllable of recorded time

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
Turkey won the Eurovision Song Contest yesterday and who knows what it will bring! Already during the voting of the contest people were talking about whether Turkey would be able to host the contest. During the winners’ press conference, it was already announced that the upcoming contest would take place in Istanbul. With all my childhood memories to the horrible sound and image quality of TRT – I live in Amsterdam, where we have TRT on cable – I was really looking forward to the upcoming contest… No sign of wireless internet yet. Svante came in to shake hands, and for some reason he also shaked his head. Maybe it was because of all the cables? Or he just listened to this year’s Greek entry? When we asked about the wireless thing, they told us they have great dial-up facilities! Pardon me? Dial-up? Welcome to the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest! The communication with TRT related people was finally there, but not yet exactly what we hoped. Maybe our expectations were just too high? We decided to leave
this inspiring environment to process our first impressions. The next day already came closer to our expectations! The boys and girls walking around at the press centre to assist the present journalists are, just like last year, above expectations.

RTE to overhaul Eurovision selection show RTE to overhaul Eurovision…Stage
“We’re looking at how the various lessons we have learned can now be applied to the show,” she said. This year’s Irish entry, If My World Stopped Turning, was written by Bryan McFadden of Westlife and sung by Chris Doran, a seasoned performer from Waterford. Few expected it to add to Ireland’s record of seven Eurovision wins but its dismal reception came as a shock. Only a score of seven from the UK jury enabled it to escape the dreaded verdict of null points. Coulter, who wrote the 1968 UK entry, Congratulations, sung by Cliff Richard, describes the outcome as “the funeral rites of the Eurovision song contest as we knew it” He continued: “If we were guilty of anything, it was of sticking to the core value of a good song and a good singer, which always saw us through in the past. ” However, from now on, Coulter suggests, the You’re a Star contestants will have to be judged on “whether they can sell a song as well as sing it”.

The alternative guide to SwedenBBC News
But there is one Swede who has managed to garner the heartfelt respect of people throughout the world – the chef from The Muppets. Although most thought his antics in the kitchen were hilarious, especially when it involved him chasing the chicken, a minority thought The Muppets team were taking the mickey out of the Swedish accent. But with lines like “Poot zee cheeckee in zee oofee” (Put the chicken in the oven), who could not fail not to see ze funny side?

Eurovision pedigree:

Fact: The most successful Eurovision winner came from Sweden. That’s right, more successful then Bucks Fizz, Dana International and even Johnny Logan. ABBA (a palindrome, word fans!) sung a song about a 19th century battle involving Napoleon and his French troops and duly won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida made up the quartet that would go on to score nine UK number one singles and 10 number one albums. ABBA were the first winners from Sweden, but they must have turned green with envy when the Herreys won the 1984 contest, with the following stunning lyrics:

When I’m walking in my golden shoes.

The alternative guide to SwitzerlandBBC News
And here’s another pub quiz question:

Q: Which famous female singer helped Switzerland to Eurovision victory in 1988 with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi?

A: It was none other than French-Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion. Dion took up residency in Switzerland in order to enter the competition and then hopped off back across the Atlantic to record songs such as Think Twice, Falling Into You and My Heart Will Go On – which tugged at the heartstrings of millions, made her millions and made millions of others sick. National dress:

Switzerland is full of rich people who wear rich people’s clothes – Gucci, Armani, Versace etc. There are also still a few people up in the Swiss Alps who live in “Heidi” world… And here’s another pub quiz question:

Q: Which famous female singer helped Switzerland to Eurovision victory in 1988 with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi?

A: It was none other than French-Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion. Dion took up residency in Switzerland in order to enter the competition and then hopped off back across the Atlantic to record songs such as Think Twice, Falling Into You and My Heart Will Go On – which tugged at the heartstrings of millions, made her millions and made millions of others sick. National dress:

Switzerland is full of rich people who wear rich people’s clothes – Gucci, Armani, Versace etc. There are also still a few people up in the Swiss Alps who live in “Heidi” world. Not necessarily because they want to, but because it keeps the tourists’ francs streaming in.

An idiot’s guide to idiomsVNUNet.com
Sitting around the table were Swedes, Finns, Spaniards, plucky Brits, and someone from Holland. It was like taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, but without the burning desire to find a window and hurl yourself through it. Under such circumstances, I am usually surprised by two things – the almost strategic rudeness of the French, and the ability of non-English speakers to keep up with the conversation. In any of their own countries I would struggle to ask where the nearest toilet was, and even then would probably end up suggesting that their mother was known for having inappropriate friendships with horses. Of course I did do some languages at school and can remember a few key foreign phrases – for example, if you are ever in France and fancy a toasted cheese and ham sandwich, you will be happy if you have me in your party, and if we go on to Germany and need a first class return train ticket to the old church, well, we’ll be laughing. But for most other requirements I would have to rely on the tried and tested methods of talking more loudly and pointing.

Junior: 10 Walloon kids selectedesctoday.com
The 10 finalists will be presented to the press on 23rd June. The children will compete in two semi-finals. In the final, the Belgian song for the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be selected. Following the Flemish example, the children recorded one song all together and a video clip for this song was made. Together with the 10 selected songs it will feature on the EuroKids 2004 album.

The lonely life of happy pills and dream machinesIrish Independent
It had no chorus, or at least no chorus worthy of the name. Even the worst Eurovision song has a few nondescript verses, and then the good bit, the chorus. Our entry had a few nondescript verses, and then, when you were expecting the good bit, all you got was another nondescript verse. There was no good bit… It had no chorus, or at least no chorus worthy of the name. Even the worst Eurovision song has a few nondescript verses, and then the good bit, the chorus. Our entry had a few nondescript verses, and then, when you were expecting the good bit, all you got was another nondescript verse. There was no good bit. And when you have no good bit, you have nothing. Which is almost exactly what we got from the ladies and gentlemen of the jury.

Turkish delight in trouser departmentIrish Independent
To be honest, I wasn’t too unhappy about it, because secretly, I think it’s the greatest show on earth. People speak of the assassination of JFK or John Lennon, or the collapse of the Berlin Wall as one of those momentous moments; for me, it was when the two guys in Bucks Fizz whipped the skirts off the two girls and revealed hot pants! Tom and I snuggled on the sofa with crisps, buttons, curly-wurlys and tri-colours, and gorged ourselves on the showbiz turkey from Turkey. How do you explain Eurovision to a 3-year-old? Answer: How do you explain it to anyone? Make kitsch, not war I suppose. In view of the new format which has a qualifying round, it should now be possible to have a World Song Contest. Its present format declares, ‘Only we Europeans know how to sing’. Some Indian sitars and Peruvian blow-pipes would create a new dimension. Margaret returned home and I tried whipping the skirt off her.

Packed courtroomThe Age
Seven, which again failed to get a show into Melbourne’s top 20, followed on 22. The ABC scored 17. 8, and SBS recorded a better-than-average 5. 4, mostly as a result of the Eurovision Song Contest coverage drawing more Sunday night viewers to the network. The most-watched program on Melbourne TV last week, as usual, was Nine’s Sunday night news. With 717,568 viewers, it more than doubled the figure recorded for arch rival Seven’s 6pm news and was more than 150,000 ahead of the week’s second top show, Ten’s Saturday night AFL telecast (561,721). But the most interesting point about Nine’s Sunday night news figure is that about 25 per cent of viewers are switching off Nine at 6.

The alternative guide to GermanyBBC News
The ginger teenager took everyone by surprise when he lifted the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old in 1985. His broom cupboard exploits have ensured his profile has since moved from the back to front pages. Eurovision pedigree:

Germany win hands down when it comes to the most ridiculous Eurovision band name – ever. In 1976 they entered a beat combo called The Les Humphries Singers – we kid you not. Their entry, Sing, Sang, Song not surprisingly flopped, finishing 15th. National dress:

If you were to stereotype a German he may well be sat in a tavern in Bavaria drinking from a huge tankard served by a buxom waitress. The gentleman in question might be wearing lederhosen – without a hint of irony.

The alternative guide to FranceBBC News
His music is French rock ‘n’ roll, which is very much in the Bill Haley and the Comets mould. Altogether now: “Une, deux, trois heures, quatre heures rock”. Eurovision pedigree:

Although the French are not necessarily renowned for their Eurovision prowess, it was a countryman by the name of Marcel Baison who people can thank (or not) for inventing the whole Boom Shang A Lang. France have won the competition five times. Their last victory was back in the spring of 1977 when Marie Myriam sang L’Oiseau et l’Enfant (the Bird and the Child), a song about a bird and a child which apparently did have some sort of deep-rooted meaning.

Women Spies of WW1…abc.net.au
More than 6,000 women worked for British intelligence (later to be known as MI5 and MI6) from its establishment in 1909 until war demobilisation in 1919. Yet this was a time when women didn’t have the vote, were often thought of as gossipy and indiscreet, and not considered capable of the “platonic patriotism” that typified male spies. No wonder these women often found themselves in paradoxical positions!

Details or Transcript:
[Music]Amanda Smith: This song, ‘Mata Hari’, was Norway?s entry in the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest. And female spies are the subject of Book Talk today. Hi, I?m Amanda Smith. The legend of Mata Hari is, for sure, the most enduring image of the female spy ? the vamp who wheedles state secrets out of men by her seductive charms. But the legend also obscures the fact that thousands of other, rather less exotic, women worked for the secret services ? in intelligence and espionage ? in the first decades of the 20th century.

The last syllable of recorded timeThe Observer
‘ My father is a lyricist who, with his partner Guy Fletcher, had hits throughout the 1970s. For years I assumed that everybody’s dad went to work in a small room with a piano and a big ashtray and came out at six with something for the Eurovision Song Contest. Anyway, I wish I could be as focused as Dylan. I always wanted a Beach Boys track but he’d already bagged the clever ones so I was left with what he calls ‘the pub jukebox Beach Boys’: ‘God Only Knows’ or ‘Good Vibrations’. I’d even toyed with ‘Surf’s Up’ but it seemed a bit, well.

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