Author Archives: Miikka Pörsti

We wanna dance

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that we have a whole lot of worries in Finland and Europe at this time. A little positive energy shouldn’t be too much to ask for. The Beninese-Finnish jazz group Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (HCE) has been eagerly expected to tour in Finland and Europe to deliver us a […]

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Thank you, Florent!

ILOMANTSI. I’m afraid I have some disappointing news. The first ever world champion of bear sculpting isn’t traveling back to Benin now that the competition is over. Florent’s workmanship was largely appreciated – both by the jury and the public – but the jury decided to give the first prize to a Finnish chainsaw sculptor […]

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A Mighty Dream

ILOMANTSI. Lot’s of – excuse me – damn good coffee is being consumed today in this lovely town that reminds many of the TV cult classic Twin Peaks. As the third day of the contest is starting, many sculptors are beginning to feel tired after laborious hours spent carving and long evenings spent Eastern European […]

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Natural Mathematics and the Number 24

ILOMANTSI. Several gunshots have been fired in the forests surrounding Ilomantsi during the last 24 hours and at least seven casualties have been reported. One more soul is destined to leave behind its earthly vessel before ceasefire. Probably by dusk, the blood of one more will have been spilled into the rich soil of North-Karelia […]

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