Yesterday’s News

I would promise not to post about the weather ever again, but I cannot help it.  Stockholm has been experiencing recordbreaking heat this summer (31°C last Tuesday evening!).

Dagens Nyheter, 31 July 2014.

Dagens Nyheter, 31 July 2014.

And then the newspaper yesterday reported record crops this past year for cereals in Sweden, because of the mild winter and the dry hot summer. Lower prices are forecast (matpriser is food prices). And the opposite is true of blueberries this year: the berries so far this summer are small and dry, and so they will cost more in the stores, according to an article deeper inside the paper.

But let me move on to the story on the right of the front page:  It’s Pride Week in Stockholm!  Tons of tourists are in town, and the Östermalms IP has been turned into a festival destination, hosting the Pride Park and concerts every night.  The headlining performer on the first evening of the celebration was the lovely Conchita Würst — I don’t mean to be frivolous about this, but I love her beard. As a hirsute woman, it makes me very happy.

And so does Pride Week here!  Matt and I passed by Pride Park and saw all kinds of people: straight, gay, young, old, skinny, fat, dressed to the nines or slumming it — it’s just so nice.  So accepting.  So … Swedish.  And so confounding somehow:  Mainstream acceptance of people considered Other elsewhere.  I wish I could explain better, but I can’t.  I want to know how it goes over with conservatives, or immigrants where this is unheard of, or even with Swedes outside of Stockholm…

So, that was the news yesterday.  I promise to talk again about the weather next week when it’s back in the 30s (today has been lovely and cool and in the 20s).

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One Response to Yesterday’s News

  1. zurichsee says:

    I just wanted to add something about the gigantic fire raging through dry forest in southern Sweden, west of Stockholm — it’s the biggest they’ve seen here in ages, and it’s shocking to the local folks.
    The smoke finally reached Stockholm on Thursday, and by Friday, my eyes were watering on my bike ride home; the restaurant where I had lunch Thursday wasn’t serving outside because of the smoke — I caught a tiny whiff and recalled the fires in Australia when we were there in January 2013.
    But I also had a knee-jerk California reaction: Let it burn to make future fires easier to handle and for the health of the forest. But here, they are bringing in planes from England and France to fight it as best they can — it’s just not normal for damp, cool, dark Swedish forests to burn. http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/skogsbranden-dag-for-dag/

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