John Bauer’s Illustration for the book “Svanhamnen” (The Swan Suit) by Helena Nyblom.
Helena Nyblom was a Danish author as well as a poet who lived from 1843-1926 and was married to a Swede, thuse spending her adult life mostly there though at least her first published works were originally written in Danish and then translated by her husband. She’s most well known for her fairytales, of which The Swan Suit is one.
[note: The English article is rather misleading, I recommend checking out the Swedish version.]
Amazing girls from Sweden! I like it and you? Repost!
from their youtube description:
VIDAR’s video for their version of Simon & Garfunkels classic “Kathy’s Song” (© Universal Music Publishing Group) was recorded at the legendary El Mundo in Stockholm, on a cold winter day in January 2013. Director: Anton Söderhäll. Producer: Jonas Hamqvist (Ida Long, Silver Devil). Executive Producer: Claes Olson.
VIDAR:s first perfomance of the song was right in front of the song’s composer Paul Simon, at a private pre-party for Polar Music Prize 2012 - at the home of (the legendary ABBA manager Stikkan Andersson’s daughter) Marie and Tomas Ledin in Stockholm. Other familiar faces in the audience were Yo-Yo Ma, Swedish artist Frida Hyvönen, guitarrist Janne Schaffer (ABBA - and more…), actress Lena Endre, composer Anders Hillberg a.o.
The song was digitally released on “VIDAR EP” in February 2013 and is available for downloads and streaming on iTunes, Spotify etc. In June 2013 VIDAR will record their debut album in Dreamland Studios, Woodstock with Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim as producer.
VIDAR Facebook: www.facebook.com/VIDARmusic
Agnetha Åse Fältskog was one fourth of the Swedish popgroup ABBA. With her blond hair, she was the face of the band that is the second or third best selling band in history worldwide. Before and after her career with ABBA she had a solo career, which she’s currently adding an album too, though she’s become very private.
I’m extra proud to be Norwegian today!
I assume that this is the explanation for that statement
Last part of our pyramid from Norwegian nationals 2013! :) that’s the team im on, Eagles sky level 5 coed
Folk costume of Hardenger, Norway
Princess Lilian of Sweden, whose romance with husband Prince Bertil became one of Sweden’s best-known love stories, has died at the age of 97.
Welsh-born Lilian met Prince Bertil in London during World War II.
However, they faced objections to their relationship because of the prince’s obligations to the throne and Lilian’s status as a divorced commoner. They had to wait until 1976 to get married.
In 2010, it was announced she had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Princess Lilian was born Lilian Davies in Swansea in August 1915 and moved to London aged 16 to follow a modelling career. She was married to actor Ivan Craig when she met Prince Bertil in London in 1943.
The couple fell in love in what Swedish media described as a real-life Cinderella story. She divorced her British husband two years later.
However, Prince Bertil’s father, King Gustaf VI Adolf, refused to give his blessing for the couple to get married.
The prince’s elder brother died in a plane crash in 1947 and another brother had also married a commoner, giving up his right to the throne. Bertil was next in line to the throne until his nephew came of age. Carl Gustaf eventually became king in 1973.
The king feared that had Prince Bertil married a commoner, the royal dynasty’s survival would be jeopardised.
It took more than 30 years before they could marry, when they both had reached their sixties.
The couple were popular with the Swedish public.
Prince Bertil died in 1997 and Lilian later wrote about the difficulties of their life together.
They did not have any children, which Princess Lilian’s late husband described as “rather sad”.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said that a “much loved and appreciated member of the royal family has now passed away”.
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Princess Dagmar of Denmark, later Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna of Russia.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP and member of the WikiLeaks team that released secret footage of a US Apache helicopter attack on civilians in Iraq, is planning to visit America for the first time since the ‘Collateral Murder’ video was made public to express her support for Bradley Manning, the video’s alleged source.
Jónsdóttir plans to travel to New York on 5 April to mark the third anniversary of the posting of the footage, one of the most dramatic WikiLeaks releases and one that helped put the website and its founder Julian Assange on the global map. She is making the journey even though she has been advised by the Icelandic government not to do so for fear of legal retribution from US authorities.
She told the Guardian that she had held back from visiting the US long enough. “I refuse to live in fear, and I don’t want to live in the shadows. I don’t think I’ve done anything illegal or that I’m an enemy of the US state, but if they think I’ve committed a crime, I want to know,” she said.
Jónsdóttir plans to bring with her an exhibition of still photographs drawn from the Collateral Murder video that she will show in New York on the anniversary and Los Angeles on 6 April. Later, she hopes to take the exhibition on a road tour across the US on the eve of Manning’s trial that is currently scheduled to begin in June.
The footage, allegedly leaked by Manning while he was working as an intelligence analyst in a US base outside Baghdad, related to a US airstrike in Baghdad on 12 July 2007. Eight men were killed in the attack, including two Reuters correspondents whose cameras were mistaken for weapons.
The posting of the video had immediate and immense impact, prompting debate on the cost in civilian deaths of the Iraq war. A month later, Manning was arrested as the suspected source of the video along with hundreds of thousands of leaked confidential diplomatic cables.
The Iraq video has been cited in four of the 22 counts that Manning is facing, for which he faces up to life in military custody with no chance of parole.
Jónsdóttir said that she wanted to visit the US so that she could speak out about the importance of Collateral Murder in a way that Manning himself could not. “I feel connected to Bradley Manning’s fate through that video,” she said.
“It’s deeply troubling to me that he is the only one suffering the consequences – none of the people responsible for the war crimes in the video have been held accountable.”
For the past two years Jónsdóttir has been locked in legal dispute with the US Justice Department over its attempts to obtain her private information. It was revealed in 2011 that the US government had served a subpoena on Twitter demanding personal data from her Twitter feed dating back to November 2009.
Jónsdóttir riposted by petitioning a federal appeals court in Virginia, calling on the courts to force the DoJ to open its files on her to disclose the other internet providers that had also been ordered to submit her private data. Last month the appeal court ruled against her and her two co-defendants, allowing the US government to keep secret its attempts to force internet providers to hand over private information without a warrant.
In 2011 the US ambassador to Iceland gave verbal assurances that Jónsdóttir could travel freely to the US without fear of arrest or prosecution. But she has been advised by senior Icelandic government officials not to do so on the grounds that a verbal assurance is not binding and could be overruled by the US at any time.
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