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The IKEA Murders: Sweden in Crisis
Who knows everything?
“I had known him since 2008. He was a magnificent, wonderful animal. His death feels like a personal loss” (Oxford Professor David Macdonald mourns the murder of Cecil the lion)
Other earthly matters: Interested in quantum black holes?
At 1900 hrs in Stockholm, Professor of Physics Stephen Hawking will launch ” a new idea”, world without end, will somebody please say, Amen?
The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt is stolt
(Stolt is the Swedish word for proud – it rhymes with Bolt)
The fastest man on wheels Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday…
Today: Bad news Europe: European Stock Markets plunge
Racial violence continues in the United States of America. I don’t know what concern presidential hopefuls Ms Hillary Clinton and Mr Donald Trump have been expressing, but he who feels it knows and that’s why the peaceful, non-violent Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Million Man March fame, warns: Justice – or else!
(With a Black Prez sitting in the White House a couple of years now, how much have things changed since that march? Since 911, Muslims are catching hell everywhere (everywhere where there are Muslims) and all that it should take for Muslims to have their share of holy fire in the United States or at least, for a while, bask in some positive limelight, would be something as dramatic as a new Million Man March. However, in the present circumstances (the race-base of the homicidal police etc) such a march would only further exacerbate the already precarious divide between the haves and the have-nots – and needless to say, such a march should suit Bernie Sanders so well.
Since the BBC got a new Jewish director of current affairs (James Harding) what remains to be seen is to what extent this has diminished reporting that is biased against Israel.
Good question : Can Bernie Sanders win the nomination?
Well, to begin with, knowing next to nothing about the man, I was surprised to learn just now that he is “a balding socialist Jew from Brooklyn” and of course that changes the equation a little, meaning that he’s not going to get as much of the Black Vote as Brother Obama. In real terms that means he is going to get considerably less – and as we know, even in this post Mccarthy era,
Karl Marx himself, if he were to miraculously re-appear just now, would not stand a better chance than Bernie Sanders.
But if Jesus were to suddenly come back just now let’s say, and cast himself into the fray as to who is going to be the next president of the United States of America and he were to start preaching the Social Gospel or Liberation Theology , I’m sure that all the Mexicans would vote for him…
Sweden: Jan Björklund on course to lead the Liberal Folk party to victory in 2018.
He talks about a forthcoming Alliance victory although one of the members of the Alliance, the KD (Christian Democrats) is still battling for survival, tottering on the very margins of extinction. But the Liberal Folk party has no dearth of good and impressive people like Birgitta Ohlsson, Cecilia Malmström , with good integration impulses and ideas from the young liberal firebrand Erik Ullenhag – a firebrand when the occasion demands, and then he can spit fire. He must be a magnet for young peoiple who are also interested in improving integration…
Old good news: US and Cuba reopen their embassies. In the coming years Cuba is going to be a great Swedish tourist destination….
This just came in and deserves some serious scrutiny :Jerry Harris’ Mad Black Men and Swedes. The title is faintly reminiscent of Mad dogs and Englishmen
I Knew Jerry and other stories, since the days when he lived on Västmannagatan and I lived on the parallel street Upplandsgatan. Rashid, Malcolm X’s representative in Egypt lived further down his street, Eric Biib, lived at number 17, I lived (for 24 years) at number 23….
One thing that I can truly say of Jerry is how much he loves his son Andreas…
And it’s true, the yellow fever does get to some of us, you don’t have to be on the Mosquito Coast to catch it, so for instance, one of the last times that I saw Jerry, was on Rådmansgatan – he was walking down the street and for some reason he turned round and upon seeing me (I was also on the way to the Rådmansgatan Tube Station) and when he saw me, what did he start screaming? He started screaming this: “STOP FOLLOWING ME! I’LL CALL THE POLICE! “
Me following him? Maniac? Whatever for? Delusional paranoia?
Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for his pen – once he invited me up to his pad whipped out one of his choice manuscripts for my perusal (and approval?) and I must confess that I was quite impressed with his “gallery” portraitures of the African-American diaspora in Stockholm – the only problem being that with the literary fictionalisations there are hints pointing to the identification of well-known characters but these characters cannot be identified with absolute certainty outside of his portrait gallery.
But I was impressed. Balls who? Balzac!
Another time when I took an arty architectural lady friend to see him (somewhere in Slussen) he whipped out one of his unpublished manuscripts from which he read aloud (boring me to tears for the better part of a half hour) and generally acting like Jack Nicholson by which time Karina was visibly enthralled and beginning to feel weak in the knees so he did a disappearing act into his bedroom and re-emerged in his pyjamas and dressing gown, pleaded some understanding in my ear, politely escorting me to the door, with a wink, telling me that it was time for some debauchery, she and Phil
This was long before the publication of Article 1 and Article 38 of The Bro Code
“You Africans don’t understand” always makes me feel extra jungle…
Swedes do not even understand themselves – by Jerry Harris
Errol Garner in Stockholm
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