Thursday, May 31, 2007


We walked out to the western harbour area to see the Turning Torso, Sweden's tallest building, and, at 190m, the second tallest apartment building in all of Europe. The nine cubes of five-storeys each swing twist through 90 degrees between base and summit.

The tower overlooks a mix of new residential areas and the south promenade (seen above) and the Oresund Bridge (below) connecting Sweden and Denmark, which I'll be crossing tomorrow.

Malmö Vice

Oresund Bridge

School playground

Malmö and neighbouring Lund have much to offer in the way of design excellence. The graduating exhibition for industrial designers from Lund at the Form/Design Center showcased a lot of interesting work. Just up the road, the Formargruppen artist cooperative had a interesting range of arts and crafts from the region; Heidi Hirengen's ceramics were particularly eye-catching. All in all, there's a quite different feel here to Stockholm, and as much as I enjoyed the Gamla Stan and Skansen areas there, I think I might find Malmö a more congenial place to live in.

Waiting & waiting

An email arrived from the hotel manager just before I left Göteborg for Malmö:
The 29/5 Place about arrive time we mast no the hotel shell by full ape theta night.

Best regards
Translations on the back of an envelope please.

Thumbscan from the online parish records
I've renewed my attempts to discover more about the family of my great-great-grandfather Sven, by exploring the Swedish Church records archive. Since I don't know the parish of his birth/christening, I have hundreds of separate archives to troll through just for the Malmöhüsparish entries of 1856/7. This is usually not helped by the handwriting in said archives, which looks like his granddaughter's diaries of horse-races she was going to bet on, and the huge duplication of popular names. So I have to find Karl/Carl Sven Olaf/Olof amongst all the entries for Gustav Fine Cotton and Kristina Maria Makybe Diva entries.

Jonathan Haidt's book, The Happiness Hypothesis was an engaging and concise synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern cognitive psychology. Highly recommended.

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