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President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the Finnish parliament this morning

This morning/afternoon.

Helsinki, Finland.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (without his friend) told Finland’s parliament  that a “sanction cocktail, that would be remembered just like Molotov cocktails” is needed to halt Russian aggression.

Zelensky asked Finland to “show even more leadership” in the European Union, saying this will be “the biggest contribution in the security of Europe.”

He said that Ukraine needs weapons “that some of the EU partners have,” as well as “powerful efficient sanctions against Russia on a permanent basis.”


“We need to think about how to protect Europe from the Russian energy weapon. How much longer can Europe ignore the introduction of embargo against oil supplies from Russia?”

Yesterday: Hello Mum



Angel Dzhambazki?


Kramatorsk railway station

This afternoon.

Via CNN:

The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement Friday calling the missile strike on a railway station in the Ukrainian city a “provocation.”

The statement mirrored recent denials of the indiscriminate killing of civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha.

“All the statements of representatives of the Kyiv nationalist regime about the alleged ‘missile attack’ by Russia on April 8 at the railway station in Kramatorsk are a provocation and absolutely do not correspond to reality,” the statement said.

On April 8, the Russian armed forces did not conduct or plan any artillery fires in the city of Kramatorsk.

We emphasize that the Tochka-U tactical missiles, the wreckage of which was found near the Kramatorsk railway station and published by eyewitnesses, are used only by the Ukrainian armed forces.

Ukrainian forces have the Soviet-designed Tochka missile in their inventory but it has also been used by Russian and separatist forces in the past.

Russian Ministry of Defense calls Kramatorsk strike a “provocation” (CNN)




This morning.

Via Irish Times:

In the article “Rent Trap” (Weekend, October 23rd) “Amet” lamented that he was unable to save a sufficient sum to purchase a house in south Dublin, notwithstanding that he and his wife had a joint income of €175,000 a year.

He offered Finland as a country of similar size – presuming that population is the construct in question – as building 40,000 units a year. This effective housing policy has meant that here, a two-bedroom apartment bought 15 years ago in a town comparable to Castlebar was sold this year for the same price it was bought for – €43,000.

Thus, a single person on minimum wage can purchase such a dwelling as repayments on a €40,000 loan over 20 years will amount to €190 a month at present rates of interest charged by Finnish banks.

If one does not wish to live in the Finnish equivalent of Castlebar, then something similar in the capital region of Helsinki will set you back between €150,000 – 10 minutes from the centre by train – to €300,000, 10 minutes by tram.

Repayments on a 90 per cent loan then move to €630 and €1,260 respectively.

David Fitzgerald,

Kiuruvesi, Finland.

Irish Times Letters

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The Finnish Parliament has approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage. The vote was 105 to 92, with one MP absent…The unprecedented outcome marks the first time that a citizens’ initiative has received lawmakers’ blessing to be written into the law books. It also allows Finland to finally catch up with its Nordic peers, all of which have already legalised gay marriage.

The result was a sweet triumph for the thousands of supporters of marriage equality who gathered around the Parliament this afternoon. Many of them waved rainbow-coloured flags and banners. Shouts of “I do!” – the battle cry of the movement – echoed through the streets. Opponents of the measure also turned out for the session, but found themselves vastly outnumbered.

Finnish Parliament approves same-sex marriage (Uutiset)

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Located on one of the islands of the Turku archipelago in Finland, St Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel was designed by Helsinki-based Sanaksenaho Architects.

Redolent of the ribs of a boat and built in 2005 on a pine covered hill, the polished copper exterior (which will turn to turquoise with age) encloses a contemplative interior of warm wood.



Oulu Irish Elks Vs Helsinki Harps.

Judgement night in Oulo, Finland

Ronan Browne writes:

I am making a documentary about the world’s most northerly GAA game, which took place last month. The doc itself is not quite ready yet but I have produced a trailer [above] if you think it would be of interest to your readers. Music by the wonderful Hermitage Green.

patrick(Finland’s Patrick O’Shaughnessy, on knees, being sent off last night during a England Vs Finland Under 21s Euro qualifier in Milton Keynes)

David Powell writes:

Browsing the sports news this morning before doing literally anything else, as you do, and noticed that England U-21s beat Finland U-21s in a European qualifier in Milton Keynes (exciting!). Quick look at the report and this catches my eye: “Finland were then reduced to 10 men when Patrick O’Shaughnessy saw red.”
According to Wikipedia, our Patrick is “the son of an Irish painter” and he has a brother who plays for Metz in France. So there.


UPDATE: Still technically eligible to play for Ireland (see comments).

England U21 3- Finland U21 0 (BBC Sport)

Pic PA