tiistai 29. tammikuuta 2008

Journey continues...

... to the German rock music world.

A video in the left column is from the band called Subway to Sally. Track is called Eisblumen which means ice flowers. This band is often called medieval metal, but they have many times denied that genre, saying they have influences from folk, metal, rock, gothic, symphonic and classical music.

This band was found by listening to R1 Live internet radio from Nürnberg Germany. Highly recommended!

Here´s the chorus, the rest can be found for example here:

Wir sind wie Eisblumen, wir blühen in der Nacht.
Wir sind wie Eisblumen, viel zu schön für den Tag.
Wir sind wie Eisblumen, kalt und schwarz ist unsre Macht.
Eisblumen blühen in der Nacht.

My translation:
We are like ice flowers, we blossom
in the night
We are like ice flowers, much too beautiful for the day
We are like ice flowers, cold and black are our powers
Ice flowers blossom in the night

sunnuntai 27. tammikuuta 2008

Holocaust Memorial Day

All Europe is remembering the horrible times in our history in the 2nd World War. How ironic it is that in this same day one of the most notorious terrorist leader of the world, dies.


From www.bbc.co.uk:

Palestinian radical founder dies

George Habash
George Habash supported violence against Israel


The founder of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), George Habash, has died in Jordan, associates say.

Habash died of a heart attack, one of his former colleagues said. He was around 80 years old.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called three days of national mourning.

Under Habash's leadership the PFLP became known as one of the most radical Palestinian militant groups, notorious for plane hijackings.

In September 1970 it captured four airliners, later blowing them up in front of the world's cameras, once the passengers had been removed.

The group also fired at Israeli aircraft and their crew, carried out bombings, and took hostages including, on one occasion, Opec leaders meeting in Vienna.

'Historic leader'

George Habash was born in Lydda, in British-ruled Palestine - which is now Lod in Israel - and was forced to flee when war broke out in 1948.

He was a Christian, and became a medical student, who espoused the cause of secular Arab nationalism.

PFLP ATTACKS
1968 Hijacks Israeli plane in first major operation
1970 Hijacks four Western airliners; blows them up after passengers removed
1970 Swissair flight SR330 bombed in mid-flight; 47 dead
1972 Japanese leftists carry out massacre at Lod Airport, Tel Aviv, for PFLP; 26 dead
1975 Carlos the Jackal leads PFLP hijacking of Opec meeting in Vienna; hostages flown round Middle East
1976 Air France flight from Tel Aviv hijacked and diverted to Entebbe, Uganda; Israeli paratroopers mount raid, freeing most hostages
2001 Israeli Minister for Tourism Rehavam Zeevi assassinated


He was a founding member, in 1951, of the Arab Nationalist Movement, which later merged with other groups to become the PFLP.

The group designated itself a Marxist-Leninist movement and became the second largest partner in the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

It carried out more and more audacious attacks in the 1960s, throwing the Palestinian issue into the international spotlight.

It opposed Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and any talk of a two-state solution - Habash often criticised PLO leader Yasser Arafat for negotiating with Israel.

Throughout his life Habash supported the use of violence against Israel.

One of the most deadly PFLP attacks was the gunning down of 27 people at Israel's Lod airport in May 1972.

Forty-seven people were killed when a Swissair jet was bombed in 1970.

Israel tried for years to capture Habash, even intercepting a commercial airliner in 1973 and forcing it to land, mistakenly believing he was on board.

Habash stepped down as leader of the PFLP in 2000, by which time the group had been marginalised by the growing power of Islamist movements like Hamas.

Mr Abbas called Habash a "historic leader" and ordered Palestinian flags to fly at half-mast.

The current deputy secretary-general of the PFLP, Abdel Raheem Mallouh, called Habash a "distinguished leader... who struggled for more than 60 years without a stop for the rights and the interests of his people".


But there is still glimpses of hope for peace in the Middle-East, the 2nd newsclip from Israeli moderate newspaper Haaretz shows us:

Muslim group to take part in U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day
By Cnaan Liphshiz
12:13 27/01/2008

For the first time ever, representatives of Great Britain's largest Muslim umbrella organization will take part Sunday in the international Holocaust Memorial Day. Two months ago, the Muslim Council of Britain (MBC) decided to put an end to their six year boycott of the Memorial Day. The international Remembrance Day was first instituted by the UN in 2001 on the day - January 27th - that the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated by the Allied forces.

"More than 60 years after the liberation of Belsen, Treblinka and Auschwitz, and as the last of the survivors now grow old, we simply cannot afford to forget," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a letter publicized in the London Telegraph Sunday.

"Each generation must learn and understand the dark forces and culpable failures that allowed prejudice, discrimination and persecution to lead to a vast programme of mass slaughter that spanned a continent."

Brown noted that 4000 British students are expected to visit the Auschwitz death camp next year.


The official ceremony will take place in Liverpool, however their will be commemorative ceremonies through out the country. U.K. chief Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will speak at the memorial service.

The MBC's decision to take part in the memorial day comes after they were harshly criticized of anti-Semitism by Jewish groups and the British government.

"The decision was taken because staying away was doing more harm than good and being misconstrued," a MCB spokesperson told The London Times last month.


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Now playing: Mehida - Guilty
FoxyTunes:n kautta

sunnuntai 20. tammikuuta 2008

Companies against people

How socialist that sounds. No I'm not socialist, in fact I think that the political old lines between left and right wing are not so accurate anymore.

Nokia (Finnish pride in economy) has ashamed Finland again. Their reputation in Germany has sunk down immensely. Nokia decided to close down Bochum branch, and leave 3000 people unemployed. The Germans are creating a massive Nokia boycott, including many politicians and ministers. Even chancellor Merkel is calling action that Nokia would cancel that decision.

Something has changed in Nokia after Jorma Ollila left. Bad news has come to public knowledge in "the new era". In some way I thought that Nokia was some kind of humane company before. The hard line and profits have overcome this old rubber boot factory.

Nokia and Stora Enso (which is closing a profitable factory in Eastern Finland) are the latest examples in Finland that business thinking has invaded this country. I'd understand if UNprofitable businesses reluctantly must move to keep the business alive. But in these money-ruling times, it's hard even governments to do much but to help later these people.

Humane businesses will have an advantage in future. When will some big corporation in Finland make this a value and go public in declaring this? Who dares to be the pioneering company?

Die Toten Hosen: Böser Wolf

lauantai 19. tammikuuta 2008

Friend from the other side of the globe

Internet connects people from every corner of the world. That is a well known phrase and it is reality in our lives if you take that chance.

About half year ago, I added one little widget in this blog. I joined a community called MyBloglog and my intention was to get some publicity to these writings. Not that I foolishly think that millions of people will find my thoughts the most interesting ideas of the world. I thought that if a few people visit here, that would be enough.

I was welcomed there by a nickname called Denve. She wrote a welcoming message to me and of course I answered. I found out that she´s from Indonesia. I thought that maybe I can ask some questions about that country and culture. She answered to me and after that we have had many long emails comparing our cultures, religion, way of life and exchanged thoughts about many many other matters. Now I know many things about life in Indonesia, thanks to her. Great!

I highly recommend everybody this. Just start writing and your life´s views will change and the multicultural knowledge will broaden your mind. And you`ll turn into a cosmopolitic person. It will be very rewarding!


So here´s her blog:
http://denve-karima.blogspot.com/




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Now playing: Vangelis - Islands of the Orient
FoxyTunes:n kautta

sunnuntai 13. tammikuuta 2008

New pics

It´s been too long since I´ve uploaded pics to my Flickr account.

But now you can find some new images there.

Here´s two examples:





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Now playing:
Noumena - The Great Anonymous Doom
FoxyTunes:n kautta

New music video

Johnny Cash: Solitary Man

A song made by Neil Diamond, deeply sung by Johnny Cash, young people might know the HIM-version.

Johnny Cash has said: "Until I find something darker, I´ll wear black".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_cash
http://www.johnnycash.com

I must dwell deeper in this Singer´s music!


P.S. I didn´t get the other video away :-(

torstai 10. tammikuuta 2008

Shivers, actress and thoughts

Last days I've been attending The Annual Meeting of Church's Youth Leaders in Jyväskylä. the gathering is focusing Christian youth and child work and more than thousand people attended.

I've took part in the seminar about Church and internet, especially web 2.0 solutions. First part was a discussion about the national general solutions of the church covering entire country. Second was about local success stories, which were very interesting, I'll add links later. Third was about the future and a largest project of the world's churches in internet matters was revealed. Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church is planning to train "trainers" to teach majority of workers in the church to learn how to work in internet communities, to create and interact in them. The number of trainers will be as high as 2000-3000 and this makes in a largest project in the world's churches. There's a strong need and "drive" in this and it continues to grow.

http://www.suurellasydamella.fi
http://lujakallio.fi
http://www.fleim.fi
http://palvelevanetti.fi
http://www.seuris.net

Yesterday evening we had the privilidge to enjoy theatre. One of the greates actresses in Finland Seela Sella was performing a monologue about youth, oldness, getting old and some dark sides of Finland. She pointed out with his art of comedy and tragedy how ill our society is when we pursue career, non-important entertainment twists our views of life etc. We gave her standing ovation and it was very touching to see her emotions and tears after that. A great Actress with capital letters!

The final of the whole event was a mass. A superb music choices warmed our souls, a wind chimes group with soothing acoustic guitars and relaxing mixtures of hymns. Soi kunniaksi luojan is a hymn composed by Jean Sibelius. All the people singing that and praising the Creator was truly amazing, gave me "holy" feeling and send shivers down my spine. And I remembered the basics of my work and life again.

Helloween: Laudate Dominum

lauantai 5. tammikuuta 2008

Memory Lane

Father Christmas a.k.a. Santa Claus surprised me with his gift. I´m a happy owner of Miami Vice television series 1st season. And today I´ve become the owner of the 2nd season too.

Memories come back from the golden age of eighties: The night-time rides with fast cars in the Florida´s empty streets with Crockett and Tubbs; Gina and Trudy always undercover roles in the red light districts; very good music choices with the popular and soothing sounds from those times; Crockett´s Theme from Jan Hammer; You belong to the city by Glenn Frey, Elvis the Alligator in Sonny´s yacht. And many more…

I really liked the series in those days and still do. Many people laugh about the clothes and fashion of that time, but that was the way to dress then. In Miami Vice the criminals doesn´t always get caught, there were not so many happy endings and the characters had some depth in their roles.

So there´s plenty of episodes to watch and enjoy…

Here´s Jan Hammer and Crockett´s theme

torstai 3. tammikuuta 2008

Beauty and the beast

Here`s one of the best masterpieces from Nightwish. Live with Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica.


keskiviikko 2. tammikuuta 2008

Wish

The first day of the year arrived. It brought with itself a spectacular Nightwish concert in Helsinki Ice Hall.

The supporting act was Indica, maybe not the best choice, because their audience is so different comparing to Nightwish headbangers and gothic- orchestral blackdressers. They did their best, and did a decent show. Indica's singer Jonsu has sang the Nightwish lyrics on the track The last of the wilds (Erämaan viimeinen).

The long-awaited show started with a well known song Bye bye beautiful. Maybe the message to the audience was that "this is the new Nightwish, past is gone and there' no turning back". And there really is no need to do that.

And then there were the songs. I like this band more and more. The setlist can be found in Nightwish forums, but I can say that it was largely based on newer material. No song from the first album and only Sacrament of wilderness from the Oceanborn. Of course the discussion from the selection of songs could be endless, this was satisfying one to me. Like any other bands, it was based on the newest album Dark passion play. I really cannot say anything but the songs were really fantastic, in albums and in live too! The masterpiece The poet and the pendulum was perhaps one of the cornerstones of the show. And acoustical The Islander sang by Marco. A touching piece of movie theme from Piano soundtrack was found at the end the song. And Wish I had an angel is a perfect last song, just pure magic!

Annette Olzon fits perfectly in Nightwish. There were such a great togetherness on the stage. I don' miss Tarja Turunen, Annette did more than great. Some people maybe have to just adapt to the new style with the older songs and her style to interpret music. One time when she spoke we heard that her voice was maybe not in a perfect condition. In the net there were news that in the former Salzburg show she had a flu. But regardless of that, she reached the heights of Tarja with her voice, although not in everyone, but she reached the heights in the 2nd last song too, 7 days to the wolves, which was magnificent! And I think she has been widely accepted in the band, yesterday proved it and she proved it to us too.

So now I'll start listening to the songs and perhaps write an analysis of one og them in the coming weeks.

I'll add the links later, this was blogged from my mobile.