Well finally, I have waited all my life to watch Eurovision live rather than by delayed telecast, imagine my excitement when Justin reminded me that not only would we be watching it at the same time as the other 11 million viewers in the UK, we could actually cast our own vote! Unfortunately this was towards the end of the acts that I realised this and I had missed a good half of them due to preparing dinner, maybe that’s when all the good songs were on… Undaunted we each cast a vote, which I’m sure made absolutely no difference to the final outcome. The outfits lived up to expectations, the very first one we saw was Spain’s premier boy-band with no less than four pairs of white trousers! And most of the solo female acts did a great job of performing in trying circumstances with gale force winds blowing their hair around. I have to say I’m impressed with the winner, Serbia’s entry, who was chosen for talent (I think?) over looks (not that she was ugly but she certainly wasn’t like the other tall, stick-thin, long-haired, scantily-clad entries). And at the risk of being hanged, drawn and quartered for treason, I’m glad the UK’s delightfully camp entry came second last, despite the fact that it was actually written (as a joke entry!) and rehearsed in a warehouse in Old Street just around the corner from us! It was a great opportunity to follow the political alliances of eastern europe (the west is just so out of it) in my lonely planet guide, now I know which countries border (and vote for) each other.
Oh yes we have a tv now, after 4 months sans television, so Justin’s equilibrium can be restored. The grey overcast rainy summer weather, combined with the anticipation of eurovision and a grand prix, enticed us into the purchase. Internet and a phone will hopefully follow!