Scandinavian Life in the 1950s

Every year I take part in a Half Marathon in Gothenburg in Sweden which gives the opportunity to see something new. Kortedala is a suburb of Gothenburg in Sweden. There you find the Kortedala Museum which is a flat in a compartment building created in the 1950s with everything needed at the time: Shops, parks and playgrounds. After some years […]

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Channel Island National Park

Continuation of impressions from Ventura Southern California Links to the other posts on this holiday From the coast where we stayed in Oxnard, we could see the contours of The Channel Island. At the harbour of Ventura, there is a Channel Center Visitor Center. If you can’t go to the desolate and exotic islands, the Visitor Center is a fine substitute. At […]

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Deleting History

Quote from my blogger friend Paul Soren.   Please go to the post via the link above While I’m talking about commemorating things I want to refer to the growing debate about memorials to past historical events that some people want to pull down. I’m not in the business of re-writing history to suit current sensibilities. I know that someone’s hero […]

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George Whitfield

Few remember George Whitfield (1714-1770) but the expression “One Nation Under God” is his quote as he, as a young British preacher and missionary travelled from England to America in the 1740s. At the time sea travel across the Atlantic ocean was a long and dangerous trip in small boats. He wished to unite the new colonies and a huge […]

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A Special Second Hand Shop

  On our way to the ferry that takes us to Sweden from Frederikshavn in Northern Denmark we like to visit a special shop driven by an old woman in her eighties. The “antiques” she sells are put in neat order and arranged so that it’s like visiting a museum from our great grand mother’s time. Her white linen bedclothes […]

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Coursera on String Quartets

I have just completed a 7-week free music course on “The World of String Quartets” at the online course “Coursera”. Only when I began to take notes did I pass the questions from each week’s program. Coursera offers courses from many different universities in all subjects. This one was for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in the U.S.A. […]

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