Anyone in Finland?

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Anyone in Finland?

Post by mvgrogan » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:46 pm

I moved to Turku, Finland nearly 2 years ago and was just wondering if any other OBs were daft enough to do the same!! :shock:

I was here as an ERASMUS student in 1996, met a Finn, fell in love :roll: , took him home to Leicester, started a business together, got married, had a baby, sold the business and in April 07 we moved back here.... another baby imminent!

Would love to make contact with any other OBs enjoying the snow and laughing at the Brits for grinding to a halt last week :lol:

Maria x

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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by jhopgood » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:55 pm

Just sent you a pm on Keith Battarbee, University of Turku.
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Post by mvgrogan » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:15 pm

Thanks, I just looked him up... I'll drop him a line when I'm more awake... gone 1am..this site has sucked me in!

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Post by cstegerlewis » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:29 am

Was in Lapland before Christmas doing the Santa thing while they still believe it's real - been to Helsinki a couple of times in the last ten years on business, but that is about it!

BTW Leicester was colder this week than Lapland was before Christmas, and probably more snow!
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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by jhopgood » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:21 am

cstegerlewis wrote:Was in Lapland before Christmas doing the Santa thing while they still believe it's real - been to Helsinki a couple of times in the last ten years on business, but that is about it!

BTW Leicester was colder this week than Lapland was before Christmas, and probably more snow!
I assume your Lapland is on the Finnish side.
My son lives in Lulea, his wife comes from Tarendo and her father speaks some curious mixture of Swedish, Finnish and A.N.Other, which is unique to that area of Sweden/Finland.
In Lulea, where my son lives, it was 20 below on Friday when we spoke.
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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by mvgrogan » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:50 pm

Hi Craig - I remember you! Are you in Leicester? It's actually about 13 years since I went to Lapland and that was in Summer... yes, I went to see Santa in June... shorter queues! We discussed relative theatre management in Finland & the UK!! He's a smart cookie :lol:

Re: weather.. we've had snow on & off here in the south since mid November but never much colder than about -12. It's actually quite pleasant especially when it's sunny, cos it's dry and not slushy like British snow. Hanna (my 3 year old) loves it.

John - your son's father-in-law could speak Sami (Saame) - a language common to the people of Lapland across Finland, Sweden & Norway. But my husband thinks it may be Meänkieli (lit - our own language) which is unique to that area of the Swedish/Finnish border.

I can only be sure of this... if you have the choice, learn Swedish in stead of Finnish - Finnish is a nightmare! :lol:

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Post by jhopgood » Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:42 pm

Your husband is correct.

Meänkieli it is.

My son has just sent me this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me%C3%A4nkieli

Which seems to explain quite a lot.

From my daughter-in-law.
The language my father grew up speaking in his home is called “Tornedalian Finish” in Swedish, or in Finish (more commonly used for some reason) Meän Kieli.
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Post by Eruresto » Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:20 pm

mvgrogan wrote: I can only be sure of this... if you have the choice, learn Swedish in stead of Finnish - Finnish is a nightmare! :lol:
Quenya's linguistic antecedent, I believe!
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Post by cstegerlewis » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:13 pm

Definitely the Finnish side, place called Luosto, about an hour from Rovaniemi.

M, not in Leicester, but one of the factories I am responsible for is there (1 of 3) so I am there 1-2 days a week typically. If you are ever home drop me a note and I will buy you a shandy!!
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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by mvgrogan » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:30 pm

jhopgood wrote:Just sent you a pm on Keith Battarbee, University of Turku.
So, I googled Keith all those months ago and then, being heavily pregnant and easily distracted, I did nothing more about it. Then, today I went to a family service held by the Turku International Congregation and joined everyone for coffee after the service...across the table from me was....Keith!

He & his wife are very involved in the congregation and newly formed sunday school (Ruth, not Keith) and we had a good natter.

Thanks John!
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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by jhopgood » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:26 am

mvgrogan wrote:
jhopgood wrote:Just sent you a pm on Keith Battarbee, University of Turku.
So, I googled Keith all those months ago and then, being heavily pregnant and easily distracted, I did nothing more about it. Then, today I went to a family service held by the Turku International Congregation and joined everyone for coffee after the service...across the table from me was....Keith!

He & his wife are very involved in the congregation and newly formed sunday school (Ruth, not Keith) and we had a good natter.

Thanks John!
Excellent. I love these unusual coincidences.
I last saw Keith in about 1963/4
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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by mvgrogan » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:20 pm

Saw Ruth & Keith at a party this evening and decided to try & gather together some OBs for next year's Founder's Day dinner! So far we have 3 OBs in Turku and another possible couple in Helsinki.... the hunt is on for more....

Would we need to do anything official to become an OB society? We could be the FOBS!! :lol:

If anyone knows of an OB in Finland, please do put me in touch. Cheers!
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Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:15 pm

While TBA and I, were in Budapest, we were told that Hungarian and Finnish were allied languages, due to the two sons of Attila--- Buda, having founded his pad on the side of the Danube ---- while t'other went North to establish himself in Finland.
HOWEVER-- I heared on Radio 4 (Impeccable Source) that the closest to Finnish is LITHUANIAN ! :oops:

I am taking TBA to the Arctic Circle on February 21st -------- I know how to treat a Girl
I imagine it will be pitch black, for most of the time ---- but we MIGHT see the Aurora Borealis.


Stick with me kid -- I'll show you a good time !!!

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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by J.R. » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:50 pm

NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:While TBA and I, were in Budapest, we were told that Hungarian and Finnish were allied languages, due to the two sons of Attila--- Buda, having founded his pad on the side of the Danube ---- while t'other went North to establish himself in Finland.
HOWEVER-- I heared on Radio 4 (Impeccable Source) that the closest to Finnish is LITHUANIAN ! :oops:

I am taking TBA to the Arctic Circle on February 21st -------- I know how to treat a Girl

I imagine it will be pitch black, for most of the time ---- but we MIGHT see the Aurora Borealis.


Stick with me kid -- I'll show you a good time !!!

I'm told that this is more fun than being kicked in the Balearics ! :oops:
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Re: Anyone in Finland?

Post by mvgrogan » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:05 pm

Wrong end of Finland, Neill, or we could have met up! If you're passing through the south, would be lovely to see you. We're in Turku but Helsinki's not so far away (about a 2 hour drive).

It's brightening up a bit by the end of February - actually very pretty with the sunshine & the snow. Good time of year for the Northern Lights. Cold, though....proper cold.... Where on the Arctic Circle are you going? I went to Rovaniemi many years ago (about 14) and it was nice, but we went in summer... you know Father Christmas lives there... and you can visit him all year round! Beat the rush! :lol:

I think John Hopgood's son is up that way - other side of the border but right general area.

Shame you're not here in September for our St Matthew's Day get-together.
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