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Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision – the EU in microcosm
* Mamma mia! Eurovision voting scandal uncovered
* Finns shocked by Eurovision band
* Research finds no way to beat phishing
* Gainsbourg, je t’aime
* Palestine to Peru: Modern Way to Win Election
* Burlesque Idol – Arts Reviews – Arts – Entertainment – theage.com.au
* Group giggles groovy again

Eurovision – the EU in microcosmGuardian Unlimited
In the journal, Derek Gatherer of Glasgow University’s Institute of Virology has demonstrated mathematically what Terry Wogan has known for years: there are “patterns of collusive voting alliances” in Europe’s campest competition. The major forces of the moment are the “Viking alliance” of Scandinavian and Baltic states, and the “Balkan Block” centred around Croatia. Interestingly, however, Gatherer also identifies a short-lived period of entante musicale between France and the United Kingdom between 1975 and 1980, directly after the victory of Waterloo… getElementById( ‘frameId228704’ ). It was the circus to the EEC’s bread. What these collusive patterns of voting seem to show, however, is that the European identity remains wafer thin, and that people’s allegiances are to their own countries first, regional allies second and Europe third, if at all. It’s no use protesting that geopolitical conclusions cannot be drawn from something as frivolous as Eurovision: its triviality is exactly the point. If we can’t even set aside our prejudices for a bit of fun, how can we be expected to do so when much more important issues are at stake? To understand the state we’re in, we need to attend to the economics of boom and bust and to the anthropology of Boom Bang a Bang.

Mamma mia! Eurovision voting scandal uncoveredNew Scientist – New Scientist (subscription)
Now, shockingly, it seems that the voting on this cherished European institution is subject to collusion that can skew the results. Eurovision is an annual contest in which European countries elect a national song and award scores to others in the final. Some people suspect conspiracy in the voting. Greece and Cyprus, for example, always seem to favour each other. So Derek Gatherer, a computer programmer from Glasgow, UK, decided to investigate. He ran computer simulations to find the possible range of results if countries voted without bias between 1975 and 2005, and compared that to the real results.

Finns shocked by Eurovision bandBBC News
The band members wear scary masks, which they refuse to take off, and the lead singer wields a chain-saw. Their song Hard Rock Hallelujah is a radical departure from the folk songs usually associated with Eurovision. Finnish online chatrooms are full of comments from people concerned about their country’s reputation abroad. Some Finns have even asked the president to intervene… Hailing from Arctic Lapland, Lordi became a phenomenon in Finland with a platinum-selling debut album, Get Heavy, in 2002. Their compilation album The Monster Show has been released in more than 20 countries. The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Greece on 20 May. Father Mitro Repo, an Orthodox Christian clergyman in Helsinki, described the band’s use of the name “Lordi” as “sacrilege”. “I think it’s a stupid joke of Finland,” he told the BBC’s World Today programme, commenting on the country’s Eurovision choice. “Lord have mercy on us Finnish people now,” he said, adding that the choice appeared to be a protest by youngsters annoyed that Finland had failed to score highly in Eurovision.

Research finds no way to beat phishingVNUNet.com
"Why don’t banks allow you to customize your online banking interface with apicture of your preference? Like your own mugshot? Your pet? Your country’sentry to the Eurovision song contest?" said the company in its. "Something that would relate to you – something that you’d miss if it weren’tthere. There are companies that are working on visual personalizationtechnology; we think it’s a good idea that could help to reduce the size of thephishing net.

Gainsbourg, je t’aimeGuardian Unlimited
But that didn’t stop Frankie Howerd and June Whitfield’s merciless “No sex please, we’re British” cover version two years later. In France, Gainsbourg is held up as the nation’s greatest popular musician, a punning poet and provocateur who transformed chanson in a career spanning 30 years, 25 albums, numerous soundtracks, films and hundreds of songs for other singers, from his lover Brigitte Bardot to Catherine Deneuve and Vanessa Paradis. He even won the Eurovision song contest with a track he wrote for the 16-year-old France Gall. When the teenager discovered the true meaning behind another hit he wrote for her, about sucking lollipops, she never spoke to him again. His lyrics, on subjects from the working-class man, tributes to French poets, Frenchmen falling for underage English girls, as well as incest and farting, are published in books as poetry and studied in French universities. He ventured into jazz, disco, rap, made a rock album about Nazis (he was the son of Russian Jews made to wear the yellow star in wartime Paris) and flew to Jamaica to make a reggae album, infuriating Bob Marley, who discovered that his wife Rita had been made to sing erotic lyrics on the backing track. President Mitterrand said Gainsbourg “elevated song to the level of art”.

Palestine to Peru: Modern Way to Win ElectionArab News
She also calls for an unprecedented wave of resistance against the imperialist warmongering of George Bush and his lickspittle acolytes. She pledges that, if elected as councilor, her priority will be to clean up the graffiti currently blighting the bus station, except for the mural depicting the Lyme Regis branch of Hezbollah in active service, which she is proud to have painted herself along with her two sons aged nine and six. ? The Eurovision Song Contest will be won by a girl band from Belgium singing: ?You know that you want me, and I know that I want you, but I also want land rights for the exploited indigenous people of Mexico. ? The election in Peru followed a familiar pattern. The ex-army officer Ollanta Humala won support by promising to redistribute wealth toward the poor. So then Bush threatened to withdraw aid if Humala won, and the National Endowment for Democracy, which was founded by Ronald Reagan, began funding Humala?s opponents. This is an organization apparently dedicated to spreading democracy, and Bush spoke recently at their convention, saying: ?There are skeptics who say we can?t expect to bring about democracy in every region of the world.

Burlesque Idol – Arts Reviews – Arts – Entertainment – theage.com.auThe Age
COMEDY FESTIVAL REVIEWReality TV and talent shows have spawned all manner of parodiesand spin-offs, and Burlesque Idol is one of these. Raucous, chaoticand hilarious, this is a mad cross between Eurovision andAustralian Idol. Hosted by an MC with a bad Swedish accent, who commitsmalapropisms and makes innuendoes, and a couple of celebrityjudges, it’s a play-off between three acts, Hi-Ball Burlesque, BabyTakes a Bow and Man’s Ruin. Each act includes sexy stripteases, complete with pasties,fishnet stockings, corsets and garters, and rather than beingexploitative, is an exuberant celebration of female sexuality. There’s also the can-can, 1960s surfie chicks and cheerleaders. Audience participation is a large element of the show and theaudience was more than happy to perform, with great results.

Group giggles groovy againThe Age
But there was nowhere to say them. Until 1974, year zero for Melbourne comedy and the MelbourneInternational Comedy Festival. In 1974, Countdown came tothe ABC, ABBA won Eurovision, and Nixon resigned on televisionwhile the last US citizens were rescued from Saigon. Cyclone Tracystopped Santa getting to Darwin, John Howard entered FederalParliament and Whitlam was prime minister. Just toss in theentrails of a chicken and you’ve got everything you need to start acomedy revolution. And that’s what happened in 1974 when The Flying Trapeze Cafeappeared, Tardis-like, in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, and outstepped John Pinder, who promptly put up an “acts wanted” sign. Thefestival that is Melbourne laughing at itself began that day.

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