Although I’m not a huge football fan at all, I took an interest in last weekend’s football match seeing as quite a few of my friends are avid England supporters and I take infinite enjoyment in their disappointment (I’m obliged to dismiss all England successes in Football/ Rugby being a Welsh Rugby Fan, born and bred) and especially as their rivals were Norway, a relatively undeveloped footballing nation as far as I know but more importantly our host country for the 5 weeks this summer. Unfortunately Norway lost 0 – 1 but that wasn’t the end of Norway’s disappointment for the weekend.
MUCH more importantly Saturday night saw the meeting of European countries (and other slightly more undefined nations: Azerbaijan – case and point) in the cultural and musical event of the year. Now I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of Eurovision, but this year I was in the perfect mindset for some Euro pop / trash and was not disappointed. From the kick off with Englebert ‘The Hump’ Humperdink as the UK’s unfortunate entry to the makeshift Turkish boat I stuck it out till the end.
But without a doubt my favourite part was the voting, the overtly political points system with douze points from Cypus to Greece and reciprocated by Greece to Cyprus (there’s a surprise, although Greece MUST have been happy not to receive many more points – their victory would have most likely resulted in a full Euro meltdown). However as the voting unfolded it became obvious that the UK and Norway were being left at the bottom. Voting ended with the UK and Norway in the bottom two, an extremely disappointing weekend for Norway and I’m sure they were left nursing their sorrows in the active Baku clubbing seen. My condolences.
I am aware I seem to have diverged a little from details of our expedition, but for your entertainment here is Norway’s Eurovision 2012 entry – judge for yourselves…
Personally I don’t think it deserved last place, Albania’s Rona Nishliu was much more worthy of that accolade in my opinion – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, google it.