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First salvo in the ‘war’ for Ukraine

Eurovision News Review:

* CBBC Newsround | Music | Hallelujah! Lordi to play UK gigs
* High art – Arts – Entertainment –
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* First salvo in the ‘war’ for Ukraine
* Iraq Is Europe’s Business, Too
* Gronholm dominates first day
* Loeb frustrated as Gronholm stars
* A German violin prodigy, and an American String Project
* BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Faces of the week

CBBC Newsround | Music | Hallelujah! Lordi to play UK gigsBBC News
The masked monsters with terrifying make-up shot to fame when they won the Eurovision contest with their wild rendition of Hard Rock Hallelujah. The band are going to release the rock anthem ahead of a six-date tour in October, including a gig on Halloween!

There was fury in Finland this week when photos of the lead singer’s face were published without his permission.

High art – Arts – Entertainment – Age
Photo: Steven Siewert June 3, 2006 Sometimes the art of the deal can be more entertainingthan the art itself, writes Raymond Gill. NOTHING CREATES SUCH A buzz in the art world as the VeniceBiennale, the visual arts answer to the Cannes Film Festival (ifwe’re being kind) or Eurovision (if we’re not). It’s where privatepatronage, government money, national pride, cashed-up collectors,flamboyant art dealers, and in case we forget, artists, cometogether every two years on the Rialto – or at least a very shortwalk from it. The Australian line-up for next year’s event was announced lastweek, with Melbourne artists Daniel von Sturmer and Callum Morton,and Sydney artist Susan Norrie chosen for their Chuck Close-upmoment on the red carpet in 2007. The Venice bash is a glitzy reminder that the visual arts is theglamour arts medium, where the grandees knocking back Camparis atHarry’s Bar each night decide who will be the Next Big Thing, whowill get on the cover of The Art Newspaper and who will get theinternational fame and fortune that follows. So, Mrs Worthington – don’t put your daughter on the stage,because for every Cate Blanchett receiving accolades for HeddaGabler, there are several thousand Veronica O’Briensattempting to bring Joe Orton to the Lower Plenty PumpkinPlayers.

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Red Hurley was singing in Eurovision and everyone was wearing platform shoes. The Sex Pistols were a little known group of four lads who sang songs about unemployment, sex and the grim reality of urban life. Little did we know that they were to pave the way for one of the greatest convulsions that pop has ever seen. Punk attacked the old guard, challenged the status quo and deliberately caused outrage and offence.

First salvo in the ‘war’ for UkraineInternational Herald Tribune
Ukraine, located on the Black Sea and bordering Russia, would certainly be a strategic prize for NATO. NATO members like the Baltic nations and Poland, who fear a resurgent Moscow, have been the strongest supporters of locking this nation into the Western camp. NATO has set up 27 information stands across Ukraine, and invited lawmakers, religious leaders and cultural figures – even the 2004 Eurovision contest winner, Ruslana – to NATO headquarters in Brussels for get-acquainted sessions. The Kremlin, meanwhile, has bristled at the prospect of its former Cold War foe arriving at its doorstep. The anti-NATO protests in Crimea have been given prominent coverage on Russian television, which is watched in many Ukrainian homes. Russian lawmakers have flown in to express their solidarity, with some of Russia's more extremist politicians even floating the idea of pressing for Crimea to be returned to Moscow's control. The entire Crimean Peninsula, which has a large ethnic-Russian population, was declared a NATO-free zone by its Parliament on Tuesday, a move that Yushchenko criticized as meaningless.

Iraq Is Europe’s Business, TooWashington Post
The United Nations put in its best, the European Union developed an aid plan and the outside world engaged — militarily, diplomatically and financially. The result? A functioning nation-state today, with refugees still going home in large numbers, a single army and one ministry of defense. Not only that but a team in the Olympic Games, and Bosnia and Herzegovina coming in third in last month’s Eurovision Song Contest. From 65,000 troops 10 years ago under NATO control, we have today around 6,000 E. -commanded paramilitary forces. Even the wildest optimists in 1995 dared not hope for this kind of outcome.

Gronholm dominates first dayGulf Daily News
Loeb, who won the previous five rallies, after Gronholm won the first two, has a mighty 31-point lead on the Finn after seven of 16 rallies. Despite his commanding position, though, former twice world champion Gronholm was taking nothing for granted. “I had the same advantage on Friday evening in Sardinia (the last rally) and then Saturday night I was sitting at home watching Eurovision on the television – that shows you how quickly things change,” said Gronholm who had to retire from the Rally of Sardinia after hitting a rock. Loeb took the lead after the first stage but then played second fiddle to Gronholm and even a change of tyres and a more risky approach failed to halt the flying Finn. “It is impossible to catch Marcus,” lamented the reigning double world champion. With ground temperatures reaching 43 degrees celsius, Gronholm was in scorching form with only Solberg able to keep in touch. Racing in his 100th rally, the Norwegian had initial problems with his choice of tyres, suffering from punctures in Friday’s first three stages.

Loeb frustrated as Gronholm starsBBC News
The car is perfect. “I have to concentrate on keeping this position until Sunday. “I had the same advantage on Friday evening in Sardinia and then Saturday night I was sitting at home watching Eurovision on the television – that shows you how quickly things change. ”

Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen is in fourth with Skoda’s Francois Duval just behind. Toni Gardemeister, driving a Citroen, will have to wait until Saturday to see whether he can continue the rally after injuring his shoulder. The Finn dropped two places from sixth to eighth late in the day when he hit a rock. Positions at the Acropolis Rally, Greece after leg one:

1 Marcus Gronholm (Fin) Ford 1hr, 19mins 45.

A German violin prodigy, and an American String ProjectSeattle Times
June 18) will include Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast,” featuring baritone soloist Charles Robert Austin, and the “Last Round” of Osvaldo Golijov. (The June 18 concert is a “Musically Speaking” event, with commentary by Schwarz; that program has been shortened, eliminating the Golijov piece. )
Fischer, who started violin studies at 3, has won several competitions, including the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and the Eighth Eurovision Competition for Young Instrumentalists. At 9, she began studies at the Munich Academy of Music, where she still studies with Ana Chumachenko. Fischer will soon do some teaching of her own: An appointment on the faculty of the Frankfurt College of Music and Performing Arts begins this fall. Fischer’s New York Philharmonic debut came in 2003, when she played the Sibelius Concerto under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Her violin is a 1750 Guadagnini.

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Faces of the weekBBC News
With a Smiths reunion probably out of the question, what next for its driving force?

Well, Morrissey’s recent comments on the Eurovision Song Contest revealed a tantalising possibility. “I was horrified but not surprised to see the UK fail again,” he told one interviewer. “And there’s one question I keep asking myself. Why didn’t they ask me? That question keeps on going round my head. ”

Heaven knows, but next year in Finland might just reveal the answer.

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