Saturday, February 10, 2007

Gamla Stan

Slept in this morning - badly needed after a week of early starts for various vigorous icy excursions around Jukkasjärvi.

Spent an hour or so in the Nobel Museum, a few blocks from our Gamla Stan hotel. There is currently an exhibition on Winston Churchill, focussing on his painting and writing as Nobel Literature laureate 1953:
"for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values".
It was very interesting to see some of the typed manuscript versions of his famous speeches, arranged on the page like poetry, so he could give rhetorical force to his words on the radio. The exhibition program speaks of the significance for painting to Churchill, this being an activity that he pursued for many years, and even writing Painting as a Pastime in 1948.
"Nothing will make one observe more quickly or more thoroughly than having to face the difficulty of representing the thing observed."
We spent the remainder of the afternoon drifting in and out of interesting stores -Antikvariats, children's toy stores alive with music-boxes, Modern Dogg and the like. The pictures above show restaurant "Den Gyldene Freden", founded in 1722 and frequented by the Swedish Academy who determine the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Thomson and ThompsonAstroJax illuminationsThe light-trace above is a sample of Chris trying out an AstroJax toy I bought for him at the Nobel Museum shop. I turned the lights off in the hotel room to get a clearer image.

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