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  • seandodson 11:24 am on August 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , larry elliott, , sweden   

    Nice point about the difference between the UK and Swedish economies made by Larry Elliott in the Guardian on Monday (my emphasis)

    The Swedes are enjoying the sort of export-led recovery the prime minister and the chancellor have sought in vain for the UK. Of the 1.4% rise in Swedish GDP in the three months to June, net exports contributed 0.8 percentage points. So much for the idea that developed countries, with their high wages and generous welfare systems, can no longer cut the mustard in cut-throat global markets. So much, also, for the idea that countries that opt for high levels of taxation to fund social security programmes are inevitably inefficient and uncompetitive.

    The Guardian, Monday, 30 July

  • seandodson 2:51 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , finnish education, free schools, pisa, , programme for international student assessment, sweden   

    Nearly missed this comment piece in yesterday’s Education Guardian by Peter Mortimore, the former director of the Institute of Education, University of London. Interesting in light of the Tory love-in of Swedish Free Schools.

    Our politicians, of all parties, appear fascinated by Nordic education although, up to now, it has been Sweden’s policy of school choice rather than the impressive success of Finnish comprehensives on which they have focused. If only they could free themselves from their ideologies and switch their interests, they would learn a great deal about how to improve the academic success of all pupils in all schools.

  • seandodson 12:11 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: immigrationm, , sweden, swedish democrats, swedish elections   

    #swedishelections Sweden’s social democrats lose a second election. The far-right, anti-immigration Swedish Democrats win first 20 seats. Here: excellent feature by (spendid reportage) by Andrew Brown on why Europe’s most egalitarian country is heading further rightwards.

  • seandodson 3:15 pm on September 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , indie pop, , , sweden, swedish music, those dancing days   

    Those Dancing Days: everything you want pop music to be like 

    Sweden’s splendid all-girl group, Those Dancing Days, are finally about to release their debut album (they’ve actually been waiting for two members to graduate from school), In Our Space Hero Suits, on October 06.

    They are a wonderful band who, for me, encapsulate most of what’s so great about being a teenager in every one of their three-minute songs. Spin magazine has recently described them as “Blondie backed by the Attractions … and The Slits rehearsing with Bow Wow Wow”. And even though they occasionally play a bum note, (which actually seems to add to their charm) they actually sound like they’ve been around for ages. When I first heard Hitten, their biggest hit, it was one of those records which you immediately felt you had always been waiting to hear. I like them for the pure, unadulterated joy of thier music and for the soaring Hammond-like organs and for the brilliantly inventive drumming with proper fills, but mostly for the vocals of Linnea Jönsson, who sings with the assurance of someone much older, while retaining the energy and essence of her youth.

    Those Dancing Days – Hitten (YouTube)
    Those Dancing Days – Hitten (MP3)
    Those Dancing Days – Toxic (Britany Spears cover)

  • seandodson 1:07 pm on March 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Clarion Sign, , , design hotel, geoffrey bawa, , , sweden, , william morris   

    Why great design is not just beautiful, but functional too 


    My recent visit to the Hotel Clarion Sign in Stockholm inspired me to write about the best design hotels in the world. The result was published in Guardian Travel earlier this week. As well as the elegantly furnished Sign, I looked at several “design hotels” across the world, ranging from a William Morris inspired guesthouse in Wales to Geoffrey Bawa‘s gloriously overgrown Kandalama in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The point being that these hotels are better places to appreciate good furniture design than design museums.

  • seandodson 2:40 pm on February 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alvar aalot, alvar Aalto, aquavit, arne jacobson, Clarion Hotel Sign, , Eero Aarnio, Gert Wingårdh, , sweden,   

    Sign up for Stockholm’s latest designer hotel 

    I have just returned from the opening of the ten-floor, 558-room Clarion Sign, a grand new hotel in central Stockholm. Designed by Gert Wingårdh in the shape of a giant black and granite catamaran, with one razor-sharp prow, the hotel is an unmissable addition to the area around the central station, which is undergoing a major reconstruction.

    The Sign is a very big hotel (the biggest in Stockholm and the third biggest in Scandanavia) , but it’s the quality of the rooms that impressed me most. Each floor is dedicated to a different Scandinavian designer. We stayed on the 10th floor in a room furnished with Arne Jacobson chairs, but there are other floors dedicated to Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, as well as some contemporary designers. It also features the only open-air swimming pool in central Stockholm that is open all winter. Situated on the eighth floor and heated to 35 degrees it made for a envigorating early morning swim, although you have to derobe and dive in fairly sharpish. For fainter hearts there is a delightful eighth-floor sun terrace fitted with Eero Aarnio’s bubble chairs. The hotel also a  spendid spa, sauna and an extensive collection of black and white photography and some cheeky contemporary art.

    The Sign also almost perfectly located for the Arlanda Express and it offers some fantastic views of central Stockholm. Unlike its sister hotel on the southern island of Södermalm, whose entrance ramp lobby has been likened to a branch of Ikea, the Clarion Sigm feels much more intimate, and although the hotel was full for the opening weekend, it only felt overcrowded and overwhelming during Sunday morning breakfast.

    Stockholmers flocked there during the opening weekend, especially for a look at Aquavit, an elegantly decorated branch of New York’s famous Swedish restaurant (recently ranked as one of the top ten restaurants by New York Magazine), where we ate both lunch and dinner, finding the latter overpriced, but the lunchtime taster menu excellent value. They also fixed a pretty decent mojito, always a good indicator of quality.  

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