Swedish power company Vattenfall said that average electricity prices, both for customers on one-year and
three-year contracts, were the lowest since 2005.
I never cease to be amazed at how, in recent years, the media has become more Americanised in it's reporting.The 'havoc' referred to in this headline
is…cars skidding and ferries having a rough crossing.The fact that weather forecasting is now pretty accurate did not deter the ferries from sailing.There must have been 'havoc' in the accountancy offices of the ferry lines, the thought of having to cancel a sailing! Vehicles skidding…oh, what havoc!!!!
Hey, it's Sweden. It's winter. it happens every year. 'Havoc' is maybe just a little (no a lot) over the top as a headline.
In Bengtsfors I buy my coffee from my favourite Coffee Shop (which is also an internet
cafe and PC shop…so I get so much pleasure going there…as well as meeting my 'club'
of wonderful Swedish friends
I buy mostly a coffee latte when I visit and buy coffee beans to take home. They get
some truly exceptional coffees (including Kopi Luwak, which I could never drink due
to it's source). So here's a SUPERB coffee I just bought at CAMERAIT
They source many of their coffees from Johan & Nystrom, arguably Sweden's most
interesting roasteri producing 'slow-roasted' expertly sourced select coffees by hand.
Even just reading about their coffees (each usually has it's source history,farm,
location,etc shown on their website) guides you into the realms of not simply a
cup of coffee,but a 'coffee experience' that is one of the
great pleasures and delights of life. Click on the picture
below to go to their website (available in English)
Over 10,000+ Rainbow Salmon escaped from the fish farm in Vestre Silen lake a little
over 2 weeks ago.
Needless to say, it brought out the fishermen who have been having a bonanza.
The more they take, the better it is for the indiginous fish population in the
Dalsland Lake system.(clicking on the pictures gives you a larger picture)
For those interested these shots were taken with my Fuji HS10 I bought last year
(a little over SeK 3000,-) with it's built in 30x optic zoom.
The picture sequence is from my kitchen window looking out across the lake.
Here's the real close-up:
"I think children in Scandinavia are looked upon differently to the United States or Britain. We do not classify them in terms of gender so much," Skarsgård said. "We treat children with respect. They are not possessions of the parents."
Asked if he has wanted his eight children to grow up in Sweden, the actor replied that he is "not nationalist by any means," but remains "fond of the Scandinavian culture".
"It's a society that is decent. We pay high taxes, but we also get free education and health care. It's a society that is worthy of the name society, because that word means we're all living here together."
Referred to by many as a 'blue moon'
"While dust particles in the atmosphere can in fact make the moon at times appear blueish, the term "blue moon," which has a somewhat confusing history, generally refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. And they occur more frequently than the phrase "once in a blue moon" might have you believe: every 2.7 years. The last one happened to fall on New Year's Eve 2009." via Newser and space.com Picture by gkr in Gallnas,Dalsland
So, I was just sitting on the porch, about 21-15.The sun had gone down and I was having my evening smoke.
Then, like they were out for a Sunday stroll and completely oblivious to me, two of these walked past – about 4 ft from me – and wandered along the paving stone pathway from the main building to the studio building.
I didn't have my smartphone or my camera with me, so I have had to find a pic online.They were just like these two:
I was totally amazed by how nonchalant they were, chattering away to each other and strolling along.
Yeah, I love the internet. What I don't love is all the problems I have had over the years getting anything like a modest and reliable connection
3.5 kms from me a fibre optic cable runs along the road.My telephone line, however, goes for 7 kms in the opposite direction! So I can't connect with superspeeds. The telephone company can,however, offer me….2 MBs. (that's two). I have even had satellite connections – which were expensive and pretty good – except uploading was via telephone on that 7 km line!!
About 4 years ago I looked into 'mobile broadband' and found that the 2 biggest suppliers couldn't reach my location – you know,there are lakes and trees and small hills…and only 12 people per square km.
Net1 (formerly Ice.net) have been supplying me for about 4 years. It was not a massive speed, but it was reliable and not so expensive.
Now, they have come with a new,faster modem/router called an R90 and I have just recorded speeds that are 10 times faster than I was getting 2 months ago! For some of you these speeds won't seem fast…in which case my advice to you is not to move to live in the beauty,peace and tranquility of the Dalslands lake and forest areas.
Considering this signal is coming about 25 kms,over hills and forests, I think it is pretty good. I am a very very satisfied customer of Net1.