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Hamer Hall, October 15


Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…
* Royals invited for Junior 2005
* Münchener Freiheit to release ‘Best of’ album
* Hamer Hall, October 15
* Wogan’s world | St Opinion | Opinion | Telegraph
* The triumph of optimism
* It’s time we stopped bleating about being downtrodden

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at esctoday.com | your daily Eurovision…esctoday.com
Or, more particular, the entries from that decade chosen to compete among the last 14 during the 50th anniversary show Congratulations, which will take place this Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1968 – United Kingdom – Cliff Richard – Congratulations
The 1968 Eurovision Song Contest took place on 6th April in the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. Katie Boyle hosted the event. Each country had 10 jury members, who all awarded one point to their favourite song… Mocedades was formed in 1967 under the name Voces y guitarras (Voices and guitars). When Juan Carlos Calder?n heard their music, he decided to put them under contract and the group name was changed into Mocedades. Eres tu didn’t win the Eurovision Song Contest, but came second after Anne Marie David. Amaya, Carlos, Izaskum, Javier, Jos? and Roberto had more success in the United States, where their song reached the top-10 in the Billboard charts. It should be mentioned that the formation changed several times. Aged 57, Roberto Uranga, one of the original members of Mocedades, passed away last Thursday, suffering from cancer. 1974 – Sweden – ABBA – Waterloo
The 1974 Eurovision Song Contest took place in The Dome in Brighton, UK, on 6th April.

Royals invited for Junior 2005esctoday.com
be News. Ludo Porrez, executive producer of the contest, informed eurosong. When the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Belgium, the royal family was represented by Prince Albert, the current monarch, and Princess Paola. “We’ve send an official invitation to the royal family, but we didn’t receive a reply yet”, Porrez said… Ludo Porrez, executive producer of the contest, informed eurosong. When the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Belgium, the royal family was represented by Prince Albert, the current monarch, and Princess Paola. “We’ve send an official invitation to the royal family, but we didn’t receive a reply yet”, Porrez said. It’s more or less expected Crown Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde will attend the live show. The 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 26th November in Hasselt, Belgium, where the Ethias Arena will host the live event. 16 instead of 17 countries participate, as Cyprus withdrew last Thursday.

Münchener Freiheit to release ‘Best of’ albumesctoday.com
de News. The album consists of two CDs containing all their singles since 1981 until today. M?nchener Freiheit were founded in 1981 and became one of the most succesfull German bands in the 1980s. In 1993 they were chosen internally to represent Germany in Millstreet with the song Viel zu weit (Much too far) where they only finished 18th. The double CD includes no less than 39 songs starting with their first single Zeig mir die Nacht (Show me the night) and ending with their latest single Du bist das Leben (You are life), which appeared on September 30th.

Hamer Hall, October 15The Age
Then astonishingly in the second part the strobe lamps weredimmed and a 30-piece orchestra conducted by Douglas Hayward playedthree traditional items including Hadjidakis’ Tous s’agapoand Thalassa platea, which he sang with great feeling. Then the orchestra departed, never to be seen again. After a charming support act by singer Despina Olympiou,Hatzigiannis was back transformed into a boite singer with popularbut fairly synthetic Eurovision Song Contest numbers that melt downtraditional barriers in favour of a bland commercialuniversality. As a performer Hatzigiannis is energetic, professional andsophisticated. It was fascinating to hear him sing a love songcalled Sigana, the gentle one, in which the ululatingsound of rembetika, the Turkish-influenced blues of the 1920s,could be heard. Tough, youthful and sweeping up the past before him, this is thestyle that a newly invigorated Greece wants to present to theworld. The largely youthful audience enthusiastically sangalong.

Wogan’s world | St Opinion | Opinion | TelegraphTelegraph.co.uk
It is truly said that a presenter cannot open his mouth on radio or television without somebody, somewhere taking offence. Indeed I suspect that there is a hardcore of listeners and viewers who sit by their appliances just waiting to be offended. A cheery “Good Morning” offered innocently will be answered by a snarling “What’s good about it?” From now on, I may only approach Aberdeen under cover of darkness, but it had better join the queue of places where I’m already a pariah: Denmark, for instance, where the entire nation took my passing ribaldry on their Eurovision coverage as a foul slur on all that’s best in Danish life. I wouldn’t mind if they were paying a licence fee. All I said was that the Hungarian entry in this year’s Eurovision had a “gypsy flavour”, evoking memories of camp fires and tempestuous lovelies with flashing teeth and golden earrings.

The triumph of optimismSunday Times – The Sunday Times
Indeed, anyone who ever doubts the human and environmental importance of politics and ideas need only cross the border from Austria — an agricultural backwater reconstructed after the war by the Marshall Plan, mass consumerism and the welfare state — into the Czech Republic, and look around. Judt’s emphasis on the central and eastern European experience means that this is often a much darker, more depressing tale than the usual cheerful narrative of Volvos, Volkswagens and rock’n’ roll. Of course, he still has plenty to say about the western economic miracle of the 1950s and 1960s, and he moves fluently and deftly from politics and economics to films and television, whisking the reader through West German coalition-building, past the French New Wave, and on towards the Eurovision Song Contest. But by maintaining a judicious balance between east and west, he shows how lucky most western Europeans really were. For instance, he is appropriately, although subtly, scathing about the pseudo-communist affectations of Parisian poseurs such as Jean-Paul Sartre, and ruthlessly debunks the radical pretensions of the students of May 1968 — above all, by setting them alongside the genuine revolutionaries whose hopes were crushed in Prague that very same year. Judt’s clear-eyed judgment and mastery of detail are at their absolute best towards the end of the book, when he discusses the disintegration of the communist bloc and the rise of the European Union. He argues, convincingly and correctly in my view, that the Americans have taken far too much credit for the collapse of communism, and that the real hero of the 1980s was not Ronald Reagan but Mikhail Gorbachev.

It’s time we stopped bleating about being downtroddenThe Observer
‘ The writer also poured scorn on any nationalistic pride following the fact that this year an Irishman had won the Booker. It was, he asserted, a victory for art. Banville’s refusal to allow himself to be portrayed as the literary version of a Eurovision winner was refreshing in the aftermath of even more disturbing examples of the Irish conceit. On Wednesday night, Father Alec Reid devalued the last massive act of IRA decommissioning with a classic display of ‘Most Oppressed People Ever’. After some hostile questioning from Willie Frazer of the South Armagh Protestant victims group Fair, Fr Reid lost it. He started comparing Frazer’s community with the Nazis, drawing parallels between what was inflicted on the Jewish people to the discrimination and oppression of Catholics by the Stormont regime between 1922 and 1969. Fr Reid’s parallel is not only absurd but morally repellent.

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