Eurovision Winner 2009: Norway

So my Bosnians finished a respectable 9th out of 25 national contestants (Croatia finished 18th), but the prize was taken by Norwegian fiddler Alexander Rybak with his song, “Fairytale,” which is fairly impressive in its own right. Congrats.

Bosnia Enters Eurovision Finals with Regina’s “Bistra Voda”

Bosna i Hercegovina will be one of the nations taking part in this Saturday’s Eurovision Finals in Moscow. A band called Regina will be performing “Bistra Voda” (Clear Water). Although I find the song only moderately enthralling, the costumes and stage act are pretty bad-ass.

Here’s a clip from their semi-finals performance in Turkey:

The official video of the song is kinda cool too:

Of course I have a real soft spot in my heart for Bosnia, so I wish Regina all the best. Go Bosnia!

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Germany vs. USA: Adventskalender

Here’s a Christmas-themed episode of one of my favorite webcasts, “Germany vs. USA.” These two guys, Jim from Mississippi and Alex from Germany, regularly put together 4-5 minute videos comparing the cultural and linguistic differences between Germany and the USA. Enjoy:

From the show’s homepage:

What happens when you take a good’ole, Bible-belt, Mississippi conservative and an urbane, plurilingual, liberal, Euro-German and put them in the middle of San Francisco?

Germany vs. USA (GvU) explores the contrasts and joys of two unlikely friends, Jim and Alex, as they learn more about each other’s cutlures, languages, and the greater friendship between Europe and America. Insightful, whimsical, educational and always genuine (not to mention unscripted) the show aims to bring a slice-of-life perspective to viewers around the world.