Happy Fathers’ Day

Many of us in Finland will be celebrating Fathers’ Day on Sunday 11th November. The day is particularly nice for the fathers of small children. I myself have fond memories of getting lovingly crafted cards and presents made by my children when they were at their Finnish kindergartens. In fact, I still own many I received more than 20 years ago. And it was always a real treat to be served breakfast in bed on that one morning a year.

In Britain, as Fathers’ Day is on the third Sunday of June, I used to tell my kids that I should be entitled to two Fathers’ Days a year. But they never really warmed to the idea. And so, I have always had to be satisfied with being a Finnish father.

This year, I realise for the first time how the day can also have a tinge of sadness to it, especially for those who do not have a father to greet. In my case, my father died in the spring and this is the first of what will be many Father’s Days without him.

Sunday November 11th also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Across Europe, and around the world, there will be many parades and ceremonies to mark the official armistice at 11 o’clock on the 11.11. This deadly conflict claimed the lives of 16 million soldiers between 1914 -1918. The average age of a soldier was only 19, which meant that most would never have experienced the joy of fatherhood before their short lives were terminated so tragically.

I am so grateful that I have been fortunate enough to be a father. I am certainly a better person from the experience. And even if you have never been a parent yourself, I hope you still feel that the day has importance. Many say that it is just a commercial event, that doesn’t need to be observed.  In that respect, I can assure you that expensive presents are not the important thing on the day. Instead, it is far better to give your father a homemade card if he is still around. Trust me, you will really make his day!

A first time for everything!

 

This was the first time I have been asked to make a recording in Swedish and Finnish. The recording was a commercial for Vaasa cult band Gubbrockarna’s upcoming Christmas show.  The recording was made at Radio Vaasa and can either be heard on their station or by clicking this link.

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Kuddnäs English translation

 

It was nice to bump into Journalist Anci Holm at the October Filmfest X event held at Ritz on Saturday.

Anci was demonstrating her 360 virtual reality film about Kuddnäs. I had made the English translation for the project and this was the first time I got to experience the finished product for myself. To see the 360 English version in 2D click here.

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New Vaasa magazine English translation

The latest Vaasa City news magazine is now being distributed throughout the region.  I am pleased to have been invited to provided the briefly in English translation again.

To see the online edition click here.  The English section can be found on Pages 20.

New narration

Today was a busy day recording the narration for some new training material.  The recording is being made at Testlab studio with Christer Rönnholm as  the sound engineer.

 

Christer Rönnholm working as a sound engineer