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The spell of sports

The spell of sports

The largest sports event of 2010 is without any doubt the Soccer World Championship in South Africa. Events like these make the world grind to a stop when it’s getting close to kickoff, as people are spellbound at the arena, at a pub or in the sofa. The audience stare at 22 men running around on a field of grass, chasing a round object made from the skin of an animal.

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King Bore hits Gothenburg

King Bore hits Gothenburg

This weekend Gothenburg was hit by a snow storm, creating a new snow record. The old record from 1967 was 53 cm. Today Gothenburg has had snow on the street for 67 days in a row, the longest period since 1985. It’s cold as well, likely the coldest for fifteen years. But hey, it’s beautiful in the sun! I went for a lovely walk along the deserted streets.

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City under siege

City under siege

I was leaving my apartment this morning and walked north along the narrow streets. Suddenly I heard a voice somewhere shouting “Nooo! I’m innocent!” (though in juvenile Swedish). I then saw two soldiers in camouflage uniforms running across the intersection with assault rifles and heavy comm gear.

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Return of Ostindiefararen

Return of Ostindiefararen

After two years at sea, the large ship Ostindiefararen today reached it’s final destination, my home town Gothenburg. It had sailed from Gothenburg to Guangzhou (Kanton) in China, visiting the ports of Recife, Cape Town, Jakarta, Shanghai and many more on it’s voyage.

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The Chinese boat gets shanghaied

The Chinese boat gets shanghaied

For half a decade, there has been a strange boat situated in the Gothenburg harbor. It is the Chinese restaurant called Floating Sea Palace, cleverly disguised as a dragon ship. It has no engine and the dragon has seen better days, but it has been there for an eternity in my mind.

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Let it snow

Let it snow

The temperature of today is more like an early autumn day, but that doesn’t stop people from decorating Gothenburg with all sorts of lights. As always, there is only one rule: More than last year. But it seems like the expensive tradition is catching up on people.

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Best coffee in Gothenburg

Best coffee in Gothenburg

Unlike many other parts of the world, Sweden has a fairly good tradition of freshly brewed, strong coffee. In fact, there is not a single Starbucks vendor in the entire country! However, there is good coffee and there is great coffee. Most worshipers of the black gold have their own personal favorites in their local area, and the following are my favorite coffee shops in Gothenburg.

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Nobody to fear but ourselves

Nobody to fear but ourselves

While following the current American presidential election and realizing the most probable outcome, it is only natural to ponder the doom of civilization. We are bound by the laws of ethics and morale, not to mention the laws themselves, to be nice to each other and stay away from the path of destruction.

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In the hall of the mountain king
A day of reflection

A day of reflection

A sunny afternoon three years ago I sat in my office writing code in C++. It was September 11. I happened to catch a news-flash and instantly turned on the TV. Before my eyes was a real-time image I will never forget: a burning tower in the heart of one of my favorite cities on Earth, New York.

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