Tag Archive: Sweden

Neneh Cherry

“For her first time in Australia, it would have been good to have some more of her older songs”, my friend said, as we made our way out of the Sydney Opera House… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #4

As the opening beats from “Don’t Say No” by Midnight Boy came from the speakers of my television, for just a brief moment, I was transported back to the 80s and to Brisbane’s… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #2

I’m quite a fan of the Swedish pop singer, Magnus Carlsson. To be precise, Magnus who was in Swedish pop bands Barbados and Alcazar, not Magnus Carlson (one “s”) who was in Swedish… Continue reading

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Who needs an Australian entry in Eurovision, when we might already have one?

Who needs an Australian entry in Eurovision, when we might already have one? There’s a lot of excitement today in Australia about our confirmed “wild card” entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #1

The “car crash” that was last year’s Melodifestivalen (the Swedish competition which chooses an entrant for Eurovision) hasn’t, so far, been repeated this year. Although the songs last year were reasonably okay, the… Continue reading

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Song Of The Year – Tove Lo Habits

Of all the new music I saw/heard in 2014, this was the one that stood out. Yeah, of course it’s from a Swedish artist, and I love the fact she doesn’t try to… Continue reading

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My Swedish is better when I’ve been drinking

Once again I’ve decided my Swedish is better when I’ve had a drink or two, or three or four. I first discovered this a few years ago at a bar in Stockholm. I… Continue reading

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Sweden meets Australia

Nice surprise in the mail today. A couple of t-shirts I ordered online a while back. The first time I’ve ever bought something from an ad I’d clicked on Facebook:)

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Monica Z

The last couple of weeks have been reasonably busy, and so I haven’t managed to immerse myself in the Scandinavian Film Festival as I’d hoped. There was one film, however, I definitely wanted… Continue reading

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Welcome To Sweden

For a few years I’ve toyed with the idea of living in Sweden for a year or two. However, there are a few reasons which have stopped me. Money is, of course, an… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2014 #4

Ah yes, I remember it well. It was Stockholm Pride in 2011, and Graeme and I were there in the front row for the final ever performance by legendary Swedish pop group, Alcazar.… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2014 #3

“Oh my God, it’s The Footy Show”, I thought to myself as I watched the opening moments of the third heat of this year’s Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection process for the Eurovision Song… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2014 #2

There was a real sense of déjà vu in the second heat of this year’s Melodifestivalen, the contest which decides which act will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, in… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2014 #1 – The Melfest Crisis

For the last few days I’ve been struggling. I’ve been unable to decide if it was the songs or the hosts of this year’s first edition of Melodifestivalen which were the most underwhelming.… Continue reading

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Sydney Queues

You know those stupid machines at the supermarket deli where you’re given a number and have to wait your turn, even if there’s only two or three other people waiting? Minutes go by… Continue reading

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Musical Favourites for 2013 – The Year of Oskar Linnros

As I’ve sat down to look at the most commonly played tracks for the year, I’m kinda surprised it’s the song “Plåster” by Oskar Linnros. Not that I dislike the song, but I… Continue reading

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Christmas Music and Sweden

Over the last few years I’ve written a couple of blog posts about the proliferation of of “Christmas Music” on the Swedish pop charts at this time of the year. The first post… Continue reading

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Sunday Pub Crawl

“I really like your shirt”, a bloke told me as I stood outside Sydney’s “Hero Of Waterloo”. We had been sitting in a chilly area, and although shorts and t-shirts were fine for… Continue reading

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Watson’s Bay and Luciatåg

There was a moment when I thought to myself “this is a pretty weird spot” to be taking some visitors from overseas. The way we ended up at The Gap (the infamous spot… Continue reading

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Birthday Lunch

When you mention the words “Dancing” and “Columbian Hotel” in the same sentence, you don’t immediately think of ballroom dancing. But that’s exactly what my friend and I saw when we had a… Continue reading

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