When your political moves look like a bad case of Harlem shake

Finland is a great country in many ways. But every now and then this nation offers such epic levels of political drama that it’s hard to remember it’s all happening for real. The past week has been a roller coaster ride of political drama, or entertainment, depending on the viewpoint. If you look at the…

World Environment Day blogging contest, part III

It seems the online voting system for the World Environment Day blogging contest was opened sometime yesterday so that anyone can vote as many times as they want. I realized it sometime in the evening, maybe around 9pm Finnish time. And just to be specific, I’m talking about my own experiences only – I suddenly…

Political discussion tsunami taking over Finland

Ah, this cold country of mine seems to be offering plenty to blog about this week. First, it was (and is) the national outrage of being called racist (see previous blog post). The scale of that discussion is still growing, and somewhat descriptive of it is the following statistical piece of information: in the last…

New year, clean slate?

So it begins. 2013. I’m not much of a believer in clean slates, new beginnings and such. Of course one can change direction, drastically even, but everything you’ve seen, heard, felt and experienced is still there. It cannot be taken away. In recent days we’ve experienced a rather active discussion on racism in Finland. The…

Back in business

After a long and quiet September, it’s time to get moving again. It’s not like I’ve stayed still in the meantime, I’ve just focused on other things than writing: work, crochet, outdoors, sewing, and well, coping with the autumn. One of my all-time favourite how-to-cope-with-the-darkening-evenings tools is the West Wing. I’ve seen the complete series…

Graffiti crochet: Knit ‘n’ Tag in Helsinki

A sunny August Saturday made many people blink their eyes: a park downtown Helsinki got colorful. Knitting, crochet, music, colors, people and happiness everywhere! Knit ‘n’ Tag event took over the park, organized by the Youth Department of Helsinki. The project was part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 frenzy. Our job was to…

We have this thing called corruption. And racism.

What a week. Murderers, expelled politicians, convicted politicians. Negative people everywhere. Pheew. I’ve been following the trial of the Norwegian murderer Anders Behring Breivik via Twitter. There’s a Finnish journalist in Oslo, sitting in the court room and tweeting. It’s a completely new experience for me, to be following a trial with such intensity. Social…

One for the money, two for the show

Inspired by the very interesting and sad legal happenstance in Finland (a labour union kicking out an employee in a manner that smells quite illegal), I’ve decided to show my true colors. Just out of solidarity, red it is. These red items are needed in the world. More heart. A red hat does give a…