Sunday, February 12, 2006

Finn-zapoppin'!

Well, you may recall my recent post about Finn friend Ulla Suokko, musician, storyteller and now, actor appearing on Conan O'Brien's show as part of his growing fascination with Tarja Halonen (thanks to Diane for that link).

Now another Finn friend has got into the act. Conan is going to Finland to meet with Halonen (who did successfully win re-election) and he's taking with him a kantele made by friend and extraordinary kantele-maker Gerry Henkel. Specially made for the television host, the "Konantele" has an image of Conan right on it:



You can read the whole story here!

3 comments:

K. A. Laity said...

And now they have met! See the link here. I like the comment "The president's spokeswoman said Halonen had wanted to thank O'Brien for making Finland better known, and the two had agreed they 'might, indeed, resemble each other'."

Gene K. said...

Sure, it's all well and good that Tarja won again. But what about the unlucky duck who finished in third place? I hear that after he found out he'd lost, he ranted in an incoherent rage...

K. A. Laity said...

Ah, yes -- Aku Ankka! That venerable Finnish hero. It's hard to belive he's such an integral part of Suomi life. I rememeber Minna telling me how excited she was to get to America and see real yellow school buses, just like in Aku Ankka comics.