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His Story

November 27th, 2020 Comments off

My father was according to the accepted history an actual bonafide free passenger and hid on a cargo ship bound to Europe/Marseille no less than two times.

The first time he was fifteen years old and that would have been in 1957 and then he repeated the voyage in 1959. Why two times? That is another story. I asked him once concerning that particular séjour.

– How come you ended up in Europe? In la belle France in the first place?

– I went to the docks* and I made notes (comme un détective, j’ai fait mes notes dans mon petit carnet) of the names, dates and times of departure of the ships.

– Did you really plan/do that at 15 years’ of age? Honestly? I mean did you do that 1957? As a youth, as a very young boy? (And is that even possible?)

– Yes I did, because I had come the realisation that I had to leave somehow; there was no future for me what-so-ever. I simply could not stay in my home town. There was no possibility for further education.

– … that’s eternally impressive and (somewhat strangely/frightfully) insightful at 15… so, OK. But, did you tell anyone? Did you tell your mother or your friends that you were leaving? Did you leave a note?

– No. I did not. Among other things I did misjudge how long the journey would actually take so I did run out of food during the passage…

Now, many years later. I think that I may know or understand something more about the source of that particular idea, where it may have originated from… Coke en stock eller Koks i lasten.

Surely it must be none other than: Tintin! And Tintin Blakku at that! To me it is very much a mystery, that will never be unfolded, not to me at least. Sourly missed.

* My grandfather was an naval mechanic. He served in the second World War as civilian on a commercial ship and died in 1950 of injuries that he sustained fighting pour La Réplique (France), democracy, civilisation and the free World.

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Deeply Disappointed

October 27th, 2020 Comments off

Once in my life I tried Suketter, that was very long, long time ago. I, my little sister and our oldest cousin were intrigued by the little white pills contained in the white and blue box.

– What are those?

– They’re sugar pills for the coffee.

I personally never understood why you would want to sweeten your coffee to begin with, I mean you don’t have to drink it right? And the main thing about being an adult is that you get to actually choose what to do or not? But, I guess that it is a quintessentially a strictly personal choice in the end I for one don not have any objections or other thought at this point that I can come to think of.

– One of these pills are the same as two sugar cubes.

– Really (aha, sugar is sweet and two lumps of sugar in one little pill? It must be delicious. They’re so small, how is that even possible)?

– Because/but sugar is really bad for you and your teeth.

– OK.

As I recall we all tasted the microscopically small sized pills from the white and blue tin container. However, it was nothing like sugar at all! In cube form or other. In actuality, the taste was vile, synthetic and painfully artificial and I remember thinking; why on earth would you ever want to eat/drink something tasting this badly?

When there is something else that is real? Why would you want to replace something existing with something that is not even close of mimicking the thing that you actually want?

Suketter

Smakar som socker men utan kalorier

Suketter är ett bordsötningsmedel baserat på Natriumcyklamat och Natriumsackarin.
Suketter smakar som socker men är fri från fett, protein och kolhydrater och innehåller dessutom inga kalorier.
Suketter löser sig snabbt i såväl varma som kalla drycker.

Not even as very small boy did it make sense to me and it still doesn’t. I will never understand that and I suspect that the event of tasting Suketter may actually have had a significant impact on my entire adult life. The realisation of mirage or the importance of making a clear and concise difference between what is the “real”* and the rest.

Final notes: I guess I have to add it to list.

  • Lutfisk = Dried whitefish
  • Sylta = Brawn
  • Gröt = Porridge (ina nay shape of form. I HATE porridge intensely.)
  • Suketter = Sweetener
  • …things that I don’t eat (if it is not a matter of life and death). Simply put, the vile stuff!

    Oh my Lord! They are still in existence! This a real shocker to me! There is a market for Suketter? There are living and breathing human beings that actually use this artificial sweetener, today? Oh my Lord…

    So, the brand belongs to Orkla, but the artificial sweetener I’m rememberer is in fact: my grandmother and here daughters refereed to it as “Suketter” (completely disregarding the intrinsic strict rules and regulations surrounding trademarks and brands.).

    Hermesetas.
    Orkla.

    * That would be Mark Fisher’s (and some others…). The Real.

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Like The Color + Childhood Memories

August 27th, 2020 Comments off

Turtle Wax, Plastic Padding, Karlssons klister, RX lim and Biltema… would fix anything/everything in the early 70’s. Sitting on a quintessentially period 1970’s brown footstool. You betta’ believe that!

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Stockholm One?

May 9th, 2020 Comments off

The buildings being constructed in my city right now? Where the he** are the planners, architects, social workers, psychiatrist and artists?

Ref. The City.

This is work in progress…

Sthlm 01/Stockholm One? Surely it is the most catastrophic building in Stockholm to date? This is the reason why I’m spending time with this particular building. It’s part of a architectural condition or pattern of what’s being built (or not being so) in Stockholm. It’s something which is of great concern/interest to me.

Ett smart, framtidssäkrat kontor. Den 27 våningar höga fastigheten blir en pendang till Folksams klassiska skrapa på andra sidan Hammarbykanalen.

A smart, future proof office. The 27 stories high property will become a companion piece to the iconic Folksam highrise on the opposite side of Hammarbykanalen.

The other building in question; Folksamhuset. A very cold 11th May 2020.

In so many words Sthlm 01 is a special project.

– What about Brohuset (2017), Söder torn aka Haglunds pinne (1997), Moderna museumet (1998), Nya Årstabron (2005) Tele2 Arena (2013, the real name should be Nya Söderstadium in the same way that Globen is not actually called Ericsson Globe**) and Norra tornen previously Tors torn (2019)?

– Brohuset? It is not so much about the building itself as it is of placement. It is the most misplaced building in stockholm’s history.

– Haglunds pinne was massacred by others (that would be the builders) than the head architect Henning Larsen (1925 – 2013). And after the original height was cut in half (it’s a tapered building*), the cladding etc. were changed he actually left the entire project in protest (not the first architect to give up the idea of actually erecting any kind of contemporary structure in Stockholm).

Incidentally he was awarded Sweden’s most prestigious architectural price; the Kasper Salinpriset for another building in an other city… Malmö stadsbibliotek in 1997. That was the very same year as Söder torn was inaugurated!

– Moderna Museet (“the Museum of Modern Art”)? Among many other things the color and overall height and shape of the building was changed. The compromises forced upon the finished building? I’m sure the head architect: Rafael Moneo had the same sentiment of disgust as Henning Larsen was left with (“Alla kan tralla.”***) the end-result.

Det tidigare föreslagna höghuset var 125 meter högt. Nu ritas det istället på en byggnad som är 108 meter hög, alltså 17 meter lägre. Det är Fortum som drivit en kamp mot Skanska och hävdat att rökplymer från närliggande Hammarbyverket skulle drabba höghuset.

Enligt stadsbyggnadskontorets förslag innebär det nya och lägre förslaget att det, enligt uppgift, inte ska finns någon risk att röken från värmeverket kommer in i skrapans tilluft.

The proposed high-rise’s original height was 125 m. It is know being re-designed to a height of 108 m, that is, 17 m lower than planned. It is Fortum that has been opposed to the original height claiming that smoke from the nearby Hammarbyverket power plant would have a negative effect on the fresh air supply to the building.

According to stadsbyggnadskontorets (Department of Housing and Urban Development) their proposal of lowering the building’s height would eliminate any risk of smoke from the power plant of entering or affecting the fresh air supply of the high-rise.

Ref. Fastighetsvärlden.

– If the above is true and it is the actual argument? Then it is beyond belief, one of the most outrageous arguments ever and it would support my theories concerning heights of buildings in Stockholm. My personal view is another altogether.

It all has to do with the skyline looking from the North towards the South; specifically from Strandvägen (an apparent focal point in Stockholm and without a doubt the most upscale address in existence thus far), Skeppsholmen and Djurgården. Because, the only thing that you can actually see from there that was built in the last 100 years is the “crown” of Henning Larsen’s sadness i.e. Söder torn.

Folksamhuset, Skatteskrapan and Sthlm 01? None of them are visible from Strandvägen due to ground elevation and building height. Moderna Museet is in direct line of sight and what faith did that building suffer and what happened to the planned Nobel center?

The National Museeum received a much needed 1,3 billion SEK renovation. However, the exterior remained exactly the same as in 1860. Co-incidentally it is situated between Strandvägen and the Royal castle. The same location as the now defunked plan of a Nobel center.

Norra tornen were supposed to reach 170 m and later 145 m according to the original design? Actual height? 120 and 104 m.

  • Bonnierhuset: 21 stories, height 61 m, completed 1949, architects: Ivar Tengbom and Anders Tengbom.
  • DN huset****: 26 stories, height 84 m, completed 1964, architect: Paul Hedqvist.
  • Folksamhuset: 27 stories, height 79 m, completed 1960, architects: Yngve Tegnér and Nils Einar Eriksson.
  • Hötorgshusen: 19 stories, height 72 m, completed 1962, architect: David Helldén, Anders Tengbom, Sven Markelius, Lars-Erik Lallerstedt and Backström & Reinius.
  • Liljeholmskajen: 23 stories, height 75 m, completed 2014, architect: Paul Hedqvist.
  • Skatteskrapan: 26 stories, height 86 m, completed 1959, architect: Paul Hedqvist.
  • Sthlm 01: 27 stories, height 108 m, completed 2020, architects: Sauerbruch Hutton and BAU.
  • Söder torn: 25 stories, height 86 m (including “crown”), completed 1997, architect: n/a.
  • Wenner-Gren Center: 25 stories, height 76 m, completed 1962, architect: Sune Lindström and Alf Bydén.


Hötorgshus 5, Sveavägen 1
Special mention

  • KTH-A: n/a, n/a, completed 1970, architects: Gunnar Henriksson and John Olsson.
  • Kulturhuset: n/a, n/a, completed 1974, architect: Peter Celsing.


Kulturhuset, Sergels torg

– What does it all mean?

– Look at the height of the buildings listed above and think; skyline, elevation and completion date. 1949 – 2020 that is 71 years of architecture… and then ponder outrageous statements like; “The Capital of Scandinavia” or out-of-this-World comparisons the likes of; New York, Tokyo, Paris or London obviously not mentioning either Copenhagen nor Helsinki. The number of excuses that I have been forced to convey are countless.

I mean, wasn’t/isn’t: “The Venice of the North” bad enough? There has not been a single building of architectural significance erected in Stockholm since 1974 (that is 46 years)! In one word it just another quintessentially Swedish fantasia!

* There are things in this World of ours called: golden ratio, balance, harmony and proportion. These are aesthetic properties of physical things (in our World). If you then suddenly decide to cut any existing design in half be it a building, garment, song or painting and completely ignore/disregard these properties you will end up with Sthlm 01, Söder torn or Tors torn. That is artefacts/constructions that completely lack all of the above qualities/properties.

And out of the three Sthlm 01 is by far the worst yet and is it not contemporary? Is it not a 2020 building? And it gets even worse, because Sthlm 01 would not have been saved by an extra 17 m it is and was hopeless… the cladding?

Look at it and you wonder. Is it finished where is the rest of the building 2/3 are missing… the colour scheme? Modern or “Ett smart, framtidssäkrat kontor.” this what happens every time when you exclude the actual professionals from the equation (in this case; the architects). It’s just sad.

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**** It was Sweden’s tallest building (not structure) for 38 years.

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Béton Brut

May 4th, 2020 Comments off

The KTH-A building on Östermalmsgatan 26, and its 45 years of proud service as an institution producing and disseminating architectural knowledge. The building was inaugurated in 1970 and designed by a team of architects led by Gunnar Henriksson and John Olsson.

Ref.

This new brutalist masterpiece was voted the ugliest building in Stockholm 2008 and was severally damaged in an (accidental) fire in 2011; then facing demolition for the second time (the first one being after the vote) it was ultimately spared that grim fate.

Something has to be said about the location: Östermalmsgatan 26 – Uggleviksgatan – Karlavägen – Rådmansgatan.

It may or may have something to do with how the vote turned out in the end. – Why? Well, the address is located in an area that most likely did not embrace the idea of anything being built at all to begin with and that which was eventually erected.

I for one would like to have had seen that happen. And it is a fact that one of the last significant architectural contributions to the inner city is actually from 1970.

There is still no sign of an Architect Museum nor is there of a Design counterpart and this country is supposedly know for (among other) precisely those things. “Scandinavian/Nordic” architecture and design. Instead they turned 45 years of Swedish architectural heritage – a building that literally defines what an institution is – into a serviced office/start-up creative digital future proof locality. The café looked really enticing when I passed it the other day.

Stockholm is until this day still lacking a museum of Architecture and Design. And even less so a building to actually house them…

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Radiate

January 4th, 2018 Comments off

AB ATOMENERGIS EXPERIMENTREAKTOR R1, STOCKHOLM

An experimental nuclear reactor that was housed 25 meters under the campus of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

That would be in the very inner city of the capital of Sweden. The reactor was active between 1954 and 1970.

It was the first Swedish nuclear reactor and the only one thus far to have been completely disassembled and decommissioned.

The many (compared to population and other energy resources) Swedish nuclear reactors (at least 14) suggests something about ambitions other than producing electric power.

The kind of ambition that requires weapons-grade plutonium to achieve.

…Reaktor 1, R1, startas, och klockan 18:59 den 13 juli 1954 gick reaktorn kritisk, det vill säga kärnklyvningen blev självgående.
…Reactor 1, R1, is started, and 18:59 the 13th of July 1954 the reactor becomes critical and manifests fission – a sustained and slow nuclear chain-reaction.

https://www.r1.kth.se/
http://130.237.3.237/DomeOfVisions/

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There Is A Reason

December 6th, 2017 Comments off

No, I have not watched/followed the series “Mr Robot” and there is a perfectly good reason or explanation for it.

Basically, it probably will not have a positive effect on my persona. Before it became a word with absolute negative connotation (got to love the 2000’s)…

I always referred to it as just that: “själv-censur” (“self auditing” if you will).

Example: My little sister simply loves horror movies. But I don’t. I don’t like “splatter” horror movies nor do I like photographs of war casualties.

I actually still have nightmares originating from a VHS 1983 or 84 (very seldom these days I might add.). Horror inflicted on a young impressionable mind.

So, I’ve chosen not too look at them. I don’t like zombies or zombie films either for that matter.

But, don’t you like recreational extreme violence in an entertaining context? Of course I do. I like “action” films.

The series? Mr Robot? It is brilliant in all aspects, the photo is great, the dialogue/script is excellent and the subject could not be more valid, deeply existential or very contemporary. And who doesn’t like the “troubled” young mind?

Are there any further questions?

Shockingly enough it will not be first series that I own (soon) that I probably will not watch till the end. That fact actually surprises even me.

I think it has something to do with visual overload. But, given time, in theory I can watch the entire series. In theory I can watch all my films, listen to all my music and read all my books at least one more time in my life-time.

In theory.

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