Archives for July, 2009

Kåreholm manor on the Slätbaken inlet in Östergötland, home of my friends the Danielsson family. In the 1950s there was a company (maybe several?) in Sweden whose business was to fly around rural areas and take aerial photographs of farms, mills, churches and small factories. Employees in pilot uniforms would then ride around in limousines…

Weekend Fun

Saturday me and the kids went on an unusual package tour. First we took the 1903 steam ship Mariefred from Stockholm to Mariefred, and got to visit the engine room while the machine was working. Mariefred is a small town on Lake Mälaren whose name preserves that of Pax Mariae, one of the last monasteries…

Homeopathic Emergency Room

Thanks to Felicia for the tip-off.

Daycare No More

Today is my last day as a daycare customer, provided that my views on having a third child don’t change radically one day. I’ve enjoyed the fine service of the Igelboda daycare centre for six or seven years straight, but come autumn, Juniorette will become a 0th grade schoolgirl. She’s not yet six years old…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The seventieth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Afarensis. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. The next open hosting slot is on 12 August. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting.…

Dear Reader Tom Stinnett alerted me to a really doom-laden article about Sweden in yesterday’s Guardian. Says Ruben Andersson (apparently a Swedish expat and anthropologist), Sweden’s conservative coalition government has stood still as the financial crisis has engulfed the country. Jobs, social services and healthcare are eroding. The Sweden Democrats – the equivalent of the…

Hello Dear Spammer

I really like the spam letters I get with the subject line “Hello Dear”. Sometimes the spammer is even named Hello Dear. Here’s the latest example. Hello dear how are you today i hope that every things is OK with you as is my pleasure to contact you after viewing your profile which really interest…