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Eurovision News Review:

* Lordi revel in Eurovision glory
* Nokia’s New CEO Hints At Future Tie-Ups –
* Montenegro is back on the map, and it need not become Ruritania
* Japan sets course for return to commercial whaling
* Independent Online Edition > Media
* Doctor Who loses momentum
* Catatonia star back in Cardiff
* Who would be in your celeb footie team?

Lordi revel in Eurovision gloryBBC News
“There is a saying in Finland that hell freezes over before Finland wins the Eurovision,” singer “Mr Lordi”, whose real name is Tomi Putaansuu, told BBC Radio Five Live. “There were so many people against us before we went to Athens and where are those people now?

“Well I hope they moved to Sweden. There were a lot of people who said if Lordi got through to the final, they would move to Sweden. “Now we did it and won the whole thing, we will help them pack and wave to them at the border.

Nokia’s New CEO Hints At Future Tie-Ups – Forbes.comForbes
Last week, the distinctively demure nation stunned the rest of Europe with its first ever winning entry at the annual Eurovision song contest: A heavy metal group named Lordi that sported grisly monster masks and sang about the “arockalypse”. Now the country’s foremost cellular export Nokia (nyse:.

Montenegro is back on the map, and it need not become RuritaniaGuardian Unlimited
Sometimes it’s better to cut the Gordian knot; sometimes good fences do eventually make good neighbours. Now the citizens of Montenegro and Serbia know that they have to make their own way to prosperity, democracy and the rule of law. Only then can they advance, via the OSCE, the Council of Europe, Uefa, Miss Europe, the Eurovision Song Contest and Nato, to today’s ultimate seal of European belonging: EU membership. If the EU keeps its doors open but its entry standards high, the end of Solania need not mean a return to Ruritania. State proliferation in Europe makes things more complicated in the relations between countries, but simpler inside them. More need not mean worse.

Japan sets course for return to commercial whalingGuardian Unlimited
As the number of pro-whaling countries has grown, so too have the anti-whalers. Sixty-six countries are now IWC members and a split has emerged, with Japan, Iceland and Norway at the head of many very small countries and Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the US opposing them, in front of a lot of “wishy-washy” rich countries. Because membership of the increasingly eccentric IWC is open to any country, and all votes count as equal, it has been compared to the Eurovision song contest, where countries vote with their friends and for their enemies’ enemies. Many countries have not joined the IWC because of the high membership fees. Both sides openly court countries that have no historical or present interest in whaling: the pro-whalers have signed up landlocked Mongolia and Mali, while the antis have the Czech Republic and Luxembourg. Predicting the IWC votes has always been hard because some member countries neglect to pay their dues, and so are prevented from voting, while others sometimes do not turn up to meetings. If the pro-whalers gain control of the IWC this year they will probably agree to vote in secret in future, making it easier for small countries to vote against rich states such as the US and Britain.

Independent Online Edition > MediaIndependent
Scheduling could be to blame for the current decline in viewers. The first of two episodes featuring the Doctor’s arch-enemy the Cybermen was delayed when the FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham went to penalties. The following week, the programme was again shifted in the schedules to accommodate the Eurovision Song Contest and ratings fell to 6. The World Cup may force other scheduling changes. Doctor Who is also facing stiffer competition from ITV1, which last year lost out when it ran movies against the BBC drama. In the past couple of weeks, ITV has put in strong performances with the Prince’s Trust 30th anniversary concert and Soccer Aid starring Robbie Williams.

Doctor Who loses momentumGuardian Unlimited
One possible explanation for Doctor Who’s ratings decline could be the show’s scheduling. After being delayed by 20 minutes, to 7. 20pm, on May 13 because of the FA Cup going to penalties; the following Saturday’s instalment went out nearly an hour earlier at 6. 40pm, to accommodate the Eurovision Song Contest. Last Saturday Doctor Who was at 7pm and the show is scheduled at the same time for the next two weeks. But after that the show could face further scheduling disruption because of BBC1’s World Cup coverage. Doctor Who has also faced stiffer competition from ITV1 in the past couple of weeks, with The Prince’s Trust 30th anniversary concert and Soccer Aid scheduled against it.

Catatonia star back in CardiffNews Wales
Cut adrift from mainstream musical trends, and produced by Bob Dylan’s producer Bucky Baxter, it was a delightful and playful collection that proved hers was no fleeting talent. Her Cardiff appearance ties in with the release of Cerys’ new album on Rough Trade in late summer. In addition to Cerys, this year’s Admiral Big Weekend has a strong Welsh flavour starting on Friday with 80s heroes The Alarm back together and headlining, along with Katrina and the Waves, with their evergreen summer anthem ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and Eurovision Song Contest winner ‘Love Shine A Light’; and 2-tone originals The Selecter with a selection of hit songs including ‘On My Radio’. On Saturday Kubb headline following a successful first album ‘Mother’, performances on Top of the Pops CD:UK and Popworld and a nomination for Channel 4’s Best New Band For 2006 award at this year’s Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party. They are supported by Cowbridge’s own The Automatic (single ‘Monster’), labeled ‘the sound of 2006’ by the NME who describe their live performance as ‘an aural kick in the teeth’. Also on the Saturday bill are The Infidels, with their rockin’ 60s Britpop style; and Crimea, co-founded by Welsh NME journalist Owen Hopkins. Sunday features an eclectic musical mix with TexMex band Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, who had worldwide hits with ‘Every Time You Go Away’, and ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’; along with driving Transylvanian rhythms from Mukka; Stereo MCs who had a major hit with ‘Connected’; and Cerys topping off a great weekend of music.

Who would be in your celeb footie team?BBC News
They beat a Rest of the World team by 2-1. But which stars you would pick for your dream celebrity football team?

Would you pick Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe? His football skills might be as good as his Quidditch playing?

Or maybe Eurovision winners Lordi would be in your team? They’d probably scare off the opposition!

Or how about Dr Who star David Tennant as goalkeeper? He regularly saves the world so stopping a few balls from going in should be no problem!

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