Swedish American blogs about design, decor, life and family with a slant towards Nordic Style and customs.
For those of you who aren't familiar with my blog I try to write about things of interest with a Swedish bent - contemporary, historic, design-oriented, even silly. This may fall under that category, a fan-based musing on Alexander Skarsgard, a super hunky Swede, who, as I've just learned, was raised by hippy daddy Stellan Skarsgard. Stellan had wild parties, with carousing until the wee hours and would walk around naked at home. This could be disconcerting to friends, especially young ladies, that Alexander would invite home. Seems rather awkward to me too, but I do agree with Skarsgard that violence in the American media is way more damaging than nudity. As he said aptly said in this week's periodical "The Week": "If a kid sees a nipple on television, how is that more damaging than watching someone bash someone else's head in with a baseball bat?" Hmmm, it's not. (How's that for quick answer.) Anyway heading out for vaca soon. Hope my body can handle a bikini, 'cause I'm sure not secure enough to go the whole Stellan route. :-) By the way, he's in a new movie with Justin Bateman (my fav) coming up called "Disconnect". Check out the press: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disconnect-jason-bateman-alexander-skarsgard-437806
Closing results: Salvador Sobral from Portugal won with "Amar pelos dois", Bulgaria came in second and Moldovia came in third. Sweden was 5th place. I think personally that there was a voters back-lash against the heavily produced dance songs. Portugal's song was a very laid-back, Bossa-Nova inspired and emotional piece. In his acceptance speech Sobral said: “We live in a world of disposable music; fast food music without any content. I think this could be a victory for music with people who make music that actually means something,” he announced. Hmm, sore loser? Robin Bengtsson thought so saying “Congrats on your victory, I really like your song and the way you sing it, but I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner. ‘Fast food’ pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone.“ Oh, strong words from a Swede! ;)
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There was a love manifestation today in Stockholm with tens of thousands of people, and at 2;53 pm they held a silent minute. How strange that right around that time I was thinking of John Lennon's song "Imagine" and that message it portrays of loving and not hating. Look at this picture. People gave flowers to the police, and everyone held in their hearts a feeling of love towards one another and the four deceased who were killed on Friday by the deranged truck driver. I can imagine that it was very powerful to be there, just like the song. 💗
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions I wonder if …
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurbits The kurbits is an invented, fantastical symbol of vegetal fertility based on a gourd or pumpkin of biblical legend, principally used for ornamentation in Swedish folk art and on painted furniture and domestic objects. Very popular between 1720 and 1870, particularly in Dalarna and southern Norrland, the paintings and murals have mostly biblical motifs, such as "The Triumphant Entrance of The Queens of Sheba to Jerusalem", and the people and buildings depicted are as locally fashionable at the time of painting. They were done by itinerant painters, mainly from Dalarna, who specialized in the style and whose signatures are to be found in many localities.Today it is still used for decorating tourist memorabilia from Dalarna.