Monthly Archives: August 2013

Summer memories: canoeing on Lillsjön

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Raoul Wallenberg Day

Sweden does not have many war heroes, largely as the result of a policy of avoidance over the last hundred years or so, while the rest of the world plunged itself into conflict. It managed to avoid getting drawn into … Continue reading

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Memories of summer

The days are still warm and sunny, but the mornings are chilly, and there is a sense that summer is coming to an end. It has been a specially good season this year: blue skies, green grass, long days of … Continue reading

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Swedish health care needs us foreigners

Läkartidningen (the Journal of the Swedish Medical Association) published on the web today contained an article entitled “Overseas trained doctors keep Swedish healthcare going” (Utlandsutbildade läkare håller igång svensk sjukvård, Läkartidningen, 20 August 2013). Since 2003 more than half the doctors … Continue reading

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Swimming in Provence

The idea of a holiday in the south of France was to swim. Some time back I found a book on Amazon called Wild Swimming France, a companion volume to a book I had earlier bought about wild swimming in Britain. … Continue reading

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St Julien-le-Montagnier

A few days back we returned from our summer holiday in France, in Provence. We stayed a week in St Julien-le-Montagnier which is a quaint little hilltop village not far from Aix-en-Provence. Maria had tracked down a beautiful apartment owned … Continue reading

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Sunshine in France

For Australians the south of France is attractive for its culture, its castles, its picturesque villages, its art and wine. Provence brings images of vineyards and rows of lavender and stone cottages to mind. For Swedes the south of France … Continue reading

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