11 February – It’s red maize, red coloured maize

Do you ever feel for Portugal. They’ve been in this thing for years and and just can’t get it right. They even have to travel a fair way every time. Only once has it been held in a neighbouring nation. OK, they only have one neighbouring nation. Still, it means anyone chosen to represent Portugal gets their moneys-worth out of RTP’s travel budget.

Today’s birthday girl is Simone de Macedo e Oliveira. She made the short journey to Madrid four years after she’d made the same journey to Naples. In the interests of colour v monochrome, guess which song I’ve chosen.

Simone is 79 today.

Feliz aniversário, Simone!