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Kämpa sexistisk reklam

Subway ad:
Anti Sexist Ad

Rough translation:

Black Board

You’re standing there, being fed messages about everything that’s wrong with your body

White Board

This space is usually filled with a picture of a sexualised woman.

Sexist ads make women feel bad and want to change their bodies. That’s an impediment to equality. Together, we can reclaim the space.

Are you with us? Take pictures of sexist ads, tag with #complain and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to report them.

Isn’t that just fabulous?

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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Things I have learned since moving to Sweden

It is Friday and I emigrated to Sweden on Monday. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster since then with the children leading the way as we find our feet in the local area and in the school system. We still have a huge way to go in finding our place but for now I am thrilled with how far we have come.

It has been interesting, however, and I have definitely learned some things about Swedish life. So now for your viewing pleasure, some of my observations:

    • It is illegal to park on the wrong side of the street. I.e. Facing the traffic. You must face the same way if stopping at the edge of a road.
    • The Swedes leave their Christmas lights up until the end of January. It makes the streets really pretty. All those lovely lights reflecting on the snow.
    • Christmas lights are all white/pale yellow. None of this brightly coloured trashy nonsense the UK seems to have developed. So much prettier.
    • Children play out in the snow, every day. Back in Scotland a snowy day was deemed to be unsuitable for outdoor play in case the children should slip and hurt themselves. Bless. What nonsense.
    • Your rubbish gets weighed.
    • The majority of Swedes speak beautiful English. It is embarrassing really.
    • All children ice-skate. DD starts next week! They are using the local football pitch which has been soaked in water and left to freeze. Awesome.
    • On our street you are not allowed to park your car on the road on a Friday as that is the day the gritter/snow plough comes down.


The Kind of Country I Want To Live In

This is from my old blog.

The Pragmatic Argument for Independence

Let me describe to you the kind of country I’d like to live in.

One that can happily announce that legislation coming in at the New Year will introduce free vaccines, higher parental leave benefits (already 16 months split between both parents at 80% of salary), tax exemption for private tutors, and more job security for temporary workers.

While maintaining a national AAA credit rating.

This is a fictitious utopia right? The economic orthodoxy is that you just can’t do these things together. You have to face stark choices in the current global economic climate. (Gently leaving to one side that nuclear weapons never seem to be part of that choice). Continue reading The Kind of Country I Want To Live In