Sunday, July 29, 2012

AAA to Y* of Finland (*The letter Z does not exist in the original Finnish alphabet, only in 'loan' words, we'll have you know)


I saw this artical fom the and i thought you would want to read it too!! I have added couple of pictures to make it interesting!!!

Finland is now the last eurozone country to hold a triple-A credit rating. So, why are things so rosy in the Scandinavian state?
A is for Alvar Aalto
Architect and designer Aalto is one of Finland's more famous figures: you're bound to have sat on one of his three-legged wooden stools, reclined in his moulded-wood Paimio chair, or arranged a few blooms in his swirly Savoy vase.
B is for Berries
Finns do love their berries. And no wonder, for they have many interesting varieties: bilberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, sea buckthorn berries, arctic bramble, mountain crowberries and − our favourite – bog whortleberries. Yum!

C is for Coffee
Forget Americans and their enormous Starbuckets of coffee – it's the Finns that really pack away the black stuff. At nearly 12kg of roasted coffee ground and drunk per person per year, the country tops the per-capita consumption tables.

D is for Design
Great design is a source of pride for the Finns: its industry helped to get the country back on its feet after the Second World War. They easily rival their Scandinavian neighbours with brands such as Iittala, Artek and Arabia selling wares by Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck and Timo Sarpaneva.

E is for Equality
It's a good place to be female. The Finns can be genuinely proud of their trailblazing history: their women were the first in the world to win the vote, back in 1906. (British women had to wait another 12 years.) Last year, the Finns came third, after Iceland and Norway, in the World Economic Forum's gender-gap report.

F is for Formula One
Another one of those things the Finns seem to have a natural aptitude for … or maybe it's all that coffee. The country has produced more F1 champs per capita than any other. Stars of speed include Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen.


G is for Games
It's likely to have stolen more hours of your life than you'd care to admit – Angry Birds, one of the world's best-selling mobile-phone apps, is the brainchild of the Finnish company Rovio.

H is for Hanoi Rocks
Unless you were poodle-rocking back in the Eighties, Hanoi Rocks just may have passed you by – but this glam-metal band were one of Finland's more successful musical exports. Big in Asia, apparently. They also claim fans as varied as Foo Fighters, Guns N' Roses and the Manic Street Preachers.

I is for Ice
They really do have quite a lot of ice in Finland – even the sea freezes over come winter – and they know how to use it. Ice hotels, ice-sculpting competitions, ice bars, ice fishing, ice skating as a perfectly normal means of transport … pretty cool.

J is for Jean Sibelius
The great Romantic composer is a hero of the Finnish cultural scene. Lauded for his symphonies, he also composed the patriotic symphonic poem "Finlandia".

K is for 'Kaamos'
The Finnish word for the polar night, that eerie, blue, twilit season in the far north, when the sun fails to rise above the horizon for two whole wintry months. And you thought our winters were dismal.

L is for Lakes
It's called "the land of a thousand lakes". Oh, those Finns! So modest! Finland actually has – wait for it – 187,888 lakes. That's roughly one lake for every 26 people.

M is for Moomins
The fictional creation of Tove Jansson, these gentle trolls have entertained generations with their faintly surreal adventures in Moominvalley (somewhere in a forest in Finland). There is now a Moomin World theme park – Muumimaailma – in Naantali.
Tove Jansson

N is for Nokia
It took this technology giant a while to find its lucrative mobile-phone niche. One hundred and 50 years ago it started life as a paper mill before "diversifying" into Wellington boots, car tyres, electricity, manufacturing TVs... whatever next?

O is for 'Our Land'
Or "Maamme", to give the country's national anthem its Finnish name. But it's hardly the most national of anthems: Johan Ludvig Runeberg wrote the original lyrics in Swedish – awkward! – and it's sung to a tune composed by the German Fredrik Pacius. It's also used for Estonia's anthem.

P is for Paavo Nurmi
Nine times an Olympic gold medallist – not bad, Nurmi. He won an astonishing five of them at just one Games: the 1,500m, the 5,000m, the 3,000m team event and two cross-country events, all at Paris 1924. But he wasn't the only one fleet of foot; a whole generation of runners were nicknamed the "Flying Finns".

Q is for Queen of Finland
Princess Margaret of Prussia was, technically, Queen of Finland. Her reign lasted all of two months, mind, from 9 October to 14 December 1918 when – after the end of the First World War – her husband renounced the throne. It probably wasn't too much of a wrench though, the German pair had yet to even arrive in the country.

R is for Reindeer
For the Sami people, the reindeer is vital – its furs worn, its meat eaten and its antlers ground up to bring a bit of va-va-voom to your polar lovemaking. But global warming and habitat erosion are affecting numbers.

S is for Saunas
Getting naked and sweaty with your friends, family and colleagues is totally normal; whack yourself with birch twigs then jump into freezing water through a hole in the ice for the full, health-giving experience. The sauna is considered such a basic right that even prisons have them.

T is for Teaching standards
Finland's education system is considered the best in the Western world. Teaching is respected, with good funding and small classes.

U is for 'Unikko'
The Finnish word for "poppy" – and the name of textiles/fashion firm Marimekko's most popular design. Maija Isola's classic pattern was born in 1964 – in defiance of the Finnish company's strict "no florals" policy.

V is for Vodka
Forget Sibelius – for many Brits, the word "Finlandia" just conjures up slightly fancy vodka. It is made in Finland, at the Altia Corporation's distillery in the village of Koskenkorva. In typical Finnish style, even the bottles attempt to be design classics.

W is for Wife Carrying World Championships
A very important tradition, held annually in Sonkajarvi. Contestants heave their spouses over their shoulders, and peg it along a 250m track. The winner gets his wife's bodyweight in beer.

X is for Xmas
As we all know, Lapland – the northernmost region of Finland – is home to one Santa Claus. And, happily, this Christmassy wonderland is open to tourists: book your visit to an Xmas village now.

Y is for Yoik
A traditional form of song of the Sami people, a yoik tends to be dedicated to a place or person, and is characterised by its slow pace and air of Arctic melancholy. Like the sound of that? Then check out Wimme Saari's bangin' techno-ambient yoiks.

Additional reporting by Jess Denham

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Memorial to Honour Victims In Oslo And On Utoya Island


Lets remember the big disaster that happend last year in Oslo! Lets take a moment to pray for the victims and all the friends and families who went though this hard time! Lord give these families strength and rest the victims souls in peace. Amen

OSLO, Norway -- Norway on Sunday paused to commemorate the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago, a tragedy that the prime minister said had brought Norwegians together in defense of democracy and tolerance.
Anders Behring Breivik, a 33-year-old far-right fanatic, has admitted to the July 22, 2011, attacks: a bombing of the government district in Oslo, killing eight, and a shooting rampage that left 69 dead at the left-wing Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya island.

Norway Shooting Anniversary

Survivors and families of victims gathered for a private ceremony on the island. Eskil Pedersen, a survivor of the massacre and the head of the Labor Party's youth chapter, urged the crowd to renew their commitment to a diverse and egalitarian society.

"Today we remember those who were killed. Tomorrow we continue the fight for what they believed in," Pedersen was quoted as saying by Norwegian news agency NTB.
In a church service attended by government leaders and the royal family in Oslo's cathedral, vicar Elisabeth Thorsen urged congregants to also remember the victims of violence in other parts of the world, including Syria and the U.S., an apparent reference to the shooting spree Friday that killed 12 moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.

Thousands of people were expected to attend a memorial concert later Sunday in downtown Oslo.

Painful memories still haunt many of those who witnessed the horror of Utoya. Lets keep on praying for all those innocent souls and show our suppot!

Friday, July 20, 2012

At least 12 died in Colorado movie theater shooting!


CNN -- The man suspected of shooting up an Aurora, Colorado movie theater screening the new Batman film early Friday, killing 12 and wounding 59, also left his apartment rigged with traps, police said.
"It's booby trapped with various incindiery and chemical devices and trip wires," Aurora police chief Dan Oates said, adding that it could take days to work through the apartment safely.

Poliisi partioi elokuvateatterin edustalla  Aurorassa.
Police patrolling the cinema in front of Aurora

The Darkest Night
Shootings cast pall over 'Dark Knight Rises' blockbuster weekend

James Holmes, 24, was identified by two federal law enforcement officers as the man who opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora, Colorado, theater early Friday. At least 12 people were killed and 38 wounded, Police Chief Dan Oates said.
 Gunman turns movie into surreal horror: 'This is real'

It was a dark theater, playing a movie that includes gunshots, in the middle of the night. So when a gunman burst through an exit door, threw a gas can into the crowd and began shooting, many inside the Aurora, Colorado, theater didn't realize what was happening.

Five buildings around suspect James E. Holmes' Aurora apartment were evacuated, Oates said.

Police say Holmes, 24, dressed head-to-toe in protective tactical gear, set off two devices of some kind before spraying the theater with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene.

Oates said investigators are confident that Holmes acted alone.

The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the premiere of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who wore a gas mask and randomly shot as he walked up the theater's steps, witnesses said.

It was a scene "straight out of a horror film," said Chris Ramos, who was inside the theater.

"He was just literally shooting everyone, like hunting season," Ramos said.

God save us with this terrible world we are in!! And save the people in danger! Amen

Ramadhan kareem!!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Birthday To My Lovely Cousin Tailo!


Birthdays are a time of year
To celebrate and sing
Dear cousin I wish you
The best of everything

You are so dear to me
in so many ways
Im wishing you the best in this special day
Happy birthday cousin!!

We’ve always had fun
We always shared great times
I’m so very glad
That you’re a cousin of mine!
Happy Birthday

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sooo Inspiring!!!


Joyce Midtgaard has been my inspiration ever since i first so her pictures! You would definately agree with me to this! She knows her body and knows how to make herself look soo amazing and fabulous in the clothers she wears!! I Love you girl!!

I love this..

and this...

 No comments... you are beautiful my dear.

I am very lucky you know such an independent girl like you! God be with you in every step or your way!!

I dont have enough words to express the beauty you have ( inside and out) ! God bless you!And i hope you will inspire more people everyday! LOVE YOU and i love your Dresses! You always look good in them!!!

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