I tried to suprise you with vodka or tizer



I thought of that Morrissey lyric from King Leer today as I eventually made way to the English Shop in Stockholm.

I dont actually miss much from the UK other than Y Fenni cheese from Wales. I knew there was no chance they would stock this. My colleague who came over last week brought me some though which I am really happy about.

So why the above lyric?

Well when I walked into the said shop the first thing I saw was tizer. They had hula hoops as well but I was immediately drawn to the book section. They had a good choice of classics and contemporary and the prices were very reasonable. I find books so expensive in Stockholm.

Naturally I didnt leave empty handed, it was a familiar sight of Shane leaving a shop with a few new books under his arm.

I bought Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky which is part of the 501 must read books campaign but I also picked up Thus Sprake Zarathusa by Nietzsche. This has been on my want list for some time but the German Philosopher described it as his ‘deepest work’ so I am not expecting an easy ride here. This was the writing which its claimed laid the foundations for some of the worst aspects of Nazism. Though many scholars reckon the Nazis either badly misinterpreted it or deliberately warped it. So it will be an interesting read.

If you are a British exile and missing biscuits and cakes from Blighty then it definitely worth a visit and I am sure I will pop back though more for the books rather than a drop of Tizer or Irn Bru.


Hemingway and Martel

Managed to pick up the first two books needed for my 501 Must Read Books today. I selected Ernest Hemingways’ Old Man and the Sea  and Yann Martels’ Life of Pi, these really are two books I would never usually pick up. I have a trip to Amsterdam and Molde on the Norwegian Coast next week so will have time to finish them both.

Margaret kindly commented that she has a bookshop called New York Stories in Vasagatan so hopefully I can pick up most of the books over there.

501 Must Read Books -My New Challenge

I was thinking this week that I although I read a lot I need to broaden my approach. For example I am currently reading Brian Tracy’s ‘Advanced Selling Strategies’, as well as Mike Huckabee’s ‘Quit Digging Your Grave With Your Own Knife and Fork’ .

I usually buy biographies and apart from the odd footballer its usually political or historical biographies. Not exactly light reading.

I came across a book today that I though would help me in choosing what books to buy. Its called ‘501 Must Read Books’ it covers genres such as Childrens Fiction, Classic Fiction, History, Memoirs, Modern Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers and Travel.

I don’t tend to read fiction at all so this will be hard going. I might stick up the odd review as I go along. The kids section does in fact include Pippi Longstocking and also the odious ( in my view) Harry Potter.  Yes I know Ms Rowling is a Morrissey fan but I don’t usually read books read by the masses, I remember swerving the Da Vinci Code for the same reason. I will let you know how I get on!