Sunday, February 11, 2007

A great day for Nederland!

A great day for Nederland. First we had two world skating champions, Irene Wurst in the women's and Sven Kramer in the men's and he also broke the 10 km record with a time of 12 minutes 49.88 seconds, a good two seconds lower than the previous world record. She is 22 and he is 20 and they are both trained by former skating hero Gerard Kempkes, who was champion in the time I first came to Holland.

And then to finish off an excellent day, we had the choice of the Dutch entry to the 2007 Eurovision Song Festival in Helsinki (12th May) with the above song ' Nooit Meer Zonder Jou' - Never again without you. She has a fantsatic voice and obtained the best positioning for the Netherlands since they won in 1975 with Teach In, namely coming a very close 4th in the very strong 1998 contest, with 'Hemel en Arde' (Heaven and Earth) Terry Wogan saying that he thought it was by far the best song on the night. Let's hope that this song at least makes the final (and only 10 out of 28 semi-finalists will go through) and then hopefully get a high positioning at the end.


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