Tuesday, December 29, 2015


I am proud to live in Sweden, even though I am English. I have seen first hand for over 20 years the way in which Sweden has offered refuge to refugees from war torn and/or devastated areas of the world.Some of my best friends are from Kosovo and have the highest respect and regard – not to mention deep gratitude – for Sweden. In my local small town (population about 4,000.The area population of the community covering over 1,000 sq.kms is less than 10,000) there are…40+ non-swedish languages.

Now,Sweden has been forced to instigate ID checks at it’s borders, especially at the bridge that links Sweden with Denmark. Note,this is ID checks – it is not a refusal to accept persons from genuine distressed areas.

Sweden ID checks

The statements by HH Ferries group seem to ignore that other operators, Swedish ones, also have to bear the cost of ID checks. Swedish railways, Swebus express, etc.

The Danish government,however, has taken a very harsh line on the issue of immigrants/refugees. It is a line which all of my Danish friends find abhorrent.

You will see from the article above, via thelocal.se , that persons passing over the bridge link between the 2 countries will be checked for the first time when they reach Sweden.

It appears that the Danish authorities make no checks, probably because they do not intend that refugess shall stay in Denmark. Indeed, they are proposing/instituting measures to ensure that is the case - measures which include taking the possessions (few that they are) of refugees - see here.

So that is what this is actually all about. Sweden has been magnificent in accepting refugees, especially in this last critical year. It is not refusing to accept refugess (unlike some countries like Denmark who are actively discouraging refugess) it is simply trying to ensure that,for the future, other EU countries accept some obligation to help in the face of this huge humanitarian crisis and that persons claiming refugee status are genuine cases.

We owe this to the genuine refugees and to the indigenous population.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Socialism - a system that works for all

Economic boom - 2016

PS. Why has Sweden more billionaires per capita if socialism is so bad? check it out here

Friday, December 04, 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

now you see it, now you don't

Monday: walking in the nearby woods (of which there are many). The following day,Tuesday, all the snow was gone!



Monday, November 23, 2015

misted monday morning


"…. as though the spirits of all that has lived in this area would speak to us, welcoming us to a new day, challenging us to breath in the subtle beauty that surrounds us, becoming absorbed by it…becoming one with it. In so becoming we find ourselves united with all that has been here….and an integral part of all that shall come." gg



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

so smooth,Stockholm

There are so many things we take for granted in our lives today that,just occasionally, one of these things leaps up and slaps us in the face. Like the city's pendletåg, for example. Clean, efficient, comfortable, fairly inexpensive...and the thing that really hits me in the face - smooth and quiet! Whatever happened to the days when a train running on the tracks sounded like an angry Thor raining tumultuous damnation upon our society? Now a train, like the pendletåg in Stockholm, sounds more like a silenced vacuum cleaner 'whooshing past'. Amazing technology.I am really really impressed by the smoothness of railway tracks in Scandinavia.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


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