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Saturday, December 16
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, December 5
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)
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
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.
Once 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 feather 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 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?