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[*] posted on 15-5-2022 at 13:45


Glad it works again now :)

Joking mainly - I stopped watching in around 2002 and started watching agaiin in 2006 after a college mate said he watched it out of professional reasons (from a musicological point of view) , which made sense, so I decided to watch it - and was treated to a glam metal act. They went through to the final, which amazed me even more and when during the show they went all the way to the top of the leader board - and won! Hilarious :D

I watch it and the amount of enjoyment is different per year (2015 was forgettable for instance), and there's usually something that makes me smile. something that I want to watch again and something that makes me cross.




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[*] posted on 15-5-2022 at 16:09


But yeah, I'm sensitive to flashing lights and got a nasty headache from the show.



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[*] posted on 16-5-2022 at 13:20


I’ve never watched it. I’m familiar with the “Royaume Uni, nils points” saga and Julie saw in a news bulletin that this year the tradition was broken and the UK came second. I’ve seen that comedy with Will Ferrel about Iceland and the Eurovision Song Contest, which was mildly entertaining.



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[*] posted on 17-5-2022 at 12:20


The idea is nice but it works very strangely in practice.

UK used to be a very good competitor, winning in 1997 with Love Shine A Light, but in 2003 they scored their first 0 points with a horribly off-key performance (which they attributed to the Iraq war) and have since tried mostly with either artists that were big 20-30 years ago, or with something pure shite. Major exception was 2009, when Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the song and UK ended 5th.

What this year's entries will do to me is a long-term question but some of my favourites in the past have been (make sure you throw away your cookies after watching unless you like songs about bananas) : Moldova 2009, Armenia 2009 for Eastern folk vibe,
Albania 2012, France 2011 and Italy 2011 for quality,
Greece 2013 for the only ska entry at EV ever but we want more, Georgia 2011 for rocking out and Romania 2013 to tease people.




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[*] posted on 21-5-2022 at 16:14


The Post That Shut Everybody Up! :D



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[*] posted on 23-5-2022 at 03:03


I wouldn't say it shut me up. I'm just not into that kind of music at all. I listened part of the way through to all of the songs you linked and none of them are remotely original and all have that over the top kind of production that drives me nuts. And this year's UK entry is no exception. And don't get me started on the over use of falsetto.

As an aside, which doesn't necessarily have anything to do with TESC, I also can't stand operatic voices. I much prefer hearing a good singer using their natural voice.




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[*] posted on 23-5-2022 at 17:26


teehee well it IS my bad self :D I've put the ESC songs away now and won't be playing them again for a year. :D

I was on a pretty major opera trip recently, although it's hardly my favourite genre - I love Don Giovanni, The Nose (Shostakovich) and Resurrection (Peter Maxwell Davies). Latter features a rock singer who's easily the best part.




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[*] posted on 26-5-2022 at 17:53


not much going on here... crocheting...



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[*] posted on 30-5-2022 at 13:53


Lots of planning going on for our holiday. Organising where we’re going to park during our road trip. Our chickens aren’t producing eggs yet.



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[*] posted on 30-5-2022 at 17:00


Aw that's a pity about the eggs.

Had a busy weekend with the record fair on Saturday (bought nothing) and the fabric fair yesterday (bought 1 thimble).

Crocheting has hurt my arm, so I'll leave that for now and start sewing.

Currently reading Hunchback of Notre Dame, am really enjoying it.




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[*] posted on 31-5-2022 at 09:47


Stayed at home all day for a very important delivery and then got a message that there was a problem with the address, which had already been confirmed earlier. I have complained to customer service and arranged to have it delivered to a newsagent tomorrow so I'm not stuck at home all day again. That bloody delivery driver!!



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[*] posted on 31-5-2022 at 10:21


Oh bah, I hate that... I make a habit of being out pulling weeds or raking the front yard so they don't do the "no car, not at home" thing.

Repaired my bag today, using my new thimble. In case you don't know what they should do - you wear it on the middle finger of your dominant hand and use it to push the needle through fabric.
The thimble unfortunately doesn't appear to be strong enough - I poked a hole in it already (it's sillicone) and there is a weird cross shape on the inside that hurts your finger.

Broke 1 needle during the repair, backpack material is so tough! At least thanks to that sewing channel I watch, I not only learnt how to use a thimble - I also learnt that the running stitch is no good for seams that need to be strong, so I used the backstitch.




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[*] posted on 3-6-2022 at 20:46


They tried to deliver the following day before heading to the newsagent and luckily I was home.

I’ve done a bit of sewing myself with very “bespoke” results. I wouldn’t trust anything but a metal thimble.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2022 at 10:44


Technically I'd need 10 thimbles and perhaps a gauntlet or something, the amount of pricks I attract is astounding :D

BF is coming over to stay until Tuesday, hurray!




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I've always assumed BF is not a prick, so not always!! :D



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[*] posted on 7-6-2022 at 18:12


No he's very sweet :D he bought me a laptop for my 2021 birthday present (he initially wanted me to have his own, but the new laptop he'd bought himself doesn't have a CD-rom player so I told him he could hold onto it until he was fully done with it - he's still using it so he bought me a refurbished HP notebook. :)

Monday is Pentecost Monday, which is a bank holiday in The Netherlands, additionally it's open castle day when all partaking castles open their doors to the public. A few years ago I visited Kasteel Asten, immortalized here:
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and this year BF and I cycled to Heeze, all 10 km through a beautiful forested area. The castle of Heeze is still inhabited but also hosts marriages and stuff. We found it hard to appreciate since there were a lot of stalls and stuff for children, we couldn't see the castle through the people, and the band that was playing, well, the less said about that the better. We did have an overexpensive cup of coffee/tea from a mobile seller that was hawking from a 1973 DAF van. Highlight of the day.

Today we cycled to the media store in town to buy a memory card for his camera, we visited the board game store for fun, I showed Pandemic: Rising Tide for him (Pandemic but then set in The Netherlands with rule variation :) ), told him I asked it for my birthday but it wasn't given to me - and a few minutes later he sent me out the shop and bought it for me.
We had great fun with Pandemic, we played the board version twice over the weekend (twice saving the world) and this time, we won as well, provided we didn't make any mistakes.
Told BF he'd best bring it back home to him since Dad and I won't play it, and his siblings have expressed interest, and I can play it with him when I visit him.

So, not short of exercise over the past few days.




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[*] posted on 9-6-2022 at 03:13


Swimming is my main exercise these days.



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[*] posted on 9-6-2022 at 06:09


Nice!
Haven't swum in more than 20 years...




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[*] posted on 11-6-2022 at 16:09


I recommend it! It’s a very low impact and fun way to keep fit.



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[*] posted on 13-6-2022 at 17:37


I loved it but when I was about 15 I started to become very aware of my looks and now I couldn't think of much worse than wearing a bathing suit in public.



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