Last evening was an evening when most, if not all of Europe was glued to their TV. It was the final of the Euro Vision Song Contest and as a Swede , I can say that we were happy to be the host country this year. I want to share some of the music, my particular favorites , but first for those not familiar with this event, I have added a detailed description.
This is a complete description Euro Vision Contest courtesy of Wikipedia:
Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world,with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally. Eurovision has also been broadcast outside Europe to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela despite the fact that they do not compete. Since 2000, the contest has also been broadcast over the Internet, with more than 74,000 people in almost 140 countries having watched the 2006 edition online.
In the 1950s, as a war-torn Europe rebuilt itself, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)—based in Switzerland—set up an ad-hoccommittee to search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a “light entertainment programme”. At a committee meeting held in Monaco in January 1955, director general of Swiss television and committee chairman Marcel Bezençon conceived the idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television programme, to be transmitted simultaneously to all countries of the union. The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: as in those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist, and the so-called Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network.The concept, then known as “Eurovision Grand Prix”, was approved by the EBU General Assembly in a meeting held in Rome on 19 October 1955 and it was decided that the first contest would take place in spring 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland. The name “Eurovision” was first used in relation to the EBU’s network by British journalist George Campey in the London Evening Standard in 1951.
The first contest was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on 24 May 1956. Seven countries participated—each submitting two songs, for a total of 14. This was the only contest in which more than one song per country was performed: since 1957 all contests have allowed one entry per country. The 1956 Contest was won by the host nation, Switzerland.
The programme was first known as the “Eurovision Grand Prix”. This “Grand Prix” name was adopted by Denmark, Norway and theFrancophone countries, with the French designation being “Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne“. The “Grand Prix” has since been dropped and replaced with “Concours” (contest) in French, but not in Danish or Norwegian. The Eurovision Network is used to carry many news and sports programmes internationally, among other specialised events organised by the EBU. However, in the minds of the public, the name “Eurovision” is most closely associated with the song contest.
Now, here are all the songs that were heard last evening:
Here is a cute skit about Swedes:
Sweden’s contribution to the Song contest 2013:
Here are my 3 favorites:
And finally, the Winner of Euro Vision 2013
Before I start this post, I would like to extend from my heart and from all of us here at Gullringstorp, a most uccessful, healthy and HAPPY NEW YEAR !
I have so much to write about since my last post, but must take prioritize , so my post order of events will be a bit off.
What’s new here at Gullringstorp and what will be changes and developments for 2013:
We all had a wonderful Holiday with a bit of travel and then Swedish Jul and Christmas at home here at Gullringstorp. I was fortunate once again to have my daughter here with us to celebrate and enjoy all the Holiday fun. January 2nd we set my daughter off at the airport for her return home and went home and back to bed for a couple more hours sleep before meeting the goats. We still have not “fired up ” our new Milking Machine just because I wanted to get all our Holiday plans and activities done. During the Holidays I continued to use our Hand Milker while our ladies became familiar with that big scary Milking Machine that stand close to our milking stand.
On the morning of January 2nd with my first pump of the Hand Milker, it cracked and broke in my hands. My daughter said it was a sign. It was time to “fire up” the new Milking Machine. She is always right and it takes me some time to realize it. I was still not ready to use the fabulous Milking Machine. Please don’t ask me to give you a rational explanation, because I really can’t. So I started something that I had been so afraid of , hand milking!
Oh I can’t tell you the feeling that rushed through me as I held those tiny teats and actually expressed milk. I was so afraid that I couldn’t do this with my little hands, I was also afraid I would hurt my ladies or that I would not get the right squeeze action and no milk would come. Wow, this ushered me into the New Year with a renewed sense of confidence as a “goat mommy”.
I felt wonderful. My ladies were accepting of my hands on them and I was in heaven as I leaned against their warm tummies and could hear all the sounds they make as their grain and hay do their thing in their tummies. I felt great feeling the warmth of their fur and could look into their eyes as I milked them.
It all felt so natural and right.
My Hand Milker has since been repaired, but to tell you the truth, I am not so sure I will go back to it.
If you have seen my website or read anything about my business, I want to do everything in my business and with my animals, as natural as possible. I know , logically, that a Milking Machine is needed and I will have many ladies “in milk ” in about 4 months time, but for now, I would like to continue hand milking.
Welcome back for other new developments here at Gullringstorp in 2013.
It has been another year and in this year I have so many new visitors and following visitors to my blog. The Holidays are just around the corner . This will be my last post of the year 2012.
I would like to wish everyone a most wonderful and Happy Holiday !
I would also like to wish, happiness, peace and good health to all in the New Year!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Gullringstorp!
See you all again in 2013.