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I took the bicycle down to the Metro. However, when I thought about returning home there was a strike and I had to walk back. For several years they have been constructing a Metro station by Colosseum. Work began in 2013 and might finish in 2024, though this is doubtful. Metro line C cuts...
When I left Rome two weeks ago, I found that most of the airport personnel had been provided with surgical masks. Once inside the plane, I became drowsy. I don´t know why, but when a plane is about to take off I have an urge to go to sleep.  While closing my eyes before departure I imagined I...
När jag för någon vecka sedan lämnade Rom fann jag att de flesta bland flygplatspersonalen var försedda med så kallade kirurgmasker, säkerligen för att skydda sig mot det fruktade coronaviruset. Väl inne i planet slumrade jag till. Vet inte varför, men innan ett plan är på...
Today, as so often before, I bought two magazines in the newsstand around the corner – Art e dossier and I grande maestri. Arte e dossier is a lavishly illustrated art journal, issued monthly. It contains the latest news from the art world, descriptions of exhibitions all...
Häromdagen köpte jag i tidningskiosken som så ofta förr två tidskrifter - Art e dossier och I grande maestri. Arte e dossier är en överdådigt illustrearad konsttidskrift som kommer ut varje månad. Den innehåller senaste nytt...
Sigmund Freud wrote in 1929 a reflection on how an individual's wishes are counteracted by society's demands and expectations. Civilization and its Discontent begins with an obviously undeniable claim: It is impossible to resist the impression that people commonly apply false standards,...
Sigmund Freud skrev 1929 en betraktelse om hur individens önskningar motarbetas av  samhällets krav och förväntningar. Das Unbehagen in der Kultur, Vantrivsel i kulturen, inleds med ett uppenbarligen obestridligt påstående: Det går inte att värja sig från intrycket att folk...
“What a drag it is getting old”, recently the Rolling Stones intro to Mother's Little Helper has echoed within my skull. I constantly displace and forget things, several of them disappear without a trace. The feeling of a steadily advancing old age is a misery. I have for a week in all...
“What a drag it is getting old”, Rolling Stones intro till Mother´s Little Helper har under de senaste dagarna ekat i skallen på mig. Ständigt förlägger jag saker och ting, flera av dem försvinner spårlöst. Känslan av en ständigt ökande ålderdom är ett elände. Jag har...
Two months ago I visited in Gothenburg the younger of my sisters. Well ... she is not so young anymore, four years older than I am she is now 69 years. However, that does not hinder us from getting along just as good as when we were kids together. With my sisters, I share an interest in literature...
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It became a lengthy blog post and a parable is at hand – it seems as if I had been seized by an octopuses’ sucker-covered tentacles and unable to offer any resistance was dragged down into the depths of a sea of stories. It was difficult to get out of it all. When I finally have surfaced again, I...
Det blev det längsta blogginlägg jag skrivit och en liknelse ligger väl till hands. Det tycks som jag blev gripen av bläckfiskarnas sugkoppsbetäckta tentakler och oförmögen att bjuda motstånd obevekligt tvingades ner i berättelsernas grumliga vatten. Det var svårt att ta sig ur det hela och då jag...
For me, who until now has been living in Rome for several years, a visit to Sweden - to meet friends and sisters there - is a time travel. For two years COVID-19 had isolated me in Italy, but now I was back in our house in Bjärnum where I invited former colleagues from my time in a school in nearby...
För mig, som nu sedan flera år tillbaka pendlat mellan Rom och Bjärnum  blir ett  återvändande till Sverige där jag möter vänner och systrar – en tidsresa. Under så gott som två år hade COVID-19 isolerat mig i Italien, men...
I am a voracious listener to music and encounter favorites within almost any genre. However, I am also a forlorn amateur. Not a musician and far from being an expert. I am even bad at discerning the difference between minor and major. However, when it comes to that disability, I find solace in...
As a teacher for young women and father of two daughters, I have, despite the fact that I am a man, assumed I might have some understanding of how transformative it can be for a female child to suffer from the bleeding that introduces her sexual maturation and long menstrual cycle. My oldest and...
Som lärare för unga kvinnor och far till två döttrar har jag trots det faktum att jag är man trott mig förstå hur omvälvande det kan vara för ett kvinnligt barn att drabbas av de blödningar som inleder hennes könsmognad och mångåriga menstruationscykel.   Min äldsta och konstnärligt begåvade...
To me, Flaubert's  The Temptation of Saint Anthony early on opened the doors to an aspect of History of Religions that I only had suspected, but which now interests me more and more, i.e. the religious, often violent, clashes between various sectarians that repeatedly exploded during...
Some time ago it was Easter. What touches me during this holiday is not the cosmic, abstract-theological drama, but the personal tragedy. An attempt to come to terms with life, to accept my fate.   As far back as I can remember I have been fascinated by religion and have of course been asked:...
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