Have you had your Finnish tablet today?

SURROUNDED by hoards of diverse and varied advertising campaigns vying for public attention, we can easily find ourselves falling into the consumerist black hole of today. There is no escape; ads are every which way we turn and, avoid as we might to being sucked into ad campaigns, every once in a while there comes a product that hooks us in and makes us beg for more. Finnexia’s mysterious marketing campaign has been steeped in much speculation around Helsinki lately, even being a popular social networking topic, causing a riot of confusion and doubt.

Smartphone apps are changing the way in which we communicate with the world.

REMEMBER a time in the not too distant past, when travelling overseas saw you relying on phone cards and email to keep in touch with loved ones – let alone *GASP* snail mail?!

These days a growing number of smartphone apps are increasingly making the world seem that little bit smaller, and a little less heavy on the money belt.

JANUARY

Internet provider Elisa become the first Finnish company to prevent their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The move was instigated by entertainment companies and anti-piracy organisations desperately attempting to secure their stable doors while their prize fillies disappeared over the horizon in a cloud of dust.

Pre-Xmas parties in full swing

“Pikkujoulut” means the pre-Christmas party of work communities, hobby groups or circles of friends. Everybody is trying to look presentable, until booze proves them wrong, and many intra-squad pressures will be vented by way of aggressive discourse or sexual intercourse.

Dublin or “Dubhlinn” (Black Pool) has come a long way over the years from its humble historical origins as a Viking settlement in the 9th century to become a rich and vibrant multi-cultural hub that is now regarded as one of the top 30 cities in the world to visit. Ireland’s rapid economic expansion in the late ‘90s transformed the city into something of a European mini metropolis but unlike other cities, Dublin has somehow retained its Irish-ness; the distinct charm and warmth that it’s famous for.