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Hilarious, and also reminded me that there are people with truly attractive voices. I wish I had one. Also on the list: Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry.

Stolen from [personal profile] veronicacode and reposted for the pretty:

a cover of an upcoming Saiyuki novel )

And something someone wrote on a forum: Taidat olla pihalla kuin puutarhaletku. XDDDDD

A rough translation: You seem to be out like a garden hose.

Means that you really, really don't get something and unfortunately loses most of the funny in translation. I've only heard people (like me) saying that someone else is out like a snowman, so this version has novelty value. Much like saying that someone doesn't have all her Moomins in the valley. ...Okay, that'll never get old. XDDDDD
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Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site

Day five: a youtube clip (or three)
Day six: a quote
Day seven: whatever tickles your fancy

2002 winter olympics, my favourite figure skater (sadly retired from eligible competition in 2003) and his three programs.

short program - Winter )

This is where I first remember seeing Alexei Yagudin. The footwork is absolutely fantastic. This is also the program that turned both me and my best friend ("Have you been watching figure skating? No? It so happens that I recorded this one program you just have to see...") into shameless fangirls. XD

long program - The Man in the Iron Mask )

My favourite long program ever. ♥

exhibition - Overcome )

It's a pity that the clip's quality isn't better because the program is made of SEX. The exhibition programs really are fanservice: the skaters can show of their best moves while having the freedom to do pretty much anything they want to. In this case, Yagudin and his coach (a woman, I might add) clearly wanted to make people swoon. Seriously, that couldn't be any hotter unless he was stripping.
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Since I thought it'd be nice to actually update instead of just thinking about it, I've decided to steal a few of those memes I've seen around lately. *starts spamming the flist*

This was snagged from [personal profile] macavitykitsune.


Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site
Day five: a youtube clip
Day six: a quote
Day seven: whatever tickles your fancy

Song: Lapin Kesä )

This song is based on a poem by Eino Leino, one of our most important poets. To be honest, I've never read the poem and I never cared about the older versions of this song. This, however, hit me like a hammer.

I remember that I was doing something while watching TV and when Meurman started to sing, I just stopped. I stood there, watching and listening and forgetting everything else, and my reactions were pretty much like ones you can see above. Surprise, wonder (I actually held my hand over my mouth) and happiness (grinning like mad when it ended).

It's very... I don't know, maybe it touches the melancholy Finn part in me. The song itself is depressing and sad, and it's one of those songs even grown-up macho men can admit crying over (especially if they're drunk). Like I said, the earlier versions didn't impress me much but something about Meurman's voice in this is just... It just is and my heart speeds up every time I hear this (live version which is, imo, better than the recorded).

Lapin Kesä means Lapland's Summer and if you're interested, here's a very rough translation of the lyrics. By "rough" I mean that I want to claw my eyes out when I read it, but it's better than nothing.


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