Loved and detested

I have not been keeping this thing up-to-date, because I have been very busy for the past several weeks, mostly spending time writing my BA thesis. I have already written it, and as soon as I present it for the school administration and get my diploma, I will add it to my Writings.

Yesterday I watched the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The event had its flaws the biggest being the co-hosts. Seriously, I thought they were crap. I don’t really care to what extent the origin of the sexy Maria Somethin’-somethin’ is Greek, she is still a corky American, who has not probably heard about Eurovision before she was (how on earth was that possible?) elected co-host of the event.

The other co-host, Sakis Somethin’-somethin’, lacked in everything – humor, vocal skills (he even screeched a song during the semi-finals) and English proficiency. The only good thing about them both was Maria changing her dresses every other minute or so. As we say in Swedish, Hjälp!

Anyway, here come the songs and performances I loved with a little bit of a commentary from me (in no particular order, really):

  • Finland (Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah)
    A soft kind of hard rock song. I have no idea whether they blaspheme or not, but their performance was amazing.
  • Russia (Dima Bilan – Never Let You Go)
    Dima has great vocals, the performance was great too. His English needs major improvement though.
  • Romania (Mihai Traistariu – Tornero)
    Absolutely the best song of the contest, in my opinion. Mihai’s vocals are superior to any other contestant’s.
  • Ukraine (Tina Karol – Show Me Your Love)
    Sexy childish-looking Tina is reportedly the best female artist in the Ukraine. The song was catchy but quite shallow.
  • Lithuania (LT United – We Are The Winners)
    Pathetic parody of the contest, the song was crap. As was the performance. But the energy and enthusiasm the guys mouthed the words “We are the winners” are worth admiring.
  • Iceland (Silvia Night – Congratulations)
    This catchy too-sweet parody of a luxurious life did not make it to the finals, but I think it could easily be a runner-up.
  • Moldova (Arsenium & Natalia – Loca)
    Absolutely worthless song, but somehow it just can’t get out of my head. Probably because of Natalia ;-P

Here come several of the songs I detested utterly (again, in no particular order):

  • Spain (Las Ketchup – Bloody Mary)
    Boring. I really have nothing else to say about these four once-glowing with their Ketchup song tomato sisters.
  • FYR Macedonia (Elena Risteska – Ninanajna)
    Probably the worst song to make it to the finals. I mean how can you expect to win a song contest with a title like that?
  • Bosnia & Hercegovina (Hari Mata Hari – Layla)
    No! The guy has one of the best vocals. But the song just does not cut it. I am amazed it came third.
  • France (Virginie Pouchain – Il Était Temps)
    I think this was absolutely the worst performance of the contest this year. It was in French. The girl sang off the tone almost all the time. This was a disaster, ladies and gentlemen.
  • Croatia (Severina – Moja Stikla)
    French had the worst performance. Croatians had the worst song, that was not sung, but shouted.

Marstrand – gorgeous islands

I heard about Greek islands. There are really pretty white wee houses that are stacked upon each other on this little island of the home democracy and modern culture. So I have heard about them.

But today I have actually been in such a place. It is called Marstrand and it is absolutely indescribably gorgeous. We took a little ferry to get to the island. But let me start from the very beginning.

Image:Marstrand, 1Right after lunch, I got a lift to Gothenburg. I went there to visit my former teacher, whom I have not seen for three years. We took a short walk along the famous city Avenue and then we met Anne’s boyfriend, Danny, and went to a little place run by Danny’s sister-in-law called “Art & Such”. They have just opened their locale with different works of art. And such.

Image:Marstrand, 2Next, Danny and Anne took me to Marstrand. Oh, it was so beautiful there! This community lies upon the archipelago about 40km northwest of Gothenburg. On one of the islands that is actually called Marstrand, there is the Carlstens fortress that king Carl X Gustaf ordered to build in 1658. It was not until 202 years later that the last building works on it were done.

Image:Marstrand, 3After an amazing sunset with silence only broken by tender and uplifting twittering of birds, we went to a cafe for a drink and snack. It was about nine o’clock at night. And on the big LCD screen there was Latvia beating the Czech Republic in ice hockey. We watched the game until the end of the second period and went home.

Tomorrow is going to be sweet! Can’t wait!

And then the winter was defeated

The Swedish lovers of warmth can kick off their shoes in jump for joy. Spring came with birds, flowers and, most importantly, the pleasantly warm rays of sun.

Image:And then the winter was defeated

When we were out on our usual fortnight promenade around Hjo, I took some pictures to remind me of my first spring in Sweden. Even now, as I am sitting at my computer, trying hard to study, the twittering birds bring soothing joy to my ears.

The summer’s on its way. Praise God!

P.S. I have not edited the pictures – so some of them will appear a little bleak and dull. Enjoy them anyway!

Hello, I’m a Mac!

PC vs. Mac?

Honestly, I do not know who wins. I’ve never owned a Mac, and I’ve used it approximately … twice. What I do know is that Macs have gotten a whole deal of positive reviews and Apple sure think they have the right answer to the Who wins? question. Check out these sweet little and not at all sarcastic commercials. I’m getting one!

If you have absolutely no idea what Mac, or PC for that matter, is, or why people find the commercials humorous, I would be happy to explain it to you: PC is a computer at your home. Mac is a computer that looks like it came from the future and has a mouse with one button. You are welcome!