Etikettarkiv: 2020

New single from La Farmer

The passed night at 00h01 Mylène Farmer released a new single, a really good one… She also released a new film but only on Amazon, why? Hopefully we will be able to see it on other platforms or as DVD later on. At least on her own website.

And since it’s Friday:

Read about dick tattoos on the web and suddenly this picture gave me some ideas

Cuddle up folks, Björn

COVID FRANCE LINK

Less heart attacks during the pandemic

A Swedish study register a 25% decrease of heart attacks during the pandemic. For me as a heart patient a very interesting study as well as not so surprising.

Of course, we are all different and there are a lot of people out there being stressed by distance work and not being able to meet friends and family.

For me, I can just look at my own situation and how less stressed I am today if you compare it to the situation in February / March. I have around 1h45 each day extra free time since I don’t commute. It is almost 2 hours each working day where I can run errands, do some laundry, cleaning as well as just relax, 2 hours a week makes 10 hours extra free time each work. So it also creates a better weekend. More time for myself instead of running around doing things you have to do during the weekend cause there is no time during the week.

It’s healthier cause you also have time to workout out, go out walking, go to the gym etc.

Thanks too no interruption when working its more effective time when I work from home, easier to plan your day and schedule since no one interrupts and ask you to leave what you are doing and do something else cause it’s “urgent”.

All lower stress and of course better for the heart.

I hope homeworking is here to stay, I am sure Sweden will pick it up faster than France (where I live) cause the hierarchy in the work place includes a control of employees that’s not healthy for anyone and only create stress.

Work from home, go to the office when you need archives, face to face meetings, stop conferences and have them online. Work from home and save the commute time also put a stop to the discussion of 6 hour working days, people will get the extra time anyway (this is especially for Swedes since the discussion on 6 hours working days keep going on).

So, this is my insights since March 2020.

Then I wonder… Why naked football?

Not enough balls already in football?

Björn

Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie, my without a doubt favorite mystery writer, wrote the original “Death of the Nile” in 1937 and is one of her best stories as well as an amazing film with Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. The French… Oh I am so sorry, the Belgian detective. And now a second film is on it’s way signed Kenneth Branagh whom also made the new “Murder on the Orient express” a few years ago, also based on a book by Agatha Christie.

“Death on the Nile” is also one of my favorite films so I am a bit scared over the new one coming up, but I must say Branagh did a good job on the “Orient Express” film.

But for me it is a mystery that he kind of follow the stream of Christie films already made, and if so the next will be “The mirror cracked” impossible to be better than the film with Elisabeth Taylor.

A book, not yet made for the big screen is “They came to Baghdad”, a mystery penned by Agatha Christie and my favorite Christie book and could easy be made to a really good film. A script based on the film can be an action movie in style with “Bond” or “Mission Impossible”, it can be a thriller in the style of the new Christie films made by Branagh. The book is so intelligent written it is impossible to put it down before finishing it and I have always asked myself why it’s not been filmed. Maybe the reason is caused by the fact its not a Poirot or Marple book, but still. This is my tip to Kenneth Branagh, make a film!!!

Let’s see how the new “Death in the Nile” will stand compering to the former film. The cast looks great, both Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French is in it… Casted as two of the most amazing Christie characters. Looking forward to that.

Have a nice day, with todays French covid news

Björn

No logic at all – EU and Corona

Have you also not noticed the strange reports about Corona nowdays? Media makes a huge thing on cases in Austria among others with less than 500 cases and at the same time it is more or less nothing on UK, France and Spain… And how is the situation in Italy at the moment? 10000 new cases in France and no daily updates anymore, but we follow Norway and Austria with headlines like “Extreme corona situation”, and compare the new cases to the once in France?

I, of course, follow France and Sweden more close than any other countries and notice within the EU we have a sandbox approach to the virus. If you block the citizens from my country I will block yours. An example, today Sweden and UK open up for travels without restrictions. Seriously? UK have a increased situation of cases, and Sweden not. So, from my point of view keep it that way… Do not allow travels to UK without any restrictions.

The master in the sandbox in France and Macron who actually not hide the fact that France block travelers from countries who put restrictions on French travelers. It has nothing to do with fighting Corona, its a pissing game between the heads of the countries.

I am 100% aware that the travel industry suffers during Corona, but within the EU the only logical step is to tell the citizens to travel locally, but now during the increase in new cases the countries stay closed within the union. It make no sense as it is now.

And the Corona pandemic is the first time in history we actually have some use of the EU, same rules, same restrictions etc… But no, lets continue to fight for the “shape of cucumbers”, and the right to travel between Brussels and Strasbourg instead.

Its like the mask wearing in Paris at the moment. You do not need a mask if you go ut jogging, even if you most likely breath and spit and cough more running than going to the Bakery to buy a baguette. You must have mask using an electric scooter, but not if you take your bike, but both use the same lanes and a gym can have how many people inside as possible without mask cause they work out, but if you not do jogging, and power walk outside instead, you need a mask cause you don’t run.

Same with homeworking, more and more employers force their staff back to the offices even if they can work from home without any problem. Instead of letting the buses and metro up people who can’t work from home, like industry workers, hospitals and service sector. No, they need to fight for a spot in the public transport together with office staff more or less not in need of an office more than from time to time. But there is no initiative from the Government to push the home working solution, just a lame sentence in the protocol that “If they can, work from home”. Many more can do it if the Government put the foot down.

I also want to remind Swedes, now so happy that they have few new cases compared to France that the lock down was not a fantasy to eliminate the virus. It was caused by the fact that hospitals needed control of cases and make room for people being sick. And even if Swedes now love the fact that there are so few new cases in Sweden you need to remember that looking at deaths the Swedish way caused a lot of deaths compering to countries with the same population. So get off the high horses, at the end cases will raise in Sweden as well.

All this in a bundle it’s not strange that people are confused and take in different theories as the truth. We will have virus in Europe until there is a safe vaccine.

Over and out from me on the Corona virus situation in Europe, at least for today.

Lets stop with something positive by music: Link

Björn

Sunday morning

Sunday morning, empty streets, the perfect scenario for going out and powerwalk, which I did this Sunday after an weekend with a bit too much to eat, so I must push harder the upcoming week to loose more weight.

And I think I will start already tomorrow with a gym visit before work, not only to exercise but also see if there are less people there in the morning than during lunch time. I can, if doing the biking in the morning take a powerwalk after work so I get closer to the exercise goal set to be hit at the end of September.

I must in some way start to plan how to this when Im back at the office when I can’t take the powerwalk during lunch hour. This will eat so much of my free time so Im not looking forward to it at all.

Apart from that Sunday included washing up, laundry, some tidy up and a lot of endless chats on internet. A very lazy Sunday.

Björn

Gym Membership in Corona times

I, Björn, have my lifes second gym membership… In Corona times, all caused by the fact that my legs don’t manage to take me from point A to point B without pain. I have to alternate between walking and exercise bike to continue.

But it is Corona times, so its not so easy to just pop down to the gym at any time of the day. I guess I will learn when it’s the best time to go down and actually be able to work out, less people.

But the best news yesterday, a new album with Steps is on it’s way, and they cover “Something in your eyes” Jenny Silver, the best song ever maybe. Without a doubt the best song ever in Melodifestivalen.

“Something in your eyes”

Keep safe,

Björn

what a week

This week I start to plan for returning to the office, not cause I have too but it really is necessary to step into the office now and then. But it is nothing I look forward too. At the same time as I know it’s not a high risk for Corona at work it is the way going too and from the office which is the concern. Ligne 13 is full, the bus is full even if people now spread out more over the morning (not afternoon) and take an earlier bus.

At work it is the people with kids that is the concern. Before I never been a fan of them, kids I mean… But now I am scared of them, small humans full of virus and not being sick and home. Not an scenario I like at all.

I won’t be able to do the 1 hour walk over lunch, cause we have no showers at work. Two solutions to that problem, 1 get a bike 2 get a gym card. So today I have a meeting with a PT close to home to look at option 2. I still fight with the people in the house on letting up the small court yard for bikes, but I don’t think it will happen.

So let’s see how the day will end, with a gym card?

Björn