Azerbaijan’s hosting of the Eurovision song contest has thrust the oil-rich country into the international spotlight.
The very nature of Eurovision, a kitschy pop spectacle in which competitors representing about 40 countries (of which 26 reach the final) perform a song live on television, is in stark contrast to the grim reality of life in Azerbaijan.” —Miriam Elder from Baku: Eurovision does little to help human rights in Azerbaijan (via guardian)
Amazing fact I read in The Economist this week. The average Australian only consumes 7.5 pints of amber nectar [lager] a year? You are all drinking more wine!