Friday, July 28, 2006

My everyday machine

This is one of the things I drive. It's a Yamaha Neo's 50cc scooter. I like the light blue colour, and I like that it does 60 km/h without much effort. On my premier-drive through the newly built Götatunneln, I noted something peculiar to that stretch of road -I hit 72 km/h.


During my trip to Stockholm I immersed myself in what Patrick Wilmot* depicts so well in the novel "Seeing Double"; Shopping!
I found a pair of unlined driving gloves, perfect for those summernight cruises on my scooter. An extra bonus is that they match my new, rudely soft motorcycle jacket by Massimo Dutti.

Patrick Wilmot
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Patrick Wilmot obtained a bachelor's degree from Yale and later an MA and Ph.D in philosophy from Vanderbilt, all in the United States. He taught sociology at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria for 18 years. In 1988, the military government of Ibrahim Babangida deported him from the country for taking more than a passing interest in the way the country was being (mis) ruled by the military despite the fact that he has a Nigerian wife. Patrick has written more than 10 books including In Search of Nationhood (Lantern Books); Sociology: a New Introduction (Collins), and Apartheid and African Liberation (Ife University Press). Patrick now lives in London assessing manuscripts for the African writers series and the Caribbean writers series published by Heinemann. He is a member of council of the African Centre, London and Transparency International.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Things to covet III

The Luminor Submersible by Officine Panerai.
Just imagine that on your wrist! Do you feel that slight tingle of a salty water droplet in the small of your back as you step out of the water somewhere in the Mediterranean, spearfishing rod in one hand and flippers in the other? This is the watch James Bond would be wearing if he had had just a tad more style...

Boat cruise in the Stockholm archipelago

Another hot day in Stockholm, only slightly cooler than yesterday. After a sort of brunch with my family (that I see about twice a year) a trip to Fjäderholmarna for swimming and sunbathing seemed the right thing to do. I must admit I was reluctant at first, but with hindsight quite happy I went. The water was cold, but refreshing.

The picture was taken on the way back to Nybroviken. Back ashore, I went shopping. More on that in next post.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Things to read

This is what I'm reading right now. Send me a mail if you can recognize the text!
I'll write a review when I'm done.

Things to covet II

I've borrowed my brother-in-law's apartment in Stockholm for a few days. One of its' coolest features is the gas range (stove, to all you others). It looks so elegant, and being gas, wonderful to cook on!

Things to covet

As an alternative to a Panerai, I suppose the ceramic J12 by Chanel could suffice...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Islands in the stream

Well, what can I say? As I told you yesterday, I've been to the library to borrow some books. I found one book I decided to revisit -it's "Islands in the Stream" by EH (Hemingway). Today I lay in my hammock and read a few chapters, just like that. Instant gratification, total pleasure!

Tomorrow I'll be off to an job interview. I really want it, and plan to get it. I will have to be top dog playing the underdog (or rather be the underdog, believing I'm top dog)! Woof.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Went sk8ing with my sun earlier tonight. Man, I just love it! I realized the other day that I've been on a board since 1973. I think it's cool that I still love it after thirtythree years! :-) (That's my board to the left and my son on the right).

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Culture or opium for the masses

I'm on holiday this week. It's about 30 degrees, the sun beating down on all and sundry. This means impersonating a crocodile (Or, more likely -a midsize hippopotami...) by lounging around in a nearby lake all day.

Come afternoon and I nipped down to the library. Borrowed the following books:

  • "Islands in the stream" by Ernest Hemingway
  • "Exiles" (3 short novels) by Philip Caputo
  • "BrazilFazDesign" (a book on brazilian design)
  • "Angelica's Grotto" by Russel Hoban
I also rented a DVD "The last days of the Universe" by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (a Thai/Japanese movie). While at the library I caught an exhibition of art purchased by my city. I would have like more installations.