Monday, May 16, 2011


I didn't vote but I agree with the SBS Australian poll that awarded Eurovision to Ireland rather than Azerbaijan.

The win by Azerbaijan will put a focus on this former Soviet republic. Anyone who watched the telecast will have seen the construction job the Germans did to convert a 40,000 seat football stadium over six weeks into a giant TV studio. Azerbiajan is an energy rich state, but like many such states it has dramatic inequality and 40 percent of the population live below the property line.

These people are outside the capital Baku, and it is there that the event will be hosted. And if you ever wanted an excuse to go to watch Eurovision, the Wikitravel guide to Baku seems it could be quite interesting.

Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est

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