Blog on the Periphery - Periferiablogi

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Long time no see

It´s pitifully long ago I blogged last time - how time flies...I´ve had the last assignments to finish for the course and this and that, no proper excuse though for not blogging. Even now I just save this post - to have at least something archived for the month of May! It´s because I´m compiling my portfolio, which is an important task.

But before I finish I just HAVE TO mention that... Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest!

Talk to you later.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The week of Jewish Passover

Incredibly, during that week two people whom I used to know passed away...in Russia. Not on the same day but on the same week. I cannot say either one of them was a close acquaintance to me but I had sufficiently to do with them when it was still the Soviet Union. It was a bit strange to hear the news from Russia after such a long time and such great changes. For it was a big change that communism collapsed and therefore the communist state, the S.U., which I had time to see abundantly before her change.

Outwardly, like I´ve referred to in my previous posts, it hasn´t changed that very much but the life style, atmosphere, the system, and even spiritually something has changed. By "spiritually" I mean the spirit of God. That´s what I see clearest: the spirit of God did away with communism as a leading ideology, for He had in mind to free the Jewish people, get them out of there. Which He did.

So I had a lot to contemplate upon hearing those news; recalled old times comparing them to today.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter passed

I apologize to readers: I´ve been busy with assignments for the course and had no time to post here. Easter passed, I did celebrate but briefly. I attended the communion in my church and it was good. Time just didn´t allow for more "resting".
- In any case, Easter passed but it´s still Passover! Actually, it´s not Pesach but Hag ha-Matzot!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Got readers!

Thank´s to all who informed me they´re reading this blog!
Happy Easter and Pesach!

Easter holiday from the course is a little longer than what working people (five days) have. The major issue is to celebrate Jesus. (For He is risen!) I´m going to do it, but I´m afraid a part of the time I´ll go on with a project for the course.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Remember!

Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

OCTOBER 1, 2006!

First Sunday of October.

Psalm 122

Jumalan Sana kehottaa meitä rukoilemaan rauhaa Jerusalemille.
Tee se!
Koska ne menestyvät, jotka Jerusalemia rakastavat.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

April´s Fool´s peek

Just a quick post...It´s April Fool´s day and I peeked in my own blog and saw "How did I manage to make this such a boring blog?!" And still no visitors yet... I must start looking for a way to get a blogroll, as they say it helps the situation.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"Strategic communication"

...was the theme of a module called "Special fields of communication" on the course tonight (Monday) - and I was sleeping through it...If you can call sleeping eyes open "sleeping"! Now it´s past midnight and I´m awake! Life can be such fun sometimes. Besides, I noticed I haven´t blogged since last Wednesday.


I´m ashamedly confessing sleeping eyes wide open...


And now I change subjects and start preparing myself for : Hoorah - Election Day! [in Israel] Which is followed by preparing to watch a celestial event occurring after many years: the ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.

The next TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE will be in 2126. Welcome to Finland then :)



*The next partial, however, will be on August 1, 2008.

**Finnish for an eclipse of the sun is "auringonpimennys" (for the linguistically interested :))



Last partial solar eclipse in Finland was 31.05.2003.

Finns travel to Turkey:
turkkilogo

Eclipse in Turkey

"Tähdet ja Avaruus" is a Finnish astronomical journal ("Stars and Space").

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A veteran´s legacy - My father in World War II

This post is in Finnish, just skip it, if you don´t read Finnish.

Vapaudenmitali 2. lk 1941
Medal of Liberty 2nd class 1941
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Isäni Veikko Haikosen taistelut Jatkosodassa 1941 haavoittumiseen asti

Tykkimies Veikko Haikonen
IV Armeijakunta
12. Divisioona
Kenttätykistörykmentti 7
III Patteristo
8. Patteri

17.6. - 25.9.1941
Puotinkylä, Helsingin pitäjä - Rajajoki

Ylipäällikön päiväkäsky 29.6.1941:"Seuratkaa minua vielä viimeinenkin kerta"

Kalusto: 76K/02 tykki 3" putki, paino 1100 (tuliasemassa)/2000 kg (ajossa), hevosvetoinen, valmistusmaa Venäjä
III Patteriston ammuskulutus: n. 9000-10000 laukausta

Vastapuoli: NEUVOSTOLIITON PUNA-ARMEIJAN 43. Divisioona, 115. Divisioona, 123. divisioona

Hyökkäys Rajajoelle
Karisalmen taistelu 23.8.: "II/JR6 oli saanut tehtäväkseen Karisalmen valtauksen, 8. patteri käskettiin tulituellaan avustamaan pataljoonaa - - - Pataljoona eteni Karisalmeen, mutta vihollisen vastaisku sai aikaan murron - - - Tilanne oli äkkiä muuttunut kriittiseksi- - - Vihollinen keskitti lisää joukkoja ryhmitysalueelleen murtokohtaan. Tilanne laukesi, kun 8. patteri yhdessä heittimistön kanssa tulitti vihollisen asemia ja joukkokeskityksiä. "tykistömme tarkkaan ohjattu hirvittävä tuli-isku oli tehnyt tehtävänsä" raportoi myöhemmin pataljoonan komentajan taistelulähetti. Patteristoupseerin johdolla suoritettu tykistötehtävä saavutti jalkaväen yksimielisen kiitoksen."

Etelä-Kannaksen valtaus
8./KTR 7 taistelee Huumolassa 28.8.:
"Vastaiskujen torjunnassa oli tykistötulella Huumolassa jalkaväen myöhemmin lausutun käsityksen mukaan milteipä ratkaiseva merkitys. Osansa kunniasta sai 8. patterin tulenjohtoryhmä, joka ohjaamalla tykistön tulen tarkasti vihollisen liikennepaikkoihin teki enimmät keskittämisyritykset tyhjäksi."

Muolaa:
"Ylipäälikön käskyn mukaisesti IV AK:n komentaja, kenraaliluutnantti Oesch antoi eversti Vihmalle 23.8. käskyn, että 12.D:n tuli kiireellisesti katkaista Viipurin ja Leningradin väliset, vihollisen hallussa olevat huoltotiet, nimittäin Kämärän kautta kulkeva rautatie sekä Huumolan ja Summan kautta rajalle johtava valtatie. Lisäksi tuli divisioonan saman käskyn mukaan, hankittuaan aluetilaa lähtökohdaksi hyökkäykselle II AK:n oikealla sivustalla kaakkoiseen suuntaan, ryhtyä etenemään Kaukjärven – Muolaanjärven kannakselle ja kohdistaa tiedustelu Uudenkirkon suuntaan. 12.D:n etenemistä täten sille määrättyyn suuntaan hidasti aluksi vihollisen tällä hetkellä Viipurista itään päin aloittama hyökkäys sen sitoessa lujiin torjuntataisteluihin huomattavan osan divisioonan voimista. Päivän 24.8. kuluessa aloitti kuitenkin JR 3 osillaan everstiluutnantti Savonjousen johdolla hyökkäyksen Kämärän asemaa kohti. Suomalaiset ehtivät iltaan mennessä vain Kämärän kylän ja aseman puoliväliin. II AK:n komentaja, kenraalimajuri Laatkainen antoi ylijohdon käskyn mukaan 18. D:lle 23.8. määräyksen jatkaa hyökkäystä välitavoitteena linja Muolaanjärvi – Sudenoja – Ala-Kuusa – Salmenkaidan puoliväli – Salmenkaidan suu.

Tunnus



Yöllä 23. – 24.8. aloitti everstiluutnantti Haanterän komentaja JR 27, jota tukivat III/KTR 19, Rask.Psto 14 ja Rask.Psto 16, yli tunnin kestäneen tykistövalmistelun jälkeen hyökkäyksen Salmenkaidan rintamanosalla painopiste Peippolan suunnassa ja työntyi lujasti taistellen joen länsiosan yli.- - -Samalla kun IV AK:n osien hyökkäys Kämäräjärven seudulta länteen alkoi nyt kehittyä Viipurin seudulla olevan vihollisen voimaryhmän saarrottamiseen, valmistui 12.D samalta alueelta, liittyen II AK:n hyökkäykseen, etenemään sille määrättyjen päämäärien saavuttamiseksi. IV AK:n johdon antaman käskyn mukaan divisioona jatkoi 25.8. hyökkäystä osilla voimia Kämärän aseman suuntaan ensi tehtävänä vihollisen selustayhteyksien katkaiseminen. Tällöin valtasi JrR3 osillaan Kämärän aseman 25.8. illalla. Tämän jälkeen toiminta jatkui Kämärästä käsin Summan ja Leipäsuon suuntiin tuloksella, että majuri Sotisaaren johtaman JR 47 löi siellä 26.8. osilla voimiaan Majakylässä ja Kaskelassa olevat vihollisjoukot."

Hyökkäys Kaukjärven kautta Uudellekirkolle 29.-30.8.:
"I ja III/JR47 etenivät 30.8. klo 7.30 alkaen kohti Uusikirkkoa; 8. ja 9. patterin tulenjohtoryhmät seurasivat jalkaväen mukana. - - - Uudenkirkon pohjoisosa vallattiin klo 11.30 mennessä. Poispyrkivän viholliskolonnan matkanteko katkesi III/KTR 7:n keskitykseen."

Inon motti, maaston puhdistusoperaatiot:
"Kev.Os. 1 suunnattiin Inoon, jonka aseman se valtasi 1.9. aamupäivällä 8. ja 9./KTR 7:n ampuman tulivalmistelun jälkeen. - - - 8. patteri oli leiriytynyt odotusryhmitykseen - - -8. ja 9. patteri suunnattiin 31.8. Inon kylään tukemaan Kev.Pr. T:n (Nordgren) hyökkäystä. --- Voimat toimitusjaoksia myöten oli käytettävä maaston puhdistustoimiin. - - - Patteristoon liittyi 8. patteri Lahdenperän maastosta Inon tien varteen 4.9. Patteri - - - ajoi asemiin tulevalle toiminta-alueelle Rajajoen linjalla 6.9. klo 11.00 ensimmäisenä III/KTR 7:n yksikkönä. Kaikki patterit olivat 15.9. mennessä koolla Ollilassa vanhan rajan tuntumassa."

Puolustusasemien vakiinnuttaminen
III/KTR 7 rintamavastuuseen 16.9.:
"- - - 8. Patteri Ruosteenkanavan suunta - - -Vihollinen ampui häirintää heittimistöllä maalta ja tykeillä saarilinnakkeelta, useimmiten Totlebenistä patteriston alueelle ja linjaan."

Vihollisen vastahyökkäys Valkeasaareen 20.9.:
"Pataljoonan vahvuinen vihollisosasto eteni hyökkäysvaunujen tukemana rautatien ja Ruostekanavan suunnassa --- Hyökkäys pysäytettiin - - - 8. Patteri Kiisselinsuon pohjoislaitaan."

Häirintäammuntaa asemiin ja varustelutyömaalle:
"- - - 8. Patteri ampui 20 rhm etulinjaan - - - Venäläisten Totleben puolestaan ampui joka päivä patteriston alueelle ja sen käyttämälle yhteystielle Ollilasta Kuokkalaan. Lokakuun puolenvälin jälkeen - - - Totleben, Krasnoarmeiskij ja Kronstadt vain hyvin harvakseen paukuttelivat."

Asemat vakiintuivat rantalohkon osalta linjalle Rajajoen suu - Aleksandrovka - Valkeasaari.

Haavoittuminen 25.9.1941 Rajajoella todennäköisesti Totlebenin linnoituksen ampumasta kranaatista.

Kunniamerkit
Vapaudenmitali 2. lk
Talvisodan muistomitali soljella 'Kotijoukot'
Kotijoukkojen muistoristi
Jatkosodan muistomitali
Kannaksen muistoristi
12. Divisioonan muistoristi

IV Armeijakunnan tykistökomentaja O. Sippolan loppulausunto:
"Niinpä myös se kunnia, joka lukuisten loistavien voittojen ansiosta saavutettiin [tuotti]...monet kiitokset, joita tykistökin sai osakseen..."

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Jane´s new book.

Jane Fonda in Finland

Monday, March 20, 2006

Meeting JANE FONDA




Meeting Jane Fonda is something that´d never be on my agenda - but that´s what happened on Saturday, March 18!


I spoke to Jane Fonda and got her autograph!

What I said was: "Thank you. The Lord bless you!"

I had to say something because she asked:

"Who´s this for?" when I was standing in the queue for the

autograph and it was my turn.

Jane Fonda visited Finland for a few days to promote her memoir
"My Life So Far".

I queued for half an hour and was sure I can´t say anything because she autographed copies quickly and there were a lot of people. But once in a
while she said something casual to random people, and I happened to be one of them, so the chance occurred and I used it. She looked at me and said: "Thank you."

I admit it thrilled me! To see someone so famous and even speak to in person and then she says something to me!
I didn´t believe it´d succeed.
Oh, by the way, she entered from behind my back and walked to the podium at "Suomalainen" book store at the centre of Helsinki right past me, very close, 5 centimetres, to start the book promotion and talking about finding yourself as a woman etc. all that which are her favourite topics.

Bettina S., who´s a talk show host in Finland (Swedish-speaking), was at the book store with Jane interviewing her, as well as Liisa Riekki, the Head of Publications for "Otava" Publishing house and former MTV3 talk show host.
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*As the server, unfortunately, was down last weekend, this is posted this much after her visit to Finland.

Friday, March 17, 2006

After Purim

Mishloach manot was carried out even by me though just at the nick of time. I visited friends at the end of Shushan Purim.
After my born-again birthday (March 11) Ta'anit Esther (Esther Fast), Purim and Shushan Purim (Susan Purim) passed, and now it´s already days after Purim. The moon was full and shone brightly.

It´s commonly being joked that I pay attention to specific days and dates. Well, can´t help it since it´s too easy to notice that the hated ex-Jugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic died on my born-again birthday, which by the way, was Shabat, and ex-Estonian president Lennart Meri died on Purim. Here, on the periphery, at this latitude of the northern hemisphere, the latter was a significant event.

Meri was the leading figure of Estonian independence which took place during the coup in Moscow in the Soviet Union. Both events are especially memorable for me, the undersigned. It just so happened that I was there, personally witnessed the unfolding events of the first day of Independence of Estonia and the last day of the Soviet Union. My personal experience was more of the latter: the last death convulsions of the Soviet Union.

The specific date for it was August 19, 1991.

I was in Tallinn, Estonia, at the harbour trying to get back to Helsinki, Finland, by ferry. In the early morning of that fateful day the coup started and it put a few blocks on the road. But thank´s be to Lord Jesus, it couldn´t hinder me completely from getting home safe and sound. Anyhow, I should really mention what the "roadblocks" were: the Soviet (Red) Army company of at least 30 soldiers (the number I had time to count, there were more) and Navy gun boats and an aircraft-carrier; the customs was locked the second I had got in and stopped working, and a gun boat followed the hydrofoil by which I/we departed.
- I have a very vivid memory of this for the reswt of my life. (Tallinn is only 70 kms from Helsinki.)

*A more detailed account of my experience would be too long for these posts, I should think.


***
That´s why I decided to mark this Purim in my blog too - like countless others in the blogosphere have done.
Shalom!

Sunday, March 12, 2006


The documentary which features four of my brother´s children:

Along the Road Little Child(Pitkin tietä pieni lapsi)
The ordinary sights and events of a well-to-do Finnish suburb acquire a new meaning when seen by a stranger.


"Abdi (15), Nasteho (11), and Bisharo (9) are refugees of the civil war in Somalia. In the wood outside their suburban block of flats, they meet a Finnish girl Julia (13) and her younger siblings. They all are ordinary children but outcasts in their own way. The games they play reflect the clashes of Western and Islamic cultures, but the question of God or Allah is far less important than keeping the gang together. The film is a story of the security and grace that people receive from each other."




Trench Road(Juoksuhaudantie)
A story of a big Finnish dream, having your own house.

I´m going to show this movie to certain people, I bought the DVD and watched it recently. The story is just so good, based on an awarded novel by the same name. As s movie it isn´t that good.

"Trench Road is a story of a big Finnish dream, having your own house. It is a depiction of an obsessed man, who in order to get his family back and to fulfil his dream, is willing to go to extreme measures.Matti Virtanen is a Homefront Man. He belongs to the generation that has never gone to war but has proven his manhood by cooking and changing diapers. One blow from a fist separates Matti from his family. His wife takes their child and leaves. A man who has given up on his dreams and aspirations and whose purpose in life is keeping his position as a stockman, making sure the macaroni casserole is just right and keeping his wife and daughter satisfied, realises he has nothing to live for. Matti decides to get his family back by buying a house, model house built for the veterans of WWII. In an own house lives a happy family, there are no disagreements, conflicts or difficulties, peace, balance and an eternal summer reigns like in a cereal commercial. Matti becomes a fanatic. He is driven to ascetism and his jogging into all the detached-house areas in greater Helsinki, his routines and his monotonous life leads him onto his own reality in which he rules and wins. He finds the people living in the detached-house areas a threat and he is a threat to them and their mortgage paid dreams. The story gets its tragicomic end. Matti reaches goal but alone. The bond between reality and Matti’s own reality has broken."


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Freedom for Russia?


A few photos from my recent trip to the ex-czar city of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Former glory: a palace from the czarist era.




New buildings for the "new Russians". Exclusively.



Did so much change since the collapse of communism and the Soviet era/empire? > There´s McDonald´s! (The sign´s, as it happens, dominating this picture!) Um, and what else?...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A successful introduction

...is difficult to make. I hope no one gets bored after the first line. Maybe it´s a little strange that I wanted to make this a bi-lingual blog - it´s to satisfy my unending desire to become good in English language and practice incessantly, especially writing in it. Of course I secretly hope to attract some international attention too.

Some stuff will be in Finnish, to add sheer volume to this blog. If you´re not a Finnish reader, just please skip the Finnish posts and you´ll find some text in English for sure.

The Israeli ambassador to Finland is Mr. Shemi Tzur for the interested. I don´t know why it occurred to me right now. Maybe it´s a relevant piece of information to post here for reasons God only knows :)

I used to be a member of the Friends of Israel organisation, which is - again for the interested - the oldest pro-Israel (non-profit) organisation in Europe but unfortunately it has very few activities for members (especially the young ones like myself - by which I don´t mean the very young...). So I dropped it, didn´t feel getting anything for the membership fee.

The FOI was established in 1908, 40 years before the State of Israel, i.e. 40 years before anyone except perhaps Theodore Herzl had an idea of a Jewish state! I think it´s very peculiar that happened in Finland, of all places.

Of course I continue in prayer for Israel - whether in or out of the country - quitting from the FOI doesn´t mean I stopped supporting the cause.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Periferiablogi is a blog in Finnish and English - More about languages in the left-hand column of this blog


This is a blog for just anything in my daily life. I hope it attracts at least friends to read it from time to time. I love Jerusalem, Israel. Travel photos from other places may end up here too. I´m attending a communications course still so there´s not much to tell about Finnish working life or such. It´s easiest and safest to stick to daily happenings in my own life in the English part of this blog. The Finnish part may become different in content, more "businesslike" - just "may", you never know.
With these words I welcome all friends and visitors to my little (blog) world.

Oh, the name! "Periferia" means of course "periphery", on the margin, or "the ends of the earth", which it also can mean as this place indeed is at 60th+ latitude - the perspective I gained in Jerusalem! The "i" at the end of "blogi" is what Finns commonly add to foreign language loan words; Finnish has plenty of examples: one of the commonest words is "pankki" which of course is the "bank"! And so on. - So this puzzle is now revealed to those speaking another language :) I did it just because I once heard a radio show by an American who picked up exactly this feature of the Finnish language in his show to joke about.

Long ago I moved out from my place of birth which was actually even more in periphery - "just" 500 kms to south from the Arctic/Polar Circle, which Finns know by the (funny) name "Napapiiri". Foreign readers can guess Aurora Borealis and other nordic weather phenomena are typical there in winter. We still have winter: - 8 C and frostier is forecasted...and lots of snow and ice of course. Who talked about global warming and a climate change? Yes, please, I´d fancy to get a bit of warming here!

I hope this suffices to say about periferiablog(i) and it´s now fully introduced :)