Taking things too seriously (Eurovision Song Contest and Philately)

author-Avatar  Last night,  Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself did something we very rarely do.  We sat on the sofa and watched the Eurovision Song Contest.

MM-Avatar ……and I must say that I was bored to tears and that it is an occurence which I will not repeat. If it hadn´t have been for the nice food-sticks lying on the table then I would have gone out earlier. Humans  tend to take things  too seriously.

author-Avatar What do you mean by claiming  we tend to take things too seriously?

MM-Avatar That German reporter bloke (Herr Peter Urban)  kept on complaining that the German contestant was not as bad as she had been made out to be.  As it became even more apparent that the poor girl was going to be near the bottom of the ranking table, Mr Urban seemed to not understand the world anymore.

The show is only light human entertainment. One shouldn´t take it all so seriously. As a matter of fact, humans shouldn´t take themselves too seriously either.

Daddy is now  used to his country (England) losing at the Eurovision (and at most other sporting events as well) and seems to be now immune from such defeats. He just doesn´t take things too seriously.(most of the time)  😉

author-Avatar Well I couldn´t agree more Mr Midnight. I think  I´ll be joining you next year if you decide to go out instead of watching the show.

SW-Avatar I found it quite interesting with some of the acts having a bit of professionalism about them – but there again, my high-demands of what is to be termed  as  being quality, demanding music,  generally  ascend  much higher than what I saw last night. I think my favourites were Italy, Holland and Norway.

author-Avatar I also found Italy to have a certain amount of sophistication within the music.

MM-Avatar Well as you already know, I wasn´t keen on hardly any of it.  Most singers tended to “shout” or “scream” their message as though singing as loud (and screechingly) as possibile means that you are a better singer. In my opinion it is the power behind  a singers voice which gives quality to a song and the art of singing powerfully (with a certain softness) seems to be a task many are incapable of. Still, I don´t take it all too seriously so it doesn´t matter.

SW-Avatar I believe that Mr Midnight is correct in thinking that what seems to count in this contest is how loud you are.  Other factors of which the majority of the audience seem to love,  seems to be the colourful special effects, the lightly clad ladies and the shambles of the televoting system.

MM-Avatar You can say that again Sir Winston!  What  a shambles!  It´s all seems to be like a great big kindergarten (naturally without the lightly clad ladies!).

author-Avatar I suppose that  if one doesn´t take it all so seriously the Eurovision can be acceptable to watch. I vow virtually every year to never watch it again but when May comes around  (and I have no other appointments) it will  usually take me within its grasp.

SW-Avatar If they want to get a bit more professionalism and higher standards  into the show  then they should at least change the voting system and strip away some of  the razzamattaz so that the “Song” is in the foreground of things.Dancing, acrobatics and acts which lean towards a more “idiotic” sense of song may appeal to the masses  but have hardly anything to do with the main object of the show – that of finding out who has the best “Song”. But maybe the Eurovision committee doesn´t want the show to become  too professional.  Some of its viewers may not understand it anymore.

Out of the 26 competitors, 5 were  Scandinavian countries and 11 were from Eastern or South Eastern European  countries.  At least the voting audience do not  take this Song Contest seriously because most seem to  only vote for their neighbouring countries. With such a large dominance of North European and East European countries; it´s no wonder that last nights  voting was heavily swayed towards Scandinavian or eastern european countries. It´s the same every year, regardless of what countries are involved.

Mr Urban – don´t take this contest to heart!  The Eurovision Song Contest is just for fun and not a music institution for high standards of quality. (Although some of the acts are still professional)

.MM-Avatar I understand that originally, the Eurovision Song Contest originated as a platform  with which to help unknown musicians find stardom. Nowadays, anybody seems to be able to get on the show (especially those having influential people behind them).

author-Avatar Next time the Eurovision is on, I`m going to sort through some of my philatelic items instead. Its certainly more fun and a nice way with which to close the day.

SW-Avatar Can you remember last week daddy when I accidentally trod on your stamps? I´m glad to say that you have a sense of humour.

author-Avatar At first I was a little startled,  but then I thought that worse things  happen than having a stamp pierced.   When I had managed to pull the pierced stamp off your claw I couldn´t help but be amused. You had punched  a hole through Mr Ulbricht of the old  East German regime.

SW-Avatar I believe that Mr Walter  Ulbricht was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (East).

author-Avatar That´s correct Sir Winston.  It really made me laugh, especially when you were hobbling around the room with Mr Ulbricht clinging to your foot.

MM-Avatar Thank goodness it wasn´t one of your rare stamps daddy otherwise you may not have seen the funny side of things.

author-Avatar Thats quite  possible as well Mr Midnight but I still believe that I would have tried to have not taken  things too seriously.

MM-Avatar Can you show me that funny stamp with the camels printed on it? Before having seen this stamp, I hadn´t seen a camel before. It is a strange creature.

author-Avatar You mean the Sudan Telepgraph stamp from 1898?

MM-Avatar Yes that´s the  one.  Why don´t the readers try and guess what the third camel from the back of the queue is saying?  He is the camel who is   turning his head backwards towards the two chappies behind him. Show the stamp please daddy.

author-Avatar Mr Midnight´s favourite stamp.

Sudan_1p_military_telegraph_stamp_c._1898

MM-Avatar I think the third camel is saying something like:-

” I don´t wish to make a fuss but I think we´re going in the wrong direction!”

SW-Avatar and I think he´s saying:-

“Shouldn´t we be going over there?” or “Do any of you two chappies know who´s leading this train?”

author-Avatar I would be open to any further  suggestions.

Who said that philately is boring and for old men?  If you don´t take philately too seriously  it can be rather inspiring and a lot of fun. Of course if you do take philately seriously, it can also be inspiring and a lot of fun!

MM-Avatar I didn´t say your hobby was for old men daddy. It must have been somebody else. Still, you seem to be inspired and have bags of fun either when you take philately  seriously,  or not. What a great way to get through life!

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