Being home for Easter is an opportunity to catch up with family, both the living and the dead. And today we visited a few cemeteries around the area, including Memorial Garden at South Gundurimba, about fifteen minutes drive from Lismore. It's a small cemetery "in the middle of nowhere" with not many graves at all. … Continue reading Winifred Atwell’s Grave
Aside from the excitement of Melodifestivalen, it's been a weekend for catchups. Thanks to my long-term involvement in the world of ABBA fans, I've met some really great people over the years. I've also met some dickheads, but you learn to avoid them after a while. Thankfully, the good outweighs the bad. And this weekend, … Continue reading Fikar
Having previously braved the sometimes drunken crowds at Sydney's nine pm and midnight fireworks, I've concluded it's sometimes just as good to watch them on a television, which is what Graeme and I did last night. In common with previous years when we have gone out for a drink on NYE, we had only one … Continue reading Gott Nytt År
I've never really quite got the exercise thing. As a child I was never really very good at sport as I struggled with hand-eye co-ordination. I was okay at tennis and hockey, and not bad at orienteering, but generally speaking sporting ability has never been one of my strengths. To be honest, the last time … Continue reading Dancing Queen
As noted here and here, I enjoyed a terrific weekend catching with some current and former members of ABBAMAIL/Village, and watching Melodifestivalen with an assortment of Swedophiles, friends, and one Swede. With thanks to Graeme, here are some photographs from the weekend...
Due to my long-term involvement in the "ABBA Fan Community", I've met people from all over the world. Last year for example as I travelled around Europe I met Marco and Sandra in the Netherlands, and caught up with David (France) and Gustav (Sweden). It's a part of my life which, I guess sounds a … Continue reading Nice Bloke
A dozen years ago I was part of a fairly dysfunctional and heavily moderated mailing list for ABBA fans run by a bloke called James Preston. Although the vast majority of organised "hard core" ABBA fans are gay men there's also a large number of fans who feel somewhat uncomfortable with that reality. When one … Continue reading ABBAMAIL Ends