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January 10, 2014

January's artist: Åsa Wikman

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We love our wall downstairs in the cafe. Most of all, we love that every month, we have lovely new amazing art work displayed there. From photography to paintings and illustrations.

This month belongs to the brilliant illustrator Åsa Wikman.

You can see more of Åsa's work here

See her lovely display at the cafe all of January.

Do you fancy being having your art work displayed at ScandiKitchen? Here's your chance.  Each month we pick a new artist to decorate our wall.  

We have a few rules, though:

- The art work comes to us frame and ready to hang, ideally no larger than 40 x 80.  We can accommodate up to 4 paintings or frames.

- The work MUST be either by a Scandi artist or photographer OR someone depicting Scandinavia.

- The write up about the artist has to be no larger than A5 - we can add this on the wall next to the frames

- We will not sell or be responsible for any sales of the art work - all comms about the art work will need to be on the A5 note including contact details

- When the 1 months is up, the artist is responsible to picking up the art work again

- We accept no responsibility for damage etc to any works - we will do out best to keep things nice, but the items are hung here on owners responsibility.

- No moving of nails or hooks - we have only what we have here and can't start moving nails around

- Please, no frames that are massively heavy, it is just a basic wall.

Other than that, it is up to you.

To be considered for February's Art Person, send some suggestiosn of your work to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk.

We'll let you know by mid January if you're the chosen one.

Ps - please dont send massive images. Small versions of your work is good.

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June 07, 2012

This Norway highway beats the A3 into London...

Ahhh, if only we could import Norwegian scenery into London, our drives into work would be much more serene.

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May 16, 2012

Danish school in London / Dansk Skole i London

There's a lot of talk about setting up a Danish school in London and we're happy to pass on the info in case others are interested in taking part in this.  If you are interested in hearing more about this Danish School you shoudl attend the meeting on 26th June - read on for details.

The school is modelled on the New Model School concept (google Maple Walk for a good example of such a school) - and it will follow the Danish curriculum.  It is fee paying, but minimum fees and non profit.

If you are interested in attending the first meeting about this school, you can sign up by e-mailing dendanskeskole@hotmail.co.uk.

Here's all the info you need - direct from the people who are working on setting this school up:

Invitation

We would like to invite you to the inaugural meeting for the Danish School in London

The meeting will take place at 7.30 on the 26th of June at the Danish YMCA:

Dansk KFUK
43 Maresfield Gardens 
London NW3 5TF

Who are we?

 ·Eva Lunderskov Papesch, Danish born Doctor, permanently based in the South East for the last 10 years, has lived in London for a total of 14 years.

·Michael Papesch, New Zealand born Doctor, permanently based in London for the last 16 years

·We are married and have two bilingual children. We are missing a bilingual fulltime primary and secondary education option in London and are passionate about making our vision of a Danish-English school a reality

Rationale: Why do we need this school?

·We conducted a survey of parents of 150 Danish children who are predominantly permanently based in London. The results of a survey of the Danish community in the southeast of England, showed an overwhelming interest for the establishment of a school with a Danish Ethos

·This is not a business venture, we are doing this because we have a vision to provide fulltime bilingual education to Danish speaking children in London

Meeting agenda

· Presentation of our initial proposal of a bilingual Danish/English fulltime Primary and Secondary school in North London

· Appointment of a start up group assisting with the next steps of the process, including fundraising, networking, legal and business input

And in Danish:

Kære Forældre

Tusinde tak for jeres positive respons til vores spørgeskema angående en danskfolkeskole i London. Interessen har været overvældende positiv og vi har nu etableret en model for den skole vi håber at starte i efteråret 2013 eller 2014. Vi håber at kunne optage reception/børnehaveklasse elever, men hvis interessen er der, er der eventuelt mulighed for også at optage year 1 elever, når vi starter.

Hvem er vi?

 

Vi er Eva og Mike Papesch. Vi er begge øre-næse-hals læger og arbejder henholdsvis halv og heltid for NHS. Eva er oprindeligt fra København, men har været bosat i London og the Southeast, i over 14 år. Mike er oprindeligt fra New Zealand, og har været bosat i England i 16 år. Vi har selv to børn og det er vores ambition at give dem en integreret to-sproget opvækst.

 

Opstartsmøde

Vi har nu fastsat en dato for vores længe afventede opstartsmøde:

Tid: 26. Juni 2012 kl 19.30

Sted:     Dansk KFUK
              43 Maresfield Gardens 
              London NW3 5TF

Sprog: Der vil blive talt dansk og engelsk

Svar udbedes.

Skole model

Efter mange overvejelser og besøg til andre nationalitets skoler og privat skole, har vi bestemt os for at forsøge at oprette en skole der i særdeleshed henvender sig tildansk talende familier, der er langtids bosat i Sydøst England. Vi forventer at tilbyde et independent engelsk curriculum og desuden undervisning på folkeskole niveau i dansk. I en del fag vil der desunden blive undervist på dansk, inklusiv idræt, musik og billedkunst. Grunden til at vi har taget denne beslutning er, at vi ønsker at tiltrække elever der forventer at blive på skolen i mange år. Denne model giver desuden mulighed for,  at elever kan blive optaget på eller forlade skolen, fra eller til det engelske skole system. Dette er specielt relevant ved skole skift omkring det tidspunkt der svarer til engelsk secondary og  efter niende klasse/ GCSE. Skolen vil naturligvis også være åben for dansk talende børn der er bosat i London i kortere tid.  Se desuden vores vedhæftede dokument om vores vision og handlings plan. En mere detaljeret gennemgang vil finde sted den 26. juni.

Blive medlem af opstarts gruppen

Vi leder pt efter personer der er interesserede i at hjælpe med opstarten af dendanske skole. Specifikt leder vi efter personer med erfaring inden for jura, undervisning, skoleopstart, danske ministerier, fundraising, marketing, webdesign, investering- og entrepenuering, byggeplanlægning, arkitektur, regnskabsføring og forældreskab . Hvis du eller din partner har en af de nævnte kompetancer og I er interesserede i at hjælpe med opstarten, er du meget velkommen til at kontakte os via email, eller blot snakke med os den 26/6.

January 18, 2012

Marcel the Shell: Got 4 min 12 secs to waste?

Then waste it on Marcel The Shell.  He's cute.

November 21, 2011

Knitted by Nanas: the Danish fashion knitters

KAFFESLABBERAS // MADS AND ERNA (SUBTITLED) from Kaffeslabberas on Vimeo.

We're in love with Kaffeslabberaserne in Denmark. Meet the group of Grannies who knit for Danish designers Henrik Vibskov and Mads Norgaard. Watch the video and fall in love with the grannies and hand knitted socks, jumpers and everything inbetween. If you want to know more about the knitting by these Nanas, you can read this very good article right here


August 31, 2011

Penguin is on his way home

Remember the little penguin who got lost and ended up in New Zealand?  Well, after many donations from well meaning individuals all over the world to help fund his voyage, the little man is finally on his way back home to the south.

Go Happy Feet.

June 17, 2011

Scandinavian nannies / au pairs wanted (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish...)

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As you know we don't usually do job stuff on here for other people, but we had a chat to the ultra lovely Mary (who is our lovely Seb's better half) - and she works for a top level London agency called www.littleoneslondon.co.uk - they specialise in bilingual nannies.

At the moment, she is searching the land for amazing Scandinavian nannies and experienced au pairs - so, if you are looking to work as a nanny, mother's help or au pair in London, have a chat with Mary as she might be able to land you a super duper placement.  The main thing in short supply at the moment are child carers who can prove 3 years + of experience.

Once you have registered with Mary and the agency, she is there to help you through the maze of getting to London, give you advise, encouragement, support and help you settle into your new job.

The jobs can be both live in and live out. 

Mary can be contacted on 0207 580 3113 - or ping her your Cv mary@littleoneslondon.co.uk

 

 

 

March 08, 2011

Exciting new photos

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We had Chris Windsor  the photographer in here today do take some new exciting photographs for us.  We got all very excited and played food stylists and models the whole morning.

Emmeline, our PR Gal, helped out and we are sure there are some ace photos in the can.  So, watch this space for exciting new updates to the websites - especially the one for the Scandinavian Food Online shop www.scandikitchen.co.uk/shop (yes, to those of you who did not know, you can now buy all your Scandinavian groceries without leaving the comfort of your own sofa.  Hoo haa).

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January 18, 2011

Malmo, Minnesota

There are several Malmo's in the world, only some of which are in Sweden.  We found quite a few no-man places, a lot of barren landscapes randomly named after the Fatherland town of Malmo.

But we also found some living communities.   Take for example Malmo, Minnesota.  Home to 332 nice people.

Malmo came abouts in the 1880's when settlers from Malmo, Sweden, moved over to live.  They farmed and logged - and there was also a creamery.  Oh, and a post office.

Malmo boats a camp site called Pete's Retreat - if you are thinking about going to Malmo this is the only place to go.  Literally.   

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Malmo post office circa 1910

 

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There is even a selection of lovely tourist gifts to bring back home...


December 07, 2010

The definitive Xmas present list (with love)

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It's nearly Christmas.  So, tradition true, here is the annual cheat's list to sorting out all your present worries in one clean swoop.

Mother Christmas pudding bin bags (seriously, who'd buy these?)

Father A book about DAD cars

Sister Give her some sunshine in a jar

Brother How about some mistletoe attached to his head?

Best friend How about a ball scratcher?

Neighbour George Bush dog poopie flags

Dog - hands hown, you need a dog umbrella

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The reason we get up in the morning...

On Saturday we had a visit from a young English lady named Madeleine.  She and her parents have been coming to see us once in a while almost since we opened.  It is always so nice to see them.  They all love Scandinavia and we always have a good chit-chat about their holidays in the Nordic countries.

This weekend, Madeleine left us this note.  We realise that it is because of things like this that we get out of bed in the morning.  Thanks, Madeleine, for reminding us.

Madeleine letter




 

 

November 16, 2010

I still love you, Knugen

Knugen (aka The Swedish King, the Man, the Dude) is a favourite of our Seb.  Except the press has not been too nice to him lately (The King, not Seb...ed.)

Still, Seb knows his loyalties.

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We building a wall of royal appreciation and are looking for a whole load of golden frames.  If you have any knocking about, let us know, we'll happily take them off you.

 

 

September 01, 2010

David Bray - our favourite illustrator dude, like, ever

We have amazing customers.  Some, over the year, pop round so often we wonder if they want to move in. 

One of such lovelies is Dave.  Dave "can I have a laaaaartey" Bray is an illustrator and he did some drawings for us a while back - they hang our walls in the cafe and we love them. 

You can see more of Dave's work here

In response to many, many enquiries, yes it IS possible to buy prints of these - the prints are numbered from 1-100 and cost £50 for one and £85 for two.  Nobody has ever asked what 3 cost, but I'm sure there is a deal to be made if you want both Odin, Thor and Freya on your bedroom wall.

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July 22, 2010

Two best things in the world: Elvis and Smorgasbord

It's almost too good to be true:  Elvis singing about smorgasbord.  Bronte got very excited: she loves Elvis - and never knew about this song until today.  She actually loves Elvis so much that in two weeks, she's dragging Jonas to Las Vegas and they're even getting married by The King in one of those little chapels.  Yeps, really.

Enjoy the King and his smorgasbord dance.  We wonder if Mr and Mrs Aurell to be will choose this one as their song at the Chapel? 

July 19, 2010

Get away for a while...and sit in a tree

 
There are many spectacular hotels across the globe, but try one of these in Sweden if you fancy a bit of a different experience.

The rest of the article can be read here in The Local, Sweden's English News (including contact details).

We'd love to stay in any one of these - what a cool way to spend a few days.

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in the middle of a lake...

Hotel2
Up in a tree...


 Hotel4
in a hotel made out of ice (no central heating, no)

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In an old airplane, now grounded...

Hotel6
In a really cool eco hut

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up in another tree...

Hotel3
in a hut made for trolls....

  
  

June 23, 2010

Special treatment for the Swedes? Typical.

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On second thoughts: let them have it.

The EU laws are there for a reason, you know.  Bananas are not supposed to be bendy, cucumbers must be uniform and straight or else they cannot fulfil their purpose in life.  That is so because the people of Brussels have spoken and said so.  So. There. You. Go.

Except, there are exceptions and lately, some of us Danes and Norwegians at SK and realising it is always the Swedes who have to be difficult and different and get special treatment.

First up, SNUS:

Snus is basically tobacco compressed into little pouches that look at bit like teabags that you stuff up under your top lip instead of smoking a cigarette.  if you are hardcore you get the "loose" snus which is the same thing but without the bag around it.  Either way, until you get the hang of it, you look like you have a fat lip.

The EU banned Snus quite a few years ago, but Sweden got an exception to this because of tradition.  So far, so good.

But NOW we're learning that the EU also gave special permission to Sweden for fermented herring.  A-ha!  Yes, Surstromming contains a seriously high level of dioxins, which are not very good for you at all, really.  So, the Brussels people banned it in 2002 but gave Sweden exception.  See?  There they go again, always wanting to be different, getting special treatment.

The exception runs out in 2011 and currently, Sweden's agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson is pleading with the EU to extend the permission to eat rotten herring that smells really, really bad.

EU commissioner John Dalli, who has been dealing with the case, was asked if he'd actually tried the delicacy and said he had been recommended not to go near it due to the awful smell. 

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Sexy Swedish Snus Man

 

May 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Danish style

This video did the rounds last week in both Denmark and abroad.  It's very sweet, even if there is a bit of help in it from a Pr company for the Danish bus service...

March 11, 2010

Make it fun - by Swedes

We love this.  People tend to take the escalators as opposed to the stairs.  But how about making it more fun to take the stairs?  Will this mean more people will walk as opposed to using the escalator?  You betcha.

You can read more here www.thefuntheory.com

February 17, 2010

Eurovision 2010: Denmark

First up:  Denmark.

Firstly, we've concerned about the keyboard players head: it may fall off before they reach Oslo.  Secondly, we suspect the lead singer is moonlighting as a 1980's goalkeeper somewhere. 

Verdict:  Would have done well in 1987. 

January 21, 2010

What other people blog about #1: People in ads who look like they're farting

This has nothing to do with Scandinavia.  We just found it mildly amusing. 

http://thewvsr.com/fartads.htm

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August 26, 2009

Smelly Basshunter?

Basshunter - the man behind this massive hit in both Sweden and UK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYQUsp-jxDQ - was at Scandi Kitchen a while back for an interview.  He forgot his LYNX deodorant.  Seb has been using it, believing it may habour magic powers - a bit like the LYNK adverts.  Perhaps it will even give him magic musical powers and he'll be a rock star one day, who knows...

Seb before using Basshunter's LYNX - and two sides of cured salmon

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Seb AFTER using Basshunter's LYNX - both Moa and Michaela approves..

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Here's the original ad - but we prefer Seb's version

Nothing Fishy About Lynx Dry

August 12, 2009

"Swedes are stupid" claims Norwegian professor.

We love a bit of Scandi banter - and nothing gets the Scandies up in arms as much as "who is the stupidest of all Scandinavian nations?".  A few weeks back, a Norwegian professor commented that "Swedes are studpid" due to their inabilities to understand the spoken Norwegian word well. 

You can read the article in English here http://www.thelocal.se/21208/20090810/

The Swedish paper, Expressen, hit back.  And then came the comments from left, right and centre - most of them commenting that seeing as nobody understands the Danes, surely that must mean something?

We love it.   Feel free to pop your own view in here.  We take no responsibility for your opinions and we'd just like to say that we love everyone.  Any comments with naughty words will be removed immediately.


June 05, 2009

We're not quite sure why, but there they are...

Meet Dave and Bertie.  They run a company around the corner from Scandi Kitchen called  Watermill.  Bascially, they think up great ideas and they are very good at it, actually. 

Here's footage of Dave and Bertie growing 20-second beards.   We feature in one of these videos, thank you very much.  Proud.

June 02, 2009

Birds and the bees - Norwegian ad

Golden Oldie

We know this is old but we still love it - the banned IKEA commercial made by the German arm of IKEA, hated by the Swedish...

May 12, 2009

Sweden wins Eurovison Contest for toads

Last Sunday, 10th May, Sweden won the international Contest for singing toads.  The group "the Molle tenors" took the crown and over 70% of the votes with a wonderful summery rendition of a toad classic.

If you think we're kidding, click on the link and listen to the winning entries.

CLICK HERE FOR TOADS

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March 09, 2009

It's a sign

We found this great group on Facebook - have a peek

Great signs from around the world

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February 26, 2009

If Sweden ruled the world...

  We found this little website (pictures courtesy of same)

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Oops. A little sneaky one.

February 18, 2009

Bacon advert - is this supposed to make me hungry?

Too many fry-ups = this is what you might end up looking like. Have a carrot instead...

February 03, 2009

And the survey says... (here are the results from you, the jury)

Thanks for filling in our little survey a few weeks back.  We learnt a lot of things.  Here is a pick of some of the results and answers:

  • 95.7% of you rate usgood value for money. 

  • Everyone rates our service good or above - with 89.1% rating it "excellent".  Thanks, Mum.

  • Everyone rates our food good and above (mostly above).

The best thing about Scandi Kitchen: 

  • The people, the food and free hugs are mentioned most

What woould make you come back to SK more often:

  • "If you opened a shop next to my house"

  • "a helicopter"

What's the least good thing about SK?

  • "no meatballs for breakfast"

  • "not enough Norwegian music on the stereo"

  • "lack of cinnamon buns"

Thanks for all your wonderful replies - we have taken all of them onboard and made a few changes to things around the place.  While we can't do everything, we will endeavour to change what we can.  Unfortunately, we cannot change Westminster parking wardens, the fact that we're not in W4 or that you live in Hampshire, but we can change little things such as new and improved recipe for warm cinnamon buns (and we can make more of them).  Do pop by for a sample - they are delicious.

Love,

The Kitchen People

January 28, 2009

Happy Burn's Night, youse lovely Scots

We quite like Scotland.  Some of us here at SK used to live there and on top of that, well, the Scottish are quite similar to the Scandinavians in many ways. 

So, happy Burn's Night to you all on 25th Janaury - the famous Scottish poet is 250 years old.  We hope you enjoy your haggis, neeps and tatties.

Did you know a lot of Scots words stem from Scandinavian languages?  Bairn is a Scottish word fro "child" - and relates to the Scandinavian "barn".  To "greet" in Scots means to cry - and this is grade or grata in Scandinavian.  "Ken" means to know - and stems from the Scandinavian "kenne".

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R Burns - the inventor of great poems as well as fantastic side burns.

January 06, 2009

Observation about Scandinavia # 1 - Swedish tubes

Welcome to a bit of a new thing on our blog:  observations about Scandinavia. Feel free to send in your links or make comments on this.

We found this clip from a Canadian chap living in Sweden who ponders, as we have done many times ourselves, about this obsession in Sweden with putting everything in tubes...?

December 01, 2008

Nostalgic Swedish Christmas calendar...

A while back we posted a Danish link for Christmas, bound to bring on nostalgia...  Here's our Swedish one:

November 24, 2008

Lost in translation

We found this and giggled

November 11, 2008

Nostalgic Danish Christmas song

Awwww... Any Dane who watches this will instantly feel the spirit of Christmas.... In Bronte's village this is still what it looks like.  Almost.

October 21, 2008

When Danes drink beer...

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October 15, 2008

A song about Sweden

Even our "I know all about music" man Sebastian had not heard this one.  Well, you learn something everyday.  Now you're famous, Sweden.

September 30, 2008

Tommy Seebach is Jonas?

Could it be that Jonas took moustance inspiration from Danish Tommy Seebach?

September 29, 2008

Norwegian humour... (with English subtitles for a change)

And some without subtitles - making fun of the Danes.  Who have a very perculiar number-systems.

September 22, 2008

Finnish drunken people (by a Swede...)

A famous Swedish comedian talks about drunk Finnish people (in Swedish only, sorry)

Listen to a herring fart

Yes.  it's true.  Herring like to fart, especially in company.  We may well be closer to fish than Darwin first thought, you know - we know of pubs down East London way where men also gather on Saturday afternoon in droves to consume beer and let out a few stinkers.

September 16, 2008

Which one is our Jonas? Help be the SK Moustache judge

Despite Bronte's best efforts, Jonas still sports a moustache long after the SK Moustache competition seems to be over.  We've all heard the stories about someone in his extended family being an honourary founding member of the Swedish Moustache Society and all that - but the new question is more about what kind of tash he has?

We found this web page which describes the different categories of moustaches.  Do send us your opinions on this and we're make sure we enter him for the right category at the next event.

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From top left to borttom right: dali, english, hungarian, imperial or free-style - and Jonas.

September 08, 2008

Look what we found...

...an old advert that Peter made...

August 23, 2008

Preben and Preben

Our Swedish friends love making fun of the Danes almost as much as the Danes love making fun of the Swedes.  Here's a good old clip (Sw-Danish only, sorry)

A stark warning - be careful when at Scandinavian Kitchen if Henrik and Sebastian are around, they love nothing more than to re-act this entire sketch, so don't get them started.

Whatever happened to... Joey Tempest

We got talking the other day at SK about bands we liked when we were nippers.  None of us can lay claim to a particularly great mucal background when it comes to the first albums we liked (Mel and Kim, Bronte?  Seriously?).  After slating each other for a while, we started wondering what on earth happened to those people we used to adore in poster-format during our messy pre-teenage years.

We found Joey Tempest (It's the final count down, do do doooooh doooh) and have decided he's still okay by us.

Currently, looking for others - do send some good links in if you happen to find some good ones

August 19, 2008

Postcard from Heather & Jo #5

_MG_1927 Stockholm Culture Festival "Carnival"

All good things come to an end and so it was time for us to leave. Following the grand finale of the Culture Festival on Saturday night, we awoke to the pouring rain (being British I believe it is my duty to always talk about the weather) and the knowledge that team GB were third in the Olympic medals table. Go team GB!

On reflection, we think Sweden has the answer to London's knife crime problem - Swedish female police officers; that is if the two we saw are a good representation. Gone would be the thoughts of knifes, in the hope of being searched thoroughly by a female police officer!

Our final day took us to Stockholm's City Museum where we learnt about the city's "filth" and "prohibition" - even chocolate was banned and servants could be jailed for wearing silk! The horror!

As we stocked up on choolate with Daim (no longer prohibited), Stimorol chewing gum and Swedish literature, the call came for us to reluctantly catch our flight. I did try to take SK to new heights of the mile high club (not that one!) and serve tea in my SK t-shirt, but was not successful. I think I lacked the lucky SK mug, so will try again next time. In retaliation I ripped a page out of SAS's 'Scanorama' magazine, to help plan my next holiday to Sweden. If I were to only travel to Sweden for my annual holiday every year, I would be very happy.

Until next time....

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A nice waste of time from a Swedish website (fixed link, thanks Heather)

August 18, 2008

How many medals has the country of Ikea won at the Olympics?

Jay Leno talks Olympics with a few US citizens... 

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