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Showing posts with label Eurovision 2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eurovision 2016. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Week That Was... 9th May 2016

Daisies, Blue SkyAfter another busy week, we were treated to some rare, but welcome warm weather at the weekend. I'm hoping that this is just the start of a fabulous summer ahead. It was lovely to see so many people out basking in the sunshine and taking the opportunity to explore the great British countryside. The evenings were heavy with the scent of last-minute barbecues and here, the first Pimms of the season was enjoyed in the garden. Today, the rain has returned with a vengeance. Here's hoping it won't be too long until the clouds disappear and we can get on with making the most of summer.

This was my week...

Sudeley Castle
As the weather was glorious, we chose to ignore the mountain of monotonous tasks requiring our attention last weekend and ventured out to visit Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds instead.

Sudeley Castle, the Cotswolds

The castle was built in the 15th century, possibly on the site of a 12th century castle and is surrounded by ten beautifully laid-out gardens. The chapel, St Mary's, is the burial place of Queen Katherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII.

Queen Katherine Parr, Tomb, St Mary's, Sudeley

It's a fascinating place to visit and comes highly recommended.

The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright. This was a gift from my daughter and looks promising so far. It's perceptive and features lots of amusing observations about a family in crisis. I can't wait to see how it ends.

Both daughters are working hard on dissertations and final pieces of work for university. Parcels filled with treats were dispatched recently - containing sweets from their favourite sweet shop in town, sachets of hot chocolate for windswept beach walks and cold evenings spent camping at a rowing event. Plus cookies and breakfast biscuity things perfect for pulling all-nighters in the library. Final letters from home featuring nonsensical news and motivational words were posted yesterday.

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughters.

How did the last 3 years at university go so quickly I wonder?

Holiday 2016
And finally, the holiday is booked... after much trawling through the internet last weekend in search of the perfect vacation for 3, (yes, you did read that correctly). Sophia's going to work for Camp America again this summer, so we offered to take Olivia along. It's been a while since we've taken a holiday with either daughter, but I'm looking forward to spending time with my eldest. We settled on a week in Sorrento at a hotel that's right in the centre of town.

Today, it's 63 days and counting. Not that I'm keeping tabs.

The Week Ahead...
I'm looking forward to Music Night on Friday and Eurovision on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For Eurovision 2016, I'm hoping for lots of cheesy, eccentric entries and will probably be tweeting live throughout. I hope to see a few of you on Twitter on Saturday night. You know the rule about not tweeting after wine? Well this goes out of the window for Eurovision as I suspect that everyone's having a party on there.

It's amused me that the US will get to see Eurovision broadcast live for the first time this year. I can't wait to see what they make of it.

Well that's about it for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead whatever you're up to.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Eurovision 2016 and why it's OK to tweet after wine

Mans Zelmerlow, Sweden, Winner, Eurovision 2015Utter the words Eurovision Song Contest and you'll hear a lot of different opinions. It's possibly the television equivalent of Marmite as people either seem to love, or loathe the contest in equal measure.

Amid the usual hype and party atmosphere, the Grand Final of Eurovision 2016 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th May. It will be presented by Petra Mede and 2015 winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, and feature performances from 26 finalists who have made it through the semi-finals being held on 10th and 12th May.

Long overdue changes to the voting system should mean that it's less likely for any country to go home with the dreaded 'nul points.' In previous years, each country's public and jury votes have been added together and announced at the same time. From this year however, the jury votes will be announced first, with votes from viewers in all countries added and announced afterwards. It's hoped that this will create a nail-biting finale to the competition, as the winner will only be known right at the end.

The UK entry is yet to be decided. Six acts have been shortlisted for Eurovision: You Decide which is to be screened live on BBC Four on Friday 26th February. This is to be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and will feature performances from previous Eurovision winners, Måns Zelmerlöw and Katrina Leskenich from Katrina and the Waves.

I have to confess to being a huge Eurovision fan. It's the one and only night of the year where I break the first rule of tweeting and happily tweet after wine throughout the entire contest. There's often a party atmosphere on Twitter and it's fun to join in with like-minded Eurovision fanatics sharing increasingly hilarious thoughts as the night progresses.

This year I'm hoping for more cheesy entries after a fairly subdued batch last year. I'm also hopeful that the competition will be less about politics and more about celebrating Eurovision's reputation for quirkiness,  eccentricity and sense of humour.

Isn't that what Eurovision's meant to be?

I hope to see you on Twitter. #Eurovision2016

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