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Yesterday I watched (Nth time) Saimaa-Ilmiö, documentary on Castaway Tour 1981, a milestone of Finnish rock.
Three giants of the genre: still existing band Eppu Normaali; song writer genius "Juice" Leskinen who died recently; and Hassisen Kone, the first band of Ismo Alanko, whose late 80's band Sielun Veljet is doing a single comeback performance soon, first time for 20 years.
They toured on a steamboat around lake Saimaa and it was documented by brothers Kaurismäki, one of whom just won some minor awards in Cannes.


To see, try Tuuliajolla or Saimaa Ilmiö on youtube

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Popular music rarely has much to say. But sometimes there's a surprise hit that stops you to listen. One of those is recent "Tuntematon potilas", "Unknown Patient".



My translation of lyrics:


My home is burgled every night
I'm sure it's those guys upstairs
They even eat dry goods from cupboards
and leave boston stubs in ashtray

I'm tired of being afraid
so I sleep with pistol under my pillow
I'm used to using it
it served me already in the Front

Stalin occupied Helsinki today
I reported to the nurse
And of course took cover under my bed
They brought another pill
I hid it between mattress
This disease took my mind
though I fought it hard

Hear my wish, I want away
Isn't my time already up?
I've seen this life
gotten everything and more
Hear my wish, I want away
Isn't my time already up?
I'd want to go like a soldier
Yours, Unknown Patient

Last time I saw grandpa
he didn't know me anymore
condition collapsed
lost back in Raate Road (a WWII battle)

Yesterday got call from nursing home
grandpa has gotten away from wars
Though I cry, I believe
we'll yet meet again
When carrying your coffin
across the church yard
Now I understand the request
that then made me angry

Hear my wish, I want away
Isn't my time already up?
I've seen this life
gotten everything and more
Hear my wish, I want away
Isn't my time already up?
I'd want to go like a soldier
Yours, Unknown Patient


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Day of Aleksis Kivi again, I'll just quote my last year post.

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Yesterday Finland had flag day of Aleksis Kivi (and Finnish literature).
So incase I haven't before (can't remember what I've done last year etc.) I'll tell you a bit about Kivi and his book Seven Brothers.

Aleksis Kivi lived 1834-1872, in age when Finnish high culture was born. Finnish rose to be official language equal to Swedish that had been the language of government as long as there'd been any. Nationalism was high - in an actually positive way - and artists of all kinds tried to raise spirits by showing the strength and honesty and other noble features of our people.

And then comes Kivi. As a huge achievement, he writes the first novel in Finnish. This could have high society applauding, except... What has this man done?! He mocks and shames the whole nation!
Seven Brothers is a tragicomedy of misadventures of poor and not very bright band of youngsters who, mostly of their own fauld, get in trouble with law, church and neighbors.

Being a milestone of our culture, it's been recognized much more positively long after author's death and with numerous movies, plays and even children's books has become perhaps the best known stories in this country, besides the national epic Kalevala.


I couldn't easily find a free download, but Seven Brothers is widely available in English.



Still couldn't find a download. Seems that only commercial translations have been made, no organization or ministry of culture has realized there's no free English download of Seven Brothers around.
Maybe I should do one myself.

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There you go Kaunisto, something for you to do.
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To translate a national classic... quite an idea. And I keep saying I lack ambition.


]Finnish street fashion
The blog has gotten some attention on foreign media (at least in one or two countries).

]...and some less elegant poeple on a parody site

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While not much recognized around the world - besides some recent critical success in western Europe - Finland is a great comics nation.
This has been officially the 100th anniversary of what's considered beginning of Finnish comics, celebrated with various exhibitions.

Here's couple articles:

]Finnish comics celebrate 100 years
comics will celebrate in 2011
]100th anniversary of Finnish comics
(Makes me think... a blog post about stamps about early 20th century comics; that's close to world record of nerd.)

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Incredibly, this is the most expensive Finnish movie ever. (As much as it counts as Finnish.)

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If I had to pick one film to represent Finnish movie of last 50 years, it'd be "The Clan - Tale of the Frogs". It's hardly the best, though good, but the tale of misfortunes in small village is profoundly typical to Finnish storytelling.

The family of Sammakko (=Frog) are bunch of deadbeats, drunks and thieves in three generations. They often, in tragicomical way, see some nobility in their eternal war on police and their rebellion on limits of society.
The center character is Aleksanteri "the great" Sammakko, the youngest of family coming of age. He's in no hurry to follow other Sammakko men to jail, but hates police as any of them. While it's obvious things can't end well for others, the question is what will become of Aleksanteri.

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Is it all in Finnish or is there an English translation?

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I don't think there are any foreign dubs, and it's propably not widely available even subtitled.
Though as it's by Kaurismäki brothers, there could be some international releases.

It's a 80's movie, I just watched it again last night and it keeps impressing me.


Edit: look at [sign in to see URL] tells there is a Clan DVD with English subtitles

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