lauantai 31. toukokuuta 2008


This week I was picking up my children from school. I waited in the schoolyard and witnessed the joyful event. The sixth-graders were having a waterfight. Their teacher was present and allowed it. They were throwing water balloons, shooting with waterguns and literally pouring water from bottles on top of everyone. Everyone was wet but they didn´t care. Joy of summer and togetherness was visible in their faces!

That event was full of joy, and it brought a smile on my face. The sixth grade is the last one before they move to the other schools and this week was their last week together. So in that battle was propably in their minds for a very long time, and hopefully give a lasting good memory of the six years in that school.

So this fight was very cleverly organised. Hats off to the teacher!

tiistai 27. toukokuuta 2008

Neil Young, WTC and Living with war

9.11. some years back: On the flight United 93 some strange things happened, courage, heroism and terror.

Neil Young composed a song about this matter: LET`S ROLL:

I know I said I love you
I know you know it's true
I got to put the phone down
And do what we got to do
One's standing in the aisle way
Two more at the door
We got to get inside there
Before they kill some more

Time is runnin out­ lets roll
Time is runnin out­ lets roll

No time for indecision we got to make a move
I hope that were forgiven for what we got to do
How this all got started I'll never understand
Hope someone can fly this thing and get us back to land

Time is runnin out­ lets roll
Time is runnin out­ lets roll

No one has the answer but one thing is true
You got to turn on evil when it's coming after you
You gotta face it down and when it tries to hide
We gotta go in after it and never be denied

Time is runnin out­ lets roll

Lets roll for freedom
Lets roll for love
Going after satin on the wings of a dove
Lets roll for justice
Lets roll for truth
Lets not let our children grow up fearful in their youth

Time is runnin out­ lets roll
Time is runnin out­ lets roll
Time is runnin out­ lets roll

* * * * * * * * * *

Years went by and President Bush attacked Iran with false evidence and although terminated one of the most feared dictator, turned the country into chaos. Neil Young composed an album Living with war, which has a clear political message to the leaders of US: The change must be made.

Here´s a song titled LOOKING FOR A LEADER:

Looking for a leader
To bring our country home
Re-unite the red white and blue
Before it turns to stone

Lookin' for somebody
Young enough to take it on
Clean up the corruption
And make the country strong

Walkin' among our people
There's someone who's straight and strong
To lead us from desolation
And a broken world gone wrong

Someone walks among us
And I hope he hears the call
And maybe it's a woman
Or a black man after all

Yeah maybe it's Obama
But he thinks that he's too young
Maybe it's Colin Powell
To right what he's done wrong

America has a leader
But he's not in the house
He's waling here among us
And we've got to seek him out

Yeah we've got our election
But corruption has a chance
We got to have a clean win
To regain confidence

America is beautiful
But she has an ugly side
We're lookin' for a leader
In this country far and wide

We're lookin' for a leader
With the great spirit on his side

Someone walks among us
And I hope he hears the call
And maybe it's a woman
Or a black man after all

sunnuntai 25. toukokuuta 2008

Football news

I'm on my way to Kotka, city of docks in the south-eastern coast of Finland. I'm travelling with HK05, the FC Honka supporters club. There's 28 of us who will attend the match KooTeePee-FC Honka at Arto Tolsa Areena.

Spirits are high and hopefully we'll come back to Espoo with 3 points more. That should be nice when a break in Finnish Veikkausliiga comes tomorrow.

And some other news: 1.FC Köln was promoted to Bundesliga, and star coach Christoph Daum will stay the next season. There was a lot of discussion in Germany about his leaving the club. And Blackburn was on the top half of the table after the season. So all is quite well in the football front.

And my holidays are only two weeks ahead in the future. Yeah!

tiistai 20. toukokuuta 2008

Ups and downs

How quickly can your hopes rise and then fall again?

Aerosmith: Dream on

keskiviikko 14. toukokuuta 2008


Last weeks have been terrible in the world. The earthquake in China, bomb exploding in India and the horrible disaster at Myanmar. May all victims rest in peace.

Makes your minor problems a miniature ones. And then again, we don´t really know how many people suffer in their own homes, without no one knowing. And out of help, because of pride that don´t allow Finns to ask help from each other.

Sometimes I hope that maybe some day these natural or man-made disasters will some day end. At the same time the burden is to let your thoughts lead to a conclusion: I know that this will not happen (Although Christian hope gives hope for the future).

The world is so small today, that everything that happens feels like it´s happening to our neighbourhood. It gets close to you, if you let it come. If you let it come close, the saddening burden of humanity´s suffering might get under your skin, and that´s not healthy anymore because it leads to cynicism or hardened consiousnes swhich seemed to be a modern way to fight against hopelessness. Because man have to find a way to survive mentally this thinking.

Are there any other ways than turning into cynical or tough to other people´s sufferings?

sunnuntai 11. toukokuuta 2008

"Mehr stonn zo dir, FC Kölle!"

Today 1.FC Köln has gained promotion to 1.Bundesliga after the win against FSV Mainz 05!!



Here´s a video of Lufthansa Boeing 737-300 taking off from EDDM (that´s aviation language for München Johann-Strauss Airport).

Here are some pics from the Besucherpark (Visitors Park):

More will come in Flickr, as usual

Now playing: Judas Priest - All Fired Up

keskiviikko 7. toukokuuta 2008


Greetings from Munchen, from the heart of Bavaria. Although the most popular and most hated by others, Bayern Munchen, has won Bundesliga, this city is still very nice.

I'm here in a seminar for Finnish-German confirmation school. I'm attending as a teacher/educator to that for the 8th time. You can read more at http//

I was told that the query was made among the Germans, that what would be the nicest city to live. Munchen won and Freiburg was the second. This place is like a huge spread village, and there's a law here that forbids to build higher buildings than church towers. prorities are straight here. And I was also told that here the newcomers and immigrants are best integrated into society.

We visited the famous Hofbrauhaus, where Oktoberfest is every day. The traditional band played in leather outfits, in traditional Bavarian style.

We are staying at a theological seminar. Rooms are small and a little arcaic, but I won't mind.

I'll write more in days to come.

maanantai 5. toukokuuta 2008

Die Gäste

Yesterday we have guests from Koblenz and surrounding areas in Germany. Our youth work hosted 14 youth workers from German Evangelical Church.

Once again, I learnt very much from the other people who are working in a similar profession as me. The cultures in our work and countries are far apart each other, but still we have the same goals and in many times same strategies as well to proceed in our work. The unity in the Church was found again and we had a blessed time together.

We visited a youth camp, discussed many topics in Christian youth work and have a great time by the campfire singing old negrospirituals and songs from The Beatles together. All the men have sauna and the stories were quite unbelievable. The laughing filled the hot room. There's a saying in Finnish Church that sauna is a church of Finnish men. Last Saturday proved that we can extend this saying to Germans as well.

I was very happy to get to know these new colleagues from Germany and exchanging ideas about youth culture and my work. And I was especially glad that teenagers interacted with our guests too. then again, the Germans are professionals who are working with youth, so it wasn't a surprise. And our teenagers were open to this meeting.

Hopefully some continuance can be found after this opening act.

Vielen Dank!