Winifred Atwell’s Grave

Winifred Atwell grave at South Gundurimba near Lismore, NSW, Australia

Being home for Easter is an opportunity to catch up with family, both the living and the dead. And today we visited a few cemeteries around the area, including Memorial Garden at South Gundurimba, about fifteen minutes drive from Lismore. It's a small cemetery "in the middle of nowhere" with not many graves at all. [...]

Fikar

Nanne Gronvall makes a gesture which could be misinterpreted

Aside from the excitement of Melodifestivalen, it's been a weekend for catchups. Thanks to my long-term involvement in the world of ABBA fans, I've met some really great people over the years. I've also met some dickheads, but you learn to avoid them after a while. Thankfully, the good outweighs the bad. And this weekend, [...]

Gott Nytt År

Graeme and James keeping themselves nice.

Having previously braved the sometimes drunken crowds at Sydney's nine pm and midnight fireworks, I've concluded it's sometimes just as good to watch them on a television, which is what Graeme and I did last night. In common with previous years when we have gone out for a drink on NYE, we had only one [...]

Dancing Queen

I've never really quite got the exercise thing. As a child I was never really very good at sport as I struggled with hand-eye co-ordination. I was okay at tennis and hockey, and not bad at orienteering, but generally speaking sporting ability has never been one of my strengths. To be honest, the last time [...]

Nice Bloke

Due to my long-term involvement in the "ABBA Fan Community", I've met people from all over the world. Last year for example as I travelled around Europe I met Marco and Sandra in the Netherlands, and caught up with David (France) and Gustav (Sweden). It's a part of my life which, I guess sounds a [...]

ABBAMAIL Ends

A dozen years ago I was part of a fairly dysfunctional and heavily moderated mailing list for ABBA fans run by a bloke called James Preston. Although the vast majority of organised "hard core" ABBA fans are gay men there's also a large number of fans who feel somewhat uncomfortable with that reality. When one [...]