The town of Oulu, Finland, features the Shouting Men's Choir, 30 men in black suits shouting in harmony, reports The Age newspaper. Is it worth hearing? "On the one hand," writes Stephanie Bunbury, "they are all dressed alike, move in unison and blend their voice with precise clarity . . . But the men shout as loudly as they can and, no matter what form it takes, the very sound of yelling suggests that a brawl is imminent."
and the even more fantastic news that a documentary about the choir, Huutajat - Screaming Men, is the first Finnish film to be accepted at Sundance, and has become the first to get international distribution.
I can't wait.
"It was just an idea, very simple and easy," says Sirvio. "The concept was exactly as now; the musical part came later, but the look was there from the start."
It took six months to organise an advertisement in the newspaper that asked, simply, if anyone wanted to scream.
Update: The choir's website is at www.huutajat.org. It inlcludes some, um, audio.
Be warned — if you call someone with caller display from the courtesy phone at a certain pub, you're setting expectations for the conversation pretty low:
I'm just saying.
There are some festivals coming up:
Oh, and someone was asking me about what the transit connections to the new fast-ferry terminal will be. These maps explain what's being done; these are the same revised routes that will serve the Distillery District.