Last Minute Informations: Grand Prix / Eurovision Song Contest / Melodifestivalen

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Just as the countdown is starting my TV I thought, I’d let all of you outside of Europe know why we are going a little bit crazy right now…

The Eurovision Song Contest as it’s called today (in the past we used to call it by the French title Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson) was founded 60 years ago. It’s a contest where a lot of European countries send singers and battle against each other. But the reason it was founded wasn’t just “for fun” and for the battle. Instead the idea was to use the power of music to unite the European countries after the war.
This years motto is “building bridges” so it’s stil showing what it was and still is about. Although the topic is more broad nowadays. It’s a show with no discrimination, especially after last year, when Conchita won.

Probably the people in a lot of countries go crazy when it’s time for ESC. But in my opinion it’s especially the Nordic countries… I mean, Sweden created it’s own festival around the ESC. They don’t have just one show to choose their singer, now, they have a few more. Melodifestivalen (the melody festival, literally) is their show which lasts for a few weeks. When I lived in Sweden I listened to nealy nothing else than the songs of the contestants all day in the radio. YOu can’t flew the madness called Melodifestivalen!
(Here’s an article from 2013.)

I also stumbled upon this article which illustrates the Icelandic perspective
– they’re equally crazy.

Eurovision Song Contest was also the starting point for a few careers, like Celine Dions or, of course, ABBAs! They won in 1974 and before that day no one knew them:

A few other highlights/winner:

Lordi for Finland 2006

Alexander Rybak for Norway 2009 – he got the highest points ever

Lena for Germany 2010

Lorren for Sweden 2012


And here are the live updates from today evening
if you aren’t able to watch!

Elena

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2015 | Day Six: Polls Apart

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So. The thing is, I am constantly thinking about doing more from my graphic design degree. One of the ideas that I’m toying with in my head is creating more prints/printables and probably sell them.
And all of you who are reading this post today are asked to share their opinion to three questions. PRETTY PLEASE! Thanks :)

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Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2015 | Day Four: Bags Of Fun

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When I made the photos for this post i realized: I may have a problem. I really hop that I see even more needles in the other post that foloow todays prompt, I really do!

IMG_6501-2I bought my first needles actually on Iceland, in 2010. They were some standard grey ones. Later I came across a bright colored set of dpns and bought two of them – they were 1,- each, I think?! And since that day my love for bright colored metal needles never stopped. Of course, yes, they do chip. But I love that as well – for me, it just shows that the needles are really used and that they do their job. Continue reading

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