@marvel Flattery will get you nowhere! Probably. Maybe. *looks the other way*
Bus seats in Finland - for the unsocial people, like me.
Rule number one in Finnish public transport culture: Don’t sit next to anyone. Unless the seats are like this.
In every other cases fill the spots from window seats. Then standing up seats. If the bus gets crowded sit next to someone but sit as far as possible from the other person and turn your head to look to the completely different direction. Don’t say a word.
And if you’re the one sitting next to window pray all the gods that the other person leaves before you, because otherwise you’d have to speak to him/her. Usually it’s something like “Umm..ileavenow”. Remember, no sorries or smiles. Just say it as low and fast as possible without making any eye contact.
legit advise for people visiting finland. that “ileavenow” is “mä jään täs” in finnish. it’s okay if you don’t pronounce it perfectly right because the only reason someone would talk to strangers in public transport is to ask them to move, so they will get the hint.
BUT! usually just things like putting your phone away and rustling your bag and looking like you are about to leave will do the trick. no need for words.
….and this is how you wait for a bus in finland:
Reblogging because of that picture. So true. And familiar.
This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen…what the actual fuck. It almost seems like a joke but I feel like it’s actually serious????
The same goes for Sweden!
Definitely the same in Sweden.
I wouldn’t say it’s like this in Denmark… I mean, sure - we take the empty seats on busses/trains if there are any but we don’t seem to have trouble sitting next to strangers if there are no other places to sit. I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally do sometimes talk to strangers I’m seated next to. I always end up having lovely conversations with people - be it at the theater if I’m there on my own or on the bus. I think it was for my 2nd visit at Les Mis in Aarhus that I talked with the lady next to me for the entire interval. I’d never seen her before and doubt I’ll see her again but we had a great talk about theater.
"Alex’ Telegram" (Act 1 finale) - Michael Ball (Broadway - 1990)
as Easter is almost over here I thought it was time I changed my icon back to normal :)
aww you’re wonderful [and so is Enjol!Michael]
Get better soon love *hugs*
Michael Ball - “Do You Love Me”
uploading this for annaohbyrne - as I can’t come to you with a cup of tea, hopefully this will make you smile a little instead :)
Promo shots of Michael Ball as Alex Dillingham in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Aspects of Love”
Watching the Les Mis: Stage by Stage documentary again.
I’d forgotten that the CSR happened instead of an Australian Cast Album. To think how much better it could have been :(
(to be fair, the CSR was also supposed to have Dudu Fisher as Valjean, but I’d probably still rather have had the Australian cast)
Where’d you hear about Dudu Fisher? (Though I think I heard about that many years ago too.)
I’ve also wondered who the Thénardiers were who were mentioned in the liner notes who didn’t come across in English the way that the producers had hoped, so they weren’t used.
My main problem with the CSR is how over-produced, sterile and flat it tends to sound. And don’t get me started on One Day More!
Annoyingly I can’t remember where I read it! Somewhere reliable though fwiw :S
I hadn’t heard about the Thenardiers though, that is very interesting! (maybe my version of it had different notes or something, because I’m sure I went through those booklets so many times back in the day!)
There probably aren’t that many it could have been really. I’d hazard a guess at Norway, Austria or Hungary, just thinking about early foreign productions, since the CSR already has London, Broadway, Australia, Japan, and Dudu would have also nabbed them Tel Aviv.
(and did the CSR have US Tour people? I had a feeling the barricade boys were tour types but it’s been so long since I’ve geeked out over it, probably since I discovered bootlegs really)
Don’t think I’ve heard about the Thénardiers either… But definitely knew about Dudu Fisher.
The barricade boys are listed as being from LA
"A Little Fall of Rain" - Helen Owen (u/s) & Rob Houchen (April 8th - 2014)