12 Doișpe, a home for art

12 Doispe
12 Doispe

12 Doispe

Starting with the 2nd of November until the end of the month an ongoing guerilla art exhibition is being held at the restaurant 12 Doispe in Craiova.

Thanks to the owner, the artists Veronica Svanström, Cristina Dragomir and Magnus Svanström have had the opportunity to display their works. In a very fluent and dynamic way, they are scattered all over the place, making them blend in and stand out at the same time. They are three very different artists with distinct styles, making this an interesting display of creations.

Veronica Svanström

Veronica Svanström

Cristina Dragomir

Cristina Dragomir

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnus Svanström

Magnus Svanström


Veronica, married to Magnus, started her travel into creating art in Sweden. She is an avid scrapbooker and mixed-media artist. Her style varies from steampunk, photography to the simple joy of capturing memories on a scrapbooking page.

Art sets you free

Art sets you free by Veronica Svanström


Cristina is the trained professional. On canvasses she lets her brushes flow, creating ideas, objects and faces in a whirlwind of carefully selected colours and flowing brush strokes.

Dreptatea by Cristina Dragomir

Dreptatea by Cristina Dragomir


Magnus focuses more on an idea than the actual technique. He works mostly in acrylic or simple pen, trying to project a feeling or an idea.

Loss by Magnus Svanström

Loss by Magnus Svanström


And we have a last artist, even though he would himself not agree, he is a very unassuming cool guy. If art is a way to take one form and turn it into something else, then the owner is an artist. Creating a very relaxed and creative environment, he uses another kind of brush to create his own kind of work.

So feel free to visit 12 Doișpe, enjoy some art with a beer or a refreshing ice-tea.

Magnus and Veronica can most often be found at this place on Sundays, so if you see a guy with a sketchpad stop by and say hello.

12 Doispe
Address: str.A.I.CUZA, Craiova
Hours: 07:00-01:00, Monday to Sunday

//JMS



12 Doișpe, gazdă pentru artă

12 Doispe

12 Doispe

Începând cu 2 noiembrie și până la finele lunii, restaurantul 12 Doișpe din Craiova găzduiește o expoziție de artă în stil guerilla.

Datorită patronului, artiștii Veronica Svanström, Cristina Dragomir și Magnus Svanström au avut ocazia de a-și expune creațiile. Într-un stil foarte fluent și dinamic, creațiile sunt dispuse prin tot localul, ceea ce le face să se integreze bine în decor dar și să iasă cum trebuie în evidență.

Artiștii au stiluri foarte diferite, ceea ce face ca expoziția să fie cu atât mai interesantă.

Veronica Svanström

Veronica Svanström

Cristina Dragomir

Cristina Dragomir

 

 

 

 

 

Magnus Svanström

Magnus Svanström


Veronica, căsătorită cu Magnus, și-a început incursiunea în artă în Suedia. Este pasionată de mixed-media și scrapbooking, a cărui artă o împărtășește și craiovenilor. Când creează, ea poate alege stilul steampunk, să se concentreze pe fotografie sau pur și simplu să capteze amintiri într-o pagină scrapbook.

Art sets you free

Art sets you free


Cristina este artistul profesionist. Ea-și lasă pensulele să atingă pânza pentru a crea idei, obiecte și figuri, într-un vârtej de tușe fluide de pensulă și culori atent selectate.

Dreptatea by Cristina Dragomir


Magnus se concentrează mai mult pe o idee anume decât pe tehnică. Folosește cel mai adesea vopselurile acrilice sau doar un creion, încercând să surprindă o senzație sau o idee.

Loss by Magnus Svanström

Loss by Magnus Svanström


Și mai este un artist, deși el nu ar fi de acord cu această afirmație, pentru că este un tip modest și cool. Dacă arta este un mod de a transpune o formă în cu totul altceva, atunci patronul însuși este un artist. Creând un mediu foarte relaxat și creativ, el folosește un alt fel de pensulă pentru a crea propria sa lucrare de artă.

Așa că nu ratați restaurantul 12 Doișpe, delectați-vă cu arta expusă acolo la o bere sau un ice-tea.

Pe Magnus și Veronica îi puteți găsi acolo în fiecare duminică, așa că dacă vedeți un tip desenând într-un carnet de schițe, nu ezitați să dați un semn.

12 Doispe
Adresa: str.A.I.CUZA, Craiova
Program: 07:00-01:00, luni pana duminica

//JMS



12 Doispe, ett hem för konst

12 Doispe

12 Doispe

Med början den 2:a november till och med slutet av månaden pågår en gerilla utställning på restaurangen 12 Doispe i Craiova.

Tack vare ägaren har konstnärerna Veronica Svanström, Cristina Dragomir och Magnus Svanström fått en chans att visa sina verk. På ett väldigt flytande och dynamiskt sätt är konstverken utspridda överallt, vilket gör att de både smälter in och står ut på samma gång.

Detta är tre konstnärer med väldigt olika stil, vilket gör denna utställningen till en väldigt intressant tillställning.

Veronica Svanström

Veronica Svanström

Cristina Dragomir

Cristina Dragomir

 

 

 

 

 

Magnus Svanström

Magnus Svanström


Veronica är gift med Magnus och hon startade sin resa in i konstnärsskapandet när hon bodde i Sverige. Hon är en konstnärinna som skapar scrapbooking till mixed media, i stilar som går från Steam Punk till den rena glädjen av att fånga ett minne på en scrapbooking-sida.

Art sets you free

Art sets you free


Cristina är den utbildade konstnärinnan som låter penslarna flyga fram på hennes dukar, där skapar hon idéer, objekt och ansikten i en tromb av noggrant utvalda färger och flytande penseldrag.Dreptatea by Cristina Dragomir


Magnus fokuserar mera på idéer än den faktiska tekniken, han arbetar oftast med akrylfärg eller en enkel blyertspenna i ett försöka att framföra en känsla eller en idé.

Loss by Magnus Svanström

Loss by Magnus Svanström


Så har vi en sista konstnär även om han själv inte skulle erkänna det, en väldigt jordnära och trevlig kille. Om konst är att ta en form och skapa något nytt då är ägaren en konstnär. Genom att skapa en väldigt avslappnad och kreative miljö använder han en annan slags pensel för att skapa sina egna slags konstverk.

Så besök 12 Doispe och njut av lite konst och kanske en öl eller varför inte en frisk iste..

Magnus och Veronica kan man allt som oftast hitta här på söndagar, så om ni ser en man med ett skissblock är det bara att komma fram och säga hej.

12 Doispe
Address: str.A.I.CUZA, Craiova
Öppettider: 07:00-01:00, måndag till söndag

//JMS

1.2.3 Lets head down to 12 Doispe

Ginny goes to 12 Doispe

So here we are in Craiova and summer is in full force. Now summer in Romania, or at least in Craiova, is hot, it is damn hot. Another thing that is hot is the restaurant 12 Doispe, my latest home away from home where I have burrowed myself in like a tick.

The restaurant has a industrial décor with a good mix of normal tables, a few coffee-tables and some high bar tables, in other words a good selection to choose from. They have a rich menu and on Sundays they give a Swedish Buffet, all you can eat for 20 lei (2015). I have not tried too many of their dishes but the ones I have tried are excellent. The Swedish buffet is awesome and they have a pie with vanilla custard that goes down in a flash.

Ginny goes to 12 Doispe

Ginny goes to 12 Doispe

However it is not only the food or the drinks that make this a really good place, but the vibs in the space. You know, that kind of local you just feel relaxed and good in from the start.

Probably it is a combination of the owner Teddi in the way he made the restaurant, the music they play, if you hear Pink Floyd you can’t help but to like the place, and the ambient atmosphere. You can see Anca, Liliana and Roxana getting orders, severing and clearing up like in a blur. They must have some kind of superpower and they are pretty also, what, hey I am man, just saying… Again I seem to get off topic so lets get back on track. They are really good at their job and they make everyone feel welcome as does the owner if you meet him!

I have a kind of litmus test for every bar or restaurant I go to, if I feel good drawing there then it is a good place for me, and 12 Doispe fits the bill, like putting your hand in that perfect glove, or some other metaphor in the same style, the pen just starts flying.
I should probably apologise for all the drawings I kept handing out, they can safely be stored in that permanent archive called a trash bin, I don’t mind, honestly.

12 Doispe is a place with some really good food, a nice industrial feeling without going overboard on that theme, making the local into something interesting. They have nice people working there and the owner Teddy is a really cool guy, plus the music, big plus there.

So if you have a chance give this place a try and have a beer or two. I always go for a Heineken draught but that is just me, they have a lot of other drinks and food to enjoy.
If you see a tall guy scribbling in a notepad, just say hello as that will most probably be me.

So 1.2.3 lets head down to 12 Doispe!

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JMS

Here you have their Facebook page 12 Doispe
Address: str.A.I.CUZA, Craiova
Hours: 07:00-01:00, Monday to Sunday

The discovery

In the dark abyss the tentacles of human civilization had started to reach out. Voyager, the space probe from the 70s raced on its endless journey to its unknown destination. Signals from TV, radio travelled before it, from the Marconi SOS to the latest reality show, spreading out in every direction from a single point, from the 3rd planet from the stare we call The Sun.

Closer at hand, the spacecraft Dawn had just reached the protoplanet Ceres, catching some bright spots on its surface, brighter than could easily be explained by ice or something similar.

What few knew was that this probe had a specific purpose except just to orbit this small celestial body, and that reason we have to move back to the beginning of the 20th century.

When the first radio transmissions were made a strange, but clear signal could be picked up, in regular intervals when the antenna were slight directed up into the dark night sky. It was no transmission people could make any sense of, no Morse code that was for sure. It was noted in scientific papers and then forgotten for a long while.

1977, in Ohio a Seti telescope picked up what is know as “the wow” signal, a narrowband signal that the papers said were coming from Chi Sagittarii, it was far closer than that.

What people had realised rather early on was that this signal actually originated from the asteroid belt, and the protoplanet Ceres. The signal seemed to be of alien origin, and 2007 the spacecraft Dawn was launched for the purpose of doing an investigation.

This is the story, what happened and what consequences that had.

To be followed…………….

Down the rabbit hole

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Much like Alice in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Europe seems to have jumped down the rabbit hole, maybe from boredom but more likely from a feeling of economic strain that is still sweeping over continent.

We have a pending Greek exit in one corner, in other corners the growth of the parties with only one agenda, the one point to solve everything, the immigrants. From the Swedish Democrats in north to the Golden Dawn in the south. Just outside this wonderland we have another children’s story character peeking in, the big bad wolf, watching from the east, trying to blow, blow the house down.

Now its not like I can come up with a solutions for all these things, but I can perhaps give a suggestion, to relive some of these effects. The problem is really easy to see, money. When people have less to spend, when unemployment goes up, the finger pointing will always start. Some people will see the possibilities they lack, others will see the past in that soft glow of yesteryears where nothing was wrong and all was right. Always it ends up with the “find the one to blame” game, and that game almost always ends up with some group. Directly we forget the simple fact that groups are made up of individuals and we bunch them together, sometime from region, sometime just from some arbitrary name like migrants or beggars. We also forget that pointing fingers can very easily be turned around, and suddenly the finger-pointing-person is the one being pointed at.

So what would be my suggestion? I can not only complain and have no suggestion, then I am only the white rabbit going around saying “Oh dear! Oh dear!”.

As I see it the deregulation of the financial market is what brought us to this economic crisis, the crisis that was only surpassed by the financial crash of 1929. After 1929 we got more regulation and it stayed like that into the late 80s or early 90s. Then it was decided to deregulate again, trading in derivatives and encouraging risk taking, and that can only work so long before it comes all tumbling down. Now a regulated finance market will not remove all recessions, as then we would have been spared them all between 1929-1990 and we weren’t, but at least it would take away the really bad ones, and saving in the process a hell of lot of money that otherwise must be used to bail out banks or countries.

Now there are of course other problems that a regulated financial market could not avoid. The problems with Greece would still exist, however not so bad and not that fast. The problem with the so called Greek exit is different countries, with different possibilities under the same economic umbrella, and put in a bit of fiddling with the numbers, and Greek exit here we come. This is the problem with a single currency, it can work, but for it to do so these kind of problems will have to be solved or the single currency can/will become a swinging door.

We should neither forget that we have the big bad wolf that would love to blow our houses down, or as the saying goes “united we stand, divided we fall”, if we now should stand, which we should, all of us. If he finds a crack you can be sure he will be there to widen it, he does not like stable houses.

So my suggestion would be a much tighter financial regulation. I am not saying we should not have a free market, just a market that works for all the people, and not just for the people at the top of the pyramid. No, this is not communism, but lets call it a social-capitalistic system that can take us to the end goal, whatever that end goal is. Of course the end goal could be that the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3,5 billion poorest people, and then we are already there, and we should not complain. But if we do, like me, then roping in the financial market is a good way to start, not the end, but at least we would be at the start line.

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JMS

A writing challenge

typewriter

typewriter

In a way to home in my English writing skills I have decided to do a challenge. What is the challenge, well anyone with a blog, or similar, that would like a piece written by me (in English) can have one. It can be any topic you wish, and you have to choose the topic. I will write a 500-1000 word article on whatever subject you choose. When you have it you can publish it on your site or not publish it, it will be all your article. You can also take on the challenge and write a piece for my blog, but with the same rule, that I will choose the topic. I will however publish any article/story written for my blog, as long as it follows common sense. The only restriction I really have is that all articles will be in English, that is it

So long I have written some pieces so far and the will be listed below. Please do check them out, not for my work but because they are interesting blogs. Thank you to all who took part so far and in the future.

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JMS

For Happy Scrappy I wrote a article about how to succeed in Mixed Media and Scrapbooking called
Take a journey with Scrapbooking and Mixed Media, Success is what you want it to be”
http://happyscrappyro.blogspot.ro/


For Food for Two I wrote an article about Swedish dishes that might seem strange called “Swedish dishes from a Swede in Romania”.
http://masapentrudoi.blogspot.ro/


For Xaara Novack a short story were the main character is a fly, called “Interview with an angry fly”
http://www.xaaranovack.com/


For Damian I wrote and article about how it is for a Swede to live in Craiova, the good and the bad, called “I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m a Swede in Craiova”
http://damianirimescu.ro


Miss I gave me the topic “Can a dress be your soul mate?” and that was a though nut to crack. I called it just “The dress”.


For Daniel i wrote an article about Swedish/Romanian food/wine/beer and i called it “In vino veritas, and then some food if you must”

http://danielbotea.blogspot.ro/

Bucharest jazz with some blues

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Dear reader, here we are again for our usual meeting. I have my cup of strong coffee, a cigarette resting in its ashtray, making soft plumbs of smoke reaching for the ceiling. You in front of your computer or mobile phone, with a soothing drink to match I would hope.

Lets talk about people and meetings, an interesting topic I would think. Maybe not the most interesting topic but for sure among the top 10, now it could also be among the top 100, I suppose that depends on the reader, so lets just call it a moderately interesting topic and leave it at that.
As per usual I digress somewhat so lets get back on track and talk about meetings.

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to a wedding and also spend some extra days in Bucharest, and from this sentence you might realize I am not from Bucharest, and if you do you are correct. Now I was looking forward to this, it had the possibility to become a great weekend. Now for any great weekend something has to go wrong and in my case it was a cold that crept up on me during a live debate I held.. Energy levels slumped, cough started to come and I just felt beaten down. However I do believe that for something to be perfect, it also has to be imperfect. So I just crashed into bed for two days and after that I could at least stand up long enough to be able to take the train.

Arriving at the station in Bucharest I had started to feel better, so if not with energetic legs I at least went with some kind of spring to my step. We headed to Herastrau Park, and by we I mean my wife and me. “Why there” would be a good question and the answer would simply be to check out some spectacles the Swedish Embassy was holding during this weekend. Now we were a bit late so when we came there was nothing much happening. We took some pictures and started thinking about where to have lunch when we met a girl asking if we wouldm’t mind filming her for a project she was doing.. A chance meeting that got interesting as she told why she was there. Her father had died in a auto-immune disease and she was trying to bring awareness about it. It was a very interesting talk, not a nice topic but an important one and hopefully I will get back to this in a later article.

Now these small tasks had really emptied the energy reserves I had managed to accumulate, so after 6

What a view

What a view

hours or so we headed back to the hotel, as the next day we had a wedding to attend. Now I will not describe that in any great detail except to say it was perfect. Small and intimate, with that feeling some people have to give you familiarity in a split second, even if you never met them before. Really if I would remarry my wife I would do it just this way.

Here I also had a chance to talk with the photographer. I got curious when I saw she had a contraption above the flash, looking like a prop from a sci-fi film from the 50s. So I just had to ask her what that was and of course she had a simple answer, and no I am not going to tell you what that answer was, you will have to ask her yourself if you ever meet her. We had another chat later about photography and she showed me some of her work, and she is really quite good, and quite good in my vocabulary is really good. A nice flow between light and shadow, playing with foreground and background but always with a steady and firm hand regarding the composition.

Her name is Stefania Cristina Irescu and you can check out her facebook page here, you will enjoy it i promise!

Then the wedding ended, such a good event I would have stayed longer if only my cold would have let me do so. But alas again my energy levels were down the drain. Getting a lift to the hotel from the smiling Viorica and for that I am truly grateful, as I felt half dead at the time, so a big thanks to her. Maybe she did it because I in a moment of weakness promised to write a children story for her son (which I have already written)? But no, that was not it, she is just a really nice person, and that always lifts ones confidence in mankind, or womenkind as it were .Tired but content, I fell into bed and felt generally good, that is until some dropping water started to drive me and my wife crazy, but that is another story. The next day, I managed to have a impromptu phone interview for a job and I probably did not excel at that, but such is life.

So why did this weekend turn out so good, well it was not for the cold that is for sure. It now feels like a person who is a bit to imposing. Well ,you can never have to many friends they say, so I suppose having a cold as a friend is not half bad. What made the weekend so good was the people I met and those meetings made the weekend. Truly some people have the gift of making everyone feel welcome and that gift the wedding couple had and have. Me I am more like a grumpy old man, but that does not mean I can not applaud their gift. Other meetings took place and they all brought their own levels of interest.

Which confirms my belief that actually it does not matter where you go, how fancy the place is or how spartan it is for that matter, if the people are interesting all else fades into the background and becomes unimportant.

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JMS

Article, creating creativity

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Craiovas Casa de Cultură “Traian Demetrescu” is arranging a scrapbooking extravagance tomorrow, the 4th of June 2015 to be exact. It will be an event of mayhem and creativity, where paper will fly, glue will be abused and creations will come to life, beautiful ones judging by the past. Pricez will be given on the 11th of June after a jury have painstakingly gone through the creations. The goal is to describe Craiova in Scrapbooking and will be on permanent display at the culture house after that. This is the first, the only such task attempted in Romania and I will be there.

Through the grapevine I have heard that you should bring a photo of Craiova to be part of the creation, and that makes sense.
Scratching my balding head I was thinking what I could do to get some extra creativity going on, getting down with the groove so to speak. Then I remembered that I forgot my coffee on the stove…

-10 minutes pass-

So back, with coffee in my hand and all ready to go, what was I saying by the way?
Ah yes the photo I should bring, I remembered that I pretty recently made a small sketch/painting from a photo taken 1913 in the old center of this wonderful city. So that I will bring to this most excellent event, held by the truly gifted Veronica Svanström and hosted by the generous Casa de Cultură “Traian Demetrescu”.

Now you might think I write this to win one of those prices, but this is not the case. It is actually so that if I would win a price I would boycott the culture house much like the western world boycotted South Africa under apartheid. So don’t you dare give me a price, as those ones should go to the deserving and not to the lacking and I alas fall in the second category.

Now this article needs to end, but before that check out the following pages, promise you will not regret it.

For all your happy needs head over to http://happyscrappy.shopmania.biz/ and get the groove on.
Do I hear you want want to read the deepest, coolest, most extroverted blog I know of then go here http://happyscrappyro.blogspot.ro/ and get your fix.
Ahh you want to know about culture, well the super heroes can be found via this link http://www.tradem.ro/

Now I sit upon needles waiting for tomorrow to come, to come, to…..

Article – Facebook, I don’t like just likes, and still I find it likely to just use them

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Social media, as it is called, and rightly so, as it is a media of sorts, no one can deny that. But is it actually social, now that I have some reservation regarding. Something social must, no demands, a interchange of something meaningful, something stupid or even something mundane, but it requires some kind of exchange. A like in Facebook does not really convey anything like that, it is just a collection of pixels in the form of a thumb up, that we use on routine and nothing more.
Now this is not the end of the world, a chasing of this pixelated limb extension to make us feel good does not end civilization, but it does not really improve it either.

Now this might make me seem old, but don’t get deceived, I have been on the social media since it started, with some minor breaks from it, mostly out of boredom, from the repetitiveness from what you actually do in them. Now there are several things I do like about Facebook, you can share things you have come up with, you can get a feel for what others think about it and it is a way to keep in touch. There are several things I don’t like, the fact that most posts are just a republication of something someone else has done. What annoys me with this is the lack of creativity, the thing we all have but sometime feel reluctant to share. So instead it is much easier to share the latest funny story, a picture someone else has taken or just to add the place one is visiting at this particular moment.

But as is my way, I digress somewhat from the point of likes and why I don’t really like them, and still I use them. What just a like lacks, or what just a like gives is a disembodied comment that never were given. Always giving the idea that the like is just a random press of a button, a press that really does not mean anything, just a random click to repay another click that in itself did not mean anything. However here is the rub, one does not want to be rude. If I get something, I have to give something back, and so the random likes comes in, and I do hate them. I hate them even worse when they are accompanied by a smiley face, as if that would make it mean something extra, and the thing is, sometimes it actually does.
Now I do not really think all likes are random, and the amount of post makes it hard to give the time to make a meaningful comment to everything, just can’t be done.

So here is my pledge, my promise, my atoning way from my own repeating ways of giving likes without a comment. I will from now on only give a like with a comment, maybe not meaningful, maybe not deep, but still a comment with some thought behind it. I will give less likes, but I will still give them, this is my promise to the gods of social media, or antisocial media as they might also be called.

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JMS

A memory, a person and for me a mother

Thought I would write a article, a story, a collection of words, a letter based memory, or any other euphemism you like, I will leave that up to you what it is.

Now this creation comes a bit early, as the her birthday will come up in June, a day we can celebrate, but as the main person can not attend, it is not really the same. I just saw a picture, one of the last ones and that sparked some memories, and as I don’t believe in any gods, my way to keep people alive is through memories. As long as somebody remember that person, the person is not really dead, still around in a way, just not in the same way as before.
So who was she, well how could I tell you that, only she knew who she was, I can only say who she was for me.

She was not really perfect, as none are, and as such perfect like we all are, each in our own way. Why not perfect you say, well she did tie me to a tree when I was a kid, and for what crime you ask? Well it seems I liked to run out in the road, naked, dancing for the cars passing by. In my defense I was 2-3 at the time. I am not saying I would not do this today, if I could get away with only being tied to a tree for an hour or so.

She somehow gave me my imagination and she gave me the urge to fix inanimate objects around me, a table that needs another shape, a shelf that needs to be built. I remember one time, when we had a round table, I came home from school and suddenly the table was square, she just decided she wanted a squared table, and so she simple sawed off its sides. Simple solution to a problem, I admire this simplicity. She also had me cutting a branch of a tree in spring, not the best time to do it, but not all solutions need to be perfect, they are still solutions.

She also liked nature, swimming and going home, and home that was up north in Sweden. To meet her brothers, sisters and friends, enjoying nature. I never really appreciated that as a kid, to many mosquitoes, but she loved it. However for me I remember those endless summer days, she saying “lets have a pick nick”, going down to the small, almost hidden lake, for swimming and just relaxing, seen through a memory-filter with pastel colors.

Exceedingly kind, always wanting to help, sharing what she had, but with a temper also. Eating all her biscuit got her temper flowing or cracking a tile she had been working on all day, that did not put me in the best of light. But after all, live need some drama, and this drama was so mild it was actually no drama at all. She shared, anyone who came by would get something to eat, no matter what, usually served in her morning robe. And after that coffee, thanks for getting me hooked on coffee -of course said with my reversed irony.

She also only wanted one thing from me, “All I want is for you to get confirmed in the church,” and a gullible child I though hey this seems like a fair deal. Of course she wanted a lot of others things after that, I should have seen that coming, but told you I used to be gullible.

Then she got sick, a rather quick process. Still she had spirit, but some things you can not conquer, and

Last christmas some years ago

Last christmas some years ago

standing on the sideline you can only do what little you can. I did just that until that phase passed and I was left with memories. A life cut short but its existence not ended, not totally anyway. As long someone remember the person, the person is not really dead, and so she is not. She has however taken that journey we all will take, we just have different destinations. Her destination is the one of a believer, and so I can only assume that now she is modeling, sawing and wallpapering that place as she sees fit, her will was not easily changed I can tell you that.

Me on the other hand will take another journey, when that times comes, but until then I will keep her memory alive by trying to fix things that needs to be fixed, a round table maybe needs to be squared, and always give something to visitors, and that something will of course be coffee.

I will not say rest in peace, as until I am dead, she is not really dead either. Instead I say, “Let’s try to wallpaper the apartment or make a square table round”.

In memory of Gerda Svanström

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JMS

Movie Review – Grave of the Fireflies

MOVIE REVIEWS

Release date: April 16, 1988
Running time: 89 minutes
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara
Directed by: Isao Takahata
Genre: animated drama


The story

This movie takes place in the last stages of WWII in Japan. We follow big brother Seita and his younger sister Setsuko. The film starts with them and the mother taking shelter from an air raid and the mother dies. They are now left all on their own and have to move in with a rather unpleasant relative. The movie then follows their struggle to stay alive, only having each other, and a slow starvation to accompanying them.


What I think about the movie.

I will be honest, I told a bit of a fib, the movie actually has some scenes before the ones I described but I don’t want to give away to much from the plot, so I skipped those ones.

This is an animated movie, but unlike Walt Disneys more child friendly creations this is not a movie for kids. A friend called it the most depressing movie he ever saw, and I do tend to agree with him. That said, it is also a really good movie, a movie that really describes the horror of war for some kids in the most terrible way. It has rather a slow tempo and the dialogue is not superb, but that does not matter. What makes this movie so good in all of its melancholy is the scenography, how the scenes are set up and of course the story in itself. I have watch so many movies I can’t count them all, and few left hardly anything after you saw them, this movie did, and will for you also that I can promise.

I don’t really want to give away to much but I think this a movie for everyone to watch, just don’t expect to feel happy after you have seen it.

Any movie that moves me has something, and this movie has that thing which in my eyes makes it into a classic movie.

Should not forget to mention that it is based on a short story by Akiyuki Nosaka, and that story was semi-biographical.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars