Monday, 10 June 2013
Well, well, well... I didn't know that meerkats were part of the mongoose family (to be fair, I have not spent much time considering the subject before now); nor was I aware that meerkats had just 4 fingers (toes actually) on each foot, whereas most other mongoose species have 5 toes it seems. Fascinating. Somewhat.
I might not be getting anywhere fast with the Finnish language, but I sure am making a great deal of progress in zoology.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
But he was no clubber, he was... LASERSKATER, Helsinki's very own superhero.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
OK, OK, I admit: like most things I write about in this blog, I don't really know what I am talking about. This week however, I was reminded of some classic Finnish dance videos when I saw an animated GIF picture of a middle-age man showing off his disco thrusts.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
I figured it was time for me to contribute a trivial and pointless list of my own – about Finnish things, obviously.
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Silly foreigners like me don’t always quite appreciate what qualifies as sisu though, as the following anecdote illustrates.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
This week, the winter returned with a vengeance in the UK. Temperatures have plummeted, and the weather forecasters are getting ready to roll out the hyperbolical meteorological clichés (Arctic conditions, Siberian winds, etc.). It was actually +2C/36F in Southern England today, but then what do Brits know about cold, huh?
Anyhow, for some unknown reason, I was reminded today of an anecdote involving my early fumblings with the Finnish language.
Thursday, 3 January 2013
My guess is, if you are from the UK, the US or virtually anywhere in the world, you have no idea what I am on about. Freddie who?
Saturday, 15 December 2012
For the uninitiated, leipäjuusto is cheese, but not as we know it, as Spock might have said. Had he visited Finland. And tried leipäjuusto. And felt the urge to comment on it.
Friday, 23 November 2012
The email contained a short Finnish text with a series of word plays, which I thought were rather clever – that was the smiley bit. However, as I reached repeatedly for the dictionary to try and decipher the text, I also realised how far I was from ever understanding Finnish – and that was the seriously frustrating bit.