Monthly Archives: April 2021

Valborgsmässoafton

Today, 75 years ago, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was born. Unlike QEII, today is his actual birthday. The reason QEII has a made up birthday is because her actual birthday (April 21) is considered too cold for a … Continue reading

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A tiny, joyful sign of Spring

Mirinda had an exhausting day full of conference attendance and meetings today. It was one of those badly organised days when someone, somewhere decided it was a good thing to put things too close together. I, of course, just had … Continue reading

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It’s the squeaky wheel that gets oiled

For the last 40 years, the North Stand at football team AIK’s home ground, has had a reputation for being loud. If you want to sing, it is said, this is where you go. It sounds a bit like the … Continue reading

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When Max went full circle

As most people who know me would tell you, I’m not a big Apple fan. I don’t like the closed environment and the lack of user control. However, today I was very surprised when I heard on the news that … Continue reading

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Do not fear the stone penis

Today, a Flickr bot proved that AI is in the process of telling us what artworks it’s okay to look at. The artwork is on public display, in a public place, overlooking a street on Gamla Stan. I have added … Continue reading

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The distance of a regular moose

Back in 1891, a fellow called Artur Hazelius saw that Sweden’s poor were not leaving anything behind them. It was as if they never existed. As the Industrial Revolution swept across the country, sawmills and factories were, in their turn, … Continue reading

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Making a mess of the bathroom

There were fewer people at the Notholmen café this week. I put it down to the weather which was sometimes sunny, sometimes grey and sometimes a flurry of very small snowflakes. Again. It was also very cold. Mind you, in … Continue reading

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Tiny, pointless snow flakes

Tonight, we had dinner at Toscanini to celebrate the first New Swede Day, a national celebration we’ve just invented. Mirinda even suggested there should be a bun for it. Saffron and blueberry perhaps. Saffron for the yellow and blueberries for … Continue reading

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Two New Swedes

After countless days of springtime sun, today it snowed. In fact, the day was wet and gloomy and cold. A return to towelling down the dogs after every trip outside. All round, a not very nice day. Mind you, it … Continue reading

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Many mini social events

Today, at Tyresö Centrum, I had chats with a number of people. Not the bus drivers though. I’m generally lucky with the drivers now that we enter from the front door on all of them. Generally I’ll say hello, they’ll … Continue reading

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