Laila Escartín-Sorjonen
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Laila Escartín-Sorjonen (b. 1971) is a Finnish-Spanish freelance journalist, copywriter and novelist. After living in various places around the Western world (in Cádiz, Puerto de Santa María, Sevilla, Madrid (Spain); in Tampere (Finland); in New York City (USA) and in Avignon, (France), she is back living and working in Finland. She has a degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Avignon. Her work experience is colourful, ranging from the obligatory waitressing and babysitting in her early youth, language teaching, work in film, to translation and in the past decade journalism. She was eight years editor-in-chief of a Spanish cultural magazine and for a year and a half columnist of El Imparcial

Her first novel (‘Desvío’, Huerga & Fierro Editores, 2009) was published in Madrid in June 2009.

Her second novel (‘La Calavera de Yorick’) is in the process of looking for a publisher. And her third novel, this time in Finnish (‘Taikakukka ja Särkyneiden Peilien Metsä’), is being considered at a publishers. Still in the process.

Blog Entries by Laila Escartín-Sorjonen

Happy New Year?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:59 AM

It's already February and I still haven't written my happy new-year's letter! I'm late! 2013, well, we've got so far.

I still remember when in the last days of 1999 we waited for the new millennium to begin. I know someone who was convinced that as soon as the...

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Humanity as One Soul

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:24 AM

Let's imagine humanity as one soul: a soul with a light side and a dark side.

The war in Gaza, in which right now Palestinians and Israelis are bombing each other, is a manifestation of the dark side of the soul that humanity is. Just as the heavy metal...

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Jogging in Autumn

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 11:30 AM

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Photo: Autumn road in Koli, by Pekka Sorjonen

It rains. It rains and it rains and it rains. And still it rains. It's autumn and it just keeps raining day in, day out.

Finland is located in a planetary spot where the warm...

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Check My Level!

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 10:21 AM

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In the past two years I've started exercising quite a lot. I've never been a competing athlete though. As a kid I took my tennis classes and played basketball in the school team and I've always loved to be active, but I've never received...

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Summer in Northern Karelia

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 12:19 PM

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It already smells of autumn. The air is brisk and sharply clear, and the thermometer barely climbs up to a chilly 12º C in the mornings. Summer seems to be over in Finland.

We Finns wait for the summer with strong feelings. The...

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HeiaHeia - Let's Move That Body and Have Fun!

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 4:41 AM

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According to WHO worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2008, more than 1,400 million adults were overweight: out of which 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese. 65% of the world's population live in...

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Flowing Like Transfluent

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 10:02 AM

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I absolutely love the beauty, silence and peace Nature provides. I am more of the Walden-type than the High-tech-type. No question about it. But one lives the times one is destined to live and the Zeitgeist is more tinted with High-tech colours than those...

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DealDash - Turning Shopping Into a Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 10:03 AM

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There are so many places for shopping today. Little shops downtown, huge stores in the outskirts, glossy malls, flee-markets in the old city centres and in out of use stables out in the countryside. Woo, a choice for all tastes! And then there is...

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Unhappy Shooting Young Men

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 9:44 AM

Last weekend was a bloody weekend for Finland: again there was a young man shooting randomly at people. Two 18 year-olds, man and woman, died in the shooting, and 7 more were badly injured. The tragedy happened in Hyvinkää, not far from Helsinki. In the past years there has been...

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Amazing Scoopshot

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 5:58 AM

I am not ICT-crazy and even less an ICT-expert. But I can't help being in awe, when I bump into amazing technological inventions. Not only, because it's hard for me to imagine how anybody could ever invent such a thing, due to my lack of expertise in the area, but...

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The Pleasure of Solitude and Nature

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 10:07 AM

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There are so many people living in this planet; far too many for our poor amazing Earth!

Spain has 46 million inhabitants. More than 60 million live in the UK. France has surpassed the scary number of 65 million inhabitants. Germany is even more...

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Skating on the Sea

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 6:36 AM

Have you ever darted on the sea without a vessel? And I don't mean above the sea, I mean on the sea, just there, on the surface of the sea. No? Well, you can do that in Finland (and any place where it freezes long enough in the winter, but...

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WOT, The Guardian Angel of the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 7:48 AM

How many hours daily do you spend surfing in the Internet? Have you ever thought of all the traps that are awaiting you, the more or less innocent surfer?

Symantec Finland estimates that 60,000 new malicious websites and online scams are created daily, and a million cybercrimes...

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The Greek Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 8:42 AM

What's going on in Greece right now brings to my mind the middle age.

It's all a terrible mess of financial politics and economics and banks and international interests and whatnot that a regular citizen like me just cannot fathom. But, I can fathom the anxiety and fear of normal...

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Being Hyper Guggenheim

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Helsinki is split into two: the pro-Guggenheim league and the anti-Guggenheim one.

The Guggenheim group has connections in Finland through the director of Helsinki Art Museum, Mr. Gallén-Kallela-Sirén (heir to two powerful art and design families) and Mr. Ehrnroot the Finnish member of the board of the Guggenheim...

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The Telly and the Cardboard Box

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 9:08 AM

You might not quite believe this story, but it is based on real life.

The protagonists are three 21st century kids, ages ranging from eight to 14, a movie to be watched on television and a shabby cardboard box. The time: Christmas.

So, I am one of those parents who...

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Freedom of Speech 1 - Censorship 0

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 8:36 AM

The internet is a limitless field to state opinions and views on anything and everything under the sun. Such freedom the individual enjoys! And what a succulent possibility to have one's voice published.

But then comes trouble: somebody gets mad at what the individual wrote and sues him. So,...

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Being an Author

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 7:00 PM

I can't know if there ever was a better time for authors than today. Judging from what I've read, I guess no. In the olden days those authors and artists who did fine financially came mostly from wealthy families, whilst artists like Van Gogh or Modigliani, or authors like Edgar...

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The difficulty of being a united Europe

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 5:14 AM

The adventure of a united Europe started in 1958 with the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) European Economic Community (EEC) created by 6 countries. More countries joined and in the 1993 Treaty of Maastricht the name European Union (EU) came to be. The most recent amendment to the constitutional...

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The Irresponsibility of the Yellow Press

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 3:13 AM

It's a regular Tuesday morning, and I walk towards the office. The sun shines shyly from amidst a thickening curtain of whitish clouds. The air is crisp. Autumn is here and I feel good.

But then my eyes catch a sequence of black print-letters on a laminated sheet that...

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