perjantai 25. huhtikuuta 2008

Friday

Rough planning in work for two days. It's time for well deserved beer. So this entry is written in Gallows Bird, the best pub in Espoo. After two beers...

Greetings from my friends!

sunnuntai 20. huhtikuuta 2008

Tragedy

At least 9 Finns have been killed and 38 injured in a road accident in Southern Spain, on their last day of their holiday. They were on their way to Malaga airport from Fuengirola and Torremolinos. They were on their way home. A terrible tragedy was caused by a drunken driver. This is what is known at this time, when I´m writing this.

Among the injured tourists were two guides from Aurinkomatkat (travel agency). Most likely our family knows those two persons. At out holiday in the region, two very nice guides helped us and lead a trip to Gibraltar. We were very well taken
care of. We liked them very much, especially the male. He told Spanish and Andalucia´s history to us very vividly, I still remember those details.

When I found out the news, I first think that where in Spain this has happened. When the news said Malaga airport, Fuengirola, Marbella and those familiar places, my mind went sad. I remember our night ride to airport on the last night. The guide told us happy stories during the very early trip, the view to Marbella at the right side of the bus in the valley with night lights on. Calm Mediterranean Sea to wish us a good journey. Thinking about the nice things that happened during the week. Consciously blocking thoughts about work. Thinking that this holiday is over now, next one in the distant future.

It´s not very difficult to imagine me and my family in that bus.

Maybe the people in the bus last night have these kind of thoughts too. Pr
opably they have only a few seconds to think "what´s happening?" before the fatal crash.

This raises a lot of "what if..." questions in my mind.

Horrible. Life hangs by a very thin thread.

Our blessings to the families involved and condolences to those who have lost their dear ones.



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Now playing: Johnny Cash - I See a Darkness
FoxyTunes

maanantai 14. huhtikuuta 2008

David Bowie

I´ve added the YouTube -video bar to the left column.

First video in the new blog is the song many people think to be Nirvana´s song. Radios usually play that version only. This song suited very well in Nirvana style, it has same chord changes and sad and depressive melody. And simple and very catching guitar and bass melodies entwined.

But it´s an old David Bowie song, and here it is performed by the man himself on his Reality Tour. The man´s simply a genious. A number of tracks on that album, the song's themes have been compared to the works of H.P. Lovecraft The lyrics are also cited as reflecting Bowie's concerns with splintered or multiple personalities

We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone, a long long time ago

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World

I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home
I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed

I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here
We must have died alone, a long long time ago

Who knows? not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the Man who Sold the World

Agricola

I attended yesterday a mass at Olari Church. It was made with Michael Agricola style, music, Bible texts were read in the oldest Finnish written in the 1500 century.

Before those times when Martin Luther and other Reformators tried to change the Catholic Church in it´s ways, mass was celebrated everywhere in Latin only. The Reformators declared that people have a right to hear and read (those who could) the God´s Word in their own language. So Mikael Agricola, encouraged by the words and acts of Reformators, wrote the first Finnish book and invented the written Finnish. He also translated New Testament and some other books.



When I heard these old Finnish texts and liturgy, I wondered how massive that change have been. It must have been a real revelation of the new world to people who have had only watched the church´s walls to see the old prints from the Bible. The priests lost some of their power over people, and that was a huge change too. People could read the Bible and find out whether the priest preached something else that´s not in the Bible.

Other revelation to me was that today´s worship services and masses are much more interactive than in the old days. In the Agricola mass the liturgy and music were lead by priests and cantor and a choir.

Our vicar preached straight the words from Martin Luther, his writings. And they were very powerful words, Luther really know how to interpret the Bible texts to an understandable teaching to the people. It would be great that the priests and pastors of today dared to say what they think about world´s events and about life and faith. Sadly this is not so often heard. But that´s another topic...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikael_Agricola

I really should read again Ken Follett´s magnificent book Pillars of the Earth.

Here´s one old 13th century Latin Catholic hymn, Dies Irae


perjantai 11. huhtikuuta 2008

Trouble

There seems to be some problems with this template. It looks good on Firefox, but Internet EXPLODER messes everything. I´d like to say some foul words towards Microsoft, it took quite a while to launch this template...

Sorry about the constant changes, I fear there is another template to come. I´m not guru enough to use HMTL-codes...

torstai 10. huhtikuuta 2008

NEW ERA !

There´s always time for change.

I decided that it´s time to make a fresh start. One year in the old template was enough. So you are welcome to my new blog!

Old posts can be found, just the layout and the widgets have changed.


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Now playing:
Mark Knopfler - Working on It
FoxyTunes

maanantai 7. huhtikuuta 2008

Tapiola Sport Park

I visited Tapiola Sport Park this morning and shot some photos. At the end of this month there will be the kick-off of the first match of the season. Here´s one photo, the rest are on my Flickr pages:




From this picture you´ll see the city of Espoo workers. At that end of the B-stand there´ll be a new supporters stand. Cheap-priced season ticket, but you must join the official supporters group HK05 and be ready to shout your heart out in matches. And there´ll be no seats there. Good progress!! I´m still in between whether to buy that or buy a normal season ticket to the B-stand... Am I too old to shout my heart out...

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Now playing: Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild
FoxyTunes

perjantai 4. huhtikuuta 2008

Deeper into gothic music

Next part of your journey to the German gothic rock guided by me. Willkommen!

This band is called UNHEILIG, unholy in English. It has no satanic meanings or something in the music. At least I think so. Just normal dark lyrics, with saddeding electronic music. And occasional metal guitars. Just the music to heal your dark thoughts and tiredness. And make sure you dwell into sadness only a short time, it´s not healthy to stay there too long. It´s easy to like gothic music, when you know that your life is actually quite happy. Nice contradiction!

This video is a fan-made-video, not the official one from the band. The track is called HERZ AUS EIS, heart of ice in English.



http://www.unheilig.com/html/entrance.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unheilig

This song is dedicated to the short winter we had in Finland:


Es ist ein Wintertag
die Luft schimmert weiß
unberührte Welten
Wolken ziehen vorbei

Stille wie im Märchenland
Ruhe vor dem Sturm
Am Horizont der Sonnenschein
strahlend blendend rot

und ein Schneemann schaut hinauf
und folgt dem Sonnenlauf

und der Schneemann sieht sie an
legt sein Herz in ihre Hand
und die Vögel ziehen vorbei
und es bricht ein Herz aus Eis
und die Sonne scheint ihn an
brennt ihr Kleid auf dasLland
und die Wolken ziehen vorbei
und es bricht ein Herz aus Eis

Versteckte Welten,
blühend grün in weiß
Tau wiegt die Erde
Farben aus vergangener Zeit

Gezeiten ziehen voran,
der Himmel färbt sich rot
Ein Schal wird vom Wind erfasst,
Ruhe vor dem Tod

und der Schneemann schaut hinauf
und folgt dem Sonnenlauf

und der Schneemann sieht sie an
legt sein Herz in ihre Hand
und die Vögel ziehen vorbei
und es bricht ein Herz aus Eis
und die Sonne scheint ihn an
brennt ihr Kleid auf das land
und die Wolken ziehen vorbei
und es bricht ein Herz aus Eis

Herz aus Eis
Herz aus Eis…

und der Schneemann sieht sie an…

tiistai 1. huhtikuuta 2008

In the name of the father

One of the best movies I´ve ever seen is In the name of the Father. It is based on real story about the wild seventies in England and Northern Ireland. It is shockingly true movie about justice system and police system that hungered for revenge, tampered evidence and that sentenced innocent people to prison. One of them died there. The real bombers from IRA never never charged from the crime they claimed and three of the policemen involved in the original case were subsequently prosecuted for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, but were acquitted in 1993.

Please learn more from these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guildford_Four
http://century.guardian.co.uk/1970-1979/Story/0,6051,106903,00.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/19/newsid_2490000/2490039.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/778940.stm


Here are the lyrics of the soundtrack: You can see the video on the left side. It´s a touching song from Bono. There´s annoying beep lasting 16 seconds before the song begins.

Come to me
Come lie beside me
Oh don't deny me
Your love

Make sense of me
Walk through my doorway
Don't hide in the hallway
Oh love...step over

I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down

In the name of whiskey
In the name of song
You didn't look back
You didn't belong

In the name of reason
In the name of hope
In the name of religion
In the name of dope

In the name of freedom
You drifted away
To see the sun shining
On someone else's day

In the name of United and the BBC
In the name of Georgie Best and LSD

In the name of a father
And his wife the spirit
You said you did not
They said you did it

In the name of justice
In the name of fun
In the name of the father
In the name of the son

Call to me
No one is listening
I'm waiting to hear from you love

Stay with me
It's cold in the ground
But there's peace in the sound
Of the white and the black
Spilling over

I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down

Rest in peace, Guiseppe Conlon.

Resignation

Today the Finnish foreign minister Ilkka Kanerva has been fired, sacked and relieved from his position. I think he was quite good in his work after many politically slightly red foreign ministers, who were still in the Cold War Era.

All the Finns know the reason, there is no way that anyone have been able to avoid the newsfeed from the ministers SMS-messages to the erotic dancer. Many weeks the yellow low-standard newspapers poured the affair on us, and the better papers got involved too. So all this lead to headlines questioning his ability to work as a foreign minister and his morals.

What to think: On the other hand, minister has a history of affairs with many women, has perhaps some kind of addiction to flirt and "play" with women. I think he saw it coming, but he couldn't resist to "play with fire". Many say that he's very charismatic and good with flirting and clever using words. And he has done wrong, he obviously can't handle his urges and he has lost his credibility among the majority of goverment and his party. Party leaders say that not the messages, but the mishandlings and changing sayings in the media were the fundamental reason to lose his credibility. He was forced to resign.

On the other hand, the man did his work very well and was thanked many times from his hard work. There has been some moralism in the air. And this raises the question, whether a minister or a people in some position can be human with needs, desires, addictions and faults and what are the limits of private life of a public person. There seems to be "no-mercy" climate in Finland when a celebrity is involved. And this is a career-kill by the media too. The media did what was necessary, revealed the truth that was hidden. But it, in my opinion, couldn't resist to overgrow and boast about it. There's many examples of the media hunt in the world and some in Finland too (doping cases Myllylä and trainer-chief Kyrö and of course ski-jumper Matti Nykänen)

I wonder why I'm so negative towards media nowadays...

I was happily surprised when I noticed that Finnish Broadcasting Company has a Russian-born woman as a meteorogist. Some leaps of forward in this country.

Anna Ternheim: To be gone