Eurovision: You Decided! UK Selection 2018

The UK has Spoken Last night saw the return of Eurovision: You Decide on BBC2 - the fact it was not on BBC1 highlighting just how seriously the UK takes the show. Unlike other national selection shows which are prolonged affairs, the United Kingdom whittles 100s of possible entries down to

January Travel Inspiration – Tel Aviv, Isreal

January Blues Thank the Eurovision Gods that January is OVER! After surviving debilitating New Years’ hangovers (which get worse every year if you’re anything like me!) and being forced, under duress, back to work. Having had no experience of daylight for the last 4 weeks (going to work in the dark

The Eurovision Ticket Scam?

Ticketing Mayhem Every year thousands of people try to get their hands on tickets to see the Eurovision Song Contest live final. For the team at it’s become a bit of a tradition, to arrange our holidays around the dates of Eurovision and to travel to the host city. The

Never Trust The Fans: Audience Enthusiasm Doesn’t Predict A Winner

I have been lucky enough to attend the Eurovision Song Contest for the third year in a row, and I'm not joking when I say I plan on making it an annual tradition. My friends at and I all had our own opinions on which songs we thought were

Kiev Calling!

As we close the books on another Eurovision finale with Portugal taking home their first ever trophy, we at reflect on our few days in the Ukrainian capital and all it has to offer. Despite initial organisational problems, the ‘Eurovisual’ atmosphere in Kiev was celebratory. You couldn’t turn a corner

Favourite Eurovision Moments of All Time – Part 5

I’m sure we can all agree that the Swedish are old hands at hosting The Eurovision Song Contest having won and hosted the competition 6 times in their 56 years of participation. However, the final in Stockholm 2016 will go down as one of the most fabulous shows in Eurovision

Favourite Eurovision Moments of All Time – Part 3

BREAKING NEWS!!! I have received reports that others on this site have named their favourite Eurovision moments of all time and it is my sad duty to inform you, our loyal readers that they are in fact all wrong. Many have spoken of modern phenomena such as Måns Zelmerlöw

Songs That Should Have Won – Denmark

In the world of Eurovision, we’ve come to rely on National Selection shows to help select a country’s representative for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Denmark’s selection show, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix organised by Denmark’s Radio (DR) is no exception. It’s not always the case, but sometimes despite everyone’s best efforts,

Songs That Should Have Won – Spain

I love to watch the national selection shows and this year I've watched more than I probably should have! But sometimes I just think that the winning song isn't the best. Looking to Twitter, my opinions are (sometimes) clearly justified. Please see previous articles in this series discussing the choices

Songs That Should Have Won – The UK

Have you ever watched a national selection and been convinced that the public and expert judges have got it all wrong!? In this series, we have a look at the songs that should have won their respective national selections but for various reasons were beaten and never got to represent

Songs That Should Have Won – Finland

The national finals are a good opportunity to showcase the musical talent of a country and with the combined votes from the public and some industry experts,  the shows often culminate in the selection of the best song. But sometimes, just sometimes, the show results in a dubious winner. This

Lazio’s Hidden Treasures of Italy in Viterbo: No. 5 Monte Palanzana

Scaling Heights From solemn depths to dizzying heights Viterbo’s ascending scale of adventurous exploration takes you up to the top of Monte Palanzana who’s vantage point allows you to behold Lazio’s own stunning vista as far as the eye can see. Several hours of sunny daylight and a mild breeze are perfect

Lazio’s Hidden Treasures of Italy in Viterbo: No. 4 The Etruscans

The Etruscan Mystery Corresponding to an area over Tuscany, Western Umbria, and Northern Lazio the Etruscan people – referred to by the Romans as Tusci or Etrusci – pre-dated the Roman civilization for hundreds of years until the Roman Republic overtook their culture in 4th Century BC during the Roman-Etruscan Wars. Much of its culture

Lazio’s Hidden Treasures of Italy in Viterbo: No. 3 Spas and Termes

Dante’s Infernal Springs “Now follow me, and be careful not to place your feet yet on the burning sand, but always keep back close to the wood.’ We came, in silence, to the place, where a little stream gushes from the wood, the redness of which still makes me shudder. Like the rivulet