Friday, December 29

Wednesday, December 20

Happy Birthday Ovi Magazine

December 20th marks the second birthday of Ovi magazine and we would offer you a slice of cake if we had one – chocolate, of course. Can you believe that two years have passed so quickly? Our stats include 17 free monthly PDFs, over 1100 original articles, dozens of cartoons, over 60 contributors and we are still a non-profit magazine!

Whether you have been with us from the very first day or joined us along the way, or have discovered us on this joyous occasion, we welcome you to continue participating in a project to champion free speech and encourage positive discussion.

Domestic violence, world famine, promoting equality and fighting for peace are common themes in Ovi magazine, but change does not come overnight. We need your help and support.

To effect real change, Ovi realizes that awareness needs to be brought to many of these issues and that is the role we play. We invite everybody to contribute to our magazine in the form of articles, interviews, promotion and participation in the comments section.

The Ovi team is determined to accomplish many of their goals throughout 2007 and their third year, so why not become a part of the Ovi project. It costs you nothing other than time and a little brainpower.

We’ve covered every issue for two years!

Happy Birthday Ovi magazine!

The last few months have been a number of Ovi magazine copycats and Ovi magazine imitators and they have tried using names like theovimagazine, ovimagazine and others to excuse their minor and pity existence. However they tried to manipulate google and other search engines they failed for one and simple reason, their inability to be unique, to have opinion, to say the truth. How can a lier, a copycat, a bad imitation survive next to Ovi magazine, something so unique and real, a place for exchange ideas and respect to democracy. imitating a magazine like Ovi magazine it doesn't only show inability to do something, anything original but it shows clear that they are enemies of exactly what Ovi magazine represents, they are little fascists, enemies of freedom of speech and anything democratic.

There is only one original Ovi magazine and you can find it only here, the rest are just ...minor brains, petite thieves, parasites you can only feel sad and sorry for their existence.

Saturday, December 16

Hanukkah, Satan & 2014

'Tis the season by Jan Sand
9 days to go: Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that starts on the 25th day of Kislev, also known as today. (Read more)

Satan in triplicate by Asa Butcher
Thirty years ago The Omen was released resulting in two sequels and a remake this year, but let's forget that last one and focus on the original trilogy. (Read more)

2014 bidding is now open by Amin George Forji
Africa is ready, Africa's time has come, Africa is calling. Come to Africa for the 2010 World Cup. (Read more)

Friday, December 15

Mika Moose, Sauna & Spanish football

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 6 by Thanos K & Asa B
10 days to go: The cave was dark and the sound of their footsteps echoed around them. (Read more)

A Mika Moose Xmas (Greek): Chapter 6 by Thanos K & Asa B
10 days to go: (Read more)

Elogio Sociologico da Cultura das Saunas na Finlandia by Alexandra Pereira
A nudez torna os homens mais iguais entre si: (Read more in Portuguese)

No football in Spain by Thanos Kalamidas
Spain has one of the best leagues in the world, but how many of the players are Spanish? (Read more)

Thursday, December 14

Trees, Carve Up & Poetry

A Christmas carol by Thanos Kalamidas
11 days to go: Many things don't make sense to me as an adult, let alone the confusion of a three-year-old being denied a Christmas tree because of religious beliefs. (Read more)

Carving it up by Asa Butcher
Create a fictional character that researches the history of a fictional rich family, so you can write storylines involving Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, Yuri Gagarin and Sid James! (Read more)

"they call him" by Bohdan Yuri
"Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn." - Thomas Gray (Read more)

Wednesday, December 13

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

TWO Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

Here are the Ovi Radio Shows from the past two weeks.

Thanos is alone for both shows.


Music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 30mins of chat by clicking play:

LISTEN NOW TO DEC 3rd SHOW

LISTEN NOW TO DEC 10th SHOW

Mika Moose, the Bible Belt, Dutreil & ICC

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 5 by Thanos K & Asa B
12 days to go: "Oh, stop it Matti, he's a dwarf!" Matti stopped tunnelling into the snow. (Read more)

A Mika Moose Xmas (Greek): Chapter 5 by Thanos K & Asa B
12 days to go: (Read more)

Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #13 by Rob Jenkinson
As cool as Nashville is, you are undoubtedly in the south and being in the south means being in the famous Bible Belt. There are churches everywhere and most people are politically very right wing. (Read more)

Euro: Dutreil tacle Villepin, Breton et Sarkozy by Europe & Us
Vous ne connaissez sans doute pas Renaud Dutreil. (Read more)

A death blow to the ICC by Amin George Forji
Milosevic, Botha and now Pinochet have all escaped charges for crimes against humanity through death. The ICC is still to make any remarkable conviction of any leader guilty of these crimes. (Read more)

Tuesday, December 12

Toys, Annan & Cameroon

Santa's classic toy sack by Asa Butcher
13 days to go: After looking through one of the dozen toy catalogues that has dropped upon my doormat recently, it seemed as though toy innovation has slowed to a crawl. (Read more)

An expected apology by Thanos Kalamidas
During Kofi Annan's farewell speech he criticized the USA, but failed to apologize for his own massive failures during his ten-year term as UN General Secretary. (Read more)

Seeking refuge in Cameroon by Amin George Forji
The United Nations Refugee Agency announced that up to 30,000 refugees from Chad and the Central African Republic have crossed into Cameroon for refuge. (Read more)

Monday, December 11

Iran defends Holocaust conference

From the news:


Manouchehr Mottaki told participants the event did not seek to confirm or deny the Holocaust, but rather to allow people to "express their views freely".

Participants include a number of well-known "revisionist" Western academics. American David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, is to present a paper.

Smiles, Mika Moose & India

The miracle of a smile by Carlos Eyl
You will be amazed by the levels of productivity that can be accomplished with the simple act of smiling. (Read more)

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 4 by Thanos K & Asa B
14 days to go: Mika's legs and hooves were aching from walking quickly across the snow. (Read more)

A Mika Moose Xmas (Greek): Chapter 4 by Thanos K & Asa B
14 days to go: (Read more)

The grapes of nuclear by Thanos Kalamidas
After reading that US Congress had voted in favor of allowing the export of civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India, I couldn't be anything other than angry and in total disbelief. (Read more)

Sunday, December 10

Xmas movies, motherhood & Robert Gates

Lights! Action! Christmas! by Asa Butcher
15 days to go: Christmas films are the perfect way to boost the spirit for 100-minutes, while prematurely eating the bags of goodies ear-marked for Christmas Day. (Read more)

The joy of motherhood by Thanos Kalamidas
Under normal circumstances an article about a pregnant woman does not sound particularly interesting. Pregnancy is something very private that brings joy to family and close friends. (Read more)

A new chapter by Amin George Forji
The US Senate has unanimously confirmed Robert Gates as the new Defense Secretary - is this the start of a new chapter? (Read more)

Saturday, December 9

Santa Claus, Princesses & Mathe

Science of Santa Claus by Louie Parsons
16 days to go: If you are skeptical of Santa's abilities to deliver presents to millions of children in just one night, engineering can explain the plausible science that allows him to pull off the magical feat. (Read more)

Catch a falling star by Asa Butcher
When you put Walt Disney and princess together you expect a sugary story aimed at little girls, but this time you would be quite wrong! (Read more)

Back behind bars by Amin George Forji
Ananias Mathe, convicted of 51 counts, including murder, rape, hijacking and armed robbery, illegal possession of arms, and perturbation of justice, has been recaptured. (Read more)

Friday, December 8

Mika Moose, The Eagles & Zombies

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 3 by Thanos K & Asa B
17 days to go: The wind was getting sharper. Its frozen teeth were biting straight through Mika's thick fur... (Read more)

A Mika Moose Xmas (Greek): Chapter 3 by Thanos K & Asa B
17 days to go: Ο αέρας γινόταν όλο και πιο δυνατός. Ο Μίκα ένιω (Read more)

30 years, where did it go! by Clint Wayne
30 years ago The Eagles released 'Hotel California', which went on to sell over sixteen million copies. Three decades may seem like an eternity, but it is a mere flicker through the window of time to an old 1970's rocker... (Read more)

Litvinenko's zombies by Thanos Kalamidas
Recent events with the Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko have triggered my imagination. Good timing as well, since the new Bond film does not sem to be doing so well... (Read more)

Thursday, December 7

Scrooge, Dates, Flying & Schengen Zone

Ebenezers by Thanos Kalamidas
18 days to go: No matter how old you are, December will always bring out the inner child, however much you try to hide it during the rest of the year... (Read more)

Fly Me To The Moon: Part Two by C.J. Michaels
Fabian's isn't the kind of place to impress a blind date, especially not Deirdra, a date from hell... (Read more)

Fasten your seatbelts by Asa Butcher
Everybody knows that December 7th is International Civil Aviation Day, established in 1994 by ICAO, through Assembly Resolution A29-1. So, "Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away..." (Read more)

Schengen Zone expands by Amin George Forji
The 1985 Schengen Agreement is an agreement among European states that allows for common policy on the harmonisation of external border controls. It has been agreed to allow new EU members to join in 2008... (Read more)

Wednesday, December 6

Mika Moose, Independence & Bayrou

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 2 by Thanos K & Asa B
19 days to go: If you thought that Matti would be quiet for long, you were wrong... (Read more)

A Mika Moose Xmas (Greek): Chapter 2 by Thanos K & Asa B
19 days to go: Εάν περιμένατε ότι ο Μάττι θα έμενε ήσυχος για (Read more)

Road to independence by Thanos Kalamidas
On December 6th Finland celebrates its 89th year of independence. The Finnish nation went through a great deal before it became a country often finding itself as a battlefield between Sweden and Russia... (Read more)

France: Bayrou, la vraie rupture? by Europe & Us
(Read more)

Tuesday, December 5

Dating, Dance & iBite

Fly Me to the Moon: Part One by C.J. Michaels
Fabian's isn't the kind of place to impress a blind date, especially not Deirdra, a date from hell... (Read more)

The Dance by Jan Sand
Disney's Fantasia clued me in to the joys of fine music. At that early age I went along with the sarcastic parody of classical dancing with twirling ostriches and stomping hippopotami performing acrobatic idiotics... (Read more)

iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
iBite is a brief selection of news from around the world accompanied by a cynical, albeit humourous, comment from Ovi's very own Mr T. Kalamidas... (Read more)

A December Ovi Update

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 1 by Thanos K & Asa B
21 days to go: Welcome to the first chapter of our Christmas story, A Mika Moose Xmas! Following the 14-part story of a moose named Mika and his unlikely sidekick Matti, an irritating magpie... (Read more)

Valley of the Kings by Amin George Forji
The Egyptian village of Qurna lays in the historic Valley of the Kings in Luxor, a long strip of land in which many of the kings of the 18th through the 20th century were buried.. (Read more)

"love is a delicious dream" by Bohdan Yuri
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned." - Paul Valéry (Read more)

Hitchcock's Ealing Comedy by Asa Butcher
When a man's body is found in the woods you don..t expect everyone in town to think that they had something to do with his death. Unless Hitchcock is the director.. (Read more)

The disabled reality by Thanos Kalamidas
Society presented the Elephant Man as a circus freak choosing to ignore his humanity. Those events took place over 100 years ago, but how much has our society really changed? This is why we have days such as International Day of Disabled Persons... (Read more)

An undergraduate president by Amin George Forji
Nigeria..s President Olusegun Obasanjo has become the world..s first undergraduate president.. (Read more)

The Last Pipe by Christopher Wilkinson
The fog slept over Ash Grove valley. The trees drooped, the dew not sparkling, for the dawn sun did not penetrate the clouds... (Read more)

Nanny's slavery by Thanos Kalamidas
Today is the United Nation's Day for the Abolition of Slavery and there is a great deal of work to be done because slavery and human trafficking are still widespread across the globe.. (Read more)

Off the list by Asa Butcher
23 to go: Every Christmas we are faced by the political decision of who should receive a card and who can be eliminated from the list.. (Read more)

Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America ..12 by Rob Jenkinson
Rob has already had his fair share of speeding tickets in the US, but it wasn't until recently he had his first encounter with Hitler Cop... (Read more)

Biot by Jan Sand
Arthur C. Clarke introduces small maintenance robots that are grown and essentially organic in his novel Rendezvous with Rama. He called them biological robots or biots.. (Read more)

Information saves lives by Thanos Kalamidas
December 1st is World AIDS Day and it is a time to remind that information and protection are the only solutions if you don..t want to find yourself in front of a friend..s grave.. (Read more)

"In praise of sun" by Christopher Wilkinson
24 days to go: Today we begin our Ovi Christmas countdown. Every day we will have a feature a festive contribution for your enjoyment. Let's begin... (Read more)

Monday, December 4

A Mika Moose Xmas: Chapter 1

It appeared to be early December, but you couldn’t be too sure anymore. It looked like December and even smelt like December, yet there was nothing to confirm any of these suspicions, which was rather frustrating. Either way, a light snow was being whisked about by an energetic wind and the whisper of distant elf song brought an extra touch of magic to the enchanted arctic tundra. It was also very cold.

The world was seemingly at peace, hibernating beneath a large white blanket until spring and nobody would dare upset this fragile tranquillity, well almost nobody. “Are we there yet?” squawked a voice that echoed among the trees, evaporating the silence like an icicle thrown on to a roaring fire. The wintry wilderness seemed to take a deep breath to calm itself and prepared to return to the calm from a few moments earlier.

mika01_400_02Once again the screech called out, “Are we there yet, Mika?” If you had been standing in a particular place on the tundra you would not have known where this voice was originating, although all that was about to change. At first all you could see was a small black head with a beak, then something strange happened as the body appeared. It seemed as though this bird was hovering in the air without using its wings and was gaining altitude a second at a time.

The cause of this illusion was easily explained, yet it made you blink your eyes in amazement. A magnificent looking magpie with resplendent plumage was perched on the antlers of a miserable looking chocolate moose; the colour chocolate, not the dessert. Matti the Magpie yawned and stretched out his black, silver and white wings to their full span, and then began to groom his feathers. Matti was a beautiful bird, unfortunately, he was the first to realize this and was considerably vane concerning his appearance.

“Mika, why don’t you take better care of yourself?” muffled Matti through his wing feathers, “You could have some consideration for your passengers…I mean the smell up here is disgusting!” Mika rolled his eyes and sighed, and then cleaned one of Matti’s discarded feathers from his nose. “I think you do enough grooming for the both of us, Matti. Anyway, I had a mud bath at the end of the summer and that was enough for…OW! What was that?”

Matti swallowed the little bug he had caught crawling through Mika’s fur, “Sorry, the cleanliness of the transport may be poor, but the catering is fantastic!” The magpie stretched out his wings once more, checked every feathermika02_400_02 was straight and then remembered his earlier question, “Are we there yet?” Mika was getting bored of Matti’s continually questions, especially since the bird could never remember the answers, which was due to either stupidity or an attention span shorter than a mosquito’s eyelash.

“No Matti, how can we be there when we are not going anywhere?” Mika lied because they were going somewhere, they were following the little elf footprints in the snow, but he didn’t want to tell Matti and he also didn’t know where they would eventually lead. “Mika…we should go left. I have a feeling we should go left!” exclaimed Matti pointing his right wing in the air before being distracted by a large snowflake landing in his face.

“I’m covered in snow, you’re covered in snow…everything is covered in snow! Left is snow, right is snow, behind is snow, in front is snow, below is snow, up is snow, snow, snow, snow, ice and snow, snow and ice…” Mika was lost in his own thoughts and was ignoring his friend’s ramblings. He needed to find the rest of his herd before the winter became too hard and he didn’t know how long he had. Suddenly, Mika was aware of somebody saying his name, “Mika, Mika, hello! How much further?”

PART TWO COMING VERY SOON

Saturday, December 2

Lordi’s hard rock in …light cola version

I cannot resist. Seen it in a Helsinki supermarket today, Lordi cola …light!!! Oh man, after all this hard rock halleluiah this is where they end up? Becoming cola ...light? Not even cola ...hard?

Lordi weren’t exactly the quality hard rock group, I mean you cannot place them next to Kiss or Scorpions; groups that pay or better played the same style of pop-rock music but still …becoming a cola. That’s …only for laughs. I have already seen Lordi action men and Lordi Xmas cards. So Lord, what’s next with Lordi?

Thursday, November 30

Download November Cover Stories PDF now

How many magazines can have a new cover every day? Obviously Ovi magazine excuses its "we cover every issue" to the line or better to the ...cover!!! You can download now the November Cover Stories PDF.

And some of this covers are ...just amazing!!! You can see a lot of them here at the blog as well!

Wednesday, November 29

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

This week Asa is alone in the studio.

Music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 30mins of chat by clicking play:

LISTEN NOW

Monday, November 27

Massacring their future

I know it sounds too much but why not? The people of Congo, didn’t only kill and massacre a whole nation but they did the same with future generations as well. They did the same with the future of a continent since all these rebels escape to neighbor countries asking for a new field. Sometimes the same people fight all around as mercenaries just because they don’t know any other life.

Let’s hope that the whole thing in DR Congo will finish soon, but let’s also hope that the responsible for this will be punished from both sides because both sides are responsible for massacring their future.

Saturday, November 25

Domestic violence, Persian poetry & Jack Daniels

A woman in pain by Thanos Kalamidas
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a disease of society that currently has no cure, but we can educate people and help the next generation... (Read more)

Persian verses by Thanos Kalamidas
Persian poetry is considered to have fallen into decline after the 15th century, yet in this long period there was no lack of writers and poets of talent, some of them of great eminence... (Read more)

"Nothing" and "Sitting Buddha" by Sheema Kalbasi
Ovi welcomes award-winning Iranian poet Sheema Kalbasi to the team by publishing two of her poems... (Read more)

Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #11 by Rob Jenkinson
Taking a well-deserved break from work, Rob Jenkinson visits Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of the Jack Daniels whiskey distillery... (Read more)

Friday, November 24

Giuliani, iBite, monkeys & Madagascar

Cashing terror by Thanos Kalamidas
2007 is definitely going to be a very interesting year for USA politics, Thanos explains why... (Read more)

iBite by Asa Butcher
iBite is a brief selection of news from around the world accompanied by a cynical, albeit humourous, comment from Ovi's very own Mr A. Butcher... (Read more)

The collective mind by Jan Sand
As the linguistic ocean washes up on the shores of the world's consciousness, what parts of it can be assumed worthwhile and what is watery garbage? Here we face the fifty million monkey's problem... (Read more)

Madagascar in total chaos by Amin George Forji
On November 18 in the Republic of Madagascar, General Fidy declared a military coup of President Marc Ravalomanana's government... (Read more)

Thursday, November 23

Lebanon, Reality, Tsunami & Mindsets

The destiny of a family by Thanos Kalamidas
There is no end to this war and there is no end to the deaths of this family. It is like there is a connection between the destiny of Lebanon and the destiny of the Gemayel family... (Read more)

Reality - Not so obvious by Satya Prakash
Popular opinion, emotion or propaganda can lead us to interpret an incident too quickly, but, when reality surfaces later, it is different to what was initially perceived... (Read more)

Tsunami killed the dinos by Louie Parsons
4,800 years ago an asteroid, the kind that could kill a quarter of the world’s population, smashed into the Indian Ocean producing a tsunami at least 600 feet high. These catastrophic impacts could happen every 1,000 years... (Read more)

Mindsets by Jan Sand
There is a deeper psychological function of organizations devoted to faith mindsets and there is one psychological procedure that matches all these activities, it is called hypnotic induction... (Read more)

Wednesday, November 22

Propaganda, Kevin, McCreevy & scriptures

Superpowers and ants by Thanos Kalamidas
There are many things that make certain countries superpowers, but believing its own propaganda is not one of them... (Read more)

Dear Franklin by Asa Butcher
'We Need to Talk About Kevin' is written from the perspective of a high school killer's mother, Eva Khatchadourian, who attempts to understand her son's actions through letters to her husband, plus its final paragraph is wow... (Read more)

Le plombier polonais» Fait la fete by Europe & Us
Les eurodéputés polonais ne manquent pas d’humour. Ils ont invité hier, à Strasbourg, le «plombier polonais» à trinquer avec Charlie McCreevy... (Read more)

"scriptures" by Bohdan Yuri
"A poem should not mean, but be." - Archibald MacLeish, 'Ars Poetica', 1926 (Read more)

Tuesday, November 21

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

This week Asa is alone in the studio.

Music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 30mins of chat by clicking play:

LISTEN NOW

Hello, Pudsey, hospitality & a memorial

Hello you! by Paul Thomas
November 21 is World Hello Day. The object is to say hello to to ten people on the day. By greeting others, the message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts... (Read more)

Let's hear it for Pudsey by Clint Wayne
Each year since 1980, the BBC has set aside one evening of programming on BBC One to show events aimed at raising money for charities working with children in the UK... (Read more)

It's a wonderful life! by F. A. Hutchison
In the name of peace, a pilgrimage to Mt. Kailas in Tibet is being undertaken by bicycle and the journey is being documented by Hutch… (Read more)

I have a dream…memorial by Amin George Forji
Martin Luther King, Jr. has become the first African-American to be granted a memorial on Washington D.C.'s National Mall... (Read more)

Monday, November 20

Children's Day, Rafsanjani, civil & veils

Child soldiers by Thanos Kalamidas
The UN have alleged that both sides in Sri Lanka use children as soldiers in their ongoing conflict. What has happened to our civilization that this can happen? (Read more)

Pocket money by Asa Butcher
Since 1954, the United Nations and UNESCO have observed November 20th as Universal Children's Day; a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children... (Read more)

Wanted: Former Iranian president by Amin George Forji
Indivuals who were once untouchable are now being called to face justice for past crimes, such as former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is accused of ordering the AMIA Bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994... (Read more)

Civilized by Jan Sand
Webster’s Dictionary has has ten definitions for the word 'civil', yet only two define the relationship of the individual to society in general. Jan Sand explores... (Read more)

Holland's grand unveiling by Amin George Forji
Dutch Muslims have criticised a government proposal to ban women from wearing the burqa or veils which cover the face in public places... (Read more)

Sunday, November 19

Enemies, Maybe, gay marriage, Finns & VIVA!

Not 'if' but 'where' by Thanos Kalamidas
Moshe Dyan said, "If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." Does that apply to Hafiz Asad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? (Read more)

"Maybe" by Christopher Wilkinson
"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." - G.K. Chesterton (Read more)

The Rainbow Nation by Amin George Forji
South Africa's parliament has voted to legalise same-sex weddings - the first African country to approve such unions... (Read more)

Nainen, joka hukkuu koristekrääsään by Susanna Ahonen
Porilaisen tosinaisen on vaikea ymmärtää, miksi vierailulle mennessään pitää isäntäväelle viedä tuliaiskrääsää. Kestän sen, jos meille annetaan rahaa tai kukkasia, mutta lasten muovilelut ja kaikenlainen lasiroina pitäisi kieltää lailla... (Read more)

The 'other' World Cup by Amin George Forji
The VIVA World Cup is a football tournament composed of nations unaffiliated to FIFA and states not recognized as countries in their own right. Four teams are participating in the inaugural tournament kicking off this weekend... (Read more)

Saturday, November 18

Royal, bunkers, Congo, Nashville & MDS

Political make-up by Thanos Kalamidas
Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal has a chance to become France's first female head of state, but is it political cosmetics or time for a serious change in political ethics? (Read more)

Preparing for war? by Asa Butcher
Why is Finland investing money in a huge nuclear fallout shelter in the centre of Helsinki? Do Finnish politicians know something that we don't... (Read more)

Tension in the DR Congo by Amin George Forji
Democratic Republic of Congo presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba has rejected election results that gave victory to Joseph Kabila... (Read more)

Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #10 by Rob Jenkinson
Ovi's intrepid Rob Jenkinson continues his exploration of America by heading to Nashville, the home of country music, and then he gets sent thirty miles away to surburbia... (Read more)

Two sides of the same coin by Amin George Forji
In September 2000, eight Millennium Development Goals were agreed by all member states of the UN General Assembly. They agreed to reach these goals by 2015, but Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index gave a sombre picture... (Read more)

Friday, November 17

Duty, Sophie, heroes & Gods

Thirty-three years of duty! by Thanos Kalamidas
It is 33 years since the uprising at Athens Polytechnic. Today, Thanos stops to ask, "Where is the line that separates duty from obligation?" (Read more)

Staring into the magician's eyes by Asa Butcher
UNESCO's World Philosophy Day encourages the sharing of philosophical heritage and wants to open people's eyes to new ideas, so what better than a review of a book that makes philosophy "readable" for everybody… (Read more)

Heroes and non-heroes by Anna Oistros
It is thirty-three years since that evening the tank crashed through the Athens Polytechnic's gate. Some feel heroes, some guilt...(In Greek) (Read more)

Social monsters by Jan Sand
The old gods and their latest invocations have many attributes with many variations growing out of the culture that invoked them, but their one common characteristic is their immortality… (Read more)

Thursday, November 16

Tolerance, Mona Lisa, Israel, Starving & a nun

Tolerance in respect by Thanos Kalamidas
At the beginning of the 21st century there is one day that we definitely need to celebrate as citizens of this poor earth: International Day for Tolerance... (Read more)

Mona Lisa or Mon Salai? by Louie Parsons
For the last 500 years, Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa has become one of the most recognizable pieces of art ever created, but there are some amazing new theories about that mysterious face… (Read more)

Iran and Israel in Cold War by Amin George Forji
Is Israel about to surprise Iran with military strikes on her nuclear facilities, like they did in 1981 against Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor? (Read more)

"Starving" by Bohdan Yuri
"He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise." - Oscar Wilde (Read more)

Genocide Nun by Amin George Forji
A Rwandan nun has been convicted of genocide for her actions during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. She was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for helping Hutu militia kill hundreds of Tutsi... (Read more)

Wednesday, November 15

Musharraf, 007, maths & women's football

A religious king! by Thanos Kalamidas
Despite all the efforts by the Americans to present Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf as an ally, he is actually the head of a military dictatorship... (Read more)

007 #1 by Asa Butcher
November 17th is the official release date of Casino Royale, the 21st James bond film, but how can you complain it is not as good as the book if you have not read the book? (Read more)

Down for the count by Jan Sand
Like the majority of humans, I have ten fingers and wear shoes. I suspect that shoes were invented before mathematics since sore feet are a more insistent motivation than abstract thought, but I wouldn’t bet on it as humans are curious creatures in all se (Read more)

Nigerian Queens conquer Africa by Amin George Forji
The Super Falcons, Nigeria's female football team, won the fifth consecutive African Women’s Championship (AWC) recently... (Read more)

Tuesday, November 14

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

This week Asa and Thanos are alone in the studio and discuss a multitude of subjects...sometimes in very quick succession!

Music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 30mins of chat by clicking play:

LISTEN NOW

Blair, confused, Hussein & fire

A Gordian knot in Middle East by Thanos Kalamidas
Does Tony Blair have a sword large enough to slice through the Gordian knot that has been created in the Middle East or is is going to make matters worse... (Read more)

Thought of the Day: I am confused by Christopher Wilkinson
Inside Iraq, there are the Sunni Arabs, the Shi'a majority, and the Kurds, plus it is a central domain for terrorist development. 9/11 excused the invasion, but now we hear that most of the hijackers were Saudi nationals, what's going on? (Read more)

Saddam Hussein: La loi des armes et de la demande by Europe & Us
Saddam Hussein n'est pas un criminal de droit commun… (Read more)

The cost of fire by Rinso
It has been proposed that sprinklers should be installed in Finland's 2.5 million homes and two million summer cottages... (Read more)

Monday, November 13

Lies, muffins, rings & Gerald Ford

Judging by Jan Sand
It is believed that Ancient Greeks exulted in being clever liars and it seems that current US politics is a clear demonstration of the endurance of this tradition... (Read more)

Mediamuffinssi by Matti Ripatti
Ulkoistaminen on liiketoiminnasta kaikkeen inhimilliseen toimeliaisuuteen siirtynyt toimintatapa, kenties peräti ajan henki. Liiketoiminnassa se merkitsee kustannusten laskua, mutta myös vastuun siirtoa, moraalin ulkoistamista... (Read more)

The Sapphire Ring: Part Four by Christopher Wilkinson
She found herself alone in the lady’s room. A relief. She walked across the carpet to the basin. Without looking up, she drew water and lifted it to her face. Again and again she washed her tired eyes, felt the water cleanse deep into her skin... (Read more)

Gerald R. Ford: He did it! by Amin George Forji
Congratulations to Gerald R. Ford, who has become the longest-living American president after surpassing President Ronald Reagan's 93 years and 120 days... (Read more)

Sunday, November 12

Dads, the Real, 1000 & iBite

Fathers' Day by Jan Sand
Today is Fathers' Day in Finland, Sweden and Norway. One day out of 365 designated to honour fathers does not seem much of an honour, but it is better than nothing... (Read more)

The Fabric of Real by Christopher Wilkinson
"I don't create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me." - Edith Södergran (Read more)

Number 1000 by Asa Butcher
Last week Ovi published its 1,000th article, so we felt it would be a good moment to enjoy a touch of nostalgia… (Read more)

iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
iBite is a brief selection of news from around the world accompanied by a cynical, albeit humourous, comment from Ovi's very own Mr T. Kalamidas... (Read more)

Saturday, November 11

Rehn, Mother Nature, Bond, Kyrgyzstan & fish

A Rehn-shaped banana skin by Thanos Kalamidas
As Finland nears the end of her term as president of the EU, they can be satisfied with their performance over the past six months. They did everything very quietly and effectively, but Mr. Olli Rehn almost ruined it all... (Read more)

2048 by Jan Sand
A large crowd had gathered in a small fishing village to witness this historic event, but Mother Nature had one last surprise up her sleeve... (Read more)

He's definitely Bond by Asa Butcher
The imminent release of the new James Bond film has elevated the arguments over the suitability of Daniel Craig to a new high, but I believe in him after watching his performance in Layer Cake… (Read more)

Kyrgyzstan nationwide protests by Amin George Forji
15,000 protesters gathered in Kyrgyzstan's capital and are refusing to move until the country's government resigns. Is the country heading towards a second revolution in 16 months? (Read more)

Show me the…fish! by Thanos Kalamidas
The recent news of the depletion of the oceans sounded like a sci-fi plot, but it appears fish may share the same fate as the dinosaurs. How long before we get a note from the doplhins: "So long, and thanks for all the fish!"? (Read more)

Did Bush realize that is over?

I was wandering all day if he really got the message or just like everything else he’s been doing the last eight years he will just …ignore it? After all the man is going home one way or another, why should he care?

And then there is the other side, what was the message he should get? Get out of Iraq as soon as possible or you are the wrong person to be the chief? The next two years are going to be full of small and big surprises and let’s see if America is ready for their first woman or afro-American president! The weirdest thing of all is that even the republicans might have a woman afro-American candidate!!!

Friday, November 10

Smoking, Alexandra Alexis, Republicans & wolves

Is my life going up in smoke? by Richard Berman
32,000€ spent on cigarettes over the last 17 years is one man's story, but why can't he quit? Does he want to or is it something bigger than even he can't control... (Read more)

Little girl with a huge voice by Asa Butcher
Alexandra Alexis is a 21-year-old French/American/Finn living in Helsinki and she has a passion for singing that is only matched by the unexpected power of her voice… (Read more)

Did the Republicans lose? by Thanos Kalamidas
Amid all the celebrations in the Democrat's offices this week, they all seemed to miss the fact that they didn’t win, George W. Bush lost... (Read more)

Panic! Wolves in the village by Rinso
In a small village in Finland, there have been numerous sightings of wolf tracks. Should Little Red Riding Hood be kept at home, should the hunters load silver bullets or should everybody just calm down... (Read more)

Thursday, November 9

Hillary, Hussein & telemarketers

Another step closer by Amin George Forji
Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was one of the main players to watch in the U.S. Mid-terms and she won with a landslide margin, but this was only the next step on her journey back to the White House... (Read more)

Mission accomplished by Thanos Kalamidas
Saddam Hussein, protagonist of two Gulf Wars, perpetual thorn in the American's side and guilty of crimes against humanity, is sentenced to death by hanging. Finally all of Iraq's problems are solved... (Read more)

Thought of the Day: Blind numbers by Christopher Wilkinson
'Thought of the Day' is a column from Christopher Wilkinson - it might not be daily, but the thought will stay with you for a long time... (Read more)

Wednesday, November 8

FREE OVI PDF MAGAZINE

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Not only are we back, but our free downloadable magazine has a stylish new design and fresh layout. The PDF is the alternative to our daily website, but it still has that twist of Ovi orange that you all love.

The theme this month is 'Blogs, Bloggers and Blogging', so download your free copy now because it is packed with original unpublished material, including both articles and cartoons.


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Slang, blogging, Zeppelin & the 13 Net enemies

Twisted Athenian slang by Thanos Kalamidas
Thanos launches his brand new column written in twisted Athenian slang... (Read more)

Why the hell to create a blog? by The Ovi Team
Today is the long-awaited launch of the Blogs PDF, issue #17 of our free monthly magazine, and the Ovi team want to introduce it properly to you... (Read more)

Under a Zeppelin's shadow by Thanos Kalamidas
35 years ago today, Led Zeppelin released the album commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, also known as the one with "Stairway to Heaven"... (Read more)

Enemies of the Internet by Asa Butcher
The day before we launched our Blogs PDF magazine, Reporters sans frontières released a list of 13 countries that they believe are suppressing freedom of expression on the Internet… (Read more)

Tuesday, November 7

Botha, Thor, helplines & politics

The Last King of Apartheid by Amin George Forji
PW Botha, known as “the big crocodile”, died last week and South Africans now hope that Apartheid can be buried along with him... (Read more)

Atheist in America by Kevin Joffe
Thor, Richard Dawkins, Charles Darwin and God might have something in common. Kevin Joffe investigates the connection... (Read more)

Lighter fluid on a flame by Linda Lane
While working for a local software firm, Linda Lane heard a story about a woman who got more than she bargained for when after repeatedly complaining to the technical support hotine... (Read more)

"politics" by Bohdan Yuri
"If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone." - Thomas Hardy (Read more)

Monday, November 6

Bad Boys chat with singer Alexandra Alexis

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

This week Asa and Thanos interview with Alexandra Alexis, a 21-year-old American/French/Finnish singer based in Finland.

Some of the music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 45mins of chat by clicking here:

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Elections, chairs, Swedes and Rings

Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #9 by Rob Jenkinson
He has no right to vote, but Rob Jenkinson has decided to influence the American voters because he can do no worse than the dirty political campaigns already employed by all parties... (Read more)

Categories by Jan Sand
Chairs that self-destruct, the spectrum, the Catholic Church, slime mold and government all fit together in Jan Sand's mind... (Read more)

Swedish is Double-Plus-Good! by Eero Nevalainen
Today is Swedish Day in Finland. A day of predictable statements on the crucial importance of the Swedish language and the SFP warn that civilization faces the danger of imminent collapse… (Read more)

The Sapphire Ring: Part Three by Christopher Wilkinson
She sang to an audience of a thousand faces. In the dim light she could see the eyes looking out at her. She adjusted the lace on the collar, and noticed that the light refracting out from her sapphire ring sparkled across the crowd... (Read more)

Sunday, November 5

Fireworks, majestic & Madonna

Helluvabang! by Asa Butcher
Guy Fawkes Night is a popular celebration in England; it is a night of bonfires and fireworks. However, the perfect pyro-musical demands a great deal of planning and this is best left to the professionals... (Read more)

"Majestic Sky Illusion" by Christopher Wilkinson
"A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses." - Jean Cocteau (Read more)

Etats-Unis: Dieu, NBC et Madonna by Europe & Us
Madonna, sa crucifixion censurée? (Read more)

Saturday, November 4

RPG, Shakespeare, Alice & Africa

The Dungeon Master by Paul Thomas
Yes, it is Worldwide Dungeons and Dragons Game Day, so choose your character, roll those dice and let your loved ones know you might be late home tonight… (Read more)

Shakespeare in Helsinki by Asa Butcher
William Shakespeare may cause you shudder at high school memories, but that is in the past. Banish those demons by attending one of three performances of 'The Winter's Tale' by the Finn-Brit Players this weekend... (Read more)

The other side of the looking glass by Jan Sand
An atomically-armed North Korea puts the whole world on the other side of the looking glass and proves Alice was right when she noted how odd humanity really is... (Read more)

World's richest prize to African leaders by Amin George Forji
Mo Mohammed Ibrahim believes he has the key to change in Africa and this is why he has launched the "world's biggest prize"... (Read more)

Friday, November 3

'That was October covered' PDF Book

'That was October covered' PDF Book
125 original articles were published during October and thirty of these were accompanied by a cover. Now you can see diverse topics, such as golf, bloggers, Euro coins and magic, plus Chuck Berry and Justin Hayward, the Paris Motor Show, World Organ Donation Day, UN Day and World Food Day, all in one place. Read the October Covers PDF for FREE today.
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Hillary, Mr Money, Saido & Khaleda Zia

Hillary's return to the White House by Thanos Kalamidas
Hillary Clinton's mission to return to the White House and become the first female US president is on-course, but before that she has to overcome the November Midterms... (Read more)

Mr Money: God of Greed by Asa Butcher
It's a psychowesternrockandrollexperience starring Snake, Bitch, Mr Money and some horny girls. It's twisted and over the top! It is a parody of greed, nothing's holy, it's a satire of everything and it is coming to Helsinki... (Read more)

Saido Mohamed: Islam ei ole uhka by Maippi Tapanainen
”Olin mogadishulainen city-girl”, kuvaa erikoissairaanhoitaja, projektiasiantuntija Saido Mohmed lapsuuttaan ja varhaisnuoruuttaan synnyinmaassaan Somaliassa... (Read more)

Bangladesh rocked by violence by Amin George Forji
The term of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who has ruled Bangladesh since 2001, ended at midnight of Friday 27th October, and has signalled a new ugly era for a country that is no stranger to violent clashes... (Read more)

Thursday, November 2

Pope jihad

“A man has been arrested in Turkey after firing shots outside the Italian consulate in Istanbul, reports say. No-one was injured in the incident, which reports said was believed to be in protest against a forthcoming visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI.”

That was on the news; the same time the man who tried to kill the last Pope, Jan Paul II, Mehmet Ali Agca another Turk from the paramilitary group, grey wolves has warned the Vatican that ‘the visit …might be not a good idea!”

So what’s the deal with the ‘European’ Turkey? And just when you might be wandering that you find out that the Turkish prime minister and the foreign minister are going to be …away during Pope’s visit. They have a very important NATO meeting; I suppose they don’t want to be there if anything happens!!!

Steinbeck, superstition, jade & toxic waste

George and Lennie by Asa Butcher
A parable of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss, 'Of
Mice and Men' is a powerful and moving portrayal of two men striving to understand their own unique place in the world... (Read more)

The burnt pig and the cat's behind by Jan Sand
Superstition arises out of the attribution to a particular element during an event we actually have no control over, Jan Sand tries his luck... (
Read more)

Jade in vision by Christopher Wilkinson

"Poetry should...should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance." - John Keats (
Read more)

Toxic waste ship dragged to court by Amin George Forji

A Dutch charter company is facing court action after they alledgedly disposed of toxic waste in the capital of the Ivory Coast that left ten people dead and thousands of others ill... (
Read more)

Wednesday, November 1

Colour, hooligans, 35 and Chelsea

RGB by Jan Sand
Will humans shed their bones and become slug-like creatures in the future? Will we sleep in a bowl? And have you ever wrestled a giant lobster? Three questions you weren't expecting today... (Read more)

Another Greek tragedy by Thanos Kalamidas
Greece has enjoyed some glorious sporting moments over the last few years, but recent violence during domestic football and basketball games have overshadowed everything else... (Read more)

Sois jeune et tais-toi by Europe & Us
Que signifie avoir moins de trente-cinq ans France ? (Read more)

Barcelona shattered by Chelsea draw by Amin George Forji
Last night, Chelsea's last minute strike puts Barcelona's Champion's League progression at risk… (Read more)

Tuesday, October 31

Magic, Itälä, spooks & Halloween

A stand-up magician by Asa Butcher
October 31st 2006 marks the 80th anniversary of Harry Houdini's death, one of the world's greatest pioneers of magic and illusion. In honour of Houdini and National Magic Day in the USA, we chat with Malcolm the Magician… (Read more)

Mr. Itälä's EU expansion by Thanos Kalamidas
Finnish Euro-MP Ville Itälä made some interesting comments that have reflected the skepticism of the last few years in Europe. He said that the EU has been far too forgiving of would-be EU members who don’t live up to their commitments... (Read more)

Sprites, spirits, spooks and slime by Jan Sand
As a young kid, I was afraid of the dark. Not for what I thought might be there but for what might be there that was unthinkable. I was scared when I didn’t see anything... (Read more)

"Hallow the eve of winter" by Christopher Wilkinson
"The poetry of the earth is never dead." - John Keats (Read more)

Online Ovi Radio

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show Online Now!

This week Thanos is back in the studio with Asa and together we interview Johanna MacDonald, the co-director of the Finn-Brit Players' latest production The Winter's Tale.

The music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 40mins of chat by clicking here:

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