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The World According to Me
Sunday, 22 May 2005
Now Playing: Elena Paparizou - MY NUMBER ONE
It's a sad thing that I missed the Eurovision this year. For anyone reading this who doesn't know what the Eurovision is, a) shame on you, and b) it's a now 50 year old song competition staged every year.

Ireland are the undisputed champions of Eurovision, having won it more than anyone else (including a stint in the 90s where we won it 4 times in 5 years...) The way it works is that the country who wins one year hosts the contest the following year. It's all very exciting, particularly the voting, which takes place after a (usually locally-flavoured) interval act that follows the performances of all the songs. Interval acts that stand out include the original Riverdance (yes! Eurovision spawned Riverdance!!) and Israeli transsexual Dana International performing the Hebrew Sabbath Prayer as a techno dance number....

Ireland's entry this year was awful, by the sound of it, and so we were booted out in the preliminaries (there are now so many countries in Europe that they have to have preliminaries to avoid an endless contest). Greece have been gearing up to win it for years, and this year, THEY DID IT. Elena Paparizou is just fabulous, and I'm so happy she won. Opa!

In a hilarious aside, the official cd includes a bonus track - the Australian entry. Australia were disqualified from the competition, on the grounds that they are not a European country....

Written by Conor at 12:12 PM KDT
Updated: Sunday, 22 May 2005 12:15 PM KDT

Tuesday, 28 June 2005 - 8:13 PM KDT

Name: Fabio

Hi Conor,

bumped accidentally into your weblog while surfing the net on the search for some informations about Ninagawa Yukio. Well, let me introduce myself... Hajimemashite, Fabio Ghelli desu... I'm an italian post-graduate who's spending some time in Kyoto with a bunch of Germans with the aim of learning japanese. To tell you how I got here would take me quite a long time and I don't want to bore you... So, let's say that I graduated in greek philology, wrote a thesis about Ajax' suicide in Sophocles, became interested in the staging of self-imposed death, collected some hints about the japanese seppuku and decided to see things from a different point of view. This is, in short, what brought me to Kyoto. Now, next week I'm gonna present a short essay about the staging of greek tragedies by japanese directors and the influence that this practice is having on classical studies. Actually I didn't find any bibliography on this topic and I really don't know how to start. I don't know if you'll read these lines, but if you do (and if you have a little time), I'd be glad to receive some tips... Thanks a lot,



Wednesday, 29 June 2005 - 5:42 AM KDT

Name: Andrew

Update your blog!! What do you expect me to read in work?!?

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