Here in France we close summer now, more and more people return from vacation so also at my office. It reminds me of the fact that I hate to work in an open office space, and how nice it can be to work from home. But let me elaborate the home working thing.
Right now, in the time of Ebola, Covid and Plague we can still work from home 1 day a week, based on how many people who is in that week. But this is where the home working idea fails. Home working works perfectly and is wünderbar when you can work for a while at home. Not carry material home and back on an almost daily basis.
So, during those conditions home working just “F” things up. But gosh what I wish I can get my own office, the department I work in is worth our own office space – wish list for the Christmas…
And now something else, born from a discussion yesterday, Eurovision entries failed to place well in the year they entered but if they entered now would be hits (with a modern production). Yesterday we talked about Remedios Amaya “Quien maneja mi barca” – SO last in 1983 just cause it was before it’s time.
I have still not found any split results from the Eurovision this weekend, so not much of an analysis yet. So we will wait for that until next weekend I guess.
Instead, prepare for work tomorrow, a 4 day week thanks heaven. But some important tasks to look into this week, the last week of May.
Talking about May, its more February outside, I soon won’t give a shit and go down to the Riviera for some sun… The people I meet in Paris now, with a tan, have all been at the French Riviera – so there is sun and heat in this country, but not in Paris.
Eurovision turned out weird to be honest, strange voting, favorites fell and songs supposed never to have been written turned out to be very popular. In any case I have not downloaded the full result and look at the stats yet so I leave you with a quote from the Eurovision movie.
So Semi 1 of Eurovision passed and the main thing I take from it is what kind of mental illness do you suffer from if you vote on Russia and Ukraine?
8 song out of 10 on my own list passed to the finals. And 8 of 10 on the list of my guesses, so 80% on each is OK I think. But a lot of strange stuff. Croatias fail to qualify is a mystery, and Sweden… Could have been left outside the top 10 without me going wild.
So let us jump on tomorrows semi then. The list so far:
So we finally there, the ESC 2021, Semi one kick off. My views on tonights show can be found here as a PDF download.
Beside that, and the current situation in the world, let us remember Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and Madonnas performance. And let us remember it not mainly for her not so successful vocals but for her political standpoint in the now current situation in Israel and Palestine.
Not so sure that would have been popular 2021…
Another thing I cant wrap my head around at the moment is the green ring on the apple watch. Walking from home to work close the green ring, biking gives this:
Not much of an exercise really… So not I bike back and forth from work and still need to power walk in the evenings to close the ring. I mean, one reason for buying a bike was to put the exercise in the daily routines and no need for extra gym time. Not working, cycling do not burn at all. Downhill or uphill.
So enjoy tonight and let us be bitter tomorrow about the results from ESC Semi 1
So finally time for the Eurovision 2021 and the fund part… To decide, to guess and to get upset cause people vote like my opinion do not count at all…
So, the list. Why all these different columns. First of all I do not watch the rehearsals so my initial opinions is 100% based on the released tracks, so there are always some small changes on the night. And the comments ahead of the semifinals are much kinder than the ones on the night of the finals. Then I turn to the wicket witch of Eurovision.
So here is the promised PDF of the first semi finals tomorrow.
So it start, or kick off… The Eurovision Stage looks amazing on pictures.
And the rehearsals have started and as always, since some years back fans go wild. I still remember the good old days when the first time you actually had a chance to see the performances was on the night of the competition.
This years big war is between Malta and Cyprus. Cyprus announced their song very early, and was the fan favorite until Malta (last to announce their song) announced Destiny’s song. Since then a Cyprus group and a Malta group formed and attack, not each other but the singers. In what media would call toxic way if it was about politics, race, gender etc. And it exploded this weekend when Maltas first rehearsal took place and Destiny (who is a big girl) entered the stage in a short pink dress. Oh Lord Eurovision Internet was set on fire. That is todays Eurovision world. We have gone from a “Agree to disagree” contest to a contest where a country is trashed for everything between their politics, refugee situation to how they can afford to host the contest if they win (coming from Cypriot fans its actually funny). And all based on a pink dress at a Eurovision Song Contest rehearsal.
But, one step at the time, the contest is next week and I can’t get into it too much cause of work issues – read: Conferences, work shops and international meetings.
Enjoy this week. For me planned to be 3 days, 1 National Holiday and a bank holiday off… But all is up to me manage to do 5 days work in 3 and be ready for the Conference on Wednesday this week.
So, with the arrival of the official Eurovision CD my “real” ESC season takes off, even if the streams and mp3s been available for long, in some cases since December 2020 (Albanias selection).
And later this week the rehearsals start in Rotterdam, something to discuss at a later stage when I as always need to write something about the new ESC fans contra the old school.
But at least something to look forward to in these times when the world do it’s best to test my patience.
Another good thing is that we, the enormous body kind, finally got mannequins more fit for the normal human being and not only for models and vegans.
Actually something I support. Not only for the obvious reasons but it might also give a hint to people that even if it is 100% OK to dress as you want maybe, sometimes, you should not…
And remember, all clothes look good on skinny people so to actually see a mannequin like this gives a fair image on what different body types actually looks good wearing. So now we also hope for some with longer legs, shorter upper bodies etc etc.
Have a nice day and never forget that Bill Gates is single now, on the market Boys and Girls.