Colo(u)r Me Rad – Stockholm

Today Orla and I ran (walked) a 5k where people willingly threw huge amounts of colour bombs (cornflower plus dyes) at us. It was amazing.

You don’t really need me to tell you much about it as the pictures will tell you all you need to know.

Pre-race – look how clean we are:

Before the race started the DJ turned up the music, threw out some colour bombs and the colouring began:

Ready to race:
Start Line

Throughout the race there were colour station where you were bombarded with just one colour. By the time we reached purple we were on our own and Orla, being a little ahead, had a station to herself and had a personal bombing. Fortunately Martin was also there and captured a lot of it:

Reaching the finish line was a great feeling, knowing we had done it.

Afterwards there was more colour bombing and lots of photo taking. And to finish things off a cold beer.

All in all a fabulous day and I can’t wait until the next one. Which is in August – who is coming?

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EU Elections

The last few weeks have been a little bit odd.

For the first time since I was 18, I have failed to vote in an election.

And it’s not down to eligibility: as EU citizens, we’re perfectly entitled to vote in EU (and local) elections in Sweden. We’re also – I think – eligible to vote at our old UK address. For the latter, as we’ve removed ourselves from the UK body politic, it didn’t feel right continuing to vote there. This is also why I won’t be voting in September’s Independence Referendum even though it’s something I’ve been passionate about for 25 years and more.

Given how I’ve argued for political engagement and using the hard won right to vote for a long time, it seems a bit odd not using it. But I didn’t feel like I had a firm enough grasp on Swedish political realities to cast an informed vote. I did however keep an interested eye on the electoral posters that went up around the city, and found some views that would certainly have an impact on my likelihood to vote for/against the party in question.

First thing that struck me: there’s a lot more positive rhetoric for Europe here than in the UK, where it’s more a case of how strongly to word the anti-EU-rhetoric. And it didn’t seem to have an obvious left/right division.
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