Humming calms me down
Today´s title refers to melody. It is true that humming calms me down, it also has to be said that music inspires me. The names and the words of your National anthems sounded splendor, well that is precisely what they are supposed to sound, isn´t that so? The musical subject mutter proved to be useful, I am glad we together managed to create something new, BBC Learning English is going to have a Christmas special about singing, thank you Paul telling the good news.
Paul, I am some what inquisitive and wonder how many of us Finns have been writing a blog with you before me?
And Rachel how things are down under today? What is the current topic that makes the land of Australia tick? I liked the way you made me rethink my own errors Rachel, I am hoping we will continue to do so. I will have lot of things to ask, but firstly I try to give everyone a short introduction about Finland.
And all you guys: I was so pleased that my first name, Leila, was so familiar to you. Someone knew that couple of songs have the same title as my name and someone else knew that it has an Arabian origin. All your comments were so motivating and many topics you put forward were a great interest. For example (Rachel e.g.?) one of you talked about self-confidence, that surely is a difficult issue. I, as many of you, maybe lack of it at times, I confess openly that sometimes I wish I had more of it. But then again, if one has too much of self-assurance, it may change to grow into (article or not Rachel) arrogance. I am so pleased Adek that you took the subject matter up. One of my favorite quotations that suit this subject matter is from King Lear by William Shakespeare: “Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest”. Isn´t it well put?
A bit about Finland; you maybe know that one of our key industries is forestry, which is a controversial issue at the moment; Finnish pulp factory in Uruguay as Beatriz told us. I will be writing more about Finnish economy later on. As far as weather it´s true that during the summer time we do lot of crazy things, yes the sun shines right through the night and we organize many activities during Midsummer nights. But we do pay for the lightness. During the early winter it´s pitch-dark most of time (end of November until January), we call this time “Kaamos”. Someone of you asked about Vodka, well I am glad to say, that hard drinking doesn´t apply any more, nowadays people fortunately enjoy wine and beer more than hard spirits.
About singing, I am not a good singer, but I do a lot of humming, I find it settles me down, also if you hum long enough your whole body starts to chant. Karaoke is quite popular also in Finland, but it hasn´t reach near the popularity that is has in other parts of world.
About my family: I have a lovely and very dear daughter, she building a new home with her fiancé at the moment. I am married to a great man and I have three sisters and a brother. My mother died about seven years ago, but my father is still alive.
About Finland: The country is the seventh largest country in Europe and only over 5 million people live here. So Finland is not densely populated. Most people live in urban areas such as greater Helsinki. Helsinki, or Helsingfors as it is called in Swedish, has a population of over 570 000 and with it´s neighboring Espoo and Vantaa, they make up the greater Helsinki area (about 995 000 people). Other major cities in Finland are Turku, Tampere and Oulu, which is my home town (about 600 kilometers from Korvatunturi). My home town is a dwelling place for 131 000 people and Oulu is sixth largest city in Finland.
So much for today, I will be doing my best to write my blogs every weekday about the same time; in the evening after work, that means that I will post them by 19.00 local time in the evening, meaning that my blogs are sent onwards daily by 5 pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This writing is done on Sunday afternoon, as I have something else to do on Monday night.
It was nice to talk to you all again. I was so delighted to notice that so many familiar names were there, you are like old friends: Marianna, Ana Paula, Naheed, Jarek, James... Good one from Antonio to remember that hello in Finnish is terve or moi or hei… now best wishes from the country of thousands of lakes. By the end of November you will all learn how many thousands (or thousand Rachel).
What kind of water ways your country is best known and how many people reside in your home town or home village?
The photo below is of my daughter Katri and her horse Touho, they look like good mates, don´t they?
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