Tag Archives: Sweden

‘Between the servers’ dancing to the Smiths at Spotify HQ in Sweden (Rousse)

I discovered the twenty-first century equivalent of Saturday loitering in HMV. This was to spend the afternoon between the enormous file servers at Spotify’s headquarters in Sweden, dancing to the entire repertoire of the Smiths.

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Christmas cake complications (Rousse)

It was meant to be a simple lunch at my parents’ house, but the complications began as soon as I invited the others to the table. First I noticed that my former colleague AT failed to turn up. Then the … Continue reading

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Escalator screams in Sweden (Rousse)

I could just make out from our conversation at the dinner table that JM had so far enjoyed the conference in Sweden, although his girlfriend had not found it quite so interesting. After the meal one of the organisers asked … Continue reading

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England v Sweden: where to watch the match (Rousse)

Belle and I debated where we should spend our evening together. The final choice depended on who won the football. We really wanted to be with the fans of the victors, whether or not England beat Sweden.

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Bed and breakfast Scandinavian-style (Rousse)

I wished that someone had warned us. TPR, G, J and I had no idea of this strange Scandinavian practice. Now we faced a night in a Swedish bed and breakfast in a shared single bedroom with all the other … Continue reading

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Beware imitations: the case of the “handwoven” oriental silk rug (Rousse)

I was in a flap. My parents would be arriving for breakfast in 15 minutes. We had no food in the house, and our silk rug from Singapore was filthy from the ashes that had spilled onto it from our … Continue reading

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Unhealthy pub grub and a Swedish opera singer (Rousse)

We took a break from cycling and stopped off at a pub for a lunch. Since the bar was unstaffed, TPR poured himself a pint of a lager, and a half for me. Then the waiter brought us a dish … Continue reading

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