Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I love the sly humor of the English edition of Hesari. Just read the entire story and enjoy!
It is very possible that this could be an elaborate internet hoax, but I have chosen to fall for it. Long, pointy, totally impractical cowboy boots are a fashion sensation in northeastern Mexico. You can read about them here. And you should enjoy this video as well. It is long, but I recommend watching the entire clip:
The pointy boots immediately brought to mind the Leningrad Cowboys. Is it possible that there is a Finnish-Mexican connection? I was introduced to the Leningrad Cowboys through the movie by Aki Kaurismäki. And that brings this blog back to Finland by way of Cannes. Aki Kaurismäki is in Cannes with his new film Le Havre. I can't wait.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I will have a hard time getting Chris to remove this jacket any time soon. Happily for him it is cool enough to wear the jacket this week. We are carrying on a 2 person hockey celebration here in NH. As one friend pointed out, "You never watch hockey". Au contraire. I have watched Finland demolish Sweden twice. Last night in English. In Estonian on Sunday on the internet.
Neither one of us is Finnish. Nor do we share a drop of Finnish blood. But that doesn't stop us from being wannabe Finns. Watch this video on the Helsingin Sanomat web site here. You will want to be Finnish too.
Monday, May 16, 2011
This is the front page of a Swedish paper Expressen and you can see the site here. The amazing thing about this paper is the headline is the ur-Finnish word PERKELE!
Perkele is the ultimate Finnish swear word. The word has roots in Finnish mythology hearkening back to the pre-Christian Finland.
To say the word properly, you have to be able to roll your Rs. Here are some examples: first from the Duudsonit...
And from Vares...
Remember, practice makes perfect.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
What is the leading story today? The arrest of DSK? No way! It is this picture - Finland is number 1 in hockey. Or as Helsingin Sanomat wrote: SUOMI ON MAAILMAN PARAS! The picture above is from HS.fi.
The fun started on Friday with this amazing goal by Mikael Granlund:
I love the Finnish commentator. A friend told me the commentator is Antero Mertaranta and that he has quite a following. You can read about him in the NYT here and you can watch him here:
I bet the streets of Finland are full of happy, happy Finns! Ihanaa Leijonat!