DECEMBER 2009
    

Christmas dinner at Tuorla

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A nice wintry evening for our festive Christmas meal at Tuorla Inn in Kaarina. A good crowd of 14 old and new members got together to enjoy a British-style meal with crackers and a taster of Christmas pudding, too.
 
    

Wine Tasting in Tampere

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On a cold, cold Friday evening a small group of Turku Finn-Briters set off to visit the Tampere society for 'Wines for Christmas' tasting and Christmas party in the comfort of a nice minibus.  Along the road, our new British member David told us on organic wines with tasters of a Chiliean and Italian organic wine. It was very informative and certainly gave us food for thought about our carbon footprint.  In Tampere there was a good crowd to hear Gerald McAllister tell us about 7 different wines for the Christmas season. Among many other things we learned the 5 important s's of wine tasting: scrutinize, swirl, sniff, sip and spit/swallow.  The German sekt recommended to go with Christmas pudding was the ladies' favourite.  And some Tampere-Turku socialising got going as well - especially 'in the back row'!  A good time was had by all. Thank you Tampere society for inviting us, and providing all the wines and nibbles, too. Welcome to our beer tasting in January!

 
NOVEMBER 2009
    

Tea soirée at Café Art

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Pirkko Arstila, ex-newsreader and the founder of the Teen Ystävät society in Helsinki, gave a two-hour presentation on the world of tea in the lovely surroundings of Café Art, which also specialises in roasting its own coffee.  We sampled 5 teas -white, yellow, oolong, Pu Erh plus some green tea that opened up like a flower in the pot (or salad, as she said!) amidst informative and amusing stories about many more different types of tea. Most of the samples were kindly provided by Turun Tee ja Mauste in Kauppahalli.  At the end, talk went on with Java and Bancha tea and sandwiches or carrot cake, provided by Café Art and looking at all the fascinating types of tea on display - modest selection from chairperson and secretary's collection.

Even Turun Sanomat reported the event. (read from the link - in Finnish!)

 
SEPTEMBER 2009
    

Federation Dinner

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30th Anniversary Dinner of the Federation

This festive occasion was celebrated in the beautiful historical dining hall of hotel Seurahuone in Helsinki.  Former branch chairperson, and current vice chairperson of the Federation, Mr Jukka Itäkylä
opened the proceedings.  Besides the many speeches and delicious food, guests were also entertained by The Part A Bois barbershop singing.

 
    

Federation Seminar 2009

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This year's theme was 'The Social Impact of Climate Change', and we heard both pessimistic and optimistic viewpoints from British, Danish and French researchers and Finnish Green Party MP, Oras Tynkkynen.