Etikettarkiv: Suède

Polls

Let us say that the latest poll in Sweden makes me rethink if I want to go back to Sweden at all. How is it even possible that the Green party and Socialist party gain more trust now when the country is in free fall in all areas. Economy, Crimes, Covid and Environment? To find Sweden being called the extreme state in the world, far from “normal” make more and more sense.

Swedes are without a doubt a gang of air heads when it comes to politic.

Amazing

Björn

Norrköping

Mving to Paris I said “minimum of 5 years” and I have now passed that minimum, but think I will deduct the “Corona months” from the 5 years so before screaming “5! years” lets see when we can get back out on the streets again.

In any case I have started to look out for what to do next. I don’t want to go back to Stockholm for sure, so I look at the possibility to move back to my birth city Norrköping and to my surprise I can see that it do not seems to difficult to get an apartment (if you don’t need to live in the city center). So the problem will most likely be to find work and have enough money saved to move back.

Other options I look at, even if not so easy, is of course Malta (unfortunately the job offers I get there can’t cover a life in Malta with loans to pay in Sweden still, or I also look for the possible move to two other favorite cities in Europe, Vienna and Bratislava. So there are options, likely or not, but it look like Norrköping is the most likely one.

So my mind is moving away from staying in Paris for life to going back to my roots.

Norrköping

Björn

Amour au pays d’hiver

Without saying who, but I find it both wonderful and lovely that two acquaints, not knowing each other and not aware they both know me, meet on internet meet on Internet and go on a date and it was a good first date!

I kind of have a ticket to the best seat in the theater and can only relax and enjoy the spectacle.

Regards, Björn

If you ever changed your job…

As always i passed by Opèra in Paris this morning and right in front of me on an almost empty platform a guy standing with his accordion. I guess he already entered his working place riding the Metro back and forth playing for people, like me, whom will grant him with an angry stare wondering why the hell can’t I take the Metro without being forced to listen to “La vie an rose”?

At the same time I can’t stop thinking… If I ever change work again I wan’t something like that. Completely without taking any decisions, enter the working place, do what I am suppose to do and when the day is over leave and not look back at that day at all.

Unfortunately work like that never pay enough to even cover a half months rent where I live now so it is kind of a dream to have 10 – 15 years of easy work before retirement, without work stress.

But of course, playing accordion on the subway or to sit in the checkout at Monoprix or ICA creates other stress I guess, how to earn the Euros needed to live.

But still, if I ever change work again, so nice to just be and leave the working place never looking back on that day.

Björn

Finally the final of the Eurovision 2019

So we have had the two semifinals and the final lineup and start order been announced and some favorites raised among the participants.

I have finally finalized the “2019 Eurovision book” and you can download it from this webpage. Unfortunately WordPress do not allow huge PDF files so I provide some options below.

  1. Download the Summary only
  2. Download the complete PDF booklet

During the contest tonight, using the hashtags #Eurovision #bjornnordlund you can follow the evening on Instagram and Twitter (mainly on Twitter)

My friends will of course be able to get the PDF as one file by emailing me, WhatUp me etc etc.

Have a fantastic evening and good luck to all participants.

Björn

Finally a good decision

So after many many years as a citizen in a country belonging to the European Union they actually voted for something good? I am flabbergasted. NO stupid daylight saving from 2021.

OK – Maybe not seen the last of this yet and they look at a final setting I don’t agree upon but still. My number 1 option is to NOT put the time one hour forward at all. This suggestion is to do it but never put it back. Even if I don’t understand why, I like to know that at 12h00 the sun is peaking.

But it is small step in the right direction so thank you EU

Björn

If France anything like Sweden

If France turn out to be anything like Sweden this is most likely not a good sign. You do an medical test and get a letter back to do it again cause “Something went wrong with it” or “Oops we lost the first information” or “Unfortunately it was not enough”. In Sweden this means they actually found something in the test not good for you and need to make a second test to make SURE, have nothing to do with misplaced first tests.

So, we will see what this ends up in… Nervous? Not really, my medical history is known and follow a patch. If anything hurts and place you in a state of long term pain I had it, have it or will have it. It won’t kill me but it will hurt for a very very long time. So this is kind of a “C’est la vie” moment.

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019 – Final results

Melodifestivalen with the final scores and my own take on what really happened last night.

This blog post won’t cover any of my views of the touring monster called Melodifestivalen, I will just look at the results of the Melfest2019 but promise to get back to the changes I feel is needed to keep the Melodifestivalen as an relevant TV show.

The juries, all of them obviously went all in for John Lundvik, all jury groups gave him the top score of 12 points (not happened since Carola 1983?) so I will focus more on what happened behind his perfect score.

What surprised me most was Nano and “Chasing rivers” to end up as the runner up with the juries. I would have thought his points was coming from the Swedish public who know about his history and his extremely well planned spreading of how hard life has been for him and a shameless use of his son to draw attention to it. A tactic that works world wide. But the international jury groups actually placed this excuse of a song second? You never know how “experts” vote.

I was also very surprised to find Finland trashing Jon Henrik song, if not 12 points I was sure they were the once to understand it and give it a 8 or 10… In the same way I was 100% certain that Israel would give 12 points to Bishara, not happened either.

But the big surprise, Anna Bergendahl, train wrecked with the jury and I must say also with the public. This is the big surprise of the evening for me. Together with the fact that I really want to sit down with some people who actually took their phone and placed calls on Malou Prytz, Mohombi and Hanna & Liamoo – what where you thinking?

But Anna Bergendahl returning to the Melodifestivalen with a amazing song, fantastic staged and soo much airplay before the final completely run into a full stop yesterday. The juries had her 11th out of 12? And the public 7th? Since everything pointed on success she must be so disappointed and I must admit I am too. “Ashes to ashes” is a amazing act well worth a final placing 1 – 4. So what happened? And what happened during the rehearsals that made the juries (who voted from the rehearsal performances) place her in the bottom 2?

A 10 from UK to Arvingarna was also a surprise, but a happy one. Cause songs in Swedish is needed in the Melodifestivalen to not turn it into a 100% English contest. I actually also welcome more of other languages on the line up to void everything sounding the same. But this is more for my upcoming blogpost on the contest and changes I feel needed.

I also think the jury got Bishara better judged than the public and also proof of my point yesterday that if you don’t know the story behind his break he is not that special even if extremely talented.

From my point of view who gave my own 12 points to Arvingarna I must say to the people trashing me for this that I am fully, 100% aware they most likely would have ended up outside top 10 in Tel Aviv, but still, the song made me happy and I liked it. At the same time, with no connection to yesterdays result I get a bit worried why Nanne (one of ht composers) not even turned up during the final. She’s been sick for a long time bur from what I am aware feeling fine again. Her absence worries me for real.

Lina Hedlund must also be a bit disappointed but she will have years of being a favorite in the SchlagerBars in Sweden in front of her but for example Malou Prytz must feel her career in music died yesterday while Wiktoria, as I wrote yesterday will get few jury votes since the Eastern states not invited to vote this year. Her song and performance kind of screams 100% Ukraine (withdrawn from esc by the way), Belarus, Azerbaijan and Russia. And since she is one of the singers in a group of performers in Sweden only having a career based on Melodifestivalen participation she most likely will need to sit down and think about her next moves in the industry.

But the show ended with a well worthy winner, John Lundvik will fly the Swedish flag in Tel Aviv with honor and I am actually sure he will end top 3 during the final night. Based on what other countries presented up until now. It won’t come as a surprise if Eurovision Song Contest will be back in Sweden 2020 and listen to the second half of “Too late for love” what a amazing song to end a Eurovision Song Contest TV broadcast from Israel in May. With an arena singing along in the gospel tune.

Björn

Not much to report

Not much to report really, it’s Monday and it kind of only reminds most of the world that its 5 days ahead before life starts again.

But I can tell you all I finally sat down to watch the After Darks show “This is it” on SVTPlay. Where After Dark wrapped up their career since the 70th and went out with a bang.

And it was a really good an worthy ending for the group even if not many of the original members still in the group.

If you have some time over watch the show on SVT Play.

And i then noticed that After Dark released an album last year with some of the songs from the “This is it” show, downloaded it but missed one song, the beautiful song about all the members of the group no longer with us on earth. A dignified and serious number within all the glitter and gala. I hope to find that song somewhere in the future.

Björn

The final semifinal – Melodifestivalen

Gosh, this was a tough one… Again some songs would have qualified for the final easily from the three other semifinals and as always my top 4 turned out a bit different from the final result but for once not much.

Pagan Fury. Not as bad as I though it would be. The song “Stormbringer” reminds a bit of one of the Roger Pontares songs and a younger Pontare might have been the perfect match to this song. Not a favorite but more than OK.

Anton Hagman, a young pop lad cute as a piñata birthday cake. The song… Outside my taste range but what bugged me the most was not the song it was the tattoos!!! I have no memory of those from his last time in Melodifestivalen and even if they have nothing to do with the contest (a music contest) they turned out to be disturbing. Cause with his look and image they do not fit in. That said a nice pop song but not my cup of tea.

Lisa Ajax with “Torn” was hyped by journalists before the show but this was not good, a very boring ballad wish it was a Sanna Nielsen song. Failed completely in my ranking of all songs 2019.

Arvingarna “I Do”, for once a real Schlager. I know Lina Hedlund last week tried to bring Schlager back but she took the Charlotte path while Vikingarna took it updated dansband. I really liked this entry even if they don’t stand a chance in the final. But hopefully they will pass from the 2:nd chance next week and at least reach the final. But what happened to Caspers thighs? He looked like he spend his free time as an Olympic skater. HUGE.

Bishara, “On my own”. OK, he was so 100% clear for the final. Swedes love a story like this and his story before he entered the stage telling the viewers he’s nervous, stage fright etc… wow SVT really wanted him to pass. But, even if he is so talented, no question about that, the song… My God it NEVER ENDED, it went on and on and on… No surprises at all. With that said there is no doubt he will be in the top in the final and he will be the crush of all teenage girls (and some boys) after the contest and sell well. But for me… No I do not find the song that good.

Ann-Louise Hanson, her 14th entry into Melodifestivalen and as a “oldie” she took her entry to the 2019, something Jan Malmsjö and Arja Saijonmaa failed at. I had at least wanted her in the 2nd chance contest next week if not passing to the final directly. She is one of the victims from SVTs stupid rule (as its been the last years) to start with a bad semifinal and get more and more good songs in the same heats week by week.

John Lundvik started his time on the Melodifestivalen 2019 stage slow and I was like “what?” but after a while this song grow to a potential Eurovision winner. He has it all this year, the song, he is amazingly good looking, a body made for a centerfold in PlayGirl, the voice and sexy as hell. Add his image of being 100% genuine and really sympathetic (I hope its true) he is like the perfect performer with a perfect song. Can only say good work John, Good work!

Last night ended up, for me:

  1. John Lundvik
  2. Arvingarna
  3. Bishara
  4. Ann-Louise Hanson
  5. Pagan Fury
  6. Anton Hagman
  7. Lisa Ajax

Björn