This is a bit Donald Duck’d

Remember the Popeye posting, sorry Karl Alfred? Well here is another one….

Look at this one:

Donald Duck kalle AnkeDD

Donald Duck is Kalle Anka!

We have moved to our new offices today in Östermalm so sorry for the short posts. Been busy with that. I will be taking it easy this weekend, Hammarby are playing a friendly tomorrow so I may go and watch them. But otherwise its a chill out weekend.

I did treat myself to a nice Bose Sounddock system for the Ipod today so no doubt will be give that a blast around the flat!

Todays Swedish Word of the Day is helg -weekend, so ha en bra helg!

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Felix -As Good As it looks?

I am quite partial to Goulash but winced when I saw this in IKA yesterday..

Felix Goulash Soup

I mean Felix is cat food right?

felix cat food

I passed on it and decided I would make my own, the mind is a funny place!

Todays Swedish Word of the Day is kattmåt – catfood.

The Swedish Way

I forgot to post this link last week.

I was doing some online research into the subject of Swedish management styles and I found a lot of interesting articles written at around the time of Sven Goran Eriksson taking the England job.

The Swedish Way  looks at our impressions of them and theirs of us..this quote from the Daily Mail made me laugh

“We’ve sold our birthright down the fjord to a nation of seven million skiers and hammer throwers who spend half their life in the dark,” said the Daily Mail.

Oh dear!

Then there is this article which looks at the differences in Swedish management style to other countries. ‘Swedish Style Extends to the Boardroom’ highlights the fact that there is far more consensual management in Sweden than in other countries. This is good and democratic but there are of course reasons to be wary, it does involve putting a lot of trust in the workforce, I am not entirely sure how that is policed or monitored but I am sure the Swedes have a way.

Todays Swedish word of the Day is lagom -which cant be translated. Its very Swedish and as the article above says permeates Swedish society.

Its Sportslov in Sweden

Wow I cant believe it -this blog has had over 2,200 unique visits since I started it in January. I am truly shocked.  When I started I thought friends would view the odd post but not to this level. I am also being picked up on the search engines for different search terms relating to Swedish life so I hope I am helping others with their moves here.

Today in Sweden is the start of sportslov, this is a weeks holiday from school for Swedish children where they are supposed to go out into the open air and countryside and partake in some sporting activities such as skiing.

A nice idea but I wonder how many parents actually take their kids out to the countryside this week. Does Nintendo gameboy count as sporting?

This weekend was very interesting, I actually ventured out on Saturday night and hit a club. Um interesting, I have never had a woman offer to buy me a drink and then I spend the rest of the night hiding. Yes folks she must have been really desperate.

I walked home and got into one of those awkward situations. You know the ones where you wonder if you should get involved or not?

Basically there was a woman around 20 who was absolutely hammered drunk, I mean she could hardly stand. I walked past minding my own business but heard an Asian guy next to here saying words to the effect of, ‘its ok, I will drive you home for nothing.’

Hmmm…

I turned around and noticed his car parked in the layby, no taxi markings whatsoever. The girl then agreed to get into the guys car. I decided to have a word.

I asked the girl if she was ok, she said she did not have enough money to get a taxi and was going to get a night bus. The guy then butted in saying he was going to take her home for nothing. I asked the girl if she was ok with and she seemed a little unsure. Matey boy then started getting aggressive which I took as a sign that something was up.

I suggested to the woman that she calls her parents, takes a bus or calls a proper taxi and I would pay it for her, I told if she felt bad she could take my number and pay me another day. At this the guy got quite animated and started shoving me in the chest. Part of me wanted to give him a slap at this point but I reacted in such a way that would have made Kissinger proud.

Me: ‘look mate, have you got a sister?’ (manipulative I know but I am aware of the status of sisters and female cousins within an Asian househould.)

Man: Yes I have one.

Me: Well what if your sister was in London, drunk or out of cash and some guy in an unmarked cab was offering her a lift home for free, wouldnt you be happy if some guy walked past intervened and asked her to think twice?

He grudgingly admitted that yes he would appreciate that.

I thought I had gone far enough now, the girl still got into the car with him. I looked at his car reg and showed him I was committing to it memory.

I walked away, in my mind I knew that it could have turned sour, in my mind I knew I wouldn’t like to be accused of wrong doing if I was genuinely volunteering to help someone out.

Maybe I shouldn’t have involved myself but I am sure that even if the guy had malicious intentions he wouldnt do anything now after the scene I caused. I was also quite relieved I didnt lash out with a right hook as the younger Shane would have done.  Maybe I am maturing…..nah!

Todays Swedish Word of the Day is dum – stupid which I think the girl was.

The Not So Harsh Truth of the Camera Eye.

In a weeks time we move out of our serviced offices into our new offices in Ostermalm. We can then start to make it a proper office, I have just about had enough of the windowless office I am currently sat in. Even prison cells have windows.

The one thing I will really miss is the walk to work. Its about a 2 to 2.5 kms walk and I keep telling people how fortunate I am as there is so much to see on my way to the office.

Stockholm itself is built on 14 islands and my route takes me from home base, the island of Sodermalm, to Gamla Stan, then the islet of Riddarholmen back onto Gamla Stan and then onto Norrmalm.

I decided I would leave a bit earlier this morning and take some photos so you can share in its beauty as well.

I need to do a bit of homework on some of the buildings and bridges, feel free to share your knowledge and thoughts with us.

Photos here

I have tried flickr for this as I like the way I can position the photos on the maps. Its a bit of a fiddly interface but will see how I get on with it.

Of course the title is a nod to Morrissey, tut!

The big decision has been made…

 

I shall support Hammarby.

In an ideal world I would have gone to all 3 Stockholm clubs, seen a game and then decided who to support.

I have picked Hammarby for the following reasons:

1) I live in Södermalm and its rude not to support Hammarby, for me to support AIK there would be like supporting Liverpool but living in Manchester,

2) The ground is the nearest to me.

3) Last year they were sponsored by UNICEF, one of the few charities I donate to monthly.

4) The boss and his Dad are Hammarby mad, so it will be nice to know someone at the club, plus Nick is planning on doing a few away games so nice to have company. Sundsvall away Nick?

5) I was cold and needed a hat and the one I bought was a bright green Hammarby one so no changing now.

Todays Swedish Word of the Day is trött-tired which is what I am feeling right now and I dont know why!