As the headline today tell you, somethings îs hard to let go off. Like the Radio interview with Greta Thunberg who turned 18 a while ago.
In Sweden 18 is when you get of age to vote, drive, get married etc etc, you are a grown up, if you don’t want to buy a bottle of wine of course, then it’s 20… (Sweden is always fantastic… You can defend your country and kill people but not buy a bottle of alcohol).
In Gretas case it is even more interesting since she is the girl powerful politicians listen too, get inspiration from and try to please, at least in the eye of the media and voters.
So this, now 18 year old woman, have a lot to say and a lot of ideas to be spread world wide.
So think back, or into the future, what did you do when you turned 18, what was on your birthday wish list? A car, or money to take drivers lessons? A party for all your friends? Actually plan to move from home? Travel abroad without having your parents telling you it’s OK?
I can think of more things on the mind of a 18 year old, if the 18 year old not named Greta Thunberg…
01. This is what Greta got at her 18 year old birthday
02. “I got walnuts”
03. Kodjo (one of the shows hosts): “Only a bag of walnuts?”
04. “No, it was whole”
05. “Which was great fun because I’d say I would like to…”
06. ” …try to crack myself. So it was a great gift”
So what is so wrong here, cause no one would expect Greta to have a normal wish for birthdays or Christmases… What is disturbing is that she is 18 years old, a grown up whishing for walnuts so she can “try” too crack them. Again, 18 y.o.
The above is fine, but that powerful CEOs, famous people, Presidents and politicians actually listen to a person who lived 18 year without trying to crack a nut?
Add that environment Greta also got bubble wrap (plastic) and Brussels sprouts in her 18 y.o. birthday gift bag and from her father a t-shirt. We guess a new Antifa* t-shirt so Greta don’t need to borrow her mothers in the future.
Think about it for a while and try to picture it Golden Girls way and imagen the world we might live in when children like Greta will take over. Cause 18 or not, this is not normal what so ever, and “nut” in nutcracker can mean so much more than just a nut.
*) Gretas family posed for a picture dressed in t-shirts from the anarchist group Antifa, Gretas defence was “she borrowed the t-shirt from her mother”
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.
Yes, again, nice weather, it smells summer… am sure you know the that smell, when you open a window and warm air enter the room with a smell. And here we are, still, no plan to go anywhere beside back to work and the offices. Not abroad, not to a park or café – but I can buy a plastic chair or a new cutlery box, TV or why not a new phone?
Life is not fun and in my old home country, Sweden, people can move more or less free and get upset over the fact that there are countries backing them from travel this summer… So far Norway, Finland, Denmark, Cyprus and most likely Greece – I guess there will be more if not the very upset foreign ministers call for racism agains Swedes and that it is against the EU rules to exclude a EU country.
But I am not so sure that France, if their Covid figures go down after weeks of lock down want to share streets, beaches and restaurants with Swedes and the never ending Corona pandemic in Sweden. Most death per capita in the world together with Belgium. Congratulations.
At the end we don’t know, did Sweden do it right? Or the countries who locked down? The answer will come when we have a vaccine and maybe a year after that.
Normally time fly, but not in Corona times. Day after day looks the same. Routines, new routines, form under the mighty name of confinement. The new God is named Macron and the new campfire is 20h00 when neighbours open their windows clapping, if not reveal an alcohol addiction and sing opera without being asked to. 2020 is not the year really.
One thing I Tweet, post and write at least a few times every year is the fact that it’s not dangerous to be bored from time to time. It’s good for the human to be bored and not have anything to do between all the activities we try to fill our free time with. But even I must say that we soon reached the limit of boredom.
My mind has already gone into the mood of vacation planning. I need sun, beach and Morocco. I also need to loose weight, more now than ever, this is not good. I must plan for the dentist and what to do when I must have my new prescription, can my doctor send a new one? And don’t mention that I am in need of new glasses again. I have again reached the point when my sight is as bad with my glasses as it was without them when I got them.
But here I am, together with many many French people and colleagues home working, now with two computers. Work computer and private computer, one with music and one with emails and folders.
So we finally there, time to check the iTunes statistics and actually see what I was listen to during 2019 and as natural order I start with the most listen to Melodifestivalen songs followed by the most listen to Eurovision Song Contest songs.
Then upcoming weekend focus on the complete iTunes library and what song, album and artist got my attention passed year.
But today, Melodifestivalen 2019, looking at the amount of playtimes for the Melodifestivalen songs 2019 it was a bad year, a few songs stand out but the rest did not reach a lot of plays.
Mina Bränder – Zeana feat Anis Don Demina
Ashes to ashes – Anna Bergendahl
Känner dig – Anton Hagman
Habibi – Dolly Style
Too late for love (single version) – John Lundvik
Ashes to ashes (Soundfactory radio) – Anna Bergendahl
Somebody wants – The lovers of Valdero
Tempo – Margaret
I do – Arvingarna
Stormbringer – Pegan Fury
I do (English version) – Arvingarna
Too late for love (Palego remix) – John Lundvik
Hello (Remix) – Mohombo & Youssou N´Dour
I love it – Oscar Enestad
Om om och om igen – Omar Rudberg
Norrsken – Jon Henrik Fjällgren
Victorious – Lina Hedlund
Not with me – Wiktoria
Kärleken finns kvar – Ann-Louise Hanson
On my own – Bishara
I think even I will be surprised if any of the songs end up on the general list over most played songs in 2019.
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.
The new, very strange, smoking ban introduced on the 1st of July 2019 means:
No smoking outside a café or restaurant even with out door seating
Ni smoking outside entrances to official buildings
No smoking at bus stops or train platforms
More or less outside all official buildings. So why “strange”? Cause it’s not up to the police to keep an eye on people it is up to non smokers to report if someone smokes and if so the owner of the Bar, Café or Restaurant is the one who will be punished with a fine or a withdrawn right to serve alcohol. It’s actually not far from the old Eastern Europe where people was supposed to spy on each other and report it.
Now I don’t think it will be so much trouble in Sweden since there is an alternative, “snus”, and the use of snus will most likely be higher at the end of 2019 than when the year started so believe me when I say that the Government will put a new tax on it.
And if you as a smoker decide to visit Sweden remember that the ban includes electric cigarettes even if you vape and the only thing you breath out is warm water steam without smell or anything else which can disturb others. The only place I’ve visited with a similar law was the central parts of Brisbane in Australia. But at least they allowed the owners of bars and restaurants to decide if vaping was allowed or not.
So why this reaction? I’m not living in Sweden at the moment, not living in the country in the European Union with the highest crime rate according to statistics in Europe, but I do visit at least once a year. So it hit me that I usually stay at “Central Hotel” in Stockholm and their entrance is in between their own out door seating and a café and behind a bus stop, so to move away from the entrance to follow the law is not possible cause you just end up close to another place where you can’t smoke. So if the hotel don’t install smoking rooms or allow smoking in some rooms there is no chance I would book there again. A pity cause I really like the place since the location is perfect when visiting Stockholm.
In any case, if you smoke and visit Sweden from the 1st of July 2019 be sure to check the hotel booking site how the Hotel solved the smoking situation and ask them before you book. It is possible you will end up at a hotel where you can’t smoke within 200 meters from the entrance caused by other business next door don’t allow smoking. And even if the only smoke you have each day is the one with your morning coffee, and even if you need to go outdoors you like it to be close the where you live don’t you? Or to take beer in the hotel bar without the possibility to “pop out” for a smoke (not even electronics) between the drinks… Fun?
So, without a opportunity to smoke close by don’t spend your money there and let the owners know why. This must come from tourists cause Swedes are to lame to not follow the rules of big brother.
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.