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Introducing…Linda Rosing

Introducing... is back to delve into the life of another Swedish celebrity. This week, Paul O'Mahony takes a close-up look at the pneumatic TV personality and politician formerly known as Linda Rosing – or as we're now instructed to address her, Bionda.

Who is she and why is she famous?

Linda Rosing first became famous for having sex on live television in Sweden’s Big Brother house in 2003. Since establishing herself in the pantheon of infamous reality TV stars she has rarely been out of the tabloid news.

That was what, four years ago? What’s she up to these days?

Well, 2006 was something of an annus horribilis for Rosing.

Did she give a Christmas speech and itemise her plight?

No, but if she had she would have included how, just before Christmas, she engineered a turbulent separation from long-term boyfriend and celebrity bouncer Fadde Darwich.

Who’s he, and why did she give him the elbow?

Fadde, as he’s known, spent nine years as a bouncer at Spy Bar, nightclub of choice for Sweden’s movers, shakers and general hangers on. Early last year he openly admitted to regularly lying in court to protect other bouncers up on discrimination charges.

Is that why she left him?

No, she says that she simply fell out of love. We would not dare to suggest that Fadde’s imminent bankruptcy and suspected tax evasion may have sped up the decision process.

Did anything else come between them in 2006?

Sort of. During the summer Rosing published a book called ‘The Naked Truth‘.

Naturally.

Yes, and in it there is a chapter about Fadde breaking down and visiting a psychiatric clinic.

That can’t have been fun to read.

He claimed not to have read it at all in fact, and said he really didn’t mind too much anyway. Fadde was like a one-man truth and reconciliation commission in 2006.

What else was in the book?

The story of her 32-year-old life so far. Bullied at school, and known to boys as ‘the plank’, she decided to get a boob job. Fame through Big Brother. Allegations of rape at the hands of a DJ. Lip implants. Two children. Cocaine orgies in Stockholm’s VIP rooms. Denunciation of said orgies.

That’s quite a litany. But back to Fadde. How did it all end?

The clearest sign of trouble in paradise came when she decided to start posing for men’s magazines again, despite assurances during the summer that she was finished with that period of her life. New book, new chapter etc. But now she was doing a shoot for FHM and Fadde knew nothing about it. This was a couple of months after the election.

Wait, wait, wait. Election?

Oh yeah, she ran for election in September. She set up the Unique Party and tried to get into parliament.

What was so unique about it?

Well, nothing, except maybe that it’s the closest Sweden has come to having a Cicciolina-type party leader.

Remind me.

Cicciolina was the Hungarian-born porn star who was voted into the Italian parliament in 1987.

Oh yes, it’s all coming back to me now. And how did it go for politician Linda Rosing in 2006? Did she get elected?

No. It went about as badly as it could have gone. Out of a total of 5.6 million votes cast, the Unique Party received 222. But from small acorns do mighty oaks grow.

And other clichés…

You may laugh but Cicciolina made her first foray into politics in 1979 before finally getting elected eight years later. And although Linda Rosing is no porn actress, there are plenty of parallels between the two.

Like what, breast augmentation?

Well yes, there’s that for a start. Then there’s the name change. Just like Cicciolina, whose real name is Ilona Staller, Linda Rosing has adopted an Italian stage name. ‘Bionda’, Italian for blonde, has just launched a musical career and is about to make herself known to the rest of Europe. Cicciolina went the musical route too.

Maybe so, but Cicciolina didn’t have sex on live television!

No, but she was the first to bear her breasts on Italian television.

Well, Bionda has never been a playmate.

No, but she has been selected as a Playboy jewellery model in Scandinavia and Asia.

I bet Bionda never offered to have sex with Usama bin Laden to further the cause of peace in the Middle East?

No, there’s a lot she’ll do to get herself noticed but that’s just insane. She was more focused on domestic policies anyway.

Can we expect to see Bionda to mount a challenge to Fredrik Reinfeldt at the 2010 election?

If she can find the right blend of optimism and social pathos, anything is possible. She could do worse than to begin by borrowing Cicciolina’s 1987 campaign slogan: “Let’s have pleasure. Let’s spread happiness.”

Do you think the biondic woman really could come along and save the day?

That’s the six million dollar question.

CELEBRITY

Is Elijah Wood in Sundsvall and what is he doing there?

It is not that Sundsvall is not a nice town. It is just that it is not normally the place where Hollywood stars go for a night out. So rumours that Elijah Wood was visiting the town quickly went viral on Thursday.

Is Elijah Wood in Sundsvall and what is he doing there?
The main shopping street in Sundsvall. And Elijah Wood. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT & Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

The 35-year-old actor of Lord of the Rings fame was reportedly spotted visiting restaurant 'Tuppen' in the central Swedish town, which posted picture evidence on Facebook and Instagram late on Wednesday.

News of the unexpected celebrity visit quickly dominated local news headlines in Sweden, and was picked up by some of the national newspapers too, with growing excitement on social media. Several newspapers even asked readers to call them if they had any more information about the visit.

“Starstruck at Tuppen. Celebrity visit in the shape of Elijah Wood himself from the Lord of the Rings. Thanks for the visit!” wrote the restaurant.

Not everyone was convinced that it actually was the star, however, and some speculated that it could just be a lookalike or a clever PR trick by the restaurant itself to attract more visitors.

“I think it's fake. They had a customer who looked like him and wanted to joke,” wrote one person on their Facebook page. “Is it fake or is he looking for the ring in Sundsvall now?” wrote another.

Wood, who's currently starring in BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, visited Stockholm last month to perform at the Södra Teatern venue with his friend Zach Cowie as DJ duo Wooden Wisdom. His film production company SpectreVision, of which he is a co-founder, helped produce Swedish 2013 science fiction movie LFO.

With a population of some 50,000 people, historic sawmill town Sundsvall is the third biggest town in Sweden's northern region Norrland and Sweden's 21st biggest town overall. It is home to one of the campuses of Mid-Sweden University as well as Sweden's first-ever international casino.

Sundsvall's nearby island Alnön was recently voted one of the most beautiful places in Sweden. Restaurant Tuppen is one of a number of restaurants in the town. It opened in May this year and aims to serve locally produced meat and fish.

The reason behind Wood's supposed visit to the town was not immediately known, but it would not be the first time an international celebrity has fallen in love with unexpected places in Sweden.

Last year US-Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean revealed that he wanted to move to Sandviken outside Gävle. British actor Hugh Grant recently bought a house in Torekov, southern Sweden. And rapper Kanye West paid a visit to the rural town of Älmhult to convince its Ikea headquarters to let him design furniture.