Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Let's dance and discuss politics singing

Good music stuff from recently!

First: the song I used to dance zumba to, it's GREAT. If you try dancing to it, you will quickly figure out why:
I have wanted to know what the song and singers are called. I could have been perfectly well off without their hot pants, but I totally understand if they had to cut the jeans short because of budget shortage.
And some relaxing music with an abundance of political references, taking a stand against wars and loan sharks. Jack Johnson is not that famous everywhere, he should be, though.
This album is partly better, but that is because "Banana pancakes" and "Better together" are big favourites of mine. Difficult to sing along to, but then more admiration left for the poet.
"Bomba estéreo" used to mean "cool party" - in the 90's or so. Song is party regardless!
Then, I missed what a good part of the world's population did not. This apparently is a hit, but it escaped my attention even on the radio channels. You know, as they say: as luck would have it. Nice to tango to! 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Museum Mission: Mångkulturellt centrum

MKC has existed since 1987.
Here, cultures meet, democracy is discussed, 
ideas of freedom and inspired by various sources
and people hang out for a coffee, to paint and that Sunday it smelled like popcorn, so popcorn activities apparently also happen :)
As it's election year, there is information about how to start your party, who has the right to vote and important, related dates.
Migration is a big part of the current exhibition, with quite some satire. Satire almost never makes you happy, and this was not exactly cheerful either.
I liked the burn-style of some texts.
And this abstract bin.
As a journalist at Dagens Nyheter put it: the price I pay to have a safe and secure society includes me relying on the police to carry some kind of fear along. An interesting thought.
I think this place probably is great in the summer for get-togethers (which I wanted to join two years ago, it seemed very nice). There are legal graffiti walls just outside as well; I asked a guy who was waiting for his turn how it works. Well: count on that your sprayed tags will last for as long as the next person in line has not started covering it with his/hers paint.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Museum Mission: Hagalunds tvätterimuseum or "Go ahead and touch the underwear"

Once in a while, Hagalunds tvätterimuseum - the only laundry museum in Sweden - is open and you can come here to be fascinated by how laundry was done before.
This particular building is from 1905, but the interior exhibition objects have been collected over the years from all of Sweden.
Many take washing machines for granted, but as Hans Rosling said: when his grandmother got one installed, she said she wanted to see the entire program. She sat in front of the machine throughout the whole time. It came to save the family lots and lots of time - as electricity does.
Upstairs, there is quite a collection of various irons. The attic is made with many holes and slits between the planks on purpose: for the laundry to dry.
All clothes hanging have belonged to someone. This is cotton that will for sure not wear out after a few washes. I dunno, for comparison, one could say this is Chanel quality and yet better?
And who cares about fashion; it's volatile anyway.
Rarely does laundry act as a signpost, ad and history exponent at the same time -
but at this museum, it is possible.
In my wildest dreams!.. A Wash-o-Matic with a lightbulb that serves to wash clothes of DOLLS.
transatlantic liner, 
but this - maybe petrol-driven, maybe not - can actually explode in your hands. Don't use unless you are deadly sure how.
Much more safe and from 1752.
Also safe. From glass or stone.
It's a bit dark, but trust me: it looks like R2-D2 and a golf ball at once. Donated from the household of Hjalmar Branting.
One guy brought two photos along from the Alandic islands: he had found equipment used to make washing easier, something similar to
these. And this was one of our guides, Olle Magnusson.
The idea is that you are the engine.
The entire process would usually take a week: going to Stockholm by horse and carriage, pick laundry up, then wash it in ice cold water in the lake and bring it back. To heat this kettle up takes hours. I still smell like I have been camping in front of a fire hours later, and I only spent maybe 20 minutes near the smoke.
Another rolls-royce at the dawn of the washing machines.
The ice, then, is first cut open with an axe. Yesterday, it was about 20 centimeters thick.
Piece of cake, not.
A girl brought a magnifying glass "to look at the fish in the water". Best fishing equipment I have ever seen.
Next doors, we were also offered the possibility to tat (knyppla in Swedish).
Which of course is easy, when someone else does it.
Then, we simply WALKED OVER the frozen lake to another museum.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The great kissing guide - how to be a great kisser and get great kisses

If you like someone very much and that person likes you back and both of you want to kiss, here is my great kissing guide. I think: kissing can be pure magic, and here are some of the best suggestions for anyone to build up on. Hmm if you like massages, just love looking at the person you are in love with, love daydreaming or riding a roller coaster - it's possible to combine all that in one kiss, if you want. Come along.

1. Embrace the moment and 2. take it slow. You really, really should be wanting to kiss the person, and when you approach those lovely lips, do it slowly - there is zero hurry, this is your moment. The person will then most likely wait for your approach and you can decide how long this lovely moment will take. Sometimes you want to look at the lips and just enjoy them before leaning in completely, sometimes you want to close your eyes and just breathe in the other before your lips meet.

3. Choose a part of the lips to kiss. It can be the corner of the mouth, just the upper part of the lower lip, the Cupid's bow - follow your instincts.

4. Choose which parts of your own lips you want to come forward first. For example: you can stroke your upper lip against the other person's lips right before stroking with both your lips. Altering both is another possibility. Even better: combine the movements of your lips with the movements of your head.

5. Apply different pressures. Either light as a feather or actually pressing the lips against each other - and everything inbetween.

6. Let go, and then kiss again. Let go, and  - kiss again. When letting go, you can gently nub the person's lips and stretch them to follow in your direction for a moment. The letting go phase can be made with long or short intervals or none at all, whatever feels right.

7. At some point, smile while kissing; it's amazing.

8. With the tip of your tongue, you can softly part the person's lips.

9. Place your hands where it's comfortable. Sometimes you can be hugging, or holding on to the other person's head. You can also gently pinch the person's lips to make them pout and kiss. Placing palms on the person's cheeks, pulling the cheeks back and then kiss can also be breathtaking :)

10. Temperature is fairly important. If you have cold lips or tongues for some reason, kiss right after having a hot cup of tea!

11. Add the tip of your nose if you like: kiss and stroke lovingly with the tip of your nose against the other person's nose or cheeks.

12. Tongue, if you feel you want to add that, is crucial in many ways. Of course you can "kiss the alphabet" (literally shaping the letters of any alphabet to touch different parts of the mouth and tongue - BUT, the idea is not to stick to the letters in order, just to have a starting point; you shall get lost in the moment and forget about the letter almost right away). Most important: communicate. You "listen" with your tongue to the other person's tongue, you "guide" (here head movements can be very useful again), and you can be more or less active or passive. You can follow the edges of the other person's tongue, and make use of the insight it's actually a muscle: you can coil it, bend it, flicker it, make it relax or tense (which changes the shape of the tongue - how cool) and alter all of this. Proved very effectful: to gently suck the other person's tongue. Also delightful: ask the person to press the tongue against yours. It's definitely more fresh to brush or at least have a mint before you kiss, by the way, and if you think that one of you have too much saliva, you could for example try to swallow some of it just before the kiss  :) And - a really deep kiss is recommended only if you have been kissing for some time first.

13. Make it fun, it doesn't have to be dead serious - but tell in advance before trying more unusual takes. Both of you using the lipgloss you find the best adds a sticky dimension which could enhance the sensation, for example, so put it on each other's lips just before the kiss. You both can also be blowing bubblegum while kissing, or try to tie a candy knot with long candy, or chew chocolate that contains sparkly fizzy sweets which will continue pop like fireworks when you start kissing. Here, it's important in particular to not rush it.

Happy kissing and please share your best kissing advice (or stories!), I would be really happy to extend this list to make kissing even greater :)

Comments from readers:
"I am surprised how much you emphasise the liking of the person. I don't recognise this at all."
Thank you for the input - some people focus on the kiss only and everything else becomes irrelevant: looks and attraction. For comparison: one could see kissing as a sport. When I sat "I like playing tennis", I probably don't specify that it depends entirely on who I play with; it's the sport itself (the kissing) that is of interest.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Museum Mission: Invisible exhibition / Osynlig utställning

Bring your date here, it will be great. I cannot tell you much more - it would ruin the overall experience. But: this is definitely an eye opener on the life of any blind person. Not being able to see nature and nothing to hold on to is a striking realisation. You also "see" more with your hearing than you think. People, for example, learn to arrange the facial expressions to be neutral to not reveal to the outer world how they feel - but often forget how betraying the honesty of a voice can be.

Here is the link to the exhibition.  If you want to go all in, there is also a restaurant in town without any lights where you can have dinner. It's name is Svartklubben and the reviews quite mixed, but I also think that it has to do with the new experience in itself. If I wouldn't look at the interior of any restaurant and not be impressed by the clientele, I might also start complaining about loud fans, loud music and other things I wouldn't notice otherwise, as I would be busy drowning in my company's eyes.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hair acrobatics

 An acquintance was in the Indonesian jungle and with no Internet or books at hand, the girls would braid each other's hair better than haute couture creations. Here, then, is a domestic version! No jungle.
 While creating the hair style, other styles have to arise along the way, sometimes at least as cool.
 At least three hands are always needed. "Hold here! Can you hold there?"
 And like serpents of manga art, braids started to form.
 You fancy the angles? I did them myself ;)
 Without looking, even. Ilo is dressed in the new sleepwear chic style by the way. 
 We wondered how the result would survive till the next day. Maybe my hair would become sleepwear chic too?
 From this angle: perfect. 
Ilo is of the opinion that it looks like a snake, a cobra maybe. Rather a lizard, I think. Or a stingray relative.