Weekend escape

If you ever get the chance to visit Finland in the nastiest, rainiest and darkest time of year, you should come. Maybe then it will be easier to understand our melancholic ways. Now I get to enjoy a getaway weekend with friends: talking, cooking, sauna, wine and ghost stories. Any amount of darkness is easy…

The Good Friday list of all things good

Oh, the month of April, you are so welcome. But tell me, why is it still snowing in Helsinki? As I’m not religious, so my interpretation of Good Friday is something like Friday with good thoughts, good sunshine and good everything. Many good things are indeed around today, but it’s still snowing and raining. I’ve said it before,…

Orson Welles: the Queen of Denmark

What a week. Have not had time to blog about things, and there are so many to mention. Must take it easy and not add everything to this one post. There is the issue with John Grant. He performed last Monday in Helsinki. I had never heard his music before, but then my favourite radio…

Simply Biutiful

The past three days have been wonderful. Not working, taking it easy, sleeping, talking, walking, enjoying the forest, having morning coffee without haste. It’s a privilege to be able to take a few days off work. Then I watched Biutiful. I was hopeful in renting two movies that I’ve too many times left to the rental…

It’s a happy nation

Finland played in the ice-hockey world championships. And we won. In fact, everybody in Finland won, ask anyone. The victory seems particularly sweet as we left Sweden to collect the silver medals. But never mind the bickering between Sweden and Finland when it comes to ice-hockey. For once, people are talking to one another at…