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January 4th, 2018 Comments off

Folkhemmet

Folkhemmet, the Swedish Welfare State, is a term used by social democratic politician Per Albin Hansson to describe an equal society without class differences, characterised by mutual understanding.

In Folkhemmet’s Sweden, everyone was entitled to decent housing.

The era of Folkhemmet was roughly between 1930 and 1965.

The housing situation in Sweden in the early 20th century

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sweden was a country with large class differences. Many people lived in small spaces in dark, old-fashioned apartments. The rent could be high. Having a lodger was common, even if the apartment did not have a separate living room or bedroom. Hygiene was a problem. Only having access to cold water and an outdoor privy made it difficult for people to keep themselves, their clothes and their homes clean.

Various initiatives were taken to improve the housing situation, including some non-profit housing foundations as well as the early own-your-own-home movement and later co-operative housing associations, such as HSB.

The 1930’s saw the start of a social housing study, the aim being to chart the situation in Sweden and to produce guidelines for housing policy. After the Second World War, efforts were made by national and local authorities to tackle the housing shortage and improve standards. The goal was good housing at a reasonable cost for residents: a maximum of two people per room, excluding the kitchen. Rent should equate to around one-fifth of an industrial worker’s pay.

The new apartments were built according to the Functionalist ideal presented at the Stockholm Expo in 1930 – ideally dual-perspective windows, and easy to clean without unnecessary edging on doors and cupboards. Great care was also taken with the fixtures and fittings.

Different studies were carried out to discover how a housewife used her workspace, the home. This is were Hemmens forskningsinstitut – literally The Household Research Institute – which was formed in 1944, played an important role.

The apartment from the era of Folkhemmet is produced by Nordiska museet 2013.

https://www.nordiskamuseet.se/

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Nevermind The Chatty Chat, This Is Still Drum’n’Bass

June 30th, 2013 Comments off

rinse_fm_mix_300_1If you would happen to be in any way interested in what in the name of Gaia keeps an old man rambling on about the good old days of drum’n’bass?

There’s an outstanding Metalheadz’ mix (selection wise that is, because two decades of wishing MC:s to just stop making vocal noises hasn’t ended I’m afraid) on the ancient radio station Rinse 106.8FM* courtesy of Londonium, UK.

This mix may shed some light on this peculiar and rather annoying phenomenon. Yes, I want to listen to the very old and the equally brand new drum’n’bass recorded on 2013-06-19. The musical creativity, the joy and the uncompromised belief in the future. Ancient music… but it is always going to be a question of having as much fun as possible!

However, I miss ‘Danny Breaks’ in the nostalgic section (can’t say if he ever released on Metalheadz though) otherwise it’s a reasonable recollection of my golden days (minus the talking person, no MC present in the golden times…). Well, to be honest that is not entirely true and then there are quite a few artists missing, but in all fairness you can’t fit them all in a two hour set.

And yes I did visit Blue Note in Hoxton Square in Londonium, UK personally and it was fabulous but another story.

This mix also contains a forthcoming release by: Dom & Roland on Metalheadz. What can I say, either you know or you don’t… The tech is very much alive it would seem and that makes me very pleased!

Just listen to the breaks or even more concrete the drum and the bass.

I would never have found this mix in the first place if it was not for the relentless DJ Krazy. Many, many thanks for the inspiration! As many times before and as always…

PS. No, I don’t believe any of it, this I do believe, either you you’re a d’n’b soldier (no gender applied) or you’re not, there is no easy-listening d’n’b and there never was and there never will be.

*FM would be Frequency Modulation = an analogue radio wave based distribution technique that pre-dates the internet and requires special apparatus to be captured.