Yes, Eurovision came and went, but how did Spain get any points with a song that relied more on hairstyles than music!?

The Russians did well, but I think the song was alright, but was definitely improved by the Olympic ice skater…

Not entirely sure, but does that mean that the visual aspects of a song make it sound better? You can find some clips around the webscape if you want to see what I’m talking about.

Not that I’m one to knock the power of images with music, it’s just that was meant to be a song competition!

Just about everyone recognises the Rolling Stones ‘tounge and lips’ image, possibly because Mick Jagger has a similar look…

By comparison, The Beatles image was limited to spelling – plus some amazing photos.

I think the idea of the Eurovision competition is in danger of being a talent show with a predictable result. Two years ago Finland supplied a ‘Monster Metal Rock Band’ who

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Eurovision contestants 2008

Albania – Olta Boka – Zemren E Lame Peng
Andorra – Gisela – Casanova
Armenia – Sirusho – Qele Qele
Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov feat. Samir Javadzadeh – Day After Day
Belarus – Ruslan Alehno – Hasta La Vista
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Laka – Pokusaj
Bulgaria – Deep Zone and Balthazar – DJ, Take Me Away
Belgium – Ishtar – O Julissi na Jalini
Croatia – Kraljevi ulice feat. 75 cents – Romanca
Cyprus – Evdokia Kadi – Femme Fatale
Czechia – Tereza Kerndlova – Have Some Fun
Denmark – Simon Mathews – All Night Long
Estonia – Kreisiraadio – Leto Svet
Finland – Terasbetoni – Missa miehet ratsastaa
France – Sebastien Tellier – Divine
Georgia – Diana Gurtskaya – Peace Will Come
Greece – Kalomira – My Secret Combination
Germany – No Angels – Disappear
Hungary – Csezy – Candlelight
Iceland – Euroband – This is my life
Ireland – Dustin the Turkey – Irelande douze points
Israel – Bo’az Ma’uda – Ke’ilo kan
Latvia – Pirates of the Sea – Wolves of the sea
Lithuania – Jeronimas Milius – Nomads In The Night
Macedonia – Tamara feat. Vrcak and Adrian Gaxha – Vo imeto na ljubovta
Malta – Morena – Vodka
Moldova – Geta Burlacu – A Century of Love
Montenegro – Stefan Filipovic – Zauvijek volim te
Netherlands – Hind – Your Heart Belongs To Me
Norway – Maria Haukass Storeng – Hold On Be Strong
Poland – Isis Gee – For Life
Portugal – Vania – Senhora do Mar
Russia – Dima Bilan – Believe
Romania – Nico and Vlad Mirita – Pe-o margine de lume
San Marino – Miodio – Complice
Serbia – Jelena Tomasevic – Oro
Spain – Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el ChikiChiki
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag Naj Vzame
Sweden – Charlotte Perrelli – Hero
Switzerland – Paolo Meneguzzi – Era Stupendo
Turkey – Mor ve Otesi – Deli
UK / Great Britain – Andy Abraham – Even If
Ukraine – Ani Lorak – Shady Lady

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I was listening to the local radio today and heard a great series/competition they have running. The basic idea is this:

Listeners recommend a local (unsigned) band for the station to review. The station then goes along to the gig and listens to the band playing live.

If they sound good and polished and give a crowd pleasing performance, they get posted online to the stations website – they post a bio, a review of the group, style of music and host an mp3 of the group.

At the end of the week, the listeners review and vote for the best group. Whoever wins the week, gets to record their best song for free at the stations studio! What a great prize for the

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Saxophone skills silenced

You know you’ve got days when you know you should have got around to something much earlier, but didn’t? Like practicing a musical instrument for pleasure oa performance.

Well, a friend of my mothers was always ‘threatening’ us with a public performance of his saxophone skills – even though we lived close enough to hear the private rehearsals.

Still all the neighbourhood looked forward to the day when a musician finally came out from their modest shell to share the music they love.

All of us were treated to the intricacies of ‘Baker Street’ – or at least the into for countless hours on end. Sometimes you could even hear most of the song, played a little falteringly, but complete nonetheless.

I would often keep my eye out for sheet music for the fledgling sax player and

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I was trying to get a new design finished today and while I was enjoying the last of my ice cool water, I looked around and just behind me a big black crow flew at some force into the window!

What shocked me was how loud the ‘thud’ was – it sounded like a full bass drum having the skin ripped. I opened the window to see if the bird was alright, but it had just gone. I think it was probably too embarrassed to admit what happened and hoped no other bird saw it 😛

When I brought my head back inside, I was presented with the most delightful sight

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Boy is it a big blogosphere out there. I’ve been reading and trying to digest all the tools around and have discovered Technorati! Yes, I know some folks will laugh at that idea of just discovering, but just remember, you didn’t always know how to walk!

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I am still deciding which hosting option is best for the final online store.

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The previous post got me thinking about all things Japanese, so I decided to put up a new post on that! Apparently the Japanese drummers ‘Taiko‘ were playing from around 750AD.

They also use the same lute (gakbiwa / biwa) and zither (gakuso / koto) had come over from China. These instruments used a pentatonic scale, not the same as the West is used to thanks to The Blues!

It could be said that the Chinese and Japanese were the first Blues players in the world 😛
(or maybe that should be drum and bass!)

Anyway, I’ve just begun looking at the writing and I’ll see about incorporating them into

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Funky new PSP pouch

I was actually looking around for a present for Fathers Day and I came across a PSP case which looked interesting, but not interesting enough. So I went and designed a PSP case my Dad would probably use.
PSP Starfield Dad Design Case

I think the design on this one was inspired by the ‘just a twinkle in daddy’s eye’ that I was once! I was so pleased with the way this design looked, it had to be my first picture on the site!

I’m still trying to work my way around this blog, and I’ll keep it as well designed as I can, and will improve it as time goes on.

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Better weather on the way…

I am chilly and wrapped up and looking forward to a warm plate of fries. I have been reading the weather reports and it says there’s definitely better weather on the way 😀

I was trying to plan a beach party for tonight, but I am having to postpone it to the coming weekend. The last one I enjoyed with a small group of friends and we had fun cleaning up afterwards. The BBQ we had was a nightmare to start, don’t those things take ages to get going! Thankfully one of the people walking past eventually help us out with his lighter, as none of us smoke!

With that in mind, all of us enjoyed hot food instead of ultra fresh and raw food.

One of the chaps in a group next to us had a rather eye catching top on, more for the color then his body 🙂 . I have tried to find something similar but had a problem. The closest color I have found I decided to put a very bold design on. I would really love to meet the guy who would wear this one!

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Hey there music fans.

I was offline for the last couple of days thanks to my ISP having a hiccup (hiccough!) in their abilities! Still, in great and usual form I took the opportunity to enjoy life – hey, it’s what it’s here for.

As I thoroughly enjoyed my day out in the glorious sunshine, watching the waves break at the shoreline was refreshing an energizing.

Letting mother nature do it’s thing with you is a great day.

On the way back an old-timer decided to strike up a conversation with me – yes, it was started by the spaghetti t-shirt I was wearing!

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