Tag Archive: ABBA

Muriel’s Wedding

A few friends have been noting of late it’s twenty years since the film, “Muriel’s Wedding” was released. I guess it was the article in the Sydney Morning Herald the other day which… Continue reading

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ABBA Night at The Imperial Hotel, Sydney

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ABBA Magazine

A few months ago I was asked to write a couple of articles for the magazine of the International ABBA Fan Club. A copy of the magazine arrived in the mail this week,… Continue reading

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Agnetha: Abba and After (BBC Special)

Often when you read articles about today’s female pop stars, they’ll say they spent their childhoods standing in front of a mirror (with a hairbrush as a microphone) singing along to songs by… Continue reading

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Early Frida

Winter has arrived exactly on time in Sydney, with cold, wet and rainy conditions for much of the day. Although things cleared up later in the day, I still spent much of the… Continue reading

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Agnetha Fältskog – A

Three songs have emerged as favourites for me, as I’ve listened “properly” to the new album by Agnetha Fältskog over the last couple of weeks. The first single, “When you really loved someone”… Continue reading

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ABBA Museum Opening

It’s late Monday night, my final night in Sweden (sadly), and I’ve just arrived home from the music, fireworks and celebrity-spotting of the official opening of the long-awaited ABBA Museum. The idea for… Continue reading

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Life Is Good As An ABBA Song

“I always smile when I hear an ABBA song played at a bar in Sweden. There’s absolutely no sense of hipster irony in playing ABBA in Sweden. Just pure affection…” I thought to… Continue reading

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International ABBA Day – The Main Day

“If you’re in the ABBA Museum and you’re standing near the Ring Ring exhibit, you should answer the phone, as it’s probably going to be Frida” we were told by Ingmarie Halling from… Continue reading

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International ABBA Day – The First Night

I’ll be the first to admit I can sometimes be a little bit socially awkward. In a group of four or five people I’m fine, but in a large room I am often… Continue reading

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The Dutch Train System – Part Two

The only two words of the Dutch language I know are “alstublieft” and “bedankt” (please and thankyou). So the following translation of the accompanying hand-written note is only a guestimation on my part.… Continue reading

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Nyheter från Stockholm

“Speaking out on SVT tonight – Agnetha Fältskog on her difficult times” proclaimed the Aftonbladet news-stand headline all over Stockholm today. Thirty years after their break up, ABBA remains an important part of… Continue reading

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Stockholm Under Construction

I swear there must be a secret plan for Stockholm to put in bid to host the Olympic Games. That, or they’re expecting a Swedish economic crisis, so they’re doing as much now… Continue reading

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Have Arrived in Stockholm

Aside from a slight hiccough over the seats, the flight from Sydney to Stockholm via Beijing went off without a hitch. The hiccough with the seats had nothing to do with Air China.… Continue reading

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Bang A Boomerang – ABBA Special

“Are you watching the ABBA special”, my friend Yvette texted me tonight. “Watching it? I’m in it, briefly”, I told her. There’s a scene very near the beginning where, if you squint, you’ll… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2013

I really, really love this photograph taken almost three years ago at a shopping centre in Stockholm with Swedish pop singer (and daughter in law of ABBA-Benny), Nanne Grönvall. In particular, I love… Continue reading

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On The Road Again

I’ve been thinking about it for a few months, and was procrastinating about how long I would go for. But by about Wednesday this week. it was pretty clear in my mind 2013… Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Normally we would have lunch with extended family at my sister’s place, but we broke with tradition this Christmas. This year, we went to my niece’s place to have lunch with her new… Continue reading

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What makes a “real” ABBA fan?

I’ve been meaning to say for a few days I had a fun time at the ABBA Celebration in Sydney on the weekend. It was lovely to see some people I haven’t seen… Continue reading

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Benny Anderssons Orkester @ Skansen

“We have a problem. We are a dance band, and the people need room to dance” was how Benny Andersson began the Benny Anderssons Orkester performance at Stockholm’s Skansen. Clearly, he was referring… Continue reading

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