Finland grabbed silver medals and no gold at the Winter Olympics this year. Bit of a national disaster. It was the small but proud sporting nation's worst result in a generation. We then scraped to a bronze in the ice hockey world championships last week. So, monster rock group Lordi's victory at the kitsch Eurovision song contest at the weekend was one to savour? My sensible sister Liisa told me: 'I am proud of their success. But, pity it had to be such an awful group.'
Mother, Sisko, hasn't pronounced on the subject yet. She would have phoned if she was that bothered. Meanwhile, cousin PÃ¤ivi excitedly texted me from Finland to say pretty much the same as Liisa. 'Not a great fan, but nice anyway.' PÃ¤ivi added, enigmatically: 'Amazing.'
The horror movie-looking Lordi won for Finland by being themselves rather than attempting to ape the bubble gum Abba winning formula. They represent a breath-of-fresh-air break from the plastic pop which the discredited Eurovision song contest has come to symbolise.
Just as sweet for me was that Lordi hail from Lapland, where the resilient, reindeer-herding Sami people come from. I hope there is a renaissance of interest in their culture and land rights as a result of Lordi's win. That the rock group pissed off stuffy church bosses who considered their act sacrilege was a welcome double whammy for me.
LIFE OF BRIAN
What a gritty one-man campaign is peace campaigner Brian Haw (see The-Latest front page story: 'Leave Him Alone.') The full might of Inspector Knacker's finest from Scotland Yard were foiled when they launched a dawn raid on his protest camp outside the British parliament on Tuesday. Haw's supporters came to his rescue with ladders and banners. And the redoutably pacifist warrior was able to stay put. He made the front page of the Evening Standard: 'War on Haw in siege of Westminster.' Yet another PR disaster for Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
Can't wait for the Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the shooting, by armed Met officers, of innocent bystander Jean Charles de Menezes. Heads should roll.