Saturday, 23 May 2015

Electro Velvet Failed to Shock Vienna Favourite

   Bar managers at the Bier & Bratwurst style large-screen public viewing area outside the Rathaus (City Hall)  were hoping for sizzling weather and crowds of thirsty spectators. Spirits will be dampened if the current deluge continues for much longer. A few hardy souls huddling under umbrellas was not what the organizers were wishing for.

The best they can realistically hope for is that there will be a favourable break in the weather later this evening for those vital two or three hours. (Fortunately the weather improved and 25,000 fans joined the party).

Along with 200 million other TV viewers throughout the world, literally from Austria to Australia, I shall take pleasure in watching the performances and then enjoy the nail-biting suspense of the voting. 

It all begins at 21:00 in Austria. That's 20:00 in the UK. 

Austria's drag queen Conchita Wurst victorious in the 2014 Eurovision with Rise Like a Phoenix will give a repeat performance, this time supported by the S√§ngerknaben - the youngsters of the Vienna Boys Choir.

The home country's representatives The Makemakes are rank outsiders (100/1). Earlier there was a rumour that  they had something special up their sleeves.

Austrian press coverage has tended to focus on last year's winner Conchita, now known as the Queen of Austria. 

Electro Velvet's 'Still in Love With You' (50/1) is an upbeat and stylish number and may just be able to accumulate sufficient points to shock the critics, the experts, and all those confident punters shoveling their money onto Sweden's Heroes (11/8 Fav.). 

A sample selection of the odds on offer this morning at William Hill:

11/8 Sweden WINNER
11/4 Russia SECOND 
7/2 Italy THIRD 
7/1 Australia
8/1 Belgium
25/1 Estonia
25/1 Israel
50/1 United Kingdom NOWHERE 
50/1 Spain
100/1 Austria
100/1 Cyprus
100/1 Hungary
150/1 Montenegro

Friday, 22 May 2015

Touching on the Bermuda Triangle . . .

Free drink from the captain?

A 'Norwegian Dawn' 

        on the rocks? 

The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn ran aground near Bermuda but nevertheless was able to reach Boston safely. 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Alf Poier Kills a Computer Virus

This short video may be viewed in conjunction with the post below.

Alf Poier - a man for all seasons

I discovered Alf Poier in the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien in a dark room in the basement adjacent the toilets. Soon I realized that Alf's vivid imagination knows no bounds.

Is the above image a detail from the dark side of the moon? Or is it one of the mysterious bright spots on Ceres?

Q. What did Alf have to say?

A. "I am the neuro-dadist of cabaret. My messages are . . .  nonsense.  I say to you: Now I am known as an idiot, but one day . . . the stars will come by themselves to me."

I enjoyed Alf Poier's disrespectful off-the-wall humour. A link to Alf's world is attached HERE.

The quirky exhibition at Vienna's Kunstforum is packed with fun and surprises and runs until mid-July. And admission is free.

I leave you with Alf's iconic Donald Dark and one of his fine paintings Blood Oranges:

In the post immediately above this one Alf Poier deals with a computer virus.

blackbird's evening song

with blackbird's evening song
the neighbourhood birds fall silent
- faraway some ornery crows