A quick glance at Aberdeen can paint a bleak picture. Stuart MacBride, an Aberdonian author, once called Aberdeen schizophrenic. The mood of the people, he said, reflects the weather, and both can change dramatically in an instant. True, he is famous for his morbid murder stories, but the observation holds some veracity. When the sun is out, Aberdeen is a gem in the North-east of Scotland, living up to its name as the Silver City; but when it rains, it resembles its less appealing nickname, the Granite City.
Land of NO
Does Finland answer in the negative too often?
The digital world was abuzz in recent months with reports of bureaucracy gone mad. The Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) reportedly barred two Finnish bloggers from writing about an event in their private blogs because of the subject matter (whiskey) and the event, the Beer and Whiskey Expo 2014.
2014 That be the year that was
AS THE year draws to a close, how will you remember 2014? Has it been an ordinary year, just like any other? Or maybe it was one of the best in recent memory? Perhaps it is the worst on record? Or maybe you don’t even follow the Gregorian calendar, and have to endure another season of holidays, superstitions and resolutions that hold no meaning for you whatsoever!
A cloud made-in-Finland
A Finnish company is challenging online giants with its cloud storage service.
DROPBOX, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive... there’s no shortage of options for anyone looking to put their files in the cloud. But while the biggest cloud storage services are created by US tech titans, there is now also a Finnish-made alternative.
Tell me about your city... Cambridge
The city of Cambridge is one of magic. If you keep your eyes open, you’ll spot Stephen Hawking in his wheelchair running his daily physicist-cosmologist errands. Throughout my past two years studying in this great place, I’ve met a myriad of inspiring people, including discussions on Kosovo with Nobel-prize winning peacekeeper Martti Ahtisaari and the Finnish cultural society, to a discussion with Pamela Anderson over iPhone chargers, to taking advice from the successful-and-charitable Mo Ibrahim.