28 February 2010


Un des premiers mots que j'ai appris en suedois, c'est REA. C'était écrit sur toutes les vitrines des magasins quand je suis arrivée à Halmstad en 2002. Rea ça veut dire soldes, forcément, on était au mois de janvier.

BOK, c'est comme book en anglais, ça veut dire livre.

Et BOKREA, c'est une chose qui fait partie intégrante de la vie des suédois, c'est une période de soldes que pour les bouquins. Il faut savoir que les livres sont assez chers en Suède à cause de la TVA, ils n'ont pas la chance comme en France d'avoir un taux à 5.5%. Du coup, c'est une bonne occasion de faire des bonnes affaires. Ce que j'ai fait cette année pour la 1e fois. Architecture, cuisine, mode et histoire&société, je crois que j'ai fait le plein pour quelques temps.

Reste juste à (re)trouver le temps de lire maintenant...

Edit: le résultat des courses en photos arrive bientôt....

21 February 2010


Remember my post about my bike standing outside? This week-end it has snowed around 50 cm snow here in Göteborg. I've never seen anything like that, even after 5 years 1/2 in Sweden. Many Swedes have never deen anything like that either. VästTrafik, the local collective transport company and SJ the national train company have declared "force majeure". Trams are almost not circulating, all trains were cancelled this morning... The newspapers were writing "Göteborg paralysed" today. A bit exagerated but not much actually, when people are going somewhere, no one knows when they are arriving. "I'm coming when I'm coming" kind of...

I haven't checked my bike thid week-end but I know the neighbour will also have to wait a little bit before he or she can get his/her bike back!

Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | Video on TED.com

Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | Video on TED.com

I got a tips about Jamie Oliver's speach at TED for about a week ago and I couldn't find the time to watch it. I just did.

And I can only encourage you to watch this video. It is so inspiring.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize. You can read more at www.ted.com

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14 February 2010

Film Festival - part II

I told you only about the first five movies that I saw at the film festival but I saw 6 more after that so here is a quick summary.
The Eclipse
Irish movie about a classical love triangle during a book festival in Cobh in Ireland. Not a great movie but a nice one anyway, the story has some weaknesses but I like the three actors. Aidan Quinn that I hadn't seen since Legends of the fall with Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond. I was in high school so it must be sometimes around 1996 or 1997. In this film he plays the role of an asshole and he's just great! The leading role is played by Ciaran Hinds. Have you seen the BBC series Rome? He was playing Cesar. Aaaah he's just a Great actor. And the girl is actually a Danish girl that I know from a series I have seen here in Sweden. It was fun to see her here. So yeah, the major + about the movie is the actors.

And then came Lola
Not a remake but the director said he was inspired by Run Lola Run with Franka Potente. A pale copy that's all it was... quite boring but with some funny moments.

Aaaah!! Another golden nuggets of this festival. Lots of great actors like Leguizamo or Judy Dench. But the most impressive one? Jude Law playing a woman part. Aaaaah! He's amazing! And with so much make-up on, his eyes were... Ah, I just died a little bit every time I saw him, I just melted. Apart from that, a very unusual but interested way of filming. The whole movie was just about monologues about all the characters that were interviewed the one after the other. Great way of telling a story. Really good!

The Army of Crime
French movie, really good. Being French I have seen a lot of movies that take place during the second World War, about Paris when it was occupied by the German, about the Resistance movement. But in all the films I have seen the French were French. Sounds logical you think. Well The army of crime opened the eyes for me about the fast that a lot of immigrants from Eastern Europe had been seeking refuge from the communism in France and that they have been fighting against the German. Film by Robert Guediguian, it could only be good.

With Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife (they are living together in real life and have 2-3 children together. The film is about the last years of Darwin's life and his internal struggle between his discovery about the evolution of species and the impact it could have on religion and the existence of God. Knowing that his wife was very religious.
Very interesting and great acting by Paul, which I totally love and Jennifer who is also a very talented actress.

Ashes & Blood
French movie about Fanny Ardent, maybe one of the most famous French actress, a bit like a female Depardieu. I was very curious about what this actress could produce as a film. I got very disappointed. The story is strange, filmed in a weird way, with some ellisions everywhere and you know blanks in the conversation: A talks - silence - B answers - silence - A replies - silence. Aaaah so annoying! As I said, disappointed and I was a bit sad to end the festival by a weak film...


11 February 2010


I think I forgot to take my bike inside. Like three or four months ago... Well, i might just wait another three or four months and then maybe it will be time again to cycle?

10 February 2010


Det där mina vänner, det där är vardagslyx. Terrine de campagne aux cêpes från mina hemtrakter. Egen import. Med ljuvlig bröd från Gunnebo Slott.

Bon appétit!

04 February 2010

Winter wonderland

This is what I discovered at my bus stop yesterday evening. Cute, uh?

The baseballs

How long did it take before you realised what song they were covering?

01 February 2010

A nice mix of movies

As I wrote earlier, I saw five films this weekend, very different from each other but good ones. Here are my impressions.

The story: a group of young girls in an orphanage are in awe for their teacher (Eva Green) who's been travelling all around the world and tells them lots of stories. But everything changes when a Spanish girl arrives.

The + the landscapes are beautiful, I love Eva's clothes with high waisted trousers, typical 20-30's. And her room is greatly furnished.

The - nothing much is really happening for most of the film until 10 min before the end of the movie when we had to leave of course (we had to leave not to miss the following movie).

The story: the life of Hapatia, a woman philosopher, in Alexandria around the 4th century.

The + the movie is really well realised technically and Rachel Weisz is not only a beautiful woman but also a fantastic actress.

The - I feel there were some shortcuts in the story à little bit. Indeed, Hapatia's destiny was influenced by the conflicts between the different religions in Alexandria at that time and she tried to influence those conflicts as well but sometimes it was too elusive to me.

The story A group of pilgrims in Lourdes. And suddenly a miracle...

The + happens in Lourdes as the name says, which is around 30 km from my hometown. I've been there often and it felt good to see the familiar images, felt like i was home for an hour or two. The film is directed by an Austrian woman but the main actors are French and among others Sylvie Testud and she's very good.

The - I don't really, I didn't get a woaw effect but on the other hand it's not why you go and see this movie.

A single man
The story: first film directed by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth in the leading role playing a university professor who is profoundly depressed since the death of his boyfriend and compagnon of 16 years.

The + Colin, he's a genius and I love him. And he really looks good for a 50 year old. The clothes, the houses, everything from the 60's. Julianne Moore, Gosh so gorgeous, God this make-up, love it!

The - dunno, can't find anything negative to say like that after a few days.

The shock doctrine
This was not really a movie but a documentary about Naomi Klein (author of the No Logo book) and her shock doctrine. Very interesting documentary that showed how Milton Friedman's ideas spread after WWII and how capitalism was introduced in some countries after shocks such as was or crises. From Chile & Argentina in the 70's to England with Thatcher in the 80's to Irak today. Interesting. What I didn't really liked is that they gave no alternative to the capitalism that was so bad according to Klein. Maybe that's in her book, should read about it.

And tonight, the Eclipse!