March 21, 2018

                The second edition showing a view of Finland from Sweden.

                Why else visit Sweden than to enjoy the views of Finland?

Our arrival in Oulu in mid-September 2000 c...

March 19, 2018

After seeing the film Downsizing I asked a group of students what they thought the word meant. One suggested it was all about trading in a car with a big engine for one much smaller. Another thought the word for that was downshifting. So what’s the difference?...

January 24, 2018

When my wife and I arrived in Finland in the year 2000, Tarja Halonen was president and within a few years, albeit briefly, Anneli Jäätteenmäki became Prime Minister. Yet many of our students were mysteriously and repeatedly referring to Tarja Halonen as ‘he’, in spite...

January 17, 2018

It is not unusual to hear speakers of English as a foreign language loudly pronouncing the many silent letters in English. Finns, coming from a phonetic language, often excel at sounding these silent letters. Living and teaching English in Finland, I have heard no bett...

December 13, 2017

Ok, this isn't today's weather but it lifts the spirits to see so much sunshine on the map at this dark time of year.  

Never mind the cold.

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