Friday, May 04, 2007

Eurovision

Next week there will be two important events : the first one is that I will be 41 ;-). The second is the Eurovision song contest that will be held in Helsinki. For those who don’t know, the Eurovision song contest is an annual competition held among various European countries, in which the participating countries submit a song to be performed on live television. Then a vote is organized to chose the most popular song. The country that wins has to organize the contest the year after.
The Eurovision song contest has been broadcasted every year since its creation in 1956 and is one of the longest running television programmes of the world. It is also the most watched non-sporting events in the world. This contest has been the opportunity for some artists to start a career that would run long after their victory. This is the case of ABBA for instance, who won the contest in 1974 for Sweden with their song Waterloo.
Personally I must admit that do not watch Eurovision anymore, but I was a big fan when I was younger.
Last year, the contest was won by the “monster” band Lordi, a Finish group that I found more frightening than anything else. This is why Finland is hosting the show this year, and this is why the Finish post has issued a set of stamps and a souvenir sheet to celebrate the event.

The souvenir sheet contains four stamps picturing famous Finish artists, among which the members of the monster band Lordi. The stamps are self-adhesive and have been also issued in a booklet. What is to be noticed on these stamps, is the odd shape (not very visible in the picture sorry) : a sort of “cloud” shaped stamps.

1 comment:

Gulfmann Postcards said...

Happy Birthday to Eric.