Category Archives: Filnand

7 barmy but brilliant British traditions

Finnish National Sleepy Head Day sees the last person in the household to wake up has water chucked over them. It sounds crazy, but we Brits are in no position to mock… If you were last to wake in your … Continue reading

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Finlandia – The Hymn

I have been a fan of the music of Jean Sibelius since I went to my very first classical music concert back in the early 1960s and heard a performance of his second symphony by the Halle Orchestra. Over the … Continue reading

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Now thats what you call a REAL sport……………….

 A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th Wife Carrying World Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate. Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman cleared the grueling 253.5 meter (278-yard) … Continue reading

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So where are the all the women?

This morning I received a glossy brochure from the Berlin Philharmonic advertising concerts for the 2013 / 14 season and inviting me to subscribe to the “digital concert hall”. The philharmonic have been at the forefront of developing “on line … Continue reading

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Susanna Mälkki named Gulbenkian Orchestra principal guest conductor

Three-year contract with the Lisbon-based orchestra begins in July 2013 Susanna Mälkki has been appointed the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s new principal guest conductor (photo: Simon Fowler) The Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Orchestra has appointed Susanna Mälkki as its new principal guest conductor for three years, … Continue reading

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Opening Concert of the Helsinki Concert Hall……”Finlandia”

If you have never heard Finlandia by Sibelius then watch this video, it will make you want to change nationalities to being Finnish……………….

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