Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Eurovision 2015 is HERE!

It's generally best to watch Eurovision with a little preparation beforehand. Otherwise the 3 hours can be a bit too much if you don't know what to look out for. I've trawled through all the entries this year so you don't have to.

The main thing to know is that AUSTRALIA are competing!

But other than that:

The Good (by good I mean, good for Eurovision)

Sweden (I mean obviously). They are currently the favourites to win, probably because it's the best song.

Norway (obviously) but I don't think it's stronger than the Swedish entry. Just the first of the many male/female duets.

Slovenia - sounds like something you might actually hear on the radio and slightly Bond.

Estonia: another bookie's favourite along with Australia. 

Lativia - it's a bit wierd. I'm not sure what's it's doing on Eurovision.

The Bad
The UK: It's catchy, but is it good? No.

San Marino: unnecessarily frantic.

The Ugly
Italy -a never ending crescendo with idiotic lyrics. I dislike this song so much I have yet to sit through the entirety of it. It is also the second favourite to win. Dear Lord, can this be true?

Spain (excessive use of drumming, wind machines and eagles)

The Dull
Russia - A rather classic eurovision entry about peace and harmony but will the political events have any kind of effect on votes from their neighbours this year? I should think they won't be getting 12 points from Ukraine this year since they annexed the Russia voting half at least... but this is Eurovision so you never know!

See also: everyone one else, who pretty much all seem to have chosen female singers with ballads including Germany who are trying to repeat their win with Lena and Satellite with a very similar artist with a very familiar singing style. Nice try Germany.

Thursday, 7 May 2015


 One quite unusually very cold Spring Weekend we drove down to Umbria.... and explored the beautiful cream loveliness of Assisi against the steely skies.

Assisi - Umbria, UNESCO site

La Basilica di Santa Chiara - St. Clare's Resting Place

Pilgrims arrive at the Basilica di San Francesco where St Francis is buried.

Pink Marble and Brick

Over the sleeping vineyards and olive groves.