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HA-HA-HA-paranda!

A couple of weeks ago, I travelled to the far north of Sweden. The very far north of Sweden. In fact it was as far as you can travel without falling off the map, if of course your map only…

This Is The Year That Was - 2019

As the year draws to an end, it’s time to do a quick summary of the year that has gone. I’ve snuck away to my office to write this as the smell of cooking rises up the stairs and as…

On The Road

When I was about sixteen, my mum bought me a copy of a book called 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To Europe'.

I wasn't sure if giving it to me was a subversive act by my mum, a gentle nudge towards…

The Western. (Hungary - Part Two)

This time last week, I was wandering the streets of Tiszafüred, Hungary, trying to find some small remnant of my life there as a twenty year old back in the early nineties. Perhaps I had expected too much, but…

Northward, Ho!

 

There’s a lot of north in Sweden. In fact, it’s mostly north. Just take a look at a map. When you think there can’t possibly be any more north there’s a whole load more north even further north…

To Edsbyn!

The excitement is starting to build. It’s almost time to hit the road and start filming phase two of a project that first saw the light of day just over a year ago. Yes! This time next week, I’ll…

A Cheddar cheese sandwich

I have appeared on a podcast.

Or more accurately, a simulacrum, an impression, a version of myself has appeared on a pod. In short, I have been impersonated on a podcast. 

Podcasts in Sweden have a reputation…

That was the year that was - 2017

It's the time of year when you are supposed to look back and sum up all your achievements, successes and generally what a great person you are. The summary should also be peppered with a few failures and heartbreak…

The Silence of the Goats

Yesterday I went to Gävle to see the goat.

Not just any old goat, but the famous goat of Gävle, the Julbocken, the goat that has put Gävle on the map and set the place alight. I…

As popular as a potato gratin!

They say you should never read reviews, but when GIK Nytt, the heavyweight organ that is the source of all news in Grytgöl writes about you, you pay attention!

A few weeks ago, I was asked to gig in…

Johnny Hallyday and me

And so, adieu, Johnny Halliday. Au revoir, l'Elvis français. 

I only ever listened to the music of Johnny Halliday once in my life. It was shortly before I ran away from the circus. I won't say that the music…

Lions, cranes and a seafood buffet.

On Thursday night I found myself in Gothenburg. It's been a while, and although I was only there for less than a day, it was good to be back in a 'big' city with proper traffic and a bit…

A night in Valhalla

According to Norse mythology (by which I mean, Wikipedia), Valhalla was an enormous, majestic hall, that warriors travelled to after they had been slain in combat; a pretty impressive place where you were welcomed by fantastic beasts, there…

Into the wild

A couple of weeks ago, my wife asked me if I wanted to go camping with our son's scout group. Needless to say, the very suggestion of going camping at anytime of the year apart from at the height of…

Back from England

I've been away for a week or so and feel the need to get back to blogging. So here is a very quick and superficial summary of my trip to England. 

Firstly, perhaps I am getting old, but I…