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Archive for October, 2011

Swedish Skycats purr over China

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Swedish Skycat aerobatic team are currently performing in China. They are getting a fair amount of attention. Firstly, in addition to the pilot, there are two Swedish women dressed in catsuits who wing walk while a biplane does loops and barrel rolls.

I don’t think there’s a need for a secondly (Did I mentions that they are young female Swedes dressed up in catsuits walking on the wings of an airplane? In flight. Looping and rolling?)


Chinese TV interviewed the two Swedish wingwalkers link to CCTV footage. (The interview is in English, the rest, Chinese.)

I don’t know if it’s common camera handling or the cameraman just likes the up-and-down-the-body of the Swedish purty-cats.

You can follow their blog updates here. (though I understand they have some Internet availability issues…updates certainly to come soon.)

Aftonbladet published this piece on them (in Swedish.)

Go Hella and Elin

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Mushroom conspiracy: It’s [nearly] brainwashing

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Personally, I love mushrooms but my Swedish husband hates them.

In his own words, “You can’t find a menu in Stockholm these days that aren’t contaminated by mushrooms”. He was out to dinner with his company last night at Rolf’s Kök and 2 of the 3 dishes had mushrooms in them. He’s a good sport and gets by picking them out. (Though he’s not really impressed that for a party of 8+ you have to preorder your menu and everyone has to eat the exact same dishes –another entry, another day.)

It’s also tough for the hubby as his family are mushroom fans. I am pretty sure my mother-in-law suffers from some sort of mushroom-picking disorder. Literally, she is out every day roaming the nearby forest and gathering basket-loads of mushrooms (mostly trattkantarell or funnel chanterelles in English.) She told me that today she only stopped when she physically couldn’t carry more. Her neighbors love her as she gives most of them away (she knows mushrooms are forbidden in her son’s home –not fair really.)

My own harvest (though dutifully turned over to my MIL)
mushrooms

This evening at a parent-teacher meeting, our 7-year old’s teacher filled us in on the latest project the kids have been working on. Yep, you guessed it…mushrooms. They designed them, drew them, used them for counting, learned about them and read stories about them.

The look the husband gave me was of despair as if being outnumbered, outgunned and defeated.

“It’s brainwashing” he muttered.

Perhaps it is. Swedes love their mushrooms (and no, not the funny ones;-)

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Stockholm garden sculpture: The Jumpoline.

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

My list of nevers include a growing number of events which have evolved to “did that, seen that and doing it again tomorrow”.

The trampoline (or known in our home as the ‘jumpoline’, coined of childish Swenglish) was a former “never” and current “got that”. The jumpoline takes up a prime location on the front lawn. Though, I feel modest comfort knowing, we’re not alone.

Views of greater from Google Earth demonstrate that there are a great number of circular objects adorning the grass gardens of many a plot of greater Stockholm.

Which is why finding this ad up at the Karlberg station tickled me.

jumpoline

Loosely translated: “Garden sculpture: The most common ornament of Stockholm outside the city center of the 2000s.” “The new DN, with its eyes on Stockholm.”

I must review the remaining nevers on my list.

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