Cue Sweden queue!

(This blog entry originally went out in 140-character-tweets in my Twitter stream.)

Greetings! This morning my local paper printed a letter bemoaning the damage caused to the beautiful Swedish language by English loan words. The letter writer mentioned his admiration for the French who only ever use French in the media. So those 5500 hits on “le week-end” I just got on Le Monde’s internet site must be a figment of my imagination.

Last time I was on Twitter I shared some articles about the Great Teddy Bear Bombing of Belarus. It has had consequences. Not my tweeting, of course, but the action itself. The Swedish Ambassador has been expelled. Ambassador Eriksson’s crime seems to be his ability and willingness to speak Belarusian. At least according to Sovetskaya Belorussia as reported by Charta 97 in a link I sent earlier. “…Swedish Ambassador Mr. Eriksson, who speaks Belarusian language and actively uses it.”

A “ridiculous accusation,” says Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. And see his tweets following this one.
Carl Bildt Tweet screenshot

Sunday 4 August would have been the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg Swedish TV showed Kjell Grede’s excellent God Afton Herr Wallenberg (Good Evening , Mr Wallenberg) from 1990. See here on the Internet Movie Database. One of the IMDb reviewers says: “…it’s a good film …[but] it is very depressing and hard to shake off after you have seen it.” Fair comment.

I hadn’t seen it for more than ten years when I switched on Sunday night. I don’t think it’s aged badly at all. Still as good … but it’s no light entertainment. Let me also draw your attention to this Sign Language photo published here earlier in the year.

And so to other (non-Olympic) Scandinavian news.

Norway is expressing concern about Facebook’s facial recognition software. See this from Bloomberg.

Meanwhile Swedes don’t think Norwegians know how to queue. Complaining about foreigners who can’t queue properly? My! Swedes are getting more English all the time. Talk about cultural imperialism.

And with that neat segue back to the opening concerns of this round up, I think it’s time to bow out. Cheerio!

And just by way of an addendum and a nod towards the Olympics. View this fascinating little silent video: the Olympic Rings used to illustrate some comparative statistics.

oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia from gustavo sousa on Vimeo.