Today was a dark day in European history – Ireland finished last in the Eurovision Song Contest ….. out of 26 countries ….. with this epic tune.

They got five points, just 276 fewer than the winners, Denmark.

Their only votes came from Cyprus (2), Sweden (2) and the UK (1) – nothing from Greece, for example, which Ireland will remember next time there’s a European Union vote on bailing them out.

This is the musical equivalent of the fall of the Roman Empire, because Ireland have won more Eurovision Song Contests than any other country in the entire, total and complete history of Europe.

What’s gone wrong? Democracy, that’s what. Before the break up of the Soviet Union, everything was fine, Ireland kept winning, but then about 95,000 new Eastern European countries won independence, got to enter the Eurovision Song Contest, didn’t like Ireland’s music, gave them no votes, and that was that.

So tonight I say: “Mr. Gorbachev, put that wall back up.”

PS Another theory is that Ireland has paid ever since for entering a turkey in the 2008 Song Contest, who slightly took the p**s out of the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜•


Any way, past triumphs from the glory days when Ireland (musically) ruled Europe…..









This is the song that won tonight ๐Ÿ™„


Bonus song – The Russian Grannies, which me and Dotster loved, but nobody else:

138 Responses to “EuroTravesty”

  1. 1 desertflower
    May 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm


  2. 13 criquet
    May 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Yes you congrats df.

  3. May 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Congrats df! Lovely day at TOD!

  4. 15 criquet
    May 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Sorry about Ireland but maybe this will cheer you up.

    Bringing this over from the last post.

  5. 18 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Gold for you DF, Nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congrats.

  6. 19 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Any U2 songs out there?

  7. 29 desertflower
    May 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Yeah!! Thanks, guys:) For all of the TOD crew…lurkers and regulars alike:) Spread the joy!

  8. 31 japa21
    May 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Any time Ireland loses in anything, you know the fix was in. Just to prove it to you, I heard they lost a drinking contest. No way that was legit, right Chips? Well, joined the last thread just in time to have that door shut in my face and had to search around for this one.
    I think Chips is still upset at me from yeterday.

    So for that, this gets posted twice and for extra punishment, a might do some more.

  9. 35 desertflower
    May 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    They can’t turn off the change that is rolling over America ๐Ÿ™‚


    • 36 Nena20409
      May 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Change Has Come to America……

      How’s that Hopey Changey thingy working for Folks in IL? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. 37 sherijr
    May 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Dear Chips… you write like no other.. you always bring the chuckles, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved this: Whatโ€™s gone wrong? Democracy, thatโ€™s what. And this: So tonight I say: โ€œMr. Gorbachev, put that wall back up.โ€

    so sorry Ireland ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  11. 42 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Good work.

    • May 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Seems I keep missing you.

      Trying again, to see if you saw this from earlier this week.

      May 14, 2013
      Majority Favor Same-Sex Marriage in Arizona
      A new Rocky Mountain Poll in Arizona finds 55% of voters now favor legalizing same-sex marriage, while just 35% said they are opposed.

      • 45 desertflower
        May 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        I DID see it..hell, I posted it when I saw it with my OMG moment!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for thinking of me though:) I’m not surprised. All these legislators are sooooooooooooooooo out of touch with the feelings of the voters

  12. 46 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Here’s what happens when One is Judged before one Opens his/her mouth

    I love it…..

    Singing I will always Love you……..A Chinese Kid…belting it out.

  13. 49 japa21
    May 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  14. 50 japa21
    May 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  15. 51 99ts
    May 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I have a serious problem – how can I still be a post behind – will this never end – I feel I am being Beghazied

  16. 57 japa21
    May 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  17. 59 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Remember William Hung with She Bangs…..just awful.

  18. May 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    BREAKING – added to post: Ireland’s only votes came from Cyprus (2), Sweden (2) and the UK (1) โ€“ nothing from Greece, for example, which Ireland will remember next time thereโ€™s a European Union vote on bailing them out.

  19. 69 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Ot oh.

  20. May 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    From the bottom of the previous post … because this really matters.

    For context:

    (40,000, 000 words/365 d)/3 yr x 10h per day = ~ 3653 words per day

    If you think thatโ€™s a lot of words, I can type easily type 60 words per min and typing is way slower than speaking. At 60 wpm, it would take only ~ 1 hour (not 10) to type 3653 words.

    And, if youโ€™d like to learn more about the fact that folk have been paying attention to this issue:

    The real scandal in America is that we allow a few plutocrats and their political and #NEWSTAINER servants to have any influence whatsoever on our society.

    BTW, I can imagine President Obama issuing a challenge to app developers to craft all kinds of cool ways to help momโ€™s and dadโ€™s track the number of words they are speaking to their children and you could imagine the contests and prizes that could be offered to those exceeding various levels as well as way more innovative ways to have speaking and reading to infants become a national objective and source of pride for every parent.

    Very much appreciated your response, Susanne, and I responded. Thank you.

    Yes We Can

    • 71 vitaminlover
      May 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Very interesting!

    • 72 susanne
      May 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      just saw your response, bob– i was taking a nap!

      but just to continue, i believe talking with children of all ages is essential to their continued intellectual, social, and linguistic development. i help care for a friends’ children who are now middle-school aged, and i chatter away with them as i drive them to activities, or work on projects, or even when watching movies. it never fails that they hear a word they don’t know, which leads to more conversation. or they remark that they have studied a topic similar to what i’m talking about, and we then develop their thinking along that channel.

      it’s easy to assume that kids are uninterested in adult matters, and let them plug into media or what-not. but childhood is the critical period for developing their minds, and every conversation is food for that growth!

      thanks for taking this on, bob. you always go for the essential issues, and with relentless vigor.

      • May 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        Thank you Susanne. What you note from your experience is so important and appreciate your sharing it with all of us.

        Errors above – should have been “3653 words per HOUR in a 10h day” Comfortable rate of listening – e.g., to an audio book is 150-160 words per minute. So, 3653 words per hour is a very modest rate of speech or a mom or dad (grandma, sister, etc) reading to an infant.

        “… but childhood is the critical period for developing their minds, and every conversation is food for that growth!” That’s the core message, and it happens, not by turning on a radio, or TV or whatever, but by speaking and reading to infants and enabling them to enter into conversation at as early a stage in their development as possible.


  21. 74 LunarSea
    May 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Hey all finally made it back home after a week away. Biden speaking at my daughter’s grad last weekend was a nice bonus to a week of fun, old friends & family. My great-nephew graduates tomorrow with POTUS as his commencement speaker. Sis and family going. Wish I could too but work looms in my horizon.

    Trying to make my way through these clips. Some are pure torture. For the record I thoroughly enjoyed ‘the Grannies’ when I saw them the first time and still do. (my grandmmother was Granny to everyone who met her)

    As to the song above: “All Kinds of Everything Reminds Me of You” is hereby dedicated to you, dear blog tyrant. Long may you reign!

    Now back to listening to the rest of the **ahem** winners.

  22. 75 forus50
    May 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Democracy sucks huh? Well, at least we tried.

  23. 76 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    can’t sing. can’t dance. can’t act.

    /sd rest of europe

    • May 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Can’t dance?? That’s me, second from the left:

      • 78 LunarSea
        May 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        I like how the commentator say at the end of the intro, in an air of authority: “Always finish together” ummm okay

        ChipsChica we know that’s not you because she didn’t fall. Yes, your reputation precedes you. But if it will make you feel better….

        Why ChipsChica, you ‘River Woman’ you. What excellent dancing. So nimble, so lythe. Way to go. **wink** **wink** ๐Ÿ˜†

        • May 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

          “ChipsChica we know thatโ€™s not you because she didnโ€™t fall.”


          LunarSea, was that a typo??????

          • 80 LunarSea
            May 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

            I remember the ankle/foot incident. Wasn’t that from walking to the fridge or some such. ๐Ÿ˜†

            • May 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

              There were actually two ankle incidents ๐Ÿ˜ณ

              One was just falling off a pavement, like you do, the other was standing up from my TOD computer chair, not realizing my foot was asleep, and well, you know.

              Enough of my war wounds, how are you LunarSea!

              • 82 MightyPamela
                May 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

                I remember when you banged your little knee on the coffee table in solidarity with me, that was not long ago…. Just cut this out, okay? No more.

              • 83 LunarSea
                May 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm

                lol I am fine – enjoying being able to actually a thread here. Having been away with only an android phone and too many distractions, I missed so much I gave up on catching up. Altho I was able to sneak a peak now and again.

                AND I must say everywhere I went this past week ppl are very aware of what the media and rethugs are pulling. No one was buying the ‘scandals’ or what the media is trying to do. EVERYONE I met, including strangers at the graduation, young and old and of every color and hue is pissed at what is happening.

                It was very heartwarming to see/hear.

                • 84 LunarSea
                  May 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

                  ‘actually a thread’ s/b ‘actually FOLLOW a thread’

                • May 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

                  “AND I must say everywhere I went this past week ppl are very aware of what the media and rethugs are pulling.”

                  Very heartening, LunarSea, I’m sensing that too, but I didn’t know if that was just down to optimism on my part – so, great to hear you’re picking up too.

    • 86 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      here you go- all 3 in one. Shoot that theory in the foot. River dancing to French song without using their feet. No one does it better

  24. May 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    For those in the southwest (posted on last thread, but this time with a picture of our wonderful SLOTUS).

  25. 90 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  26. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    • 92 Nena20409
      May 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      He was one of the Co-founders of Politico……so he is a KOCH-Roach? Hmm? He is always at MSNBC?

  27. May 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hi all you Os!!! I’m back after a wonderful day of dragging around pots of house plants. Speaking of pot, did I read upthread that Illinois passed some type of a marijuana bill? Also, I’m so sorry Chips about the last place finish. I see Sweden did at least vote for the Irish. In honor of their vote, here’s a young Swedish lassie.

    • May 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      “I see Sweden did at least vote for the Irish.”

      Thanks Cookemom, to all my Swedish friends, like …. like …. to them all: thank you.

      PS Gorgeous song!!

    • May 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Serious comment.

      Chips, among the many wondrous experiences the community you formed and have selflessly nurtured is MUSIC. The diversity and quality of what various folk have shared is enriching. Case in point – cookemom posts this video from Lykke Li – someone who I’ve have never heard sing and likely never would have experienced. BTW, that’s also true in the case with Eimear Quinn.

      Thank you, both.

      • May 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Oh Bob, with you completely, I never heard Lykke Li either, what a stunning, haunting song – thank you Cookemom, and to everyone who brings this beautiful stuff here! Including you Bob.

      • 102 GGail
        May 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        Bobfr, I agree with you. We, the People of TOD are the best of the best in this whole wide world……with Chipsticks as our leader ๐Ÿ™‚

        Idiots NOT ALLOWED!

      • 103 cookemom
        May 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚ loved it when I heard it as well. Her voice is daunting and the song was a perfect match.

      • 104 99ts
        May 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        My taste in music is in my boots – as my husband/daughter tell me all the time. I am learning – amazed the daughter last week with my knowledge from TOD ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 105 vcprezofan2
      May 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      CM, it always tickles my funny bone how you and I tend to do similar things at about the same time (except for exercising, of course ๐Ÿ˜† )! I spent most of the day outside in the yard fiddling around with grass, weeds, garden, weeds, AND the houseplants that I had had to put outside due to the sanding etc going on inside. Of course, some of them look like they will not withstand the shock of being put outside for the first time and for a couple of days with lots of uncertain weather. By the time I dragged myself back inside I was super tired, extremely thirsty, and lacking in zip.

      • 106 cookemom
        May 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        It was beautiful in my neck of the woods today. I take my houseplants out every spring and they do quite well as long as there’s no cold front to move through. I have many, many, many houseplants and I don’t know why I do this every year, when in what seems like just a matter of weeks, I lug them all back in again. After doing so well in the great outdoors, they promptly lose their new summer growth, once I bring them back inside.

        PS: I got the stuff to put down the ceramic tiles today. I plan to have it all laid out tomorrow. Then the grout goes on Tuesday. If all goes well, I may be able to have a decent Memorial Day with floor and possibly cabinetry (fingers crossed). If not, then I’ll just grill and eat out on the deck among my thriving houseplants.

        • 107 vcprezofan2
          May 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm

          Good luck; will cross fingers for you too! My counter top is in and after waiting the suggested 24 hrs so is my plumbing. Now if I can only find a place for most of the kitchen paraphernalia that got displaced I’ll be really happy. (I lost 4 large cupboards and 3 huge drawers)

          • 108 cookemom
            May 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

            Hold on! You say you wait for the plumbing AFTER the counters? I guess that makes sense though, with the sink and all. But wait…I think I need the dishwasher installed before the cabinets, right? So I’ll need the plumber out twice, before the cabinets to install the dishwasher, remove the powder room toilet and sink, then back again after the cabinets and countertop to install the kitchen sink and powder room toilet and sink. So much for Memorial Day I think.

            Good luck finding new space, the dishwasher takes the place of a 3 drawer unit, but I’ll gladly do without it for the dishwasher. Maybe I’ll just store the stuff in the dishwasher when it’s not in use.

            • 109 vcprezofan2
              May 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

              Fortunately for me, the person working on my home does ‘everything’ so I haven’t had to worry about what has to be done first or second. Not sure why your plumber couldn’t install your dishwasher after the cabinets are in if the space has been left for it. I decided not to change my dishwasher at this time ’cause I rarely use it (except when I host extended family/friends) and it has stainless steel insides. (The reasonably priced one that matched the new fridge, stove didn’t) So I can’t give valid comments for this. Re counter top I chose granite so had to let it, along with its new under-mount sink, ‘settle/dry’ for 24hrs before the plumber could connect the pipes to it. My new powder room cabinet-toilet-sink have been sitting in the garage for months now because the sale price was right, but I’ve decided to take a short break after all this other stuff is done just so I can enjoy not having anyone come in. It should work out because a friend’s mom is waiting on my carpenter/jack-of-all-trades to do HER bathroom, so if he goes there next I’d get my breathing space.

  28. 112 anniebella
    May 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm


  29. 114 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Real men wear red: Sportsmen who choose to wear the colour are more likely to be winners because they are ‘dressing to kill’

    Men who wear red when competing have higher testosterone levels
    Higher testosterone levels make them more dominant and aggressive
    Could explain why Manchester United and British Lions are so successful
    Sportsmen see opponents who are wearing red as strong competition


    Your dailymail crap courtesy bbc.

  30. 118 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    How about This

    No One as Irish as Barack Obama โ“

    It didn’t make the list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. May 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    • 120 vcprezofan2
      May 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Though I have to point out the US have been to Canada countless times in the past to poach on its nurses, this little ‘immigration’ foray might provide a gentle kick to US House/Senate critters to get their immigration act together.

  32. 121 GGail
    May 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I just got this from the West Coast Bat Signal……”Jon Karl has been dispatch to investigate the EuroTravesty regarding Ireland”!!!!!

    Stay Tuned to your local Bat Signal Channel………

  33. 125 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  34. 127 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  35. May 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Low probability I’ll ever post a comment indicating I agree with both Maher & Moore (and even more with Moore), but in the case of what you will read/hear at the link in the tweet, I could not agree more with either of them


  36. 129 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  37. 130 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  38. 132 LunarSea
    May 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    How about Dublin Choir doing Bono via flash mob. One of my favs;

    • May 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      I cannot thank you enough, LunarSea, for posting this video. I absolutely love this particular ‘flash mob’ and the version that had been on YouTube, from the Dublin Choir, was removed/restricted. Thank you!!!!

      Further validation of what the comment I made above – this community is EXCEPTIONAL and, as Jacqueline noted in a previous thread, today, music truly helps keep us sane!!


  39. 136 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  40. May 19, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚
    Well, the Eurovision Song Contest is pretty much politics and “traditional” voting among befriended countries. i didnยดt check the results, but we usually come in somewhere among the last five or so and Iยดd bed Greece didnt give us many points ๐Ÿ˜›
    Also, sorry for the Irish but Imma pretty fine without that Wall, itยดs kind of a reassuring feeling to no longer live in if-the-nukes-break-out-youยดll-die-first-land, kaythanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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