Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Swedes oppose Euro

It's always nice when you can find a majority of people agree with your

own views. As an Englishman who campaigned against Common Market membership

(you may recall we were taken in without being allowed to vote…only after 2 years of

being in could we vote if we wanted to stay in or exit) I am now totally in favour of the

Common Market (EU) but totally opposed to the Euro and all the strings that come with it.


One of the founding principles of the EU was the preservation of the cultures of

the member countries.Indeed, the Social Fund exists primarily for this purpose, to

support and preserve the cultural infrastructure of each participant nation. I find

the concept of the Euro – a single currency – to be contrary to this founding principle.

Add to that the strings attached to the Euro (taxation and budget matters) and I have

always been opposed to it.

swedes against Euro

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

very well deserved award



Ist prize in the Fyrbodals area for the

svenkst naringsliv

most enterprising businessman

Buddy, can you spare a dime…?

cashless Sweden

Yep, it's already quite difficult to operate with cash in Sweden, even in country areas. It all sounds very good, very safe.

However, there are a couple of aspects that really need to be emphasised before we go all plastic:

1. Banks have traditionally existed as 'secure places to put your money', a role they now reject based on an

argument of 'cost effectiveness' (a.k.a. profits).


2. Security' is now increasingly the responsibility of…the customer! 

Do your banking by PC, or mobile phone. Fantastic? Not so.

Ok, I can understand that the majority of 'criminals' would not really be interested in hacking my measly account, however,

stealing my mobile phone is not so difficult,huh?


3. The big winners are the banks and card companies, not the customers. So what exactly do banks do nowadays, huh?

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Snowy Dalsland


  Bengtsfors, Dalsland


this morning at daybreak





Åmal, Dalsland


Here comes the snow, di an du da, di an du da



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