Game of Thrones is on

Many of my friends have been overly excited about the Game of Thrones. Most have read the novel, and many have watched the TV series. For some reason, I could not interest myself in either for a long time, even though I greatly enjoy good fiction and TV drama. Then came summer holidays, and I…

Book Swap is open at Helsinki Airport

It’s finally ready: the lovely book swap area at Helsinki Airport. The whole thing was made possible by Quality Hunters, an initiative by Finnair and Helsinki Airport. In short, the initiative was one big online community of people interested in various things: e.g. food, services, culture and of course – traveling. I’ve blogged about the…

The list of all things good

As you may remember, I’m very fond of lists. Lists are wonderful, they simplify life, they create order into what’s ambiguous and they provide an endless source of happiness to a person who prefers things easy. My lists this week include the so-called general list, including everything that needs to be remembered. I also need…

Welcome 2012: may you bring desirable design

So the new year has begun. It means we will have more daylight, approximately one minute per day. The darkest hour took place 22nd December, and now it’s with full throttle we travel towards beautiful, blinding daylight. I miss it so much. Naturally, I’m in complete denial about the winter that’s still ahead before spring…

Strange fruit

I’ve been slowly reading the book I posted earlier about, 33 revolutions per minute┬áby Dorian Lynskey. I decided to go easy with the book, only take one song at a time and digest the thoughts with patience. I read the first chapter, about┬áStrange Fruit, describing racial violence. I saw the photos the author had chosen…

Travel fiction at its best

Related to an earlier post about Quality Hunters, I’m eager to explore the topic of travel fiction a bit more. I guess a very traditional way of defining travel fiction is something along the lines of characters physically moving from one place to another, talking about it, learning, discussing, getting into trouble and awkward situations,…

Quality Hunters on the loose

I’ve written a lot about Finland: the society, design, politics. Or I don’t know if it’s a lot, but anyway I feel like it’s some. I noticed some time ago that Finnair and Helsinki Airport were planning to launch a second round for Quality Hunters, which is like a sophisticated version of mystery shopping. Except…

Soundtrack of social change

I got myself a new book. It is the first non-fiction book I have bought in a good while. This baby has about 800 pages, just like a good Harry Potter novel. Author Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian, has done impressive and interesting research about the politics of pop music, and BTW…

One last time. To see what happens.

Out of tiredness and slightly bored, I started reading a Marian Keys novel, Rachel’s holiday. I’ve tried one of her short story collections earlier, but that did not work out at all. So far I’m on page 29 in Rachel’s holiday and I’m not closing the book yet. The character is not the usual shopaholic…