Absinthe Bar at The Clarion in Gavle

I was almost late for the ABBA tribute concert tonight in Sandviken, near Gavle, north of Uppsala in Sweden. As much as I love ABBA, this wasn’t, however, the attraction to move out of Stockholm for a couple of days. Rather, I was keen to see one of the participants, Magnus Carlsson. I discovered Magnus […]

Ahlens at T-Centralen

There’s a real contrast between where I’m staying (on the coast) and the centre of Stockholm at the moment. On the coast, there’s snow and ice everywhere. But in the centre of town, it’s all but gone, except for in some of the parklands. Even the ice in the water around Gamla Stan has all […]

A type of cola especially for easter

Although the newspaper predicts a warm weekend – relatively speaking – it was a cold day today. It was a day to stay indoors reading, listening to music, and occasionally look out the window. If I was 22 years old I would have spent the day working on a small volume of melancholic poetry about […]

Today I ate some wild berries. I have no idea if they’re poisonous or not, but they didn’t have much taste, so I think I’m okay. But if I die, I’ll die a happy man because I’ve had the most wonderful day. I’m spending a few nights at Saltsjöbaden, a seaside town on the Baltic, […]

Standing ovation at the end of the show

I quite liked Sarah Dawn Finer before seeing her last at the China Teatern. But that’s all changed, because I now LOVE her. I first discovered her through Melodifestivalen. She performed her “power ballad”, I’m Moving On with passion and strength. And in true Melodifestivalen style, there was a great moment in her performance when […]

Fade to grey

As if the weather today wasn’t depressing enough, when I walked into Torget in Gamla Stan for a late afternoon glass of wine, they were playing Billie Holiday. I was just about ready to jump off Västerbron. Despite the weather – the technical term was “shitty” – I had a reasonably lovely day. I had […]