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Jul 22, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Alright, alright, alright y’all, I’m gonna sign off here for the week. Thank you all for being kind and listen to me ramble about my research, human rights, language and tides. If you enjoyed my stint and wat to follow me, you can find me @GaRoDean. I tweet mostly about minority rights, feminism and Irish. You can also listen to me on the @Motherfocloir podcast where I talk about these things AND about Finland.
Jul 22, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Earlier in the week I shared some little graphics looking for people to participate in my research here in Finland. I'm still reall eager to hear from anyone who thinks they might be Abe to help, or who knows someone who might be able to help. Keeping that in mind, a very kind translator friend ran up these two graphics in Swedish and Finnish for me so that they might have a wider reach! Feel free to copy, paste, share! Also, as ever, DM are open on my personal account @GaRoDean
Jul 20, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I was recently made aware of comments by a Finnish politician about our referendum. I didn’t hear about it at the time (after the vote, I had to catch up on 3 months of sleep)
A Finnish friend was really upset and wanted me to know that this didn’t represent Finland. I believe many of the Finnish government came out to say something similar, that this wasn’t an official line. To be honest, they need not have done so.
Jul 20, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
In Ireland, there is a euphemism of “going to England” or “taking the boat”. It refers to women who have abortions. Because up until recently, the only way you could access an abortion was to do it in a different country, usually England. Women would have to seek kindness, compassion and medical care in the arms of strangers because our state refused to acknowledge their existence
Jul 20, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
If you all would allow me, I’d like to talk a bit about the recent referendum we had back in Ireland. On May 25th we removed the constitutional ban that denied abortion to all women except in the case of certain death. #Repealed I understand that this might be a difficult topic for a lot of people. And that’s ok. But what my country went through was extremely difficult and while it was an extremely tough task, I am so proud of the outcome and of what we managed to do with dignity and respect
Jul 19, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Yes, the President enjoys a drink outside after a ling day.


Have you seen.

Michael D? Waiting in line 🏧
Jul 19, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Today’s topic continues to be language (again, due to yesterday’s divergence)
I was raised monolingual English-speaking. But in Ireland everyone has to learn Irish throughout school. I never really cared much for Irish until I was about 16/17. I have dyslexia and for many dyslexic people, you are given an exemption from studying Irish. I talk more about my relationship with Irish (and a bit about Finnish!) in an early episode of @Motherfocloir…
Jul 18, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Moi moi! I’ll be tweeting more about language today. This year I started to learn Irish Sign Language (ISL) and it’s been an amazing experience. Yesterday, for the first time, the Irish national anthem was performed in ISL. Check out the video! ISL is another of Ireland’s indigenous languages. It was recognised in law at the end of 2017 after a 30 year fight by members of the Deaf community.
Jul 17, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
A question that comes up a lot for me is “why do these people need to use that language? Why can’t they just be like everyone else and speak English/Finnish/Spanish/Italian/etc?” Firstly, I rarely get that question from someone who speaks more than one language and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten it from a minority language speaker. It generally comes from a position of privilege, from a person who has never been othered because of their language
Jul 17, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
Ok, taking a break for some rye sandwiches and going to tell you all about my research. I’m a PhD candidate in the School or Law and Government at Dublin City University. My research looks at speakers and users or regional or minority languages access their right to a fair trial.
Jul 16, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
George Stephanopoulous has not listened to my PSA. Let’s all say it together “the facilitators of communication are interpreters, not translators” 👀 @GStephanopoulos What’s the difference, you ask?
Well *gesticulates to an empty room* that’s a great question.
Fundamentally, an interpreter works with spoken word/sign language.
A translator works with written word.
Jul 16, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
If you’re wondering where you might recognise me from, it’s probably because you read this morning’s @hsfi. Hiiiiiiiiiiiii 👋🏻 Let’s talk about the elephant in the room then, shall we? Or rather the pair of elephants in the city. That’d be Putin and Trump. They visit today for the #HelsinkiSummit2018. Yesterday many people took to the streets in 29 degree heat to protest this summit, myself included.
Jun 26, 2018 22 tweets 5 min read
should i do a thread of my fave finnish tacky pop hits of 2018 🤔 bc there are A LOT and the fact that most of the world will never hear them is a TRAVESTY 💔 ppl who actively dislike tacky pop hits...just say you hate fun and go
Jun 26, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
doing bike maintenance today ✨ my bike was broken forever and i thought i'd have to get a new one but i took it to a bike workshop last month and someone there knew how to fix it 😭❤ there's a bunch of smaller stuff i've been meaning to fix that i hadn't (like the fact that apparently both of my tires were on backwards ooops 😅) and i'm finally doing it
Jun 25, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
sooo i'm on my way back to helsinki from spending the midsummer weekend in the countryside at my girlfriend's place they had like A REAL HORSE??? i look up and there's just A REAL LIVE HORSE outside the window??? they've had bears wandering into the yard before and all?? i'm v much a City Kid so this was pretty mindblowing for me lol
Jun 25, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
hiya! your curator of the week here!

i'm @rori_vee, a 23 yr old nonbinary qt from helsinki! pronouns they/them! ✨ i had a whole Plan for this week but tbh i'm like...rly tired so we'll see if i get to any of that 😅 i had a bunch of entrance exams and i've been super busy and on the road all the time since, i haven't had time to just properly rest in weeks 😓
Jun 24, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
Oh, it's soon time to log off, so here is my final blurb for the week.

They're some thoughts I find important, and I hope they reach you. Be kind.

Listen and learn. We all have something to say, but we must also listen to relay our message efficiently. Being an asshole or "serving" someone in a discussion doesn't gain you anything.
Jun 24, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Hello everyone! We're out of coffee, so need to go out and buy some. ☕

How are you doing today? Slow Sunday afternoon on the tracks.
Jun 23, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Time to head back down to the south. The weather is still breezy with overcast, showers left and right. 🚆☔ It's quiet on the train. Train carriages waiting at the train station Some Helsinki scenery from the train arriving at the central railway station. This is still at ten in the evening. ☀️
Jun 22, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Electricity at the summer cottage just went out! Thanks to the #juhannus storm. 💨

Luckily we're always prepared with candles and a gas cooker. Water can be pulled from the lake. Plenty of wind, mixed with a bit of thunder. This is the kind of weather that makes trees drop down on the power lines.
Feb 26, 2018 49 tweets 18 min read
As promised, here's a short introduction to #BlackFinnishHistory First, keep in mind that at present there is no book or course on Black Finnish (or Afro-Finnish/African Finnish) history for me to refer to. There's info out there but it hasn't been pieced together into a clear timeline.