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Things I didn’t know last week

December 9, 2014

So how much wiser have I become lately?

1. I actually found out about this a couple weeks ago, but I am reporting it now. I have a couch (sofa) that needs to be recovered. I’ll be damned if I am forced into buying a new couch just because the cover on the current one is wearing out. We bought this couch just over 10 years ago and it has survived a baby-toddler-now school-aged kid. It is a solid piece of construction and it desrves some work rather than being ceremoniously dumped at a recycling centre or worse yet – in the landfill.

I sent e-mail to six different entrepreneurs in Espoo and Vantaa and we now have an appointment to meet with one before Christmas. There is country-wide association of these professionals, if you ever need this kind of work done, be sure to check it out!

We owe it to people who do this kind of work for living. It might cost some money, but you’re keeping an entrepreneur employed, the money in your locality and material out of the landfill.

2. My company’s Christmas party was at Nosturi a couple weeks ago. Nosturi (translation: crane) is located in an industrial area in southwest Helsinki. It used to be a cargo terminal hall, but was transformed into a bar and concert venue in 1999. It is currently owned by ELMU, the Association of Live Music (Elävän musiikin yhdistys). Nosturi serves some 100,000 patrons a year and has hosted some popular bands like: HIM, Apulanta, Lordi, the Bloodhound gang, Anthrax and Motörhead. Apparently there are plans to tear Nosturi down to make way for residential buildings. Shame, really…

In asking around at work, it appeared that many had never been to Nosturi before – an experience for us all.

3. I scour the magazines I get in the mail for new information and here is what I learned by reading parts of the December 2014 edition of Pirkka lehti. These were based on the responses of 1677 people between the ages of 16 and 75 earlier this year.

Products or logos that best describe Finnishness:

  • The Finnish flag (24%)
  • Sauna (17%)
  • Rye bread (13%)
  • Fazer blue (chocolate)
  • Aalto vases
  • Alvar Aalto furniture
  • Koskenkorva (alcohol)
  • Products and buildings made of wood
  • Salmiakki
  • Muumi

These products must continue to be made/manufactured/produced in Finland:

  • Rye bread (54%)
  • Fazer products (46%)
  • Valio (dairy) products (46%)
  • Milk
  • Ships and icebreakers
  • Fiskars products
  • Arabia products
  • Iittala
  • Paper
  • Marimekko

How many of these are on your Christmas list? 😉


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2014 1:34 pm

    I have many in my house, but maybe Fazer chocolate would be best appreciated as a gift. 😀 Or something Muumi.

  2. Sonia permalink
    December 9, 2014 7:57 pm

    Defnitely not an ice-breaker! Actually none. I tend to give “immaterial” or “use up” presents or something really self-made. That the production, especially of Marimekko or Iittala “continue” in Finland is a fairy-tale, because most of the stuff has been cheaply made in Asia for quite a while, still sold for high prices. I have never been a friend of marimekko anyways.


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