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Christmas, New Year, Gandalf and His Snowmen

shiny christmas.

shiny christmas. (Photo credit: rhoadeecha)

It seems another year is about to end. 2012. I can’t say this has been the most exciting or interesting year of my life. It has consisted of daily routines, relaxing and thinking. Thinking of life in general as well as my life. And  making some new plans on how to take over the world.. Err, I mean, to improve my life. Sorry. Freudian slip.

Anyway, I saw two interesting films/tv specials earlier this month. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2012: The Snowmen.

First of all, how can Peter Jackson and his friends make three 3-hour epic films out of a children’s book? And what about the outcome? I watched the 3D HFR version of the movie and it was fine. A bit like “welcome back to the Middle Earth, friends and fans of Arda, enjoy!” The 3D HFR was an interesting thing to get used to and at times, it made the action scenes almost too intense. Fortunately, there were some action scenes because the first hour of the movie was a bit boring with all the songs. It’s not that the songs were bad (they weren’t!) but they were just a bit unnecessary. Still, it was a great movie.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's liv...

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s live-action version of The Lord of the Rings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What about The Snowmen? First of all, there was Gandalf (sir Ian McKellen), albeit only as the voice of the Great Intelligence. In short, it was good. Much better than last year’s “now we need a Narnia story” Christmas Special. The “thinking” snow thing was a bit, well, childish. But who cares? We sort of found out who Clara Oswin Oswald is, was or will be. Some questions were answered and much more questions popped up. Damn, mr. Steven Moffat is a very cunning man.

Anyway, for the last couple of days I’ve been working on something interesting again. I’m trying to finish the EToS website and (promise not to tell anyone!) we’re also trying to get our music video released next week. Before that, there’s a lot of things to do: writing biographies and press releases and much more. It’s funny and weird that most of the band related things must be done in front of the computer. I mean everything from the song-writing process to releasing videos, singles and albums. And everything in between.

So, I wish you all a happy new year 2013! May it become an even better year for us all!

 
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Posted by on 29.12.2012 in In English, Life

 

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Kaamos i.e. Polar Darkness

English: While the Sun doesn't rise above the ...

English: While the Sun doesn’t rise above the horizon, it does come close to doing so. Instead of the pitch black many imagine it to be like, you get a blue light much of the time during the days of the polar night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kaamos (polar night or polar darkness), or more like half-kaamos can be horrible. In Lapland, there are days when you can’t see the sun at all. Here, a bit souther, our winter days only last for a few hours. I suppose the sun is up only for four hours here in Northern Ostrobothnia on Christmas week. Which is weird because on Midsummer week, there is practically no darkness here. What makes this half-kaamos worse is the lack of snow. There’s been snow, in late October and a week ago. Then it all went away and made everything so dark again.

And there are people wondering why we Finns are so happy during summers and not-so-happy during winters. Well, just come and live here for a year and you’ll have a clue. Alaska, Iceland, North Canada or North Russia is fine as well.

There are some people who aren’t affected by the lack of light at all. And there are people who are affected by the darkness quite a lot. I’m sort of in between.. But it depends. This year the lack of light has clearly decreased my amount of energy. And there isn’t a magic potion that makes you feel better. Err, ok, there is one but it doesn’t make you so happy the next morning :).

 

Nordic countries in black

Nordic countries in black (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Light therapy is one of the best ways to do it (but I broke my bright light lamp when I moved to this apartment). I should get a new one, Father Christmas!

You’re probably starting to understand why Christmas is such an important phenomenon in Finland and the rest of the Nordic countries. It’s the feast of light. It’s also one of the darkest days of the year, so after Christmas, days get less and less dark. Until Midsummer comes again.

So, if you want to try something a bit more extreme than you are used to, why don’t you come to Finland in December. Or January. It won’t kill you or make you insane. It just makes you feel a bit… Finnish.

(This blog entry was _not_ paid by the Finnish Tourist Board…)

 

 
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Posted by on 13.11.2012 in In English

 

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