Monday, 23 June 2014

Swedes and Turnips


As Chris gives his presentation to the assembled hoards of international boffins
I intend to wander around the grounds of the Swedish spa hotel
looking all mysterious and Ingmar Bergman ish
With a book and a faraway look.

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Or did I mean Ingrid Bergman?
Who knows
Anyhow I won't be sitting in the hotel bar...that's for sure
I don't earn enough

I am worried about my hens

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  1. Clever title :)

    I am worried about your hens, too. Have they escaped the badger's attentions so far, in their sturdier coops?

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    1. The little cockerel disappeared yesterday:(

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  2. I can understand why you're worried -- I would be too. But don't let your worry rob you of the fun of enjoying that hotel bar -- Indulge yourself, look all mysterious and Ingmar Bergman-ish or Ingrid Bergman, whoever with a book and that faraway look. Do it for all of us, okay?

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    1. Thinking of you Kim......be kind to yourself x

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  3. Try not to fret, perhaps Winnie will protect your brood.
    By all means do be very dramatic in Sweden. I say a lot of us live vicariously through you my dear and well, we want some good fodder!!

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    1. Winnie has gone to our old dog groomer for the duration...... She is a bulldog nut

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  4. Oh I'm so sorry your cockerel has disappeared. I also worry about your hens but please enjoy your wander around the hotel. Wish I was there to see the "look" whether it's Ingmar or Ingrid Bergmandish! Isnt' Sweden very far from Wales? (Grant has a fit about my [lack of] sense of direction - I don't even know my left from my right!) xx

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  5. :-( So sorry to hear that little cockerel has disappeared. I will keep good thoughts. ♥

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  6. Good thoughts for the cockerel that it shows up. Take care John. Deb

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  7. I am also sad about the little roo. But I do hope you and Chris are enjoying yourselves- Bergman in any variation is always a good alter ego! x

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  8. I, myself, am partial to Candice Bergman. But I couldn't see you pulling off the hair, to be honest. Enjoy your stay!

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    1. Do you mean Candice Bergen? (Murphy Brown)

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  9. I have my own private Swede, here at home (Lady Magnon).

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  10. I am sorry about the little cockerel. But enjoy the hotel and try not to worry too much.

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  11. Don't worry, John. To worry is ok. The moment we care about something/someone worry will follow us as loyally as our shadow.

    Your recent saga conjured up an image of my very early childhood. I went on a walk with my grandfather and there were lots of feathers on some lovely meadow path, just below one those Maria (mother of Christ) statues to be found in the hinterland. It wasn't goolish, but I sure found it eery. "It's nature, Sonny, it's nature", he said to me. Which is why I am fond of ALL animals. Please do remind me of this my sentiment once I have been butchered by my namesake (a bear).

    Other than that do your best Ingrid Bergman impression. Mind you, you don't have the cheekbones, John. And whether you can do 'haughty' I doubt very much. Which is why Ingrid Bergman never looked after chickens. There is no way you can do 'cool' at the same time as worrying over chickens.

    Other than that, and as a matter of my interest: Do Swedish bars still charge you an absolutely beeping fortune for so much as a whiff of a Martini?

    A seagull just passed by my study's window.

    Skol,
    U

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    1. Prost!
      Oh fuck is that German?

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  12. Acknowledging with heavy heart the sad disappearing cockerel, if you happen to bump into either of the lovely 'A's there, do give her my regards - and tell them that Raybeard says 'Head Over Heels' ought to have been a HUGE hit instead of the dismally low chart position it reached.

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  13. It must have been a major mission to get all your furry, feathered & hairy friends looked after so try to enjoy yourself xx

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  14. Ohh bugger about the little cockerel! I hope he's just hiding. Try not to worry too much though John, you work so hard you should have this time to enjoy yourself sans Chris. Is it warm over there at the moment? Sweden I mean? or did you have to pack woolies?

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  15. Make the most of your 'break' from the animals. You have put as many defences against the badger as you possibly can. Their fate is out of your control. I hope the dog groomer doesn't decide to have a bath whilst looking after winnie!!! x

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  16. As long as you are wearing the one legged glasses, they'll think you will be the next Nobel Prize Winner.

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  17. Sing this at the hotel bar and I am sure a big burly Swede will buy you a small dry sherry with an umbrella in it....

    I don't wanna talk
    About the things we've gone through
    Though it's hurting me
    Now it's history

    I've played all my cards
    And that's what you've done too
    Nothing more to say
    No more ace to play etc. etc. etc.

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    1. I think I prefer
      " GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE a man after midnight"

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  18. Oh no...not another one. I would be worried too.

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  19. Wander a couple of blocks away from the hotel, and you may find a local bar at half the price. Enjoy the day.

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  20. No provisions for the demise of the badger if there is this much loss? Something very wrong with this. I worry about my animals every time I'm away from them for more than a day. Try to enjoy yourself...

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  21. Sorry to hear about the little cockerel, just when he had settled in as well :-(

    I'm sure there's cheap booze available somewhere. Buy a bottle of wine from a supermarket, a couple of Scotch eggs and set up a picnic on a bench, with a good book you'll be fine for a few hours..... and there's always Swede watching to pass the time if you manage to stay awake.

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  22. Do try to enjoy yourself as much as you can. Sorry the little cockerel's gone missing :0(

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  23. You will definitely be the only person on the whole of that campus who is worried about their hens - and that makes youa better person than all of them. So sorry about little cocky-locky - missed that post.

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  24. I'd be worried about the hens, as well. But, then again, worrying has never stopped anything from happening, so take it as it comes. I would love to see some pictures of viking gods (or you, strolling around, looking like a world traveler). And what about the turnips?

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    1. "worrying has never stopped anything from happening"

      Oh but it has Iris, when the worry has led to preventive action. But probably never when the focus of the worry has been abandoned by those doing the worrying...

      I'm worrying about Viking Gods being exposed to the sight of pea green trousers.

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    2. They will be driven wild with desire

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    3. If we see a fashion trend of pea green trousers emerging in Sweden, we know how it all started!

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  25. "hoards"? He is hoarding them? Against their will?

    Or hordes of them?

    The police may wish to know which.

    Pedantic? Moi?

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  26. There will be some Bjorn Borg lookalikes and I cant think what else but I am sure you will have a good time.

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  27. You could have the village police come out and do a welfare check on your chickens.

    cheers, parsnip

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  28. I met a chicken today a couple of towns over, and had a chat with her. I can talk chicken. BawkBawk Bega!

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  29. We call turnips/swedes 'neeps' or 'tumshies' up here in Scotland. A common insult is 'neep-heed' or 'tumshie' meaning someone is stupid! Sorry about the hens - I hadn't realised that badgers did this sort of thing. And enjoy your trip x

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  30. Oh dear, not another one gone.
    I'd be worried too.
    Feeing a mere fox or badger is an unworthy end for a valued hen or cockerel.
    Not to mention the suffering if the bird itself. It might be nature but it"s not nice.

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    1. .......feeding........

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  31. Hej,Hej ....stop fretting,...enjoy your time away....plenty of time for angst when you get back....Uphelliya to you!x

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  32. This is the best part about traveling with people who have stuffy meetings to attend...YOU don't have to go.

    Explore.

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