26 May – Are you coming with me? – I know you will

You can always tell when a country is seriously gunning for a win. They seem to up their game, just to bring themselves to Europe’s attention. And then, bang, they have that win under their belt.

Today’s birthday girl Ines (née Eda-Ines Etti) was part of Estonia’s assault on the podium. She was a year too early, but made us think “Hmmm, Estonia, it’s only a matter of time”. Sure enough, Ines had a future winner in her entourage. So her fourth place, whilst welcome, must have started to give broadcaster ETV a few palpatations. Ines didn’t get a single maximum, which goes to show that you don’t need the really big points to do well. All points count, and those 8s, 7s and 6s are just as important as the 12s. Ines has tried since 2000, but has yet to get there. But who wouldn’t love to see Estonia win again?

Ines is 40 today.

Palju õnne sünnipäevaks, Ines!