Sunday, June 22, 2008
All the shops were closed and the streets were deserted.If not for the football gathering in Kungsträdgården,Stockholm would look like a ghost town.
It seems the life shifted to the countryside.People danced around the midsummer poles, ate specially prepared herring fish with boiled fresh potatoes, strawberries as a dessert and drank cold beer and schnapps.
The celebrations have almost reached to its end.
While people were busy in midsummer preparations,The Swedish parliament approved the surveillance law,which allowed a civilian institution,National Defence Radio Establishment to tape all cross-border telephone and Internet communication.From January 2009 every telephone conversation would be taped,every E-mail letter and fax would be read.Each site the people visit,each word people google would be recorded.All that is to protect Sweden against foreign threats and cyber warfare.
143 Parliament members robbed the civil liberties of the nation in the broad daylight.
Sweden is approaching towards dark.It was No Happy Midsummer.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A year before when Stockholm local traffic abolished the traditional ticket purchase system, mobile phones replaced the cash handling.It is a common view that passengers showing their mobile phone to the drivers.Then SMS service expanded and now one can order coffee from the phone and be notified when it is ready.
Mobil phones are ready for automatic commerce in departmental stores.The device would be connected to stores,able to read all the prices of all the items.
All consumer has to do is to Press “Order processing system” and buy the item of their choice. Be careful don’t drop or lose this purchasing tool.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
A San Francisco based Type-foundry PSY/OPS released a Typeface called Exemplar.
“Exemplar is an open type face family. It means that the fonts are loaded with typographic features and is compatible with both Mac & PC environment. Exemplar has extended language support and a range of alternate letters available as extra features.”
Exemplar is designed and developed by font designer Göran Söderström, who is currently associated with Pangea design in Stockholm.
Following are the fonts released by the designer prior to Exemplar:
Autostyler – Trentor – Flieger - Navelfluff
Exemplar by Göran Söderström
Saturday, June 14, 2008
First France, then Netherlands and now Ireland.3 failed referendums in 3 years on EU treaty.
Ireland’s rejection is a declaration that patchwork is not effective.
Brussels has to come with entirely new and credible concept.
We heard a lot about mystical Unicorn,who had magical healing powers.Yesterday this mythological character appeared in shape of a deer in our real world.A single - horned deer was born in captivity in the research centre’s park near Florence,Italy.The deer was named Unicorn and it does not have any magical healing power.It is born with a genetic flaw.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Last month Nepal’s assembly voted to abolish the monarchy.Today the king Gyanendra and his wife Komal moved out from the palace in Kathmandu where his family lived more than a century.There were no tears and no emotional farewell;Nepalese believe that king Gyanendra engineered the palace massacre of 2001,which brought him to the throne.
It is end of the dynasty,beginning of the new era.Nepalese believe the king and his family brought poverty to them and the Maoist rebels are to bring comforts and prosperity in their life.
From kingship to Maoism - we have heard it before.We have experienced it.
Nepal – Beware lest you should be cheated.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Last Sunday in Tokyo a 25-year-old video-game addict drove his vehicle into pedestrian and then went on stabbing spree.He stabbed 17 people,7 were killed and 10 injured.
Something has seriously gone wrong in the world.
We are sowing and reaping violence.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The fresh collage graduates have been celebrating for the last few days.The car drivers were blowing the horns.There were long rows of open trucks decorated with branches of trees and banners.There“2 cool 4 school”youngsters were singing all popular songs, dancing and shouting in excitement.
Yesterday Sweden celebrated the National Day as well,it is a long weekend,alcohol and music has been flowing on the streets of Stockholm and the sun was shining brightly.
Monday is far,far away and today life is carefree and wonderful.
Monday, June 2, 2008
109 Nations attended a conference in Dublin and signed a treaty to ban cluster bombs.
Sadly the main manufacturers and users of cluster bombs – USA, Russia, China and Israel were not involved in the treaty.Even without the involvement of top dogs, such treaty is a right step towards the right direction.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
There was a UN sponsored Iraqi debt relief conference in Stockholm.Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has been busy receiving his US colleague Condoleezza Rice,Iraqi Prime Minister,Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon and delegates from 100 countries.There were no hugs and kisses between Iranian Foreign Minister and US Foreign Minister Rice as Carl Bildt predicted.
Iraqi Prime Minister begged the support to rebuild of Iraq -US slogan was:“standing by Iraq“
During the King Zahir Shah rule in Afghanistan the police did not have any resources to feed the detainees.So the policemen took the chained prisoners to the streets to beg for food.
Occupied Iraq together with occupant is on a debt cancellation tour.
Rock band KISS was in the town.Face–painted youngsters tried to look like band members were moving in the sunny Stockholm listening”Hotter than hell” and “Nothing to lose“.
Then it was Stockholm Marathon,18 000 runners participated and Kenya emerged as a winner.It has been complete traffic chaos in Stockholm for the last few days,but the town was alive and shinning.