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FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy

Hamish 20 May 05 - 03:43 PM
Firecat 20 May 05 - 06:18 PM
Folkiedave 20 May 05 - 06:32 PM
GUEST, Jos 20 May 05 - 07:41 PM
Hamish 21 May 05 - 02:29 AM
Les in Chorlton 21 May 05 - 02:38 AM
shepherdlass 21 May 05 - 06:35 PM
GUEST 21 May 05 - 06:44 PM
McGrath of Harlow 21 May 05 - 08:57 PM
McGrath of Harlow 22 May 05 - 07:25 PM
Hamish 23 May 05 - 06:28 AM
John MacKenzie 23 May 05 - 06:42 AM
HipflaskAndy 23 May 05 - 06:44 AM
Lanfranc 23 May 05 - 06:48 AM
John MacKenzie 23 May 05 - 09:10 AM
Dave Bryant 23 May 05 - 09:43 AM
mandoleer 23 May 05 - 06:37 PM
LesB 23 May 05 - 06:51 PM
mandoleer 23 May 05 - 07:04 PM
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George Papavgeris 24 May 05 - 07:53 AM
HipflaskAndy 24 May 05 - 08:57 AM
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Subject: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Hamish
Date: 20 May 05 - 03:43 PM

Brilliant! The Raunds Festival...

http://www.raundsfestival.com/

This weekend.

Asha, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Doughboy Zydecajun / Ock'n'Dough, Uiscedwr, The Paperboys....

...oh, and me.

It's in Northamptonshire. I'm hosting a couple of open mic type sessions, so quote this advert and get a slap with a wet haddock.

--
Cheers

Hamish

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/lombardy/mailform.htm


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Firecat
Date: 20 May 05 - 06:18 PM

But what if you LIKE Eurovision?

I'll be the Yorkshire Gathering so I'll miss it...


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Folkiedave
Date: 20 May 05 - 06:32 PM

And what if you like football?

Mind as a Sheffield United supporter I suppose it might be said I don't........

Dave


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: GUEST, Jos
Date: 20 May 05 - 07:41 PM

As for me, I wouldn't know one end of a football pitch from the other.


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Hamish
Date: 21 May 05 - 02:29 AM

Actually, I quite like both. But Raunds was a fine crack last year. And a gig's a gig!


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 May 05 - 02:38 AM

The Holly Magot will be playing Early English music on a collection of pipes, fiddle, mandolin and guitar at:

St Ninian's Church
Ellesmere Road South
Off Wilbraham Road
Chorlton
Manchester

as part of the week long Chorlton Arts Festival

They kick of at 3.00 this afternoon (Saturday 21 May)


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: shepherdlass
Date: 21 May 05 - 06:35 PM

Come on, folks - Eurovision was (thanks to the genius that is T Wogan) as excruciatingly funny and camp as ever. Sometimes kitsch wins over quality just for a couple of hours.


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 05 - 06:44 PM

Yammas!


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 May 05 - 08:57 PM

Wouldn't miss Eurovision. Take that either way.

I was disappointed to see that the UK entry given a handful of votes. "Nul points" would have been far more appropriate.

And, as happens surprisingly often, the song that came second was actually quite good. Malta's entry, that was; and it was good seeing the traditionally built lady who wrote it singing it. (You can have a squint at and a listen to all the songs if you click on through from here. "All" rather assumes you're a glutton for puniushment - My God, there were some dreadful ones though, some of them almost as bad as the UK entry. But that's where the fun lies. And there are always a few...


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 May 05 - 07:25 PM

For example the Ukrainian entry, straight from the street demonstrations that brought down the government, with words in Ukrainian, English, Polish, German, Spanish, Czech, French & Russian. Here they are just in English. (And that link I gave clicks through to the video, complete with a short film clip of the young Che Guevara; the whole thing providing an example of how rap can be used in other ways than it often is):

Together we are many, we can't be defeated
Together we are many, we can't be defeated
Together we are many, we can't be defeated
Together we are many, we can't be defeated

We won't stand this (No), revolution is on
'Cause lies be the weapon of mass destruction
All together we're one, all together we're strong
God be my witness, we've waited too long

Falsifications (No), machinations (No)
Little understandings (No), no to lies
We trust (Yes), we can (Yes)
I know we will win (Yes, yes)

Together we are many, we can't be defeated
Together we are many, we can't be defeated
Together we are many, we can't be defeated
Together we are many, we can't be defeated

What you wanna say to your daughters and sons
You know the battle is not over till the battle is won
Truth be the weapon, we ain't scared of the guns
We stay undefeated, 'cause together we're one

We - already together, we - forever
We - Ukrainians, sons and daughters

It's now or never, enough of waiting
Together we are many, we can't be defeated

Together we are many, (Together we are many),
We can't be defeated (We can't be defeated)
Together we are many, (Together we are many),
We can't be defeated (We can't be defeated)

Together we are many (If we are together)
We can't be defeated (We are invincible)
Together we are many (Our strength lies in our unity)
We can't be defeated (Our strength lies in our unity)

Together we are many (The united people)
We can't be defeated (Will never be defeated)
Together we are many
(Together we are many, we can't be defeated)

Together we are many (Together)
We can't be defeated (We can't be defeated)
Together we are many (Together)
We can't be defeated (Together we are many)

Together we are many (Together)
We can't be defeated (We can't be defeated)
Together we are many (Together)
We can't be defeated (Together we are many)
Together we are many (Together)
We can't be defeated.


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Hamish
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:28 AM

And then again there were more than a few politically charged songs at Raunds on Saturday. Sure, some of them related to the injustices of a century or so back, but nonetheless...

Thanks for the link, McGrath: we played quite a few of my families requests - they'd watched the show - and one or two were okay. Ish. None to match that spine-tinglingly marvellous song from Bosnia Herzogovinia a couple of years back. That was suitably rootsey, but I'm afraid their entry this year seemed to have gone for the EuroVisionFormulaCumParody angle.


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:42 AM

Well I missed Raunds, the footie, and the Eurovision Song farce. I knew there had to be other advantages to living up here in the wilds of the Scottish highlands. Mind you I also missed the Yorkshire gathering so it's not all good news.
Giok


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:44 AM

El Greco, you must be cock-a-hoop just now.
Greece won the Euro Footy recently and now the Euro vision.
Quick George, pop out and get a lotto ticket! You're on a roll.
Cheers! - HFA


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Lanfranc
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:48 AM

Missed the programme on Saturday, apart from the last few minutes of the voting. I wonder if Eurovision would survive if France, Germany, Spain and the UK withdrew in a huff after coming in the last four positions? If everyone hates us (and the septics) so much, why were so many songs sung in English. Bunch of hypocrites if you ask me.

Contemplating moving to Malta, where, it would seem, you can be a singer without being anorexic. A much better song than the winner, I'd have voted for Malta, myself.

Alan


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 May 05 - 09:10 AM

You obviously think you'd fit in if you went to Malta Alan!
Giok ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 23 May 05 - 09:43 AM

I never bother about listening to the songs, but Wogan's comments during the voting are priceless. Isn't there a country that won't give him a visa after his remarks one year ?


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: mandoleer
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:37 PM

In the days when I watched TV occasionally, I used to like the Norwegian entries. They had more character. Missed the FA Cup - didn't even know it was on until someone told me on Saturday, and then got everyone confused when I thought it was in London. At the AGM for the Dandy Owners Club, I was. And if you don't know what a Dandy is (there are at least two other Catters who have them), click here and follow Pictures, Rallies 2004, Pembridge and you'll see mine nearest the water. (And a small cousin at the left of the other pic!)


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: LesB
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:51 PM

I missed the lot. Great planning. I was at the Green Dragon, Hardraw in Wensleydale at a Sword Dancing weekend. Dancing round 6 pubs in the day and in the evening drinking, singing & playing in the Green Dragon with the cream of Sword and Rapper sides. No news, no tele, no phone signal, ah bliss.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: mandoleer
Date: 23 May 05 - 07:04 PM

Les, can I interest you in the Dandy Owners Club?


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: LesB
Date: 23 May 05 - 07:10 PM

Probably not Phil, I use my Dandy as a means to an end.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 24 May 05 - 07:53 AM

My own strategy included going to see a play (brill- "tHE cONDITION oF tHE vIRGIN", yes, with the caps this way round). Came back to find the voting finishing and Greece tops. Listened to the song - crap! Very gratified that for yet one more year I find the winning song to be rubbish; it confirms my good taste in music for me.

Dunc, I wonder where the third "first" will come from...Greece had one in sports, one in arts (using the word very loosely); politics next perhaps? Greece as the peacemaker in the Middle East? Or in science - the first country to square the circle or abolish world hunger?


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 24 May 05 - 08:57 AM

The 'third' I mentioned already George

'Quick George, pop out and get a lotto ticket! You're on a roll.'

I'll want a share tho' - you wouldn't have opened a Eurovision thread wi'out my PM prompt!
So outa the big win you're obviously due, I'll settle for the price of a second hand camper van - and head for Greece! Naturally!
Byeee - HFA


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Subject: RE: FA Cup / Eurovision avoidance strategy
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 24 May 05 - 01:23 PM

Terry Wogan on form alone makes it worth watching. And it provides a useful, annual booster shot against many, many forms of aweful music. Unfortunatly, I missed it being at our summer dance.

Plus, being in a University based group, we have members from a fair number of the counties involved, and a few innocents, for want of a better word. People who've come to study from the US, Oz, etc and have never been exposed to Eurovision before, and all of a sudden, a seemingly normal (ok, a group of folk dancers) people subject themselves to that of their own free will, and with only alcohol as an anesthetic.

Bunnhabhain


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