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Confused Mr Nordlund?

What a morning… You know when you have them, the days you most likely was supposed to stay in bed and not leave your house. Kind of a Friday the 13th without being Friday 13th.

This morning was a strange one. Not from start, more or less normal, alarm, wake up, turn the radio on listen to Swedish morning radio, prepare the filtered coffee so it’s ready after the shower, take the shower and relax with coffee, radio and reading Tweets, Look at Instagram, check the “time hop” app and so on.

But then… On my way out to catch the bus I first remembered it’s the 16th so they I must register the use of water (cold and hot) and put the note on the door. So back in and tried to read the meters… Not possible, could not see the numbers so glasses on and even with them it was hard (why can’t they be digital?). But at least done and no one need to enter the apartment when I’m not home.

So on my way again, all down to the “0” floor to remember, my in ear head phones… Still in the apartment, up again. Leave again and finally reaching the bus stop I notice I left without the scarf (I have a cold and my colds kind of center on the throat) but OK i survive even if i tomorrow most likely will wake up with a bad throat again. Bit then I noticed I’m actually staning at the bus stop with my glasses on. The “bad” once, not the work- official- or meeting once, the sit at home and watch tv once.

So now its official I am an old fart.

Björn

10th of January and….

Not even two weeks of 2019 passed and still I have kind of not started all the things I promised myself to do in 2019. NO, nothing like start to workout or stop smoking (even if both would benefit me and my life) but simple things like:

Moisturizing after shower, finally take care of my feets (sadly forgotten for years), get rid of the postcards in the hall, instead of cleaning myself to death on weekends clean one room a day when I return back from work as a few things.

We are a lazy species we humans… Or, OK then, I am…

Björn

Oh dear malta

I actually don’t know what to say… The original was more beautiful perhaps but at the same time the suggested new Azure Window is kind of amazing (if it can keep surface as shiny as on the picture). I am actually happy that I’m not the one to decide on this building.

An exhibit hall in 5 floors where the “Window” once was? It is both a crazy and ugly idea at the same time as it looks great and will attract visitors. 50% of me say “Hell yes go for it” and the other 50% tells me “no for heavens sake don’t put that monster up” – It will be interesting to see what Malta decides upon.

But to call the construction “The heart of Malta”? The heart of Malta will never be made out of steel and cold as ice, the Maltese heart is big, warm and welcoming so if built… Rethink the name

For you who not know anything about Gozo and the Azure Window Google it and look at the original natural window.

Björn

First vacation day

First vacation day kind of soon ends so what did I do today? Fact, mostly inside waiting for UPS to deliver a package. You know the famous “We will deliver your package 19th of December between 08h00 – 19h00” kind of thing…

In any case the package is delivered, but for sure not to me, I hope its downstairs with the building manager, we will see tomorrow. And all that after I have provided them with both code to the door and to not take the elevator to the 6th floor only to the 5th and walk one floor, cause if going all up it get stuck.

But I also managed to have a haircut, a la “make it super short so it will be perfect in 2 weeks before its to long again in 3 weeks.

Tomorrow, vacation day 2 its time for a visit to the Swedish store again, I need more Kalvsylta.

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019

So now it is a few weeks since the participants in the Swedish Selection to Eurovision Song Contest was announced and as promised I will give my view of the upcoming contest without hearing any of the songs of course. I can only go on what the artists and songwriters usually sound like so this is kind of a shot in the dark so far. And upon the evenings of the contest views might change completely. 

The picture above comes from Gustav Dahlanders expert blog on SVT, https://blogg.svt.se/melodifestivalen-expertbloggen Note that Mr Dahlander is working with the contest and therefore need to keep a more objective view of the entries submitted than fan bloggers do.

I will focus on some of the participants and exclude others based on the facts that I do not know enough about them. So here we go…

Anna Bergendahl – Already a Melodifestivalen winner and also behind the Swedish entry in Eurovision which never went through to the final. Something Sweden was SO surprised about, not me…. If you read my blog from Gylleneskor back then I already in the semifinal in the selection said she had no chance in Eurovision. Simply cause I don’t liked her at all back then. Now teamed up with a strong team of song writers and most likely she also changed her sound growing up from a Idol reject to a real artist I don’t know where she stands today. But since it was, back then, her voice I don’t like I am afraid her entry now will be one of my hate entries. 

Nano – My God, more of this? He already scared me when he turned out to be a favorite two years ago with one of the worst entries int he history of the contest. But he also teamed up with the Deb´s and G:son song writing team, songwriters who only exists in different Eurovision selections in Europe.  Most likely I will hate this.

Mohombi – I looked forward to see Mohombi in the French Section since he is more of a star in France then Sweden, but OK lets go for it. So far he is most famous for taking off his t shirt when he entered the competition last time. He is also by SVT described as a world star… hm… From what I know he has not had any hits for a while so I might see this more as a comeback. But I will most likely like this looking back on what he’s done before.

Arja Saijonmaa – Fun to see her back but the title kind of tell me this will be more like Charlottes latest entry and not so much uptempo schlager.

Wiktoria – Please girl give up. 

Andreas Johnson – Again? Really? OK, never disappoint me but he is so in the middle of the road and even if he might win in Sweden his style is not Eurovision winning material.

Liamoo – Again? Last years nightmare wasn’t enough? Here teamed up with a Hanna Ferm, I know nothing about her.

Margaret – Polish cheap taste singer for some reason trying to sing for Sweden and not Poland. Very strange decision. 

Jon Henrik Fjällgren – I dont know how much Joik we will hear from Jon Henrik but if he is going to succeed again he need to come up with something new, like the fantastic “Hon var vacker” from 2017. If so, I support him all into the “Kaklet” as we say in Sweden.

Dolly Style – Im not the goal for their music but I actually think they are fun, won’t win a selection in Sweden believe me. But if a stupid song like “Toy” can win Eurovision I think Dolly Style might stand better in Eurovision than in the Swedish selection.

Lina Hedlund – Alcazar split up and Lina back solo, her last attempt as a solo artist in Melodifestivalen is one of my all time favorites so hopefully this will be a mix between what she done in Alcazar and the Stock/Aitken/Waterman wine from her last entry.

And then we will see some others we know, Arvingarna, Ann-Louise Hansson, Jan Malmsjö, Lisa Ajax, John Lundvik, Martin Stenmark and some former members of boybands broken up and now try on their own since the same thing was a success last year. And last years winner Mr Ingrosso is back as a songwriter.

So is 2019 the year we will see some kind of vitamin injection in the Contest? I say no, looking maybe more on the songwriters we will have the same mix of artists trying to find the best formula to be played on radio and have a radio hit or to be streamed on Spotify. It worked well for Sweden in Eurovision until 2018 when the viewers in Europe clearly stated they was tiered on this formula. Bad for Benjamin Ingrosso cause for once the song was a really good one but kind of the same same same as we sent in different packages sine Loreen.

The Melodifestivalen need a revamp, most on the songwriter side, A bit much with Deb Deb Deb Deb G:son Deb… And the selectionn of artists also show that we don’t have so many more to put in there now. Talent show runner ups and winners mixed with desperate comeback trials. Go from 5 semi finals (2nd chance included) to 2 and free the international jury from instructions and let them vote how they want to, not with the “Try to find the Eurovision winner”. If they do that we will keep sending slick radio productions to Eurovision and again fail to go from semi final to final.

This is my words on the Melodifestivalen 2019 without any listening to the entries, at the end I might sit here telling you 2019 was the best year ever, we will see

Björn

St Lucia

So December 13th soon pasted and it was a nice day. First of all supposed to be no work but a crisis at work made me work for a while anyway.

But the main thing today was the St Lucia at the Swedish Church in Paris. You know, you never turn out to be as Swedish as you turn Swedish abroad.

And it was, to use a famous Swedish schlager singers words “Sakralt och fint” and according to tradition apart from Lucia songs in Norwegian… Not acceptable from my point of view since I see Lucia 100% Swedish and without any connections to the Italian saint. 

After the Lucia tåg and glögg I managed a fast stop at Svenska Affären cause they supposed to have Felix delikatess köttbullar, no on that one but found Kalvsylta and Falukorv. Kalvsylta I love and Falukorv not so much but something happens with your mind when you see things you not normally find in the stores. So dinner tonight turned out to be Falukorv. 

Thats my day

Björn