5 November – The celebration of youth and freedom

If you know your history, our friends in the United Kingdom of stuff were once masters of our favourite TV show. They didn’t win every year, but they put up a good showing. They even hosted more then their share of contests.

Which brings me to the last time it was in Mr Phil’s homeland. It was 1998 – only 20 years ago – and to some was a corker of a year. I have to agree as the crop of songs was easily above average. Yes, even Switzerland. It even spawned a couple of fresh-faced teenagers. One of those is today’s birthday boy Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης/Michael Hajiyanni. His name can be spelt several ways. He finished 11th – top half – and scored off ten countries. I understand he’s still a big name in the Hellenic world, and if he was belting songs out like at 19, he must be good now.

Michael is 40 – yes, 40 – today.

Χαρούμενα γενέθλια, Μιχάλης!