My home town
The heading today reminds me of Tom Jones and his green, green grass of home.
My green grass of home is Oulu. The city of Oulu was founded about 400 years ago by the King of Sweden. Later on this week, as I will write more about our history, and then you will become aware why the Swedish King was the founder of Oulu.
As this is a blog, and everything is in digital disorder, I try to have some sort of manuscript in my writings. I hope this will help you to read my blogs. It is easy to quote American David Weinberger here: “Everything is miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder” (the title of his new book 5/2007). No, I have not yet read the book, and I am not trying to advertize it. The reason why I talk about it, is that this blogging participation is a very good example of “digital disorder.” People want to participate, not just read!
And you guys participate. Thank you again for your fantastic response. Rachel I am sorry, that I haven´t had a change to answer to all or your questions, I have been so busy trying to entertain (in spite of fearing that I am not able to keep you interested). Kirsti thank you for your information about Finnish related languages, the piece of information was new to me. It was great to exchange words with all of you about music, composers, army and food. Noora; name of Leila is not very uncommon here in Finland. hyoahil from Lincolnshire thank you: I was near your neighborhood last June while visiting Scotland.
Being so far to North it is often thought, that polar bears walk on our streets. This is not a reality; I have never seen a polar bear in Finland. But our winters are pitch-dark and harsh, and our climate dictates our lives a great deal. We need winter tires in our cars, our houses are well insulated and house windows need triple glassing just to mention a few examples how the climate has to be considered at all times. The changes in the temperatures between the winter and summer can be over 60 degrees Celsius, so anyone can imagine the difficulties that this brings.
The greatest hero in Finland is Santa Claus and he lives in Finnish Lapland. As I mentioned we have no polar bears, in fact Finland is a highly industrialized country. You may know Finland because of our famous Formula drivers, such as Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen or Kimi Räikkönen. Or maybe you know Nokia mobile phones?
My home town Oulu is very proud of the high technology achievements that Finns have made with mobile communications. Nokia Plc has always been very tightly connected with Oulu.
Do you use mobile phone? Your phone is maybe Nokia, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, LG, Samsung or something totally different? Or maybe you don´t use a cellular phone at all?
The photo from yesterday was really a tree covered with snow. Katri had taken the picture by the ski slopes in Lapland. This kind of phenomena is rather common during the winter; wet snow gets stuck on tree brunches and freezes… more snow and wind together harden the tree even more. The picture tonight is of me and my husband in a gala mood.
Talk to you again!
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