Swedish stuff that's distracting us today.
Taiwan’s Next Media Animation, which shot to fame late last year for its animated news clip of Elin Nordegren’s alleged attack against then-husband Tiger Woods, has turned its focus again to Sweden.
This time, it has targeted Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf following the publication of controversial biography “Carl XVI Gustaf – the reluctant monarch,” which details rumours of the king’s affairs.Just in case you missed it the first time around, here’s the Tiger video.
Miscellaneous: November 4th, 2010 at 9:52 am by DL
How does a 34-year-old Swedish music teacher become the focus of recent post on a blog connected to the Los Angeles Times newspaper focusing on “observations from Iraq, Iran, Israel, the Arab world, and beyond”?
By telling a story–referred to in the blog as “intriguing, and perhaps a bit puzzling”–about how an unassuming Swede named Malcolm found his spiritual home with Islam.
“I feel very comfortable as a Muslim…. We’re social creatures and we want to feel a sense of belonging,” he said. “If it’s not a clan it’s a nation or a soccer team. For me it’s nice to have a belonging which is not a nation or a football team.”
He explains that the day he “officially” became a Muslim at the Mosque in Stockholm:
The room became quiet as the blond-haired, blue-eyed Swede got up from his seat and started to read out the text alongside the imam in Arabic. From a stand above in the women’s section, his Muslim wife was watching him.
Malcolm summed up the occasion thusly: ” It felt big”.
Philips’ advertising campaigns for the wake-up light have historically challenged the prestige of the product, testing the wake-up light’s mettle in real life. In this latest campaign, the test is on an epic scale.
Watch the clip for the trailer here.
Philips travels to Longyearbyen, Norway, where winter lasts for four months and the sun doesn’t rise at all in this period. A town where the local people look with dread to the winter months: a time of little enjoyment and confusion. A period when, without the differentiation of day and night, time itself is without meaning.
Enter Philips and the wake-up light with a simple mission: to restore residents Longyearbyen’s daily routine and help them combat the negative impact of living without natural light for four months.
The wake-up light simulates sunrise, allowing users to, perhaps not surprisingly, wake up in an environment similar to a bright summer’s day. The theory behind the experiment is that this will combat the negative effects of waking, living and then going to sleep in darkness and should help the user readjust to a more natural cycle.
The full footage for the experiment will be released in November. Will it work? Wait and see.
Miscellaneous: October 26th, 2010 at 5:00 pm by PVS
The Local was among a slew of Swedish news sources that a month ago reported on a local Sweden Democrat politician who called for a ban on Muslims practising Islam in Strömstad in northern Sweden. Last week, Sweden Democrat member of parliament and international affairs spokesperson, Kent Ekeroth, declared that Islam (not Islamic terrorism, not fundamentalist nor extreme Islam, but the religious faith itself) to be the “enemy” of Sweden in a response to an article in Haaratz, the Israeli daily, to which The Local’s David Landes had made a contribution.
While the Sweden Democrats have featured regularly in the The Local and the Swedish press for various statements involving Islam and Muslims, with party leader Jimmie Åkesson once having famously described Islam as “Sweden’s biggest external threat“, Ekeroth’s comments were largely ignored despite appearing to present a new rhetorical standard for the party, and despite their speaker having now taken his place in Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag.
Miscellaneous: September 27th, 2010 at 4:37 pm by DL
A story circulating on the web over the weekend argued that most Americans actually preferred a system of wealth distribution similar to Sweden’s.
The poor and the rich, Democrats and Republicans are all equally likely to choose the Swedish model.
The article, which appeared on a progressive news blog, is based on a study which attempts to get views from “regular” Americans concerning debates about wealth distribution and inequality in society.
According to the study, 92 percent of Americans preferred “Swedish-style” wealth distribution over the current situation in the United States.
At first glance, Sweden and Malaysia appear to have little in common given the vast differences in their climates. However, CNN highlighted both countries for a Friday report on some of the world’s finest island groups.
Miscellaneous: September 13th, 2010 at 4:02 pm by VT
The AP suggests Swedish voters may be ready to spurn the Social Democrats for a second consecutive term in a story on Sunday.
The Sweden women’s football team narrowly topped Denmark in Women’s World Cup playoff action on Saturday in Gothenburg at Gamla Ullevi, winning 2-1.
Hockey defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson of Eksjö east of Jönköping, winner of the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, has a taste of home at the aptly named Tre Kronor in the Windy City’s Northwest Side on Friday.
The NHL website gave a sneak peek on Wednesday of the upcoming Elitserien season, which begins this week, coming strongly in favour of defending champion HV71 from Linköping and runner-up Djurgården in the race for the 2011 title. Writer Bill Meltzer also took note of talent that has left the league to play in the NHL in the upcoming season and looked back at Swedish stars from years past.
A study conducted by a Welsh researcher of more than 200,000 Swedes in their late 20s and mid-30s suggests increased social fragmentation in large cities may partially explain why psychotic disorders are more common in urban areas, researchers have suggested, the findings, published on Tuesday, show.
Following on the heels of CNN’s interview with Swedish singer Robyn earlier this week, the cable news channel turned its attention to Gothenburg native José González, who, despite his Argentinian origins, revealed he feels Swedish first and foremost.
Bloomberg suggests Stieg Larsson’s Stieg Larsson prediction a decade ago that the Sweden Democrats would first enter parliament in 2010 may come true, Bloomberg wrote on Friday.
These were uploaded on Thursday:
Dolph Lundgren grills a unicorn
Dolph Lundgren loses his head
Just in case you missed it the first time, here’s Lundgren’s rendition of Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation” at Melodifestivalen in February.
Rooney Mara was spotted on the streets of Stockholm on Wednesday going to a gym and heading to a language school, where she is reportedly learning to speak English with a Swedish accent, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
CNN follows the flocks on tourists on the Millennium tour of Stockholm on Wednesday.
Street prostitution has been cut in half, “a direct result of the criminalization of sex purchases,” the Christian Science Monitor wrote on Tuesday.
Swedish singer Robyn appeared on CNN on to talk about her love for Sweden and how the country inspires her music.
The New York Times goes House Hunting in … Stockholm and profiles a 4.5 million kronor ($620,000) two-bedroom apartment in Östermalm in its Great Homes and Destinations section on Tuesday.
Miscellaneous: September 5th, 2010 at 11:21 am by DL
Martha Stuart, America’s “most trusted guide to stylish living” headed for Stockholm this weekend, according to a September 3rd blog post. She’ll be spending a few days in the Swedish capital to attend the GRID 2010 conference, put on by Bonnier, one of the biggest names in publishing and media in Sweden.
As Martha puts it:
The theme this year is “It’s All About Passion,” a subject very dear to me.
And as we all know, nothing screams ‘passion’ more loudly than Stockholm in September!!!