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5 Names From Eurovision 2013

Eurovision 2013 winner, Emmelie de Forest, from

Eurovision 2013 winner, Emmelie de Forest, from

In my absence, I completely missed out on talking about the always-fun-to-watch Eurovision. Never fear friends, because that’s what we’re exactly talking about today.

To the uninitiated, the Eurovision Song Contest happens every year sometime in May and is jam-packed with cheesy love songs and down-right craziness. Apparently the show is taken quite seriously on continental Europe, whilst it remains seen mostly as a joke in the UK, with our commentary for the night headed up by the King of Sass himself, Graham Norton. Some of his more memorable quotes of the night included:

‘I know it’s tragic that we’re thrilled with getting 5 points’

‘Finland was tipped to do well..but even we’re beating it’

‘Oh it’s Sideshow Bob, nice of him to show up’

‘The end of this performance has two girls kissing. If two girls kissing offends you, you need to grow up’

The last quote above referenced the Finnish entry, and was one of the many sources of discontent this year as Turkey refused to broadcast the show because of the kiss. Other incident involved the German entry being accused of plagiarism for it’s similarity with last year’s winning song, Euphoria, performed by Loreen.

This year’s song contest took place in Malmö, Sweden and the winner was notable for the spelling of her name: Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest with Only Teardrops. Other notable names from the night included:

1. Alyona/Aliona

There was both an Alyona and an Aliona competing this year, for Belarus and Moldova, respectively. The name derives from the Russian named Yelena, which comes from the familiar Helen. The meaning of the name Helen is somewhat debated, with the common theories stating she means torch.

2. Esma

The Macedonian entry included a lady named Esma Redžepova, which ultimately failed to qualify for the final. Whilst Esma may look like a variant of Esme, she’s more likely to be a form of Asma, which means supreme in Arabic.

3. Amandine

First up on the night was what Graham Norton called France’s answer to Courtney Love, Amandine Bourgeois. The name Amandine is well known and regularly used in France, and is the French form of Amanda, a name that means loveable.

4. Despina

The Cyprian entry was led by singer Despina Olympiou. Her name is the modern Greek form of Despiona, which means mistress/lady in Greek. Like Esma, she failed to qualify for the final.


5. Stelios

The last name is a male one, being that of Stelios Siomos, who was the guitar player for Greece’s dancing referees entry this year, Koza Mostra. who hit the stage with a catchy tune entitled Alcohol is Free. The name is a variant of Stylianos, which is of Greek origins and means pillar.

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Name Spot of the Week: Sailing Across the Sea

The Team GB Sailing Team for 2012, from

The Team GB Sailing Team for 2012, from

A few days ago the Team GB sailing team was announced for the 2012 London Olympics. I’ll admit that I’m a rower, not a sailor – I was one of the many Brits who had never heard of the Yngling class of sailing until we won a gold medal in it at Beijing. For the 2010 Olympics, it’s being replaced by the Elliott 6m. Other names of sailing classes?

We have the Finn class which has been dominated by Ben Ainslie in the past few years. By coincidence, he’s been covered in much detail over at My Advice this week. A quick selection of the names of other classes in the world of sailing gives us: Tempest, Soling, Dragon, Firefly, Corsair and Buzz. If any sailors read this post, and are offended that I’ve missed out their class, I’ll repeat that I’m no expert in sailing, so feel free to add your own list in the comments section and put me to shame.

Sticking firmly to the sailing theme, the names of the sailers which have been selected are quite interesting – the stand out one for me being Saskia Clark. The other selected few were, in alphabetical order:

Andrew Simpson

Annie Lush

Ben Ainslie

Bryony Shaw

Hannah Mills

Iain Percy

Kate MacGregor

Lucy MacGregor

Nick Dempsey

I’ve been hoarding Metro newspapers for the past fortnight of so, not just because I’ve yet to have time to the sudokus, but because I keep forgetting I’m holding them until it’s too late and I’m off the bus. Something I’ve been wanting to mention for awhile, though, is the name of one of the characters on it’s cartoon page: Nemi.

I have been reading the articles in the Metro though, and there was a new story in the Metro this week about a family who built their own ‘hobbit house’ in four months for a couple of grand. The creative parents behind the project, Simon and Jasmine Dale, have two young children: Cosmo and Elsie.

I casually mentioned Warby Parker as an inspiration behind a Names of the Week post from the start of the month, and this week Kristen over at Marginamia went one step further, bringing you the names of the entire collection.

Dancing with the Stars kicked off in the States this week, whilst we’re still waiting for Strictly Come Dancing to begin here in the UK. Not that I watch it, since dancing is for girls 😉 Either way, a quick rundown of some of the notable names of professionals who’ve taken part in the series at some stage or another:

Aliona Vilani

Anton du Beke

Artem Chigvintsev

Erin Boag

Flavia Cacace

Izabela Hannah

Jared Murillo

Katya Virshilas

Lilia Kopylova

Ola Jordan

Pasha Kovalev

Ice Hockey is more of my thing, even though I don’t own a season ticket as my Uncle does. I tagged along with him to the Panthers game last night, so now seems an apt time to mention that we have a player named Guillaume. I love the name Guillaume, sometimes more than William, sometimes less (Guillaume is the French form of William). For the confused, it’s gee-OM.

Let’s end on a cheery note by mentioning Nook’s list of names meaning wealth, good fortune, success of happiness – inspired by a look into the rune name Feoh. Tomiko? Aston? Love.

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