Finnish Football Show #16: Summer 2017 Catch-up – Huuhkajat victories, Veikkausliiga & Another Manager Leaves SJK


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One Week Holiday in Finland: Putting The Podcast Into Practice

Similar to my summer 2016 post, in summer 2017 I had another opportunity to put what I learned in the podcast into practice. Whenever I have visitors staying with us, I always try to give them the ‘Finland Experience’, and it was no different when my parents came for a one-week holiday. It seemed that we had a different activity for each day, an ‘ideal week in Etelä-Pohjanmaa’.   I thought I’d share our week with you along with some photos, from a small sweet factory to live sport to a music festival.

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Finnish Football Show #15: Veikkausliiga, Huuhkajat, Finns Overseas & All-change at SJK


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Finnish Football Show #14: Huuhkajat in Action & Veikkausliiga 2017 Kicks-off


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Finnish Football Show #13 Bonus: ‘Finland Identity’ Project and U19 Euro 2018

FINNISH FOOTBALL SHOW
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Finnish Football Show #13: Friendlies in the Desert & Suomen Cup

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Finnish Football Shorts Episode 4 – Interview with new SJK Seinäjoki Manager, Sixten Boström


FINNISH SHORTS
As a supplement to the live recorded Finnish Football Show, this is an interview with new SJK Manager, Sixten Boström, recorded at the SJK press conference on Monday 20.2.2017.

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Finnish Football Shorts Episode 3 – SJK Launches an eSports Team


FINNISH SHORTS
As a supplement to the live recorded Finnish Football Show, here’s something slightly different, a selection of interviews from the SJK press conference to launch its new eSports team.

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Finnish Football Show #11: 2016 Review – New Veikkausliiga Champions

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Finnish Football Show #10: October World Cup Qualifiers Review

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Finnish Football Show #9: Suomen Cup Final, Stadin Derby & Veikkausliiga

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Finnish Football Show #8 – World Cup Qualifying starts & Veikkausliiga update

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Summer Replay: Just Why Is The Sauna So Important To Finns?

Sauna replay

In this episode I speak to Jaakko and Martti Koskenkorva about the most recognisable Finnish word in the world, Sauna. I visited them at Koskenkorva Trahteeri to talk about the history, the traditions and why the sauna is so important to the Finns.

Guests: Jaakko & Martti Koskenkorva

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Summer Replay: Beer Tasting at Mallaskoski Brewery

Mallaskoski replay

Brewmaster Jyri Ojaluoma takes me back in time to the re-birth of Mallskoski and their Kuohu beer. We discuss brewing techniques and tricks and review the 1st Lakeuden Panimojuhlat (Beer Festival) in Seinäjoki.

 

Guest: Jyri Ojaluoma, Brewmaster

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Summer Replay: How Much Does Finland Love Ice Cream?

Finnish Ice Cream replay

Päivi explains how ice cream is made at Wirtalan Jäätelö and gives a surprising answer to the question ‘What is South Ostrobothnia’s favourite flavour?’

 

Guest: Päivi Virtaniemi, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Wirtalan Jäätelö

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Exploring Finland: Putting The Podcast Into Practice

Podcast Into Practice

During summer 2016, I had the opportunity to visit the wilds of Eastern Finland, near to the town of Kitee.  I was invited to join Satu at her Grandparents’ old home, right on Finland’s border with Russia. During this trip, I found myself saying ‘yeah, I know about this, I covered it in the podcast’, for example; sauna with vihta, foraging in the woods, the eveacuation of Karelia and Finnish ice cream.

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Summer Replay: Jokkis / Finnish Folk Racing – Motor Sport for ‘Everyman’

Jokkis replay


Guest: Emilia Uutela, Andrenalin-junkie Jokkis Driver

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Summer Replay: Finnish Football Culture and the Rise of SJK Seinäjoki

SJK History replay

Lari talks about the origins of football culture in Finland, and the history of Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK)

Guest: Lari Paski, Supporters Liaison Officer at SJK and football fanatic

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Summer Replay: Festivals: Midsummer Metal & Tango Camper Vans

Finnish Festivals replay

Juha talks about more Finnish festivals. From the Heavy Metal Midsummer through the invasion of camper vans for Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat and on to newer, urban events for HipHop and EDM.

 

Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Finnish Football Show #6 – An upturn for Huuhkajat? And Veikkausliiga so far.

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Summer Replay: In Competition on the Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf replay

Pekka explains the rules, techniques and tactics of Frisbee Golf, before I join him on the course in the CityFrisbee Golf competition in Seinäjoki

Guest: Pekka Hautala, Football commentator and Frisbee Golfer

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Summer Replay: Provinssirock Festival & the Finnish Music Scene

Provinssirock replay

Juha talks about the history of the Provinssirock Festival, and the popularity of domestic music making it possible for Finnish-only events to sell-out.

Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Summer Replay: The Magic of Midnight Golf in Finland

Midnight Golf replay

Matias explains the requirements to be able to play golf in Finland, the fun of midnight golf, and his marathon 24-hour, sponsored fund-raiser in 2014.

Guest: Matias Lampinen, Executive Director, Kuortane Golf Club

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‘Regional Developer Prize 2015’ Award for the Explore Finland Radio Show

Mark looking suitably humble (for once!)

Mark looking suitably humble (for once!)

On Friday 13th May 2016, I was given an award by Etelä-Pohjanmaan aluekehittäjät ry EPAK (a Regional Development Association in Etelä-Pohjanmaa.  This was in recognition of the work I have done with the Explore Finland Radio Show and the Finnish Football Show. This is how EPAK announced the award:

Regional developer prize winner of the year 2015 is Mark Wiltshear

The regional development association of Southern Ostrobothnia EPAK has chosen Mark Wiltshear, the voice of the Explore Finland Radio Show and Finnish Football Radio Show, as the winner of the Regional development prize of the year 2015. Mark Wiltshear works as a Project Manager in the internationalization and export development company Xport. He is also the Co-founder of the company. Wiltshear has moved to Seinäjoki from London.

The board of the association was unanimous about the decision. ”Mark’s podcasts, notes and pictures represent South Ostrobothnia lifestyle and the characteristics of the region in an exceptionally the warm, creative and professional way. The genuine enthusiasm and fire in Mark’s work inspires respect and joy in all of us. The podcasts offer the listeners interesting and eye opening true-life experiences and perceptions that make us return to the show time after the time. Most of the podcast also have local people as visiting guest speakers. We warmly recommend the shows to everyone.”

The prize is being awarded now for the seventh time by regional development association of Southern Ostrobothnia. The prize is awarded annually. Previous award winners are:

– 2014 Researcher, Chairman of the Board, Jussi Rasku, Game Developers Association of Seinäjoki (Sepeli ry)

– 2013 Managing Director Sami Heinimäki, Härmä Transport Ltd

– 2012 SELMU, Live Music Association

– 2011 Development Planner Eira Hakola,Regional Counsil of South Ostrobothnia

– 2010 Executive Director Sinikka Koivumäki, The Development Association of Seinäjoki Region (Liiveri)

– 2009 Research Director Juha Alarinta, UCS (University Consortium of Seinäjoki)

Regional development association of Southern Ostrobothnia is registered association (2009) whose aim is to promote South Ostrobothnia’s independent and unbiased development and regional development at its various aspects and procedures. It’s aim is also give recognition to succesful regional development work by granting the regional developer prize annually.

Press Release / Lehdistötiedote

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Tytti Isokangas, Chair of the Board of EPAK, and everyone that was involved in this decision. The award came as a complete surprise and, needless to say, I am very proud and humbled to have been recognised by my peers; people who have similar opinions about raising the profile of Etelä-Pohjanmaa.

It was presented at the opening of the new office space that Bstr Advertising Agency shares with Xport in Seinäjoki (yes, the swing is part of the new office furniture!) The fact that I was in the company of so many friends, colleagues and business contacts made the moment that more special.

Brit Enjoys Nature. How the news was reported in Ilkka Newspaper

Brit Enjoys Nature. How the news was reported in Ilkka Newspaper

http://www.ilkka.fi/uutiset/maakunta/mark-wiltshear-on-vuoden-aluekehitt%C3%A4j%C3%A4-1.2048634

I hope now that this can be a springboard for starting to take some concrete action to benefit Seinäjoki, Etelä-Pohjanmaa and the neighbouring regions. I have a vision that I’ve started sharing with people and I’d love to start working to make this a reality. My company, Xport, is well-positioned to help local companies that want to become more international, and this can includes developing tourism ideas and preparing local businesses for receiving overseas visitors.

If you want to learn more about this vision, please make contact and I’d be happy to meet with you in person xport.fi/contact

Finally, I want to say thank you to YOU; for reading this and being interested in the podcast; for being one of the regular listeners to the show – there is no show without listeners; or if you have appeared in the podcast –there is no show without the people of Etelä-Pohjanmaa agreeing to be interviewed and generously giving me their time! Thank you all.

◊◊◊ Mark Wiltshear ◊◊◊

Finnish Football Show #5 – The Worst Time to Start a Podcast About Finnish Football?

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End of Season 2 Credits

Season 2 Credits

Season 2 Credits
I decided that, like Season 1, I would also record 16 episodes for Season 2. Now it’s time to take a look back at Season 2 of the Explore Finland Radio Show, to consider the topics covered and thank everyone that agreed to be interviewed. You can still keep in touch on the various social media and don’t forget to let me know what subjects you want me to cover in season three, you never know I might find just the right person to speak to.

 

Guests: See the Show Notes!

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Finnish Football Show #4 – ‘Cupsets’ and Finns in Action Overseas

FINNISH FOOTBALL SHOW
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Ice-hole Swimming & Sauna: A Natural High!

Lakeuden Avantouimarit

Kyllä kylymä teköö hyvää – Yes, the cold does good! Image: http://www.lakeudenavantouimarit.net/

Season 2 Episode 32
I learn why swimming in ice-cold water after taking a sauna is better than sex or morphine! Jussi explains ALL the benefits of Avantouinti, before taking me swimming in the hole in the ice on a frozen pond. Yep, that’s right…

Guests: Jussi Mustikkamaa, Journalist

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Beer Tasting at Mallaskoski Brewery

Mallaskoski

Season 2 Episode 31
Brewmaster Jyri Ojaluoma takes me back in time to the re-birth of Mallskoski and their Kuohu beer. We discuss brewing techniques and tricks and review the 1st Lakeuden Panimojuhlat (Beer Festival) in Seinäjoki.

 

Guest: Jyri Ojaluoma, Brewmaster

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Jussi paita: Ostrobothnia’s Uniform

The OstrobothnianUniform- Jussi paita2

Season 2 Episode 30
Student Film-makers Tytti & Onni tell me about the origins and history of the Jussi paiti, plus what they learned while making their documentary ‘Pohjanmaan univormu’ (Ostrobothnian Uniform)

Guests: Tytti Kuusinen & Onni Venäläinen, Film-makers

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Finnish Football Show #3 – Football In The Desert & Pre-season Transfers

FINNISH FOOTBALL SHOW
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Film & Lights Festival at ‘Matti’s Cottage’

Matin-Tupa

Season 2 Episode 29
Mari welcomes me to the ‘Filmiä- ja valoa elokuvafestivaali’ at Matin-Tupa Cinema. She introduces me to the past, present and future of the cinema that’s been in her family for 70 years.

Guest: Mari Keskinen, 4th-Generation Cinephile

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The Magic of Midnight Golf in Finland

Midnight Golf

Season 2 Episode 28
Matias explains the requirements to be able to play golf in Finland, the fun of midnight golf, and his marathon 24-hour, sponsored fund-raiser in 2014.

Guest: Matias Lampinen, Executive Director, Kuortane Golf Club

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Finnish Food: The Good, The Bad & The Weird

Finnish Food

Season 2 Episode 27
The Good, The Bad & the Downright Weird of Finnish Food with Miia
This week I get to sit down with Miia Keski-Nikkola and talk food, which is no hardship for me; busting some myths, discussing Mother Nature’s offerings and looking at traditional Xmas Food.

Guests: Miia Keski-Nikkola, Restauranteur

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Reconstructing Finland’s Emigrant History

World of Trails

Season 2 Episode 26
Tella takes us on a walk through history at the World of Trails in Peräseinäjoki. A collection of buildings, previously owned by Finnish emigrants, dismantled, moved and reconstructed in South Ostrobothnia.


Guest: Tella Lahti, Executive Director, Finnish Emigrant Museum

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Festivals: Midsummer Metal & Tango Camper Vans

Finnish Festivals

Season 2, Episode 25
Juha talks about more Finnish festivals. From the Heavy Metal Midsummer through the invasion of camper vans for Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat and on to newer, urban events for HipHop and EDM.

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Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Provinssirock Festival & the Finnish Music Scene

Provinssirock new logo

Season 2, Episode 24
Juha talks about the history of the Provinssirock Festival, and the popularity of domestic music making it possible for Finnish-only events to sell-out.

Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Finnish Football Show #1 – Veikkausliiga 2015 Review

FINNISH FOOTBALL SHOW
Join Mark (@explorefinland), Rich (@escapetosuomi) and Mark (@MaHa_FCSuomi) for the first episode of the Finnish Football Show series, where 3 old blokes sit and talk about football. In Finland.

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How Much Does Finland Love Ice Cream?

Ice Cream graphic courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Ice Cream graphic courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Season 2, Episode 22
Päivi explains how ice cream is made at Wirtalan Jäätelö and gives a surprising answer to the question ‘What is South Ostrobothnia’s favourite flavour?’

 

Guest: Päivi Virtaniemi, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Wirtalan Jäätelö

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SJK Season Review 2015 – Suomen mestari!

SJK Season Review 2015

Season 2, Episode 21
Lari returns to the pod to reveal his highlights from following Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho in 2015. Spoiler alert, it has a very happy ending!

Guest: Lari Paski, Supporters Liaison Offer, SJK

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Jokkis / Finnish Folk Racing – Motor Sport for ‘Everyman’

Jokkis

Season 2, Episode 20
Emilia explains the basic of Jokamiehenluoka/Jokkis/Finnish Folk Racing, before getting behind the wheel on race day.


Guest: Emilia Uutela, Andrenalin-junkie Jokkis Driver

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