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Michael Fassbender in Prada

Inglourious Basterds star Michael Fassbender looks mighty glorious in this studded Prada shirt ($890), which I love.

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the winner takes it all

When Bagaholicboy creates a contest, you join. You may just be in for some really cool prizes.

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Last Christmas, I won the much sought after Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage mouse pad.

Fast forward to end of August. He ran a contest on his Facebook profile where an amazing hamper – one for boys and one for girls – was up for grabs. A week after, he announces the winner and guess what, I was the winning guy! And then I got these in the mail today.

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The much hyped and tongue-in-cheek Naco-Paris Karl Who? Tote in canvas, a 100ml. bottle of fresh- and sharp-smelling Burberry Beat for Men, and a cool and clever Envirosax reusable shopping bag from its La Boheme Collection.

What did I tell you? When Bagaholicboy creates a contest, you join.

Thanks BB! Enjoy Paris and London!

oslo named host city for eurovision 2010

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Hot off the press: Oslo was named the host city for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest in 2010. The two semi-finals are now confirmed to take place on May 25 and 27, and the Grand Finals on May 29. Much later than usual but was necessary to not clash with the finals of the UEFA Champions League. The event venue is still to be decided between Oslo Spektrum (site of the 1996 ESC) and the new Telenor Arena in Fornebu. Telenor Arena FTW!

This is the third time Norway is hosting the hugely popular song contest, following the country’s victories in 1985 and 1995.

a fairytale win for norway; alexander rybak conquers eurovision

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It was an eventful weekend for Norway as Alexander Rybak conquered the 54th Eurovision Song Contest with a historic landslide win in Moscow Saturday, eve of the Norwegian national day. We held a Eurovision party at our place in the company of great friends. Fellow blogger Yed arrived in Oslo that day as part of his European trip in time for the party and the national celebrations the following day.

Hotly tipped as this year’s winner, Alexander charmed all of Europe with his self-composed “Fairytale” as he received points from all 42 voting countries. Even more staggering was receiving 16 12-point votes, the highest possible score to give. In the end, Alexander broke all-time record and ran away from 24 other final contenders with 387 points. Runners-up Iceland and Azerbaijan were more than 160 and 180 points shy from Norway, respectively.

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Moscow gave a truly amazing show, and I felt that all the songs/countries in this year’s finals deserved their place. There was no single bad song in essence. Clearly, gimmick performances (ehem, Czech Republic, Serbia and Belgium) got weeded out. Rock songs didn’t make the cut either. Iceland was a deserving 2nd placer – her song was amazing and her performance flawless. United Kingdom (5th) was quite a surprise for me – she really shone for three minutes and her vocal range was unbelievable. Favorite Greece (7th) never appealed to me as he was so mechanical and a bit too jerky. It didn’t help that his singing was awful too. France’s (8th) Patricia Kaas showed what a world-class artist she was. Ukraine (12) got robbed of a better placing in the finals as she was truly a sight on that stage. Her song had a catchy hook, her act raunchy and raw. Portugal (15) deserved a better placing too – she was a breath of fresh air. Germany (20) had a guy with a hot body and Dita Von Teese’s crazy waistline. That’s about it. I felt sorry for Sweden (21) – somehow their formula ain’t working. Maybe they tried to do too much – alternatively basking Malena’s act in blinding white light, which reminded me of Charlotte Perelli’s grey-skinned entrance last year. Spain (24) must feel terrible falling hard when Soraya proclaimed from her national finals win that she was gonna take the night and had a huge rolling intercontinental campaign. Norway never did a PR junket. Alexander gave his all on the one night that mattered and secured a fairytale win for the elf-looking 23 year old Alexander.

Congratulations to Alexander! I’m proud to be living in Norway, as we are hosting next year’s competition. I’m sure Norway will pull all stops to deliver a contest to remember.

Here are some pics Vanessa and I took from the party, look out for the Eurovision cake (thanks to Neil’s baker and my graphic design skill, lol).

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Fun, fun. fun! Coming up – Norway’s 17th of May celebrations.

P.S. My blog stats went bananas since Alexander won. It had more than 5,200 views yesterday and today it’s counting at around 3,500. Crazy!

it’s eurovision week!

One of the few weeks in the year we’ve been waiting for is finally here – it’s Eurovision week!!!

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The Eurovision Song Contest, Europe’s biggest and most loved TV show, kicks off in Moscow on Tuesday with the first semi-finals. The second semi-finals follow on Thursday and the grand finals with all 25 finalists happens this Saturday when we will be throwing a party at our place, projector screen and all.

Here are my favorites from the 1st semi-finals:

Turkey: Hadise – Düm Tek Tek 

Romania: Elena – The Balkan Girls

Portugal: Flor-de-lis – Todas As Ruas Do Amor

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Regina – Bistra Voda

Here are my favorites from the 2nd semi-finals, where Norway’s Alexander Rybak will compete in.

Norway: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale

Denmark: Brinck – Believe Again

Azerbaijan: AySel & Arash – Always

Greece: Sakis Rouvas – This Is Our Night

Ukraine: Svetlana Loboda – Be my Valentine! (Anti-crisis Girl)

I really dont have a favorite among the five direct finalists – the “big four” Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France and last year’s winner Russia.

The anticipation is running high, the party will be great, the show is sure-fire fantastic. I can’t wait!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

put on your poker face: lady gaga goes to oslo

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OMG! Our Lady Gaga dreams have come true! The blazing pop superstar is hitting the Spektrum Scene stage on July 30, the same night as Madonna’s and Metallica’s second concerts in Oslo. While tickets for the latter two are all sold out by now, The Fame Ball Tour tickets go on sale starting tomorrow.

I am so going! It’s a good thing I’m watching Madonna two days earlier.

Update 30/04 – 9.04 am: We’ve got tickets! :)

the boys are back!

October of 2006, I first saw Norwegian artists Espen Lind, Kurt Nilsen, Alejandro Fuentes and Askil Holm collectively known as Gitarkameratene (The Guitar Buddies) live in concert together for their Hallelujah tour. My life in Norway has been significantly marked with their music and I’ve been an avid follower ever since. 

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Two and a half years later, the boys are back with Hallelujah Live Vol. 2 and are set to tour around Norway and stage concerts beginning May. Since Knut has a prior engagement on the date they’re premiering at the concert hall Oslo Spektrum, we settled for the pre-premiere show at Sekkefabrikken Kulturhus in Asker on May 2.

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Here’s a clip from the program Senkveld where they performed U2’s With or Without You, one of the songs they picked for the tour. Watch. 

This should be great, I can’t wait!


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