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Death threats for Clouseau

Eurovision News Review:

* Corrections and clarifications
* Stetskiv saved on “Eurovision-2005” 10 million UAH
* Wogan’s World
* Death threats for Clouseau
* Javine and Jordan still bickering
* We’re proud of our Donna and Joseph
* A Resounding ‘Non’ for Europe
* BBC NEWS | UK | Papers seize on French ‘Non’
* Compromises in politics
* A future for old kimonos
* Killing Time in Venice
* Coalition Pat sparks genuine political passion
* Streets rock to beat of respect
* Utterly abandoning the life of the mind

Corrections and clarificationsGuardian Unlimited
Our observation, that a Franciscan brother would not have looked out of place in Westminster Hall when it was first built in the 11th century, was anachronistic. The Franciscans landed in England in 1224 (Monks and nuns take their fight against poverty to Westminster, page 10, May 19). A panel supporting a news report of the Eurovision Song Contest named the Danish contestant as Tomas, “the first out gay singer since 1997” (Nul points, page 5, May 21). Tomas Thordarson represented Denmark last year. This year’s contestant, Jacob Sveistrup, is also gay. Still on the Eurovision Song Contest, we referred to the French contestant Ortal and “his French rap song”. Ortal is a woman (Grandma ratify my constitution, G2, page 6, May 24)… Tomas Thordarson represented Denmark last year. This year’s contestant, Jacob Sveistrup, is also gay. Still on the Eurovision Song Contest, we referred to the French contestant Ortal and “his French rap song”. Ortal is a woman (Grandma ratify my constitution, G2, page 6, May 24). The same piece gave Ireland’s 1992 winning song by Linda Martin as I Am The Voice. It was Why Me? The former song (the title of which is just The Voice) was Eimear Quinn’s 1996 winner, also for Ireland. The media again appeared as a singular noun in the leader, It ain’t broke, page 27, May 20.

Stetskiv saved on “Eurovision-2005” 10 million UAHThe Forum – ForUm
According to his words, the budget of "Eurovision-2005" song contest consisted of 67 billion UAH and 10 million UAH left unspent. The very sum of unspent money is planned to be spent on the reequipping of the channel in case the Cabinet will not mind it.

Perhaps some observant sociologist can point to the exact moment when Russian women turned from all-in wrestlers to blonde sex goddesses. It’s hard enough to pass a picket line that includes friends and colleagues, without the implication of being a traitor. Look, I crossed that line because I’m a freelance presenter who would otherwise have been in breach of contract. Then, to add insult to injury, some eejit in the Daily Mail writes, while trying to make a case against the BBC and its profligacy, on the subject of Eurovision: “Terry Wogan, and his enormous retinue of support staff…” That will be my radio producer and my television producer, then. If the BBC wastes money, it’s not on the likes of me.

Death threats for
be Belgium’s 1991 representative Death threats for Clouseau Last night, Belgium’s 1991 Eurovision Song Contest representatives Clouseau received death threats right before taking stage for a concert in the Flemish village of Wetteren. Newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported that today. Marc Gybels, the mayor of Wetteren, received a letter with a bullet in which his family and the band Clouseau were threatened to death. Nevertheless he allowed the Clouseau concert to take place. 2000 fans and 40 policemen were present.

Javine and Jordan still bickeringDigital Spy
Popstars reject Javine and I’m A Celebrity star Jordan both competed to represent the UK for Eurovision 2005. Javine emerged as winner of the BBC’s Making Your Mind Up showdown, but came third from bottom at the Eurovision contest last week. Earlier this week, Jordan couldn’t resist mocking Javine’s performance. Jordan said, “She came third from bottom – what can I say? Javine is a one hit wonder. “However, Javine told The People, “Her outfit in the heats made her look like a Teletubby.

We’re proud of our Donna and JosephIrish Independent
Donna and Joe McCaul could not be faulted. They put their very best into it. So, why the bad mouthing?
Brendan O’Connor, on the Sunday Independent front page last week, considered our failure as “good news”, never mentioning Donna and Joe by name but as “the carrot-topped glorious loser and his sister” and in other less flattering terms. He’s getting his Y-fronts in a twist.

A Resounding ‘Non’ for EuropeWashington Post
One possible reason, say Ann-Marie Michel and Tim Fisher, is the country’s poor showing in the televised. The argument is that Dutch people, feeling victimized by distant and unsympathetic forces, will vote against strengthening the European Union often accused of being distant and unsympathetic.

BBC NEWS | UK | Papers seize on French ‘Non’BBC News
The Times says the campaign in France had “all but demolished the shaky authority of President Chirac”. The vote showed wrath at the supremacy of “Anglo-Saxon doctrines and general anxiety over a world that seems to threaten the French way of life”. Columnist Tim Hames suggests any future votes of states should be simultaneous like the Eurovision song contest. Voters’ mistake

The Daily Mail says Tony Blair now has a “massive political headache”. It said the French had seen through the “spin and bluster” of those who painted the constitution as an exercise in clarification and tidying up. But it says those French voters who believed the constitution flawed because it was too British in character had been mistaken. Peter Oborne says France was united in rejecting the “Enarques”, the highly educated technocrats who rule Europe.

Compromises in politicsPakistan Dawn
But of which Europe do we speak? It is never easy to answer this question. Definitions of the continent are notoriously blurred by context. For instance, Europe?s first major event of the week ? the Eurovision song contest ? took place in Kiev, while its second ? the Champions League final between Liverpool and Milan ? in Istanbul. Both Kiev and Istanbul have played decisive parts in European history (they are, indeed, joined at the hip by the conversion of Prince Vladimir of Kiev to Christianity in 988 after negotiations with Emperor Basil II in Constantinople). Nevertheless, to many citizens of France, neither Ukraine nor Turkey is truly a European nation. Defining Europe?s boundaries is a notoriously inexact science. As far as the organisers of the Eurovision song contest are concerned, both Iceland and Israel belong to Europe… Nevertheless, to many citizens of France, neither Ukraine nor Turkey is truly a European nation. Defining Europe?s boundaries is a notoriously inexact science. As far as the organisers of the Eurovision song contest are concerned, both Iceland and Israel belong to Europe. Clubs from both countries take part in European football competitions, too. Yet neither Iceland nor Israel presses to join the EU, as Ukraine and Turkey now do. If Turkey becomes a member of the EU, the union will have land borders with Iran and Iraq, a prospect that may alarm some French voters who remain unfazed by the fact that the EU already possesses a land frontier with Brazil.

A future for old kimonosInternational Herald Tribune
"It's a diversified concept; it's a world we're trying to create here," said the former Sony Records marketing executive. It's also a world away from where he began. A former pop musician who competed for Austria in the 1980 Eurovision Song contest, Brem, 46, became interested in kimonos through his wife, a photographer and graphic designer who collected hundreds of them on business trips to Japan. As they piled up in boxes when the couple and their two sons lived in London, Ursula Brem one day took a pair of scissors to one of them. The resulting scarf became a topic of conversation wherever she went in London. "The marketing man in me thought, 'If you can start this and keep it nice and simple, then it could be a nice business,"' said Martin Brem. The couple began selling their scarves at the Chelsea fair every weekend.

Killing Time in VeniceThe Age
Later this week, when the world’s art press assembles for thethree important opening days, leading critics from, for example,Artforum in New York, Frieze in London,Artpresse in Paris and Kunstforum in Cologne will bemore interested in the Arsenale section of new art from around theworld (in that half-a-kilometre-long warehouse off the GrandCanal), and in the Italian Pavilion (think the size of anAustralian state gallery filled with seriously curatedinternational art). Why should this be the case? It has to do with rigour and risk. Each country chooses an artist to represent them at the art world’sequivalent of Crufts Dog Show or the Eurovision Song Contest, sothere is no theme linking the pavilions. Some are dreadful, some are barking mad, others provide rareepiphanies that make the journey more than worthwhile. Which pavilions will be on the critics’ A-List this year? EdRushca, showing in the US pavilion, has had major exhibitionsaround the world in the past year, including a stunning show atSydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Gilbert and George will pullin the punters at the British Pavilion, while France’s AnnetteMessager will, I predict, be in the running for a Golden LionAward. And I think Australia’s Ricky Swallow – who has already beenprofiled in London’s Sunday Times colour magazine – willalso attract international press attention.

Coalition Pat sparks genuine political passionIrish Independent
And so, a mood of tranquility descended in advance of Pat’s keynote address later on. Westmeath deputy, Willie Penrose, a firm favourite with delegates, was entrusted with the task of getting the audience in the mood for their leader’s speech. Warm-up Willie delivered with aplomb, shouting his one liners louder than that woman who presented the Eurovision song contest the other week. Later, at the drinks for invited guests immediately after Pat’s address, we noticed a bit of a kerfuffle at the door. Poor Fergus Finlay, who begins his new job as the head of Barnardos today, had no invitation and was refused entry by the doorman. Pat Rabbitte had to come over and bring him inside. It’s good to see he doesn’t hold a grudge.

Streets rock to beat of respectSunday Times – The Sunday Times
“Now,” observes Ulug, “a younger generation will be singing it. ” He believes violence between English and Turks at football had some roots in the insecurity Turkish people feel after centuries of occupation by Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. “Our empire shrank over a very short period,” he says, “and holding this big European final, even our winning of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, became important for us. Finally, we have done something. ” Winning back the European Cup, and doing it respectfully, does no harm to us British either.

Utterly abandoning the life of the mindIrish Independent
Yet in most of the critiques of the last fortnight, the badness of the songs was merely included on a long list of things which we must do better if we are to regain our Euro crown. In fact it should be the first thing, and possibly the only thing, on the list. Because if the song is right, Brian Cowen himself could perform it, dressed as a woman if necessary, belly-dancing his way into Eurovision immortality. Minister Cowen couldn’t be that specific, but he still called it better than most of our showbusiness friends. Next week on Q&A, Minister Martin Cullen will explain why there are only two truly great Irish films, The Quiet Man and Rattle and Hum; and Minister Noel Dempsey, despite being a huge Van Morrison fan, will argue that Astral Weeks was “ultimately a failed experiment”. MOREOVER, we have now accumulated enough popular culture in this country to be looking back and laughing at it on a show like Reverb. You see a lot of this type of thing on Channel 4, clips of old TV shows in which everything looks faintly ridiculous.

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