Category Archives: Finland

Tove Jansson : artist, author and illustrator.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001),   the Swedish speaking Finnish creator of the Moonins,  was much more.  An exhibition of her life and works at Dulwich Picture Gallery shows her as artist, author and illustrator.  The exhibition runs from October 2017 to end of January … Continue reading

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Moomins come to town

Early December 2017 saw the opening a new shop in Camden Market devoted entirely to the Moomins and thereby adding to world happiness! Good background here.  There is an existing Moomins shop at Covent Garden. The two stores plan to … Continue reading

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Scandi plywood saves the world

Plywood is the unsung hero of a greener world. It hides its light under a bushel, or rather often  under veneer, paint or building cladding.  To explain its merits the Victoria and Albert Museum is running an exhibition until Sunday … Continue reading

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A gnome from Finland

2017 is  the centenary of Finland’s independence from Russia.   In 2017 the Festival Hall also has a year long ‘Nordic Matters’ theme.        

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Carl Tancred Borenius lived here

Carl Tancred Borenius (July 14, 1885, Vyborg – September 2, 1948, Coombe Bisset) was a Finnish art historian working in England, who became the first professor of the history of art at University College London. He was a prolific author and recognised … Continue reading

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Heavy Metal ‘Lordi’

Heavy Metal Group ‘Lordi’ will be famous for ever as Finland’s only winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, way back in 2006.  They’re still making music. They were at the O2 Academy, Islington, on Sunday, 20th November 2016. A previous appearance in the … Continue reading

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Joulupukki [Father Christmas] gets busy in Lapland

It’ll be a surprise to most people to hear mention of Christmas already. But Father Christmas has a big work load that in truth keeps him busy all year. He’s already announced the dates for attending the annual Christmas fair at … Continue reading

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