GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant
 


Kyiv 2005: The semifinal


Eurovision News Review:

* Nil points for Eurovision whiners
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Forget the voice and smirk, Wogan is a punk at heart with a Sex…
* Kyiv 2005: The semifinal
* icNewcastle – Rumpolis
* Soccer: A moment of sporting history in Istanbul
* Should BBC staff strike over cuts?
* 3G TV: too little, too soon
* Ukraine: Yushchenko, Tymoshenko Clash Over Gasoline
* RADIO FREE EUROPE/ RADIO LIBERTY
* Sorry, Liverpool. You can’t bend rules for a side that has gone…
* Georgia Parades Sovereignty
* Turkish Hospitality Pays Dividends
* Mayor of City of London visits
* Australia meets Sweden in fond tribute
* The Local – Comment: Swedish Television cheapens the feminism debate
* The Local – SVT release unedited “men are animals” interview

Nil points for Eurovision whinersSpiked
‘There’s nul point in entering Eurovision’, declared the Mirror. Britain’s representative, Javine Lynton, who collected just 18 points to finish twenty-second out of 24, said: ‘People have been texting me non-stop, saying “Don’t worry, it’s all total politics”. ‘Of course, some countries have always favoured their neighbours or political allies. Greece always awards its top mark to Cyprus, and Cyprus always awards its top mark to Greece… But the question is: why should we care? Eurovision is trashy fun, no more and no less. Grumbling about impartiality misses the point of the contest. Admittedly, Eurovision can help a small country raise its profile in the world. Ukraine, the hosts of Saturday’s show by virtue of winning in 2004, was bursting with pride at its moment in the sun. Having forked out a decent chunk of its annual TV budget on the show, Ukraine wasn’t going to let anyone forget about its ‘orange revolution’ or the fact that two of the best heavyweight boxers in the world – Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko – were sons of Ukraine (even if they both fight out of Germany these days). No doubt the Ukraine will be happy to return favour to those countries whose votes helped them to secure victory last year. Research by Professor Philippe Le Guern of Lille University in France shows that there are bloc-voting patterns going back over 30 years of the contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
2005, the Norwegian national final, with the song Sommer og skolefri. In the first part of MGP jr. 2005, the ten Norwegian finalists performed their song.

Forget the voice and smirk, Wogan is a punk at heart with a Sex…Telegraph.co.uk
This week, my dormant, trouser-inspired Wogan obsession – kept simmering in the interim by his enjoyable column in our sister paper – burst back into life. Surely, he was the man of the week. First, for finally kicking over the traces on the Eurovision song contest; then for leading a historic little band of rebels – there were three main ones: Terry, the tubby DJ, and the blonde woman nobody ever quite recognises – through the BBC picket lines. Now, there has always been a slight whisper of irony in Wogan’s Eurovision commentary; a hint of bemused yet accepting mockery. But this year, he seemed to have given up all pretence of taking the whole project seriously. “Now watch all the Baltic countries vote for each other,” he announced cheerily. At another point: “Cyprus always gives its 12 points to Greece, and Greece always gives its to Cyprus.

Kyiv 2005: The semifinalesctoday.com
Ukraine is ready to launch the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, consisting of a semifinal and a final two days later. The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the Palats Sportu of Kyiv, in which 8. 500 fans gathered to celebrate the world’s biggest song contest. Host broadcaster of the event is Ukrainian broadcaster NTU… Ukraine is ready to launch the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, consisting of a semifinal and a final two days later. The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the Palats Sportu of Kyiv, in which 8. 500 fans gathered to celebrate the world’s biggest song contest. Host broadcaster of the event is Ukrainian broadcaster NTU.

icNewcastle – Rumpolisic Newcastle.co.uk
icNewcastle – Rumpolis. How did I entertain the clan? No, not by forcing them to watch Eurovision (they escaped that delight). Instead we indulged in a spot of mini golf up in Tynemouth, a walk along the Newcastle-Gateshead quaysides, a trip to The Sage and a jaunt over the Blinking Eye. – Newcastle restaurant reviews and restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne. Find out about bars, gastro pubs and great places for eating out in Newcastle and the Northeast.

Soccer: A moment of sporting history in IstanbulInternational Herald Tribune
"Berlusconi, as it happened, described the disappointment of his team losing a three-goal lead and losing the final on penalties as "the same as in politics – you think you have won, and then you haven't. "Outside the administrative corridors, Yigiter Ulug, a broadcaster and columnist in Istanbul, believes that success in soccer helps Turks to shed something of the inferiority complex that comes from centuries of rule by Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. "Our empire shrank over a very short period," he observes, "and this week's game, even our winning of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, become super important for us. Finally, we have done something. "At Wednesday's game, and in his youth, Ulug was drawn into singing the Liverpool anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone. " It is, he says, redolent of the 1970s, when Liverpool dominated European soccer and the song became fixed in people's minds. This week, a turn of the wheel of sporting history, that song was back, and the young generation was caught up in it.

Should BBC staff strike over cuts?BBC News
Instead try fostering and valuing in-house talent. Nick Adams, Dublin, Ireland Perhaps if the BBC started to pay realistic wages to its high profile “employees” then it could afford to maintain some production staff. Another idea would be to cease broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest. Colin Wall, Rochester, Kent I wonder why they are only making four thousand people redundant. Even if the BBC cut ninety per cent of its jobs it would still be over-staffed. Jack Lonsdale, London, UK There has been only one source of information we always relied on whenever we encountered a crisis. And now vultures like Mr Thompson want to take it away under the rubric of “improvement, outsourcing and development”.

3G TV: too little, too soonRegister
TeliaSeveral of the European majors are too impatient to wait for the region’s preferred mobile broadcast standard, DVB-H and are launching services using their own 3G spectrum. This week, Telia in Sweden said it would offer broadcast TV, initially local news service TV4 and the Voice TV channel, to all its 4m subscribers, with a free trial period until the end of August. Like T-Mobile in Germany, Telia originally focused on TV services geared towards major events – the European Football Cup in T-Mobile’s case, the Olympic Games and Eurovision Song Contest in Telia’s. Telia claims these early experiments had very good response and have stimulated demand for a more general service, but there is a great difference between short, timely clips from a topical event and an ongoing broadcast. To use the Telia service, users need Telia SurfPort installed on their phone and a handset capable of video streaming. OrangeAlso this week, Orange – which will trial a DVB-H system next year – launched a nine-channel mobile TV service in the UK, with a £10 per month subscription charge. Orange’s TV channels include ITN News, CNN, Cartoon Network and extreme sports and special channels devoted to the reality shows Big Brother and Celebrity Love Island.

Ukraine: Yushchenko, Tymoshenko Clash Over GasolineRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
The real shocker was a report in the Kyiv-based weekly “Zerkalo nedeli” that President Viktor Yushchenko suggested that Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko should tender her resignation over her incompetence in dealing with the country’s fuel crisis. To toss even more gasoline on that fire, the report asserted that the suggestion was made “half-publicly” during a heated Yushchenko-Tymoshenko exchange at a 19 May meeting with senior executives from the Russian oil sector, including Transneft, LUKoil, and TNK-BP. Have the two heroes of the Orange Revolution already had enough of their partnership and resolved to launch an internecine war?
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For the time being, it appears they have not. A string of statements from Yushchenko’s and Tymoshenko’s press services that followed the report on their 19 May meeting avowed that the relations between the president and the prime minister remain friendly and full of mutual trust.

RADIO FREE EUROPE/ RADIO LIBERTYRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
It will therefore come as little surprise if the currently sour relations between Minsk and Warsaw continue to curdle after the likely installation of a new government in Poland later this year. (Jan Maksymiuk)UKRAINE
YUSHCHENKO, TYMOSHENKO CLASH OVER GASOLINE. The hottest news in Ukraine last week was not the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv — an unusual event in this post-Soviet country by any standards. The real shocker was a report in the Kyiv-based weekly “Zerkalo nedeli” that President Viktor Yushchenko suggested that Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko should tender her resignation over her incompetence in dealing with the country's fuel crisis. To toss even more gasoline on that fire, the report asserted that the suggestion was made “half-publicly” during a heated Yushchenko-Tymoshenko exchange at a 19 May meeting with senior executives from the Russian oil sector, including Transneft, LUKoil, and TNK-BP. Have the two heroes of the Orange Revolution already had enough of their partnership and resolved to launch an internecine war?
For the time being, it appears they have not. A string of statements from Yushchenko's and Tymoshenko's press services that followed the report on their 19 May meeting avowed that the relations between the president and the prime minister remain friendly and full of mutual trust.

Sorry, Liverpool. You can’t bend rules for a side that has gone…Sunday Times – The Sunday Times
getTime()); Sorry, Liverpool. You can’t bend rules for a side that has gone to Pot Noodle – Times Online.

Georgia Parades SovereigntyKommersant
?This will never happen again, since Europe and the world community will not allow an intervention. Your country is in your hands, and you can create your own history,? Vike-Freiberga assured. The festivities in the Georgian capital were crowned with the concert on the Freedom Square featuring Ruslana, Ukrainian signer who won last year?s Eurovision contest. &Russia and Georgia Approach Compromise. Russian president congratulated his Georgian counterpart on the national holiday held yesterday in Tbilisi and said Russia and Georgia had almost arrived at the compromise on the deadline of the military bases? withdrawal.

Turkish Hospitality Pays DividendsZaman Online
It is said the 120-minute final match promoted Turkey ten times better than promotional efforts by the government. Authorities say that Turkey will reach its capacity of 20 million tourists providing $15 billion of tourism income through such organizations. By organizing the 2002 European Basketball Championship, the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit attended by presidents of 48 countries, Turkey both advertised its historical and natural beauties and reinforced the image of Turkey as a safe country. Fatih Sahin from Deneyim Organization said Turkey, had been changing its image through the international organizations, which were reducing the associations of the country with terror and promoting it as a safe and historical destination. Officials emphasize, however, that Istanbul still needs a greater hotel capacity and road infrastructure, though applaud positive developments in Turkey’s promotion. As for upcoming events, 155,000 people are expected to visit Istanbul this year for the world’s biggest motorsport organization, the Formula 1. The Grand Prix will be broadcast live in many countries.

Mayor of City of London visitsKathimerini
The visit by the City of London?s Lord Mayor Michael Savory ? not to be confused with Mayor of London Ken Livingstone ? was an added bonus from Britain after the score of 12 points it gave Greece?s winning entry in the Eurovision song contest last week. Savory, accompanied by his wife Fiona, headed a business delegation and met with government officials and business leaders in talks that focused on shipping and cooperation between the public and private sectors. Guests at a dinner with the mayor were Deputy Minister for National Economy and Finance Christos Folias, National Bank of Greece President Takis Arapoglou, and Public Power Corporation President Yiannis Palaiokrassas. Also present were British Ambassador in Athens Simon Gass and his wife Marianna and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyianni. ?We had hoped to be able to to eat outside in the garden this evening,? said Ambassador Gass in perfect Greek, ?but the weather spoiled things.

Australia meets Sweden in fond tributeCayman Net News
This is one tribute band, that could easily be mistaken for the real Swedish Super group ABBA as the band members have clearly taken special care in their re-creations of the ABBA phenomenon, both visually and in their accurate reflection of the ABBA sound which dominated much of the world when the Swedish quartet were at the top of the charts after their Eurovision Song Contest win with the unforgettable ?Waterloo?. With use of ?Swenglish? accents and over-familiar dance steps plus a pinch of satire and a spot of humour, BJ?RN AGAIN had Royal Palms screaming and singing along to hits like ?Dancing Queen?, ?Money Money Money?, ?Take A Chance On Me?, ?Knowing Me Knowing You? and ?Gimme Gimme Gimme?. They also showed the audience their ability to ?Rock? with their interpretation of Bon Jovi?s hit ?Living On A Prayer?. With style and class, BJ?RN AGAIN gave a memorable performance and pleased the capacity crowd at hand. They showed why they have become one of the most popular tribute acts internationally and one of the most entertaining live rock shows to grace the stage.

The Local – Comment: Swedish Television cheapens the feminism debateThe Local
“We regret any mistakes we have made and are prepared to make up for them,” she said. htmlSwedish Life–>.

The Local – SVT release unedited “men are animals” interviewThe Local
“We regret any mistakes we have made and are prepared to make up for them,” she said. htmlNational–>.

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