I’m not in general in favour of coffee chains, but I do love the new interior concept for Condeco. The crown glory is the café on Östra Hamngatan in Gothenburg, but many of the renovated spaces are looking really great too. I like the mix of the coarse fabric, over-sized lampshades and the older style opal and crystal glass luminaries. They look great, give a nice light to the space and fit in perfectly with the interior.
I have started reading a book called, in translation, Happiness Now – a practical guide to mindfulness, by Titti Holmer. I’m not sure where I got the book from. It might have come with a magazine I bought at some point. I am very interested in Eastern philosophy and alternative medicine but I haven’t before studied mindfulness. I confess, I know absolutely nothing about it, really. So far, the book has covered Ms Holmer’s therapy practice, what mindfulness is, your body’s need for nourishment, your need for sleep, your need for exercise, your need for positive relationships and your need for physical touch. I can’t say that I am learning anything new. Most of it is things I have heard before in my quest for a healthy lifestyle. Still…some things, you have to hear many times and sometimes in different ways, to have that epiphany that really makes a difference in your way of living. It’s not a bad book, not at all, and as the title suggests, she gives a lot of practical exercises to try when you find your Achilles heel.
I recently spent a day at the amusement park in Gothenburg. I normally don’t go to the kids section of the park but since we were only walking around, we had good reasons to explore. The kids section must recently have been redone and now has a Dr. Seuss inspired look. I like it a lot. The colourful and crazy aspect of Dr. Seuss is a good kids theme. AND I found these lovely light fittings. They are perfect for the overall look of the place. Although, I don’t know what they look like when they are lit. I hope there is good light quality. It is LED so you never know.
If anyone knows more about them, let me know
I have finished Hard Times by Dickens and I didn’t have an epiphany at the end of it. I never managed to care about the characters or their lives and I am not sure what Dickens wanted to say with the story, apart from that we all need both facts and fiction in our lives; both heart and sense. One thing that I don’t like is that part of it is written in dialect. I have of course been told that writing the way a character really speaks adds to the story, fleshes out the character and tells something about that character, but it also makes the reading difficult. The risk is that the reader doesn’t understand if they are not familiar with the dialect, in this case a lower-class workman’s way of speaking in the 1800’s. There is also a man with speech problems in the story and I confess that most of his speeches I didn’t have the patience to decipher.
Lately I have also been reading poetry, something I normally don’t read, even if I write it myself – shame on me for not reading it more. I might be writing something for the next anthology in the series and therefore have been reading the previous two anthologies to find out what it’s all about. Some of it is really not to my taste, but some of it is really intriguing. The series is called Blå Blixt (Blue Lightning).
Time for new books and new adventures…and adventures it will be. I am re-reading Bilbo by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was of course inspired to do so after seeing the movie by awesome Peter Jackson and starring one of my favourite actors at the moment, Martin Freeman. I couldn’t find my copy of the book so now I have bought it again. What else to do?!
Vincent van Gogh is still my companion throughout the week. Another quote from Dear Theo:
“Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real passionate painter who dares.”
A lot of writers are afraid of the blank, unwritten page, but following van Gogh’s advice, I dare you to fill those pages!