Under Construction

Stockholm is a city that’s “under construction” and that’s the biggest difference I noticed today between when I visited Stockholm last year and this year. Well, aside from the warm weather and the absence of snow, there’s a lot of construction work underway. The biggest and most obvious development is the construction of a tunnel …

Nya svensk popmusik

As my trip to Sweden is now only three weeks away, I’ve started to become “very serious” about my Swedish language lessons. I’ve recently begun doing “Swedish Sundays” where I try to consume only Swedish language material, and try only to speak in Swedish. It was a little impractical last weekend when I caught up …

Mid-Year Break

I’m not one who normally makes rash decisions, but I made one this weekend. And when I say “rash” I mean something I’ve been thinking about for several months, but have been previously putting in the “too hard” basket. I went to the Swedish equivalent to Mardi Gras – Stockholm Pride – in 2008 and …

Eric Saade

I managed to watch about half of tonight’s federal budget before nodding off for a moment (that’s what happens when you reach middle-age) and before deciding to head off to Youtube for a bit of Swedish pop. I figured I could watch Lateline later tonight – which I did – for pretty extensive analysis of …

Fabulous Clip and Song

I’m a bit behind the times on this one, since the song was released about six months ago, but I only discovered it tonight. It’s quite a mesmerising clip. It evokes lots of memories for those of us who lived through the early 1980s. It’s especially poignant when you realise it’s Boy George on vocals.

Swedish Pop Discoveries

When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I used to sit in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. But since I’ve met you and moved to Sydney, I haven’t listened to one Abba song. That’s because my life is as good as an Abba song. It’s as good as Dancing Queen. Having grown …