The Luxo L-1

Luxo L1 task lamp

A visit to the Design museum this week has solved a mystery I have been trying to work out for ages – who makes these awesome clamp-on task lamps!

The design is based on the spring technology in the British Anglepoise lamps, which was licensed to US and Norwegian firms in the 1930s. The L-1 was designed by the Norwegian Jac Jacobsen and is made by Luxo. There is a website dedicated to it here:

The Luxo L-1 is available to purchase at .

If you find other suppliers or other amazing Scandinavian lighting solutions, let me know in the comments.


The Lego Movie Trailer

Major Danish influence in cinemas at the moment… ūüôā

Delving into Denmark

The film has a pretty glowing spread of reviews: IMDB has given it an 8.5, Rotten Tomatoes critics have given it 96% and the audience rating was 92%, The Independent¬†described it as a screenplay with ‚Äėtraces of Orwellian satire‚Äô and The Telegraph and The Guardian gave it 4 stars.

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The Killings of Copenhagen

Midsomer Murders cast in Copenhagen


Tonight Scandinavia’s favourite cosy British crime show visits the setting of one of Britain’s favourite dark Scandinavian crime series.

ITV and DR have teamed up to create the special and the episode involves a biscuit factory, mysterious deaths (of course) and a trip to Copenhagen, which means guest stars from The Killing and Borgen.

Midsomer Murders presents ‘The Killings of Copenhagen’ tonight at 8pm on ITV1.

Read more at the Radio Times website:

Will you be watching?


Scandinavian Film and Television on coursera

Ingmar Bergman with camera. He will be studied on the course, of course.

If you are interested in a more scholarly approach to Scandinavian Film and TV, Coursera is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from the University of Copenhagen that you might like to have a look at:

Scandinavian Film and Television

According to the course description:

In many ways Scandinavian film and television is a global cultural brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. This course deals with the social, institutional and cultural background of film and television in Scandinavia and in a broader European and global context.

I am going to do my best to have explore the materials available and look at some of the video lectures and course notes. I also hope to find some new to me Scandi Film and TV as there is a broad topic range over the ten weeks.

Week 9 is Scandinavian Television After 2000 so if you only want to read about Nordic Noir, you’ll have to wait until then.

Are you taking part in the course? Anything you have learned and would like to share? Or any amazing Scandinavian films or series you’ve discovered thanks to it?


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in Sweden

I hope everyone is recovered from last night’s big Bridge finale!

Tonight there is more Scandinavian action on TV, but of a gentler variety. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is journeying around Sweden, Denmark and Norway to find out what makes these countries so happy and, of course, to do some cooking.

In the first episode, airing tonight, he will go hunting in northern Sweden and cook for his hunting buddies. He will also be stopping off in Stockholm and Gothenburg and find time for a visit to the ABBA museum. And by the looks of the trailer, he gets to try some Surströmming too!

The series begins tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm and will also be available for catch up on 4OD.

The Channel 4 site for the series is here:

Are you watching? Let me know what you thought of the show when you’ve seen it!

Scandi snacks for The Bridge finale


Are you ready for tonight’s big finale? I have baked kanelbullar (fresh yeast and sugar pearls available from Sainsbury’s) and bought l√∂rdagsgodis (at wilko) and Estella crisps (from the international supermarket). I can’t wait!

Do  you have any favourite Scandinavian snacks? Where do you find them in Britain?

After 11pm, feel free to leave your comments on The Bridge finale (no spoilers until after it has aired please, even if you have been at Nordicana today!).