The historic city of Viterbo is one of Italy’s lesser-known gems. A gruelling two-hour train ride out of Rome takes you to this stunning city and all its glory. Its papal history and patriotic celebrations are truly something to behold, such as the Transportation of The Macchina di Santa Rosa
Excitedly we prepared ourselves for an evening of fun and frolics as we tuned into Junior Eurovision. Having never seen the show before, we were unsure what to expect. Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) has been broadcast by the European Broadcasting Union since 2003. Unfortunately, here in U.K., Junior Eurovision
So...the last two weeks have given us all time to reflect on the result of one of the most interesting presidential elections in living memory. While many media
commentators claimed Donald Trump's victory was a massive shock, swathes of US citizens were not at all surprised by the outcome. Much like
In honour of Ukraine’s (eventual) selection of the host city for Eurovision 2017 (congratulations Kyiv!), I have selected my top 5 favourite Ukranian Eurovision entries over the years.
Only as I researched did I realise that amazingly, Ukraine has only been entering songs for The Eurovision Song Contest since 2003. More
'In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.' (Italo Calvino)
Never were truer words spoken in history with regards to my relationship with food. Although, what I lack in precision I make up for in permissiveness.
With a few more countries crossed off the bucket list my culinary
In the midst of the referendum for whether the UK remains part of the EU I have felt particularly affected by the topic of immigration.
Since the influx of Eastern Europeans over the past several years I have felt the growing animosity and segregation between groups of nationalities. There is no
One of the joys of travelling, in my opinion, is the opportunity to try new things. Food is one of them. Being an avid fan of the stuff since I was born, and fortunately raised in a dual-nationality household, I was taught to A). Eat a wide range of traditional
The tragic events in Orlando over the last week have given me pause to think how lucky I am to live in a country where gay rights and freedoms are written into the law and relatively speaking are more advanced than much of the civilised world. I can marry who
I bloody love Eurovision. It’s been a month since The Eurovision Song Contest graced the beautiful city of Stockholm and rather predictably my usual post-Eurovision depression has become well and truly entrenched.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll currently be noticing the painful lull in Eurovision related things that have for
Latvia's Justs entered Eurovision this year with a song penned by their 2015 entrant Aminata. While Aminata broke Eurovision convention with her compelling minimalist sound, the song she wrote for Justs was more directly Eurovision audience targeted and saw Justs become an early favourite in the competition. After delivering an
Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad was no newcomer to televised competitions when he entered Eurovision for France this year. Going by one of his middle names, the Paris born and Herzliya raised Amir first entered a televised competition in 2006 when he made a brief appearance on Kokhav Nolad, Israel's
Today, on 12th June 2016, Orlando, Florida was shook when a 29 year old male massacred at least 49 innocent people in a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. It has been reported that he pledged allegiance to the leader of so-called Islamic State prior to the mass murder. This has
The Common Linnets may have come a close second to Conchita Wurst at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, but in terms of the UK audience, they were the commercial winner.
While the contest's winner charted at #17 with Rise Like A Phoenix, in the same week Calm After The Storm peaked
On a vodka fuelled week in Lanzarote in May 2016 I started thinking about my first contribution to www.helloeurope.eu . I had agreed to contribute my views after visiting Stockholm for the Eurovision Song Contest Final earlier in the year. The creation of a new website and interactive forum for
In recent years it has been somewhat obvious which entrant would soar to victory. From Lena to Alexander Rybak, Loreen to Måns Zelmerlöw, Conchita Wurst to Ell & Niki, there was something about each of those entries that made them clear winners long before the finals. The same can not
Hello my Eurovision lovelies! This column is intended to be a bit of lighthearted fun among the really serious Eurovision business going on in the other sections of the website. It is also, however, a forum where Europhiles can ask Dr C questions and hopefully get some useful answers. And
It's safe to say that when it comes to the Eurovsion Song Contest everyone has a favourite song. You may even have a top 10, and it's easy to pay more attention to the ones you like. When songs are gradually released by each country and the odds at the
Almost a month after Ukraine swept away the public vote for Eurovision 2016 and Stockholm has regained its composure to being the prosperous Nordic city of the north. Banners taken down and ABBA packed away for another year, Stockholm’s breath-taking ochre buildings of the Gamla Stan are once again the centre
Royaume-Uni Nil Points – The UK will never win Eurovision but not for the reasons you think.
The Swedes are known for their love of Eurovision. By all accounts, they take it seriously! All be it in the most fun way possible. Visiting Sweden for this year’s Eurovision at the Globen
Hello Europe! This is the United Kingdom calling!
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. It was the third time that Stockholm had hosted the contest and the second time that it was held in the Globe Arena. The right to host the contest came