My friends don’t understand me….

It’s obvious that my friends don’t understand me, or more they do not understand the meaning of life… My former colleague Agustina entered her work without a clue who Mylène Farmer is… I tried to update her on the obvious: “Take Beatles, ABBA, Rollings Stones, Mozart, Beyoncè and Madonna” and morph them into one person and you will end up with Mylène Farmer.

From my point of view a perfect and very true statement something my next former colleague Sèbastien kind of thought was “en peu” outside real life but at least he admitted that she is a French icon.

So, yesterday I received my ticket for the First Concert in June 2019, yes the FIRST of (I think 7 all together) which i gladly shared on the social media at my disposal and the reaction from my envious friends was – NADA! NIENTE! NONE! AUCUN!

Don’t you understand how jealous you all need to be? Whats wrong with you guys?

So, I only announce this once, I will try to get tickets to at least 2 more of the Concert dates but cheaper seats, “Da Girl is expensive to watch live”

Björn

City snow

Yesterday, even before lunchtime, a rumor spread in the office… Snow on it’s way, again, second time this Paris winter and 15 cm, they say 15 cm!!!

And of course soon the office was divided into different groups with their own opinion on snow (this is not only a Paris thing it happens world wide).

The Panic Group – First question… Can I even travel back home? Do i need to stay in the office, have we stocked up water, food and batteries?

The dreamers – Oh it’s so beautiful, white landscapes or a snowy Place de la Concorde, children playing in the white snow and many many selfies will be uploaded on Instagram.

The City Snow pack – Oh wait for a minute, we live in a huge city, snow wont stay snow will turn to water, freeze and then turn to ice NOT optimal for people to walk around in.

The three groups do not communicate well together but let me as a native Scandinavian tell the world one thing. Snow and winter is ONLY beautiful on postcards and winter is fun if you visit and can leave it again. And snow falling in big cities, depending of the degrees, can only turn into two different scenarios. Wet and slippery or huge amounts of snow blocking everything and create the chaos expected by the Panic Group mentioned above.

Winter is, and will continue to be hell on earth… D’accord?

Björn

Still calm

As always when we get closer to the launch of the early edition of the “Melodifestivalen” it’s a bit exciting to open the Swedish news sites. But still calm, and I guess the scandals will start tomorrow, maybe on Thursday, cause what is Melodifestivalen without it’s scandals? It’s actually 6 weeks when a third world war can erupt and the Swedish public won’t know until after the Melodifestivalen ends with the final in March. Crazy? Bien sûr!

Most likely I will both attack the show as well as honor the once who’s worth it and some will agree some will be upset. Just like here in France after the French selection ended last weekend with Bilal Hassanis victory. The You tube generation following Bilal since he was a “star” in the French show “The Voice Kids” praise the choice of the Bilal as their entry. And most likely they are the reason behind his victory cause I am surprised if the French, usually with a very good taste and a pride in “sounding” French in the Eurovision Song Contest, all of a sudden lost their common sense and voted Bilal.

But at the same time, the French equivalent to RFSL in Sweden decided to press charges to all Tweets and Instagram posts writing any negative thing about Bilal Hassani. Yesterday it was 15 000 posts reported to the French Police, cause the French police do not have anything else to worry about… Yellow west and keeping terror away from the streets as two examples. But… For some people it’s more important to defend a possible offended 19 year old Conchita wannabe with a mediocre song.

But as said in the beginning, we have not seen what the Swedish selection bring us in form of scandals during 2019. But let me make some guesses… There will be jokes about the fact that one of four presenters Mr Erik Saade will get married… They will joke about girls gettin’ heartbroken as if Erik still felt as an important part of Swedish music life. Most likely his reason behind accepting to be one of the presenters is to stay in the spotlight.

We will most likely also be under attack by Ms Linda Woodruff, AKA Sarah Dawn Finer. A fake Eurovision expert I wish they killed off the humor grid years ago. I don’t find her funny, but it’s my humor obvious cause the ESC fans under 25 y.o. loves her. At the same time it is the same fans who claim there fans of the Eurovision and still hardly have a clue of what happened in the Contest before 2000.

I also guess the Selection, voting, will hear jokes about the Swedish Political election and the aftermath. Jokes like, “The result will be the real one and like in politics the winner will be the winner” etc etc. Let us say at least one kind of similar jokes in each program?

Of course the Public Service will hammer in that Swedes are nice and take homo fobia and racism seriously by teaching the public what they are suppose to think about immigrants and homosexuals. Even if the Public Service official is neutral when it comes to politics this is two themes in all Melodifestivalen and will most likely render the same amount of protests as every year from people NOT agree. Maybe they even will be able to make some jokes or info about the fact that Netta won 2018 telling the world that people are beautiful just the way they are… And for sure let us say 6 songs will keep that theme????

And in the name of neutral the Public Service might have some songs competing on the themes free immigration, open boarders and same sex love rights and none about closed borders, restricted immigration and Christian family values. Cause SVT are OK with politics if the politics is 100% Political Correct. So who knows, can we expect Malena Ernman to arrive as paus entertainment singing “La Voix” with a new text about her daughter and how fantastic she is?

In any case, let’s follow the Mello and let’s see what I will think about this years arrangement.

Björn

Paris late January 2019

I have already touched the subject in some previous posts but it’s worth to repeat, Paris is winter is not funnier than winter in Stockholm. Gray and cold Paris can well be compared to a snowy cold Stockholm.

But its not that cold in Paris someone say… No it’s not but in Stockholm you have a complete different wardrobe, you ready to fight the power of nature. In Paris the cold weather, even if you know it will come, comes as a surprise and you look at your French winter jacket (same as what you in Sweden will call a September jacket) and realize this is a crazy persons decision of outfit in winter.

Mais, Ces’t la vie – and will I learn? Not likely.

Björn

Amanda Lind

Sweden have a new Government and replacing the former Disney Club anchor woman Alice B-K as Minister of Culture and Democracy we have the first minister ever in Sweden with dreads.

Today in the tabloid Expressen Martina Montelius write about how nice Amandas life seems to be so why does she want to be in the Government? The only plus is the money. I hope, and deep down, i think the article is ironic but I am not sure so to give my view.

Representing your country I actually think some kind of presentable look is required. On your free time as a “nobody” well, dreads, or a face full of tattoos or like to go to work cross dressing is up to you I don’t care. But in this case I am too conservative. Enough about the hair.

But, the article… Everything she writes about Amanda and her life just confirms a lot of my views, i know its prejudices, about a person with the look she presents. On the free time she like to dress up as an Elf and go on Lajvs. Her husband or boyfriend, i do not know, think he can fly when he do yoga (levitate). And I suppose his girlfriend Amanda agree on those facts cause at least I would never be able to live with someone who thinks he can levitate.

One of the first things she told the press was that she tried cannabis as young(er), something I am 100% sure is true what I don’t believe is that it ended there, I am so sorry but every word in the article about Amanda tells me that it’s never a good idea to smoke cannabis (even if it’s just to try). But most likely we have someone in the Government now who will be pro-cannabis and support legalization of the drug if the question is raised.

If you know Swedish and like to read the article you find it here; EXPRESSEN

Björn

Loosing Sweden

My web page visitor statistics just get more and more confusing. The normal situation for a Sweden in Paris posting stuff on the web must be Swedish visitors… Maybe some French… But right now? USA? Really? And even if we take the Eurovision posts in to account it won’t explain the Americans.

Björn

Snow in Paris

As you all can see snow in Paris is as grey, boring, wet and cold as in Stockholm. The world need to learn that snow only look good on postcards and maybe in the Alps if it’s sun at the same time.

My mantra today among the French and other nationalities I work with, who all think they love this, is wait until you have spent a week in a city with real winter… Then snow is the main reason for promoting global warming.

Björn