For example, isn’t it great that the moment kids are once again handed over from the weirdness of nuclear, composite or other other contemporary family types to the safe hands of the collective, then the lovely lazy summer turns into absolute dismalness?
It’s a good time to reflect on other differences too. The time-place that is Finnish summer tends to throw up lovely scenes like this:
Kallio or Kuhmo, Kuhmo or Kallio? Tip, you don’t need a vihta at Rytmi bar (but then you don’t need as good a lock in Kuhmo as in Kallio).
Finland also now has many types of beers. True, monopolies and mergers rules are so outrageously flaunted in little Finland (“it’s too small for genuine competition”), that you’d think there was a quasi-official drive to force us all into Hemingways pubs with their offers for loyalty card-holders. But no. We now have genuine variety!
and a beer in a small town somewhere on the Baltic.
(As an editorial note, Finland’s old standard beer bottles, as distinct from what’s inside them, are much loved by us here at JHJ. Apparently each one of those number 3 or 4 beer bottles is reused about 35 times.)
Then there are so many different ways to liven up a slightly tired waterfront. Here’s the temporary cafe in Kalasatama where a notice to staff reminds them to water the plants, do the washing, save the world and take out the rubbish:
Then there’s Cafe Tyyni, which was almost stolen from us. Helsinki’s more official but definitely zealous types wanted to close it down because of a hose pipe (as JHJ reported in April) but really because the city thought a higher-end producer might pay it a higher rent. Apart from showcasing some undersung heroes of Finnish design (Felix and Turun Sinappi), they have been offering live music and dance and good cheer of late and all that with hardly a hint (well, maybe a bit – note the English-language ad) of doing it for the tourists.
And then, for our tour de force today, a brand new beach in Eira (photographed on a Nokia phone. Sorry bout that).
Estate agents appear to think that something like this is a significant attraction to bring in new property investors (surely home buyers? ed). At a square metre in the area costing upwards of 6000 Euros, and given that it’s a rare olde worlde kind of urban environment within spitting distance of all the best retail and other services, one might think that the newly created beach isn’t that big a deal.
But what do we know?