A Swedish holiday

Baltic rocks

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for the last month. I spent a couple of weeks in Sweden and was surrounded by wonderful Nordic delights…

I hope to be posting about more Nordic influences, such the James plays in Edinbugh with Sofie Gråbøl and the upcoming Crimes of Passion on BBC FOUR, very soon.


Annika Stranded

Annika Stranded press image

Even Radio 4’s in on the Nordic Noir act, with its own crime serial set in Oslo.

I am a bit late to the party on this one as it is currently in the middle of Series 2. From what I heard today it is quite intriguing, this week’s case involving a woman impaled by a falling icicle in an Oslo Street on a winter’s night.

When it began, I couldn’t tell if it was a documentary about a Brit living in Oslo, a ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ piece or a drama.

I find Scandi-set shows in English somewhat confusing – hence my dislike of the Branagh Wallander – but I might try and catch up on this one on iPlayer.

Annika Stranded
Have you been listening to Annika Stranded? What do you think of it?

The Hundred-Year-Old Man…

So it’s been out a week – have you seen it yet?

Sadly it’s not showing near me so I might be waiting for the DVD but I’m not sure how excited I am. Though it’s pretty fun that a Swedish film has such a big budget and wide release, the book was just a bit too silly for me.


What did you think of The One Hundred Year Old Who Climbed Out Of A Window And Ran Away?

Goodbye, Kurt


Tonight, Krister Henrikson’s final Wallander episode airs on BBC 4. After 3 series over 8 years, it’s time to say “hej då” to our favourite Skånsk polis.

Krister is interviewed in the Guardian about his departure from the show, you can read it here: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jun/20/krister-henriksson-on-leaving-wallander

Krister is far and away my favourite Kurt Wallander. I respect Rolf and Kenneth as actors but didn’t feel they were a great fit for the role of a disgruntled and dishevelled provincial policeman. I prefer these films even to the source material, though I’m not not sure how popular that opinions is..

Hej hej Kurt, we’ll miss you from our TVs!

(However, many episodes are now available on UK Netflix if you want to relive some of the good old days)

Let me know what you think of tonight’s episode in the comments.

Wallander -The Sad Bird airs tonight at 9pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after that.


Last month, I had an appointment in Cambridge and decided to head to a shop I loved in Copenhagen which has recently hit our shores – Tiger!

If you aren’t aware of Tiger, it is, well, a little hard to explain. There isn’t really a British shop which can be compared directly with these shops. They sell stationery, homewares, greeting cards, cleaning products, toys, sweets, arts and craft supplies, Danish juice, candles… in quirky designs and at clear, affordable prices. Of course this shop was a breath of fresh air on travels in Scandinavia (where you are braced for everything to be expensive) and it was a lot of fun to browse around in Cambridge too.

A few of my finds:

Jolly whale bathroom hooks

Hooks in the shape of whales in blue, pink and green for £1 each

Every kitchen needs a carrot sharpener:Carrot sharpener, a giant orange sharpener for your vegetables

Want to send secret messages to your spy friends? For only £1 you can get a handy UV secret message pen:Spy pen, pen with UV light, £1 each

There was also some stylish stationery:Bluen and white polka dot notebooks with orange and green spines in a variety of sizes

We enjoyed shopping in Tiger so much we went round twice in case we missed anything! There was a huge array of products in store at really reasonable prices. It’s a great place to go for some gifts or interesting home decor and many products have a Nordic edge and sense of humour to the design. The Danish packaging also adds to the ‘looking round a supermarket when on holiday’ vibes, and it’s fun to recognise a few words too after many years of Nordic culture-watching and Swedish lessons. Can’t wait to pop in and see what they have next time I’m in the area!

Do you live near a Tiger store? Have you been in and found some interesting products?

Tiger online: http://www.tigerstores.co.uk/

More Scandi stores in the UK: https://nordicinfluence.wordpress.com/nordic-directory/

Searching for Sugar Man

Fancy watching a Swedish Oscar-winner tonight?

As part of the Storyville season, BBC Four will show Searching for Sugar Man tonight at 9pm. This has been a hit worldwide and was awarded the 2013 Oscar for Best documentary – Sweden’s first Oscar since Fanny and Alexander in 1984. It also won a BAFTA and a Guldbagge.

The film has gained more publicity for tragic reasons recently due to filmmaker Malik  Bendjelloul’s death -http://bigstory.ap.org/article/searching-sugarman-director-dies-36. So sad that so much more attention had to come from such tragic events and we won’t get to watch any more films from this young director.

Enjoy the film tonight and appreciate Bendelloul’s work, and the amazing story of Rodriguez.

Full details of the BBC Four showings and clips aplenty here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044z275

Free on Saturday night?


Check out @ScaredToDance’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ScaredToDance/status/471296155633336320

Why not head out and dance to some Scandi tunes? A Swedish special by Scared to Dance in London. I love Time Out’s Swedish music picks – Jens Lekman is my favourite!