Amelie and Eurovision
( published 13th February 2002 )

Hi All,

So they did it ( I feel sometimes so arrogant and proud ): they have chosen the French movie "Amelie" for 5 nominations at this year's Oscars. I knew it the moment I saw the film. This is actually a bit worrying because it proves we are living in a standardised, pre made world, and with experience we learn how to "evaluate" and categorise certain products. I had recognised back in 2001 that Amelie was "oscarisable".

Example, the Eurovision song contest: how come they never play "good" songs there? I read how ABBA in the 70's created the song "Waterloo" so, that it HAD to please the jury. Do the following game, play 10 songs; 5 ( hey, you Brits, 5 INTERNATIONAL ) number one hits of the 90's, and 5 Eurovision winners. I bet you you can make the difference by the sound of the melody ( of course regardless from the lyrics ). If you go by the lyrics, it would be too easy.

Here some winning songs through time:
1966: Merci Cherie ( Austria )
1968: La La La ( Spain )
1969: Boom Bang-a-Bang ( United Kingdom )
1975: Ding Ding Dong ( Netherlands )
1978: A Ba Ni Bi ( Israel )
1984: Diggy Loo Diggy Ley ( Sweden )
1992: Why Me ( Ireland )
1997: Love shine a Light ( UK )
1999: Take Me to Your Heaven ( Sweden )
2000: Fly on the Wings of Love ( Denmark )
2001: Everybody ( Estonia )

Welcome to the McDonalds of music industry...the style hasn't changed in 30 years!

Have a nice day


P.S. Re Chirac ( check yesterday's mail ), there is a picture today in the papers showing him shaking hands with Didier Schuller, the guy he had "never heard of", harharhar.

On the first day of college, the dean addressed the students to point out some of the rules. "The female dormitory will be off limits for all male students, and the male dormitory to female students. Anybody caught breaking these rules will be fined $40 the first time, $90 the second time." He continued, "Anybody caught breaking this rule the third time will be fined a hefty $200. Are there any questions?" At this, a male student in the crowd inquired, "How much for a season ticket?"