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Huliganov’s Finnish Experience #8/8 – Finnishing off!


Original playout date: 3 February 2008
Duration: 15:14

This is the end of the Finnish series showing what happened at the end of the weekend.
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Huliganov’s Finnish Experience #4 – From Puumala to Savvonlinna


Original playout date: 6 January 2008
Duration: Savvonlinna is an old Finnish term, meaning “soap on a rope”.

Here we go across from Puumala to Savonlinna, a fine castle, but not so easy to find, especially with so little light each day!
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Huliganov’s Finnish Experience #3 – Land of Lakes


Original playout date: 21 December 2007
Duration: 8:15

“We leave Imatra and start to go up country to Puumala. On the way, I take a hitchhiker, Kai, who it turns out lives in England only a few miles away from my first wife and kids. He came back to check up on his property, and he gave me some interesting insights into the region only a few of which you hear here, as this was where my panasonic ran out of batteries and the Fuji picks up the thread from the start of the next instalment. At first you can hear I went out of character when Kai was in the car, but I didn’t want to intimidate him and have him thinking he had got into a car with some crazy person driving, so I hope you’ll understand why that bit is off-accent and off-character. Read the rest of this entry

Huliganov’s Finnish Experience #2 – Going up country to Imatra


Original playout date: 21 December 2007
Duration: 17:52

Quite disorienting to deal with a language I completely don’t know.

Finnishing School continues with a trip up country. It’s unavoidably dark on the journey as Finland doesn’t get many hours of daylight in the winter, but bear with me – it lightens up in the second half, and I recreate the effect of Sibelius Finlandia being played over speakers in Imatra when they let the waters come crashing over the dam. Unfortunately that only happens at Christmas and in the summer season, so I didn’t get to see one of Finland’s most vaunted spectacles, but in winter the site of it also has something to offer, as you will see the icicle formations hanging off the rocks, and the famous Valtionshotelli of Imatra set off in the snow.

Quote of the clip: “Imatra, a bit like Sumatra, but a lot colder”. Read the rest of this entry

Huliganov’s Finnish Experience #1 – Arrivalli


Original playout date: 18 December 2007
Duration: 9:50

Yes, indeed. It’s the long awaited Finland trip series kicking off. As you can tell the mike on my new camera is a big let down and I’m still learning how to shoot with it, but look at the quality of some of the pictures in the end and you’ll see it’s not like I threw my money entirely away on that Lumix Panasonic
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Non compos mentis


Original playout date: 2 December 2007
Duration: 2:41

A film made in Varkaus, Finand, by me, simply filming a wino staggering along a Finnish street, but the idea was to provoke a discussion of the rights and wrongs of it.
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Bleak Midwinter in Finland (with apologies to Christina Rossetti)


First published as part of the Daily Telegraph‘s February 2008 Creative Writing Competition. It was one of the six shortlisted out of about 40 entries. As ever I did not get the first prize, but it attracted a lot of positive responses. The reason for the “lizard and gizzard”  was down to the set words you had to include in the piece for the month, which was a continual feature of the contest. This time “lizard” was one of the words. Or possibly “blizzard”. I can’t even remember which ones the other set words were!

The picture which accompanied it is one of my stills from the visit with the image of Christina Rossetti, the authoress of the original Bleak Midwinter Poem, superimposed.

With Apologies to Christina Rosetti

"With apologies to Christina Rosetti..."

1.
In this bleak midwinter,
Frosty winds beat time;
Mirth stands hard as irony,
Slaughter-like the rime.
Crow is eaten, crow on crow
Crow on corpse of crow,
In this bleak midwinter verse,
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