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Beyond the Lone Islands

Saturday, 20 February 2010

It Just Goes On And On

Pictures above and below taken around 4 a.m. through the window.
The newspaper deliverers are having a really tough winter!!!

Since yesterday, we have probably had at least 30 cm of new snow on top of what was already there. It was also snowing earlier in the week. And it's still snowing! For today, there was a "class 2" weather warning (on a scale of 3) for a large part of the country.

I did go out for a very short breath of air in the afternoon today, but it was just too difficult to walk. My intention was to walk to the nearest letterbox and post a letter, but I gave up half way. The sidewalks hadn't been ploughed at all, and the streets were slippery with loose snow on top of treacherous ice. My friend will have to wait for her letter!

In the picture above you can see that the layer of snow on the ground now goes higher than the seats of the park benches!

To look on the bright side (for me personally), I'm glad that my brother managed to come last weekend when the weather was fine.
He also helped me get some supplies home from the supermarket.
Good timing, considering the new attacks of snow during this week!
I managed to get to my physiotherapy (rehab pool) Monday and Thursday; the rest of the time I've just been staying in!
(Apart from that very short walk today.)

In spite of the blessings of the Internet (♥2U!) there are moments...
A winter's day
In a deep and dark December; [in this case, February!]
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island...
~Paul Simon~

However, Saturday afternoon always offers a treat: my favourite radio talkshow or panel game, which is the Swedish equivalent of British Just A Minute. I learn from the Wikipedia article that the British game started in 1967; the Swedish one has been running since 1969 so was not far behind. The object of the game is for four panellists to talk for sixty seconds on a given surprise subject, 'without repetition, hesitation or deviation' (and challenging each other if they think someone does not keep to the rules). It always gets hilarious, and serves as my weekly laughing exercise!

Wish I could give you an example. but not much point in directing you to the Swedish Radio podcast site. (Any Swedish followers I'm sure will find their own way.) So I got curious to see if maybe BBC4 also had their version on the web...? I found two episodes currently available on BBC iPlayer (limited listening time). So if you don't know the programme, you have a chance to find out what it's about.

Now having listened to one of the British ones, it seems to me that the Swedish version tends to have more detailed subjects; often long sentences which are kind of short stories in themselves. Like, the British programme I listened to had one subject entitled "what's in my handbag". While today's Swedish programme happened to have one about "how I came to discover what X keeps in her handbag" - and X in this case being the leader of one of our political parties (aspiring to be our next Prime Minister if they happen to win the next election), whose handbag has been much discussed in media lately because someone found out it was a very expensive one!

What makes YOU "LOL" - laugh out loud?


GB said...

Well I've just learned something!! Not for the first time. I could never quite see why som many bloggers wrote (Lots of Love) all over the place. Now I know it means Laughs out Loud. Thank you Monica.

I'm really enjoying all your snow photos even if you aren't! The one with the street lights is very atmospheric.

I used to listen to 'Just a Minute' in the car sometimes but I'd never have switched it one at home. In fact it's not that long ago that I couldn't actually recall where the radios were in Eagleton. That's how often I listen to them at home!

What makes me lough out loud? Do you know that I couldn't really tell you. It depends on the day and my mood I think. But one thing does NOT make me is TV programmes showing videos of people falling over. Althogh the one of the cat on the TV did I have to confess (though I can't now recall what happened to the cat!).

GB said...

I've just watched this . It made me laugh out loud!

DawnTreader said...

GB, you gave me another "LOL" with your "Lots of Love" interpretation!!! Makes me wonder how many LOL's I've been sending to you myself... ;) (But then of course I only laugh at you with ♥ anyway, so not all that big a difference!)

By the way when I first came upon that LOL abbreviation it took me a while to figure it out, too. I think I either asked whoever wrote it, or googled to find out.

Another one I came across a while ago was ROTFLOL. Eh... what?! It means "rolling on the floor laughing out loud". That I can't really recall when I did last. It's so hard to get up from the floor again!

(I agree with you about the falling over kind of fun. Usually does not so easily tickle me to laughter.)

rae said...

I've never heard of "Just a Minute" but it sounds like my kind of game. I'll have to go investigate...

Sandra said...

i like the 4 am shot of the light in the snow, that is really neat!

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I take it that even for Sweden...this is not a typical winter?

I haven't been in a LOL mood lately but whenever I need to LOL...I watch one of the early Jim Carey Movies...they are just plain stupid but sometimes just plain stupid works well for me.


DawnTreader said...

@ Rae - Yes, I have a suspicion that you would probably enjoy the Just A Minute game!

@ Dan - It has been an unusually cold and snowy winter for the southern parts of the country, at least compared to the average winter in the last 20 years or so.


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