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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The secret may be out of the bottle when it comes to winemaking — no one seems to be buying heritage brands anymore. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Euro-pop rules the airwaves

The big winner over the weekend was SBS with its coverage of Eurovision.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Joe Hockey’s words of wisdom: “having more women in the workforce increases participation.” Plus other political views noted along the way

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Eurovision: a veritable feast for lovers of language

In addition to the wacky tunes and party time atmosphere, Eurovision is a great chance for linguistic nerds to observe flamboyant lesser-known European languages, writes Lauren Gawne.

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A Skywhale of a disaster

Crikey readers talk the NDIS, Eurovision and the merits (or lack thereof) of Canberra’s Skywhale.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Whatever the forecasts contained in tonight’s budget, they will almost certainly be wrong. Plus other political views along the way.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

A look at the language of Eurovision

Aside from the smoke machines, flame throwers, knickers and beards, Eurovision offered plenty to be engaged by — including choice of language and the linguistic quality each performance, writes Lauren Gawne.

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Human rights simply not on song in Azerbaijan

The grand final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Azerbaijan capital Baku this weekend amidst international turbulence and condemnation. Scott Barnes reports.

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Gillard’s many problems

It is difficult to think of what the government can do to get people interested in something other than the sideshows of politics. E

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Spending the Packer money

I wonder if this is the kind of message James Packer expected to be promoting?

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

And the winner is… Azerbaijan! Azer-where?

Azerbaijan — a country that was on no one’s mind a mere week ago until it soared to glory at 2011 Eurovision. With the ink on its name barely dry on the victor’s podium, Jay Martin offers a definitive list of the greatest things about visiting the country.

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Hail Azerbaijan, Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Eurovision

Azerbaijan won Eurovision last night. Replay Azerbaijan’s finest moment here.

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Germany wins Eurovision

Yes, it’s a wonder that a sweet little pop ditty by Lena from Germany won Eurovision, with not a sequin or topless dancer in sight.

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Abbott chances his hand, drifts from the centre

Drifting from the centre of public opinion on issues is dangerous enough for a politician. The Crikey indicator keeps moving to Labor, the real political election and other political snippets.

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BBC | EUROPE|

You voted Armenian? Azerbaijan questions citizens over Eurovision

After people in Azerbaijan were questioned by police after voting for a song by neighbouring Armenia in this year’s contest, Eurovision Song Contest organisers are cracking down on countries who violate voter privacy.

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The Guardian | ONLINE|

Guardian’s Eurovision blog sparks minor international incident

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A spoonful of sugar | MUSIC|

Eurovision fashion: fairytales and Les Mis

From Norway to Iceland, Eurovision’s costumes, as ever, were more interesting than the singing.

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BBC Magazine | MUSIC|

Eurovision: sparkles, stripping and tears

BBC has the picture highlights.

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Go Fug Yourself | THE ARTS|

Fashion memo from Eurovision

Susanne Georgi, the Andorran entry, is dressed like a Disney Princess. And then there’s Radoslav “Gypsy” Banga, ringmaster of the Circus of the Superheroes.

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Eurovision TV songstress stands against domestic violence

Ukrainian singer Svetlana Loboda tells an interviewer she wants to use the Eurovision Song Contest as a platform for her message about domestic violence, pointing to the bruises on her face.

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The ABS make the experts look stupid

ABS makes retail experts look foolish, Labor spinners paint Kevin Rudd as Robin Hood and heavy security for major European poll — Eurovision 2009.

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Unemployed journo takes up personal PR

Eurovision diva’s violence message, Fox promises to be “accurate”, and an unemployed journo takes up personal PR.

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Eurovision 2008: Crikey’s fabulous form guide

The Eurovision Song Contest may never get more surreal than it did in 2006 when metal act Lordi won the coveted pop prize, but we live in hope. Patrick O’Duffy compiled Crikey’s form guide for this must-see event.

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