Whenever my brother comes to visit, there are two things that you can be sure of happening: 1) we’ll inevitably end up watching at least 20 episodes of some geeky TV-show (Star Trek: The Next Generation is the current favourite), and 2) lovely guitar-music will fill the house most of the day, which is probably the nicest thing in the world, especially when the player got both talent and taste:
I’ve always associated August with my dear cousin Ida’s birthday. We grew up as neighbours and spent most of our childhood together…
I’m to the left, Ida to the right
It’s nice to know that we wore fruity outfits already as children. And yes, we did spend quite a lot of time in trees.
Missing Ida’s actual birthday and sensing the smell of autumn in the air, we decided to throw a small birthday-and-end-of-summer-celebration yesterday. We invited a few friends and before you knew it – tapas for 8 was served. We ended the meal with the first apple pie of the season, and I think that means that it is now officially autumn.
Äppelkriget (The Apple War) is a 1971 Swedish comedy-drama directed by Tage Danielsson, and one of my all time favourite movies. It’s a celebration of life and nature with lots of excellent comedic refrences to norse mythology, nazi-germany and swedish stereotypes.
The plot is something like this:
From IMDB: A German business man, Volkswagner, comes to Österlen in the south of Sweden to build Deutschneyland, a gigantic amusement park for German tourists. The local councillors and the member of parliament are all in favour of the idea, although it will turn vast areas into parking lots for cars. The Lindberg family does not like the idea and with the help of a little magic, they start scheming against it.
The main female character is played by the absolutely wonderful Monica Zetterlund and I used to idolize her character Anna Lindberg when I was younger.. I mean, she’s a witch, she’s cute, smart and has magnetic trousers, who wouldn’t want to be her?
(Monica Zetterlund, though not as Anna Lindberg)
I think the DVD might be kind of hard to get a hold of outside of Scandinavia, but if you can get to it, you should definitely check it out. Meanwhile…
The music is composed by Evert Taube (who also make a small cameo in the film) and it sets the mood excellently throughout the movie. Feel free to enjoy:
A few weeks ago my sister and I went to Moss to get tattooed by the talented Electric Linda. My sister got her gypsy pin-up, and I got a lovely Mucha-piece (ofc) on my back. I must say I really love how it turned out!
As with all large tattoos you can’t really do the details justice with just one picture, so here are two close-ups:
QI, or Quite Interesting if you will, is probably my all time favourite TV-show. It’s a quiz-show hosted by the wonderful Stephen Fry, and the panel consists of four participants (usually excellent comedians): three rotating and one regular, Alan Davies. The premise is somewhat hard to explain so I’ll let wikipedia do the talking:
Most of the questions are extremely obscure, making it unlikely that the correct answer will be given. To compensate, points are awarded not only for right answers, but also for interesting ones, regardless of whether they are right or even relate to the original question. Conversely, points are deducted from a panellist who gives, “answers which are not only wrong, but pathetically obvious”…
..the important thing is that the show is extremely funny. Take a look:
I’m nuts about hats and have an ever-growing collection at home, though most are a bit more wearable than Jane Taylors. :) I wish I had more social engagements that require the wearing of long couture dresses and extravagant headpieces – especially when they look like these:
Torunn is a graphic designer from Norway. She makes beautiful designs for web, print and other media. She also designs a collection of pillows, silk scarfs and other textiles under the Burgunder brand.