I just spent an evening at the City Hall of Stockholm. At the very place where the Nobel Prize Winners gather after their ceremony to spend the night eating and dancing in the precence of The Royal Family. It was breath taking. I felt like somebody myself. It was the reception of The 13th Congress of the International Headache Society. I did not win the Nobel but I felt almost like it.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The sun is hanging hot from the sky,
And a light wind carries the smell of freshly cut grass.
Strangely blue sky is admiring itself from the mirror of the sea
And singing of a bird like music can be heard from afar.
I am lying in my sun lounger, all haste has vanished somewhere
And I am measuring time only by watching the flowers grow.
It is vacation now, I taste some wild strawberries with milk
And I think to myself: life is beautiful.
The Ultimate Scrabble Game:
When you rearrange the letters (With no letters left over and using each letter only once):
GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE
DORMITORY: DIRTY ROOM
EVANGELIST: EVIL'S AGENT
PRESBYTERIAN: BEST IN PRAYER
DESPERATION: A ROPE ENDS IT
THE MORSE CODE: HERE COME DOTS
SLOT MACHINES: CASH LOST IN ME
MOTHER-IN-LAW: WOMAN HITLER
SNOOZE ALARMS: ALAS! NO MORE Z'S
A DECIMAL POINT: I'M A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES: THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO: TWELVE PLUS ONE
And for the grand finale:
PRESIDENT CLINTON OF THE USA: TO COPULATE HE FINDS INTERNS
To-morrow nobody goes to work beause it is Juhannus.
Midsummer is the celebration of the most luminous time of the year. In Finland it is also the Flag Day and according to the official rules, flags are raised at six in the evening on Midsummer's Eve and lowered at 21 hours on the evening of the following day. Midsummer is surely the most delightful of Finland's public holidays.
It is called the festival of "Nightless Night" because in the northern part of Finland, that is above the Arctic Circle, the sun does not go down behind the horizon at all!
The festival is celebrated on the Saturday that falls between 20th June and 26th June. Many of the customs associated with Midsummer's Day derive from the pre-Christian and pan-European festival of light and fertility that marked the summer solstice. The burning of the Midsummer kokko (bonfire), originally a tradition linked, in the north and east of the country, with beliefs concerning fertility, cleansing and the banishing of evil spirits, has in the 20th century spread throughout Finland. It has become the central element in the programme of commercial Midsummer festivities, along with music and dance.
Homes are decorated with flowers and birch branches. A Midsummer pole, reminiscent of an ornamental sailing mast, is part of the Finland-Swedish tradition of southern Finland and Ahvenanmaa (also called Aweland...)
Everybody who has the slightest possibility travel to the countryside and towns are really deserted. Everything is closed and the toutists who do not perhaps know about this tradition think that a Neutron Bomb must have hit the streets.
Unfortunately it's a Finnish tradition to drink a lot during the festival, many people don't go to sleep at all during Midsummer Night because it is so bright. The statistics for the number of people drowned and killed in accidents are morbidly counted every year.
Here you can listen to our National Anthem and see some pictures from Finland.
We love Juhannus!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Now we all accept that English is really difficult, we have to adopt a new
version. Here it comes:
New EC regulations
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will
be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other
possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded
that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a
5-year phase-in plan that would be known as "EuroEnglish":
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c".. Sertainly, this will make
the sivil sevants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favor of
the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have less letters.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the
troublesome "ph" will be replaced with the "f". This will make words like
"fotograf" 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to
reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments
will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a
deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the
silent "e" in the language is disgraceful, and it should go away.
By the 4th yar, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with
"z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd
from vords kontaiining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer
kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor
trubls nor difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
ZE DREM VIL FINALI KUM TRU!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Twenty-two Reasons Why English is Hard to Learn
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there was no time like the present, he thought it was time to
present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsmen on how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.
14. The buck does funny things when does are present.
15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
22. If two witches watch two watches, which witch watches which watch?
There is neither egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor
pine in pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England or French
fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren't
sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So, one moose, 2 meese? One index, two indices? Is cheese the plural of choose?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play, and play at a recital?
Ship by truck, and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that
smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?
When a house burns up, it burns down. You fill in a form by filling it out, and an alarm clock goes off by going on.
When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they
are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind
up this essay, I end it.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
For the time being I am the Product Manager of a migraine remedy called Maxalt. So you could say that migraine is my headache.
If I was not in this business I think I wouldn't actually be a baker but a painter like my father. And I am not talking about pictures...
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. For more info click the post title.
Our official National Flag Day will be a little bit later, on July 23rd which is also The Midsummer Day.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Doctors amazed as Polish coma patient wakes up after 19 years. It is the stuff of fairytales and happy endings, the story of a Polish railway worker who woke up to a new world of plenty after falling into a "coma" 19 years ago when Poland was still communist.
Since a Polish television station reported this month that railway worker Jan Grzebski, now 65, had roused from a comatose-like state after nearly a generation, the phone in his humble apartment in this northern Polish town has not stopped ringing.
Everyone -- the Chinese, the Portuguese, the Americans -- wants to interview the Polish 'Rip van Winkle,' the bearded storybook character who slept for 20 years.
Even warnings by Polish professor Hubert Kwiecinski, who is the health ministry's adviser in neurology, that this may be less coma and more modern myth in the making have not dimmed the public's interest.
"We can't say with absolute certainty that this was a case of someone being in a coma or any form of coma such as being brain dead or in a vegetative state," Kwiecinski told AFP.
After he was hit by a train in 1988, Grzebski was left bedridden and unable to speak, but he did not lose his vital functions.
He did not have to be fed intravenously or breathe with a respirator, which is usually the case of people in a comatose state, Kwiecinski said.
Grzebski himself said he was conscious of what was going on around him throughout his state of -- well, call it 'in absentia,' if it wasn't a real coma.
"I heard everything around me, I understood everything but I could not utter a single word," he told AFP.
"I was like a plant. It was horrible, not being able to communicate."
What a story! Click the blog title to read more!
Loistavasti Dæmon suomennettuna Daimoniksi, minun Daimonini tulee tässä:
Click here or on the blog title if you want to do your own test
This test was really accurate...It says that I am calm, responsible, passive, relaxed and reliable. I nicked this test from Mischievous Muse
Sunday, June 10, 2007
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.
Friday, June 8, 2007
If you are under eighteen or without a sense of humour, do not watch the following picture:
Here in Finland we now have temperatures of over thirty Celsius, so I decided to publish this. Although it is from Mexico. And I have never been to Mexico. Yet.
Why do people think that I'm stingy, although they know that I'm leaving all my assets to the Church? asked a rich man the vicar.
-Let me tell you a story of a pig and a cow, said the vicar.
-People did not like the pig meanwhile they loved the cow. This bothered the pig immensely.
-People talk about your friendly nature and big beautiful eyes, said the pig to the cow.
-They regard you as generous because you give them milk every day. But what about me? I give them bacon and ham. I produce bristle to their brushes and they use even my cloven hooves. And still nobody loves me. Why?
-Do you know what the cow answered? asked the vicar.
-The cow said:"What if they like me because I give them something while I'm still alive!"
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I have not of course seen this movie as yet. It's predecessors were so good though that I'm waiting impatiently to see this part, too. Here are some pictures from the premiere: Ocean's Thirteen and the trailer
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Ronja is not exactly a purebred dog. But the more precious. One dogbreeder once said that if Ronja was a pedigree dog, she would win all the awards. But like Snoopy she is just Miscellaneous.
Her she is sitting on my wife's blouse while she was away for an evening meeting..