You’ll have seen by now that Webmaster Phil has put a comment or two down below and on this website’s Facebook page. But I’d like to add that it’s a pleasure to write occasionally for this site. Many thanks to Phil and the rest of the team for putting up with me (that is, if they know who I am). And to you, the discerning reader, for looking at this blog. My ‘employer’ probably knows that I write for this site, but I do it when I’m off duty so there’s no problem.
Twenty Twelve has been a good year. Maybe not a great year, but most definitely a good one. From two countries choosing songs for the 2012 fest in 2011, it seemed a long one. It’s all loony, and that’s why we like it. Singing grannies with revolving bread ovens; women with dresses on fire; songs about
Facebook social websites; girls
swallowing snowflakes; rap sung in a farmer’s dialect; twins outstaying their
welcome. And outstanding ballads
finishing third and sixth (J).
What do we have to look forward to? Lots of 2013 songs chosen in 2012 (confusing innit), a slightly smaller contest, ‘a draw to suit all the songs equally’, fewer rehearsal days and no seating for the fannage. This little black duck will be in sin-city Malmö (and maybe its sister city København) to bring you all the fun and games on what will prove to be an interesting year. Will the Greeks actually send a singer to Malmö? Will the UK of stuff send someone under the age of 65? Will the Estonian national final be the best of the bunch – again?
If you’re still reading, I hope what’s left of 2012 is good to you, and have a great 2013 travelling around this fair continent to watch national finals lasting five hours. And keep reading. You never know, Riigi might one of these days pick a winner.
Keep smiling, cos I love ya all
PS - If you do know who I am, don't let on, as it preserves the magic!