fredag 21 juni 2013

Midsummer's eve surprise

In Sweden everyone is celebrating the midsummer solstice today by dancing naked around a phallic summer idol, consuming alcohol, mushrooms and copulating in the woods. Just like in ancient Viking times.
At least I wish it was so.

In reality we do dance around something vaguely phallic-shaped, although you have to have a dirty imagination to really see it. And while it is a fertility symbol it's mostly for children and everyone have clothes on. Although it is true that a lot of people get drunk and a lot of babies are born nine months from this weekend.

Swedish midsummer according to the germans (sure it's a commercial made for IKEA, but it's made for a german target audience and panders the myths I think):

Swedish midsummer according to the british:

There are some truth in both clips but you have to come here to find out for yourself.

Instead of staying out partying me and my family went to visit my wife's parents today for a quiet dinner instead. There my father in law presented me with a bag of Revell boxes as a nice surprise!

A Stummel! I have been thinking of buying this myself. Now I don't have to!
I have been helping him a bit with his computer. He's a real die-hard computer gamer but he's not so well versed setting everything up, especially not the home network, and occasionally he gets stuck at a point in a game. It's something I gladly do since he's a real nice guy and we both like to play games. Last time I visited I showed him my blog and he was curious -- he's interested in WW2 as well, allthough he doesn't build models -- but I didn't think more of it.

And some troops! Reinforcements are always welcome.
Turns out he wanted to say thanks for all the help. Although it wasn't needed I was genuinely thankful for the gifts. Now I just have to fit these into my current projects... oh dear...

Until next time, have a really nice midsummer.

5 kommentarer:

  1. It is good to have in laws that you like. Especially ones that don't look at you like your a freak for your hobbies. Nice presents.

  2. I love the tripod MGs in the Revell Afrika Korps set. I never saw the other set Italeri 6068 in a Revell box before. Looks like Revell trumped Italeri for political correctness - not "German Elite Troops" (ie Waffen SS) any more, but now "Panzergrenadiers 1944" !

    Cheers, Dave

  3. Thanks for the teach-in on the midusmmer... You Swedes are crazy!!!
    And congrats for those lovely parents in law
    Enjoy your "fiesta"

  4. Love it! The clips tell you far more about the British and Germans than about the Swedes :O)

    Kind regards, Chris


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