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    Four trams and three buses in one picture. This place is just mental.



    And finally! After 20 minutes inside, item one was ticked off my list.




    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    You can get a new strap at Bergströms Ur (carries the Rolex brand), Östra Hamngatan 43 (Kungstorget)...

    If you then walk Linnegatan up 150 meters you come to Plantagegatan where the Old Beefeater Inn is located and with an English candy/cookie shop as its neighbour.
    Thank you Lom. for that recommendation. As I left the watch shop I was intending to head for The Old Beefeater Inn, but right opposite I saw this...



    I usually avoid Irish pubs because of the shite music they always insist on playing... but it was still pissing it down and I was soaked. And besides, I knew that a steak and kidney pie would be unlikely but I've never been to an Irish pub without steak and ale pie on the menu.

    Everything looked promising... (never seen pear cider on draught before but I couldn't turn down a pint of Strongbow)



    And then the menu came...



    Bladdy hell... no pie of any description. It's actually easier to get a nice meat pie in bladdy Korat than in Göteborg, which is I think the second largest city in Sweden.

    So it was fish and chips again!

    Which came obviously missing one very essential ingredient.



    It was good, but I won't be going back. How can you have fish and chips with no peas?

    And no normal plate either, for that matter.

    The money shot... a nice fillet of cod.



    I then idled away an hour or so with w few pints of Strongbow while winding my watch on about 15 days and and admiring the new strap.



    All good things come to an end... the view outside did nothing to entice me out, but I had to get moving before I got tempted by a whisky, and besides, inexplicably they were showing Man United against Man City... women's!



    So, out into the pissing rain again.

    Just up the road was this chap on a horse... Lom?



    It was now also so windy that the rental bikes were getting blown over. Man City coloured bikes... Chitty would love it here.



    And cold, wet, miserable and half pissed, I eventually saw this... a glimmer of hope in the wilderness...



    An oasis in a food desert...



    What!!! Ya have to be kidding!


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    But all was OK. They had a second freezer.

    I got a taxi back and laid out my haul!



    The Shreddies were a real bonus. And steak and kidney pies! I can do another month here...

    So tonight there was only one choice, and was I ever thankful for my Surstömming tin opener!

    Back to the kitchen to end the day as it started... cooking!





    To be honest though, I haven't got a clue what I'll do with another day off work if it's still raining.

    I was told to take 'a few' days off, which I'm taking as two, but I'd rather get back to it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'd already crossed off the jumper as I think I have one back at my mum's house in Somerset and I don't want the hassle of owning two jumpers,
    You are quite clearly barking mad!

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    How much were the steak and kidney pies?

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    Originally Posted by Mendip
    I'd already crossed off the jumper as I think I have one back at my mum's house in Somerset and I don't want the hassle of owning two jumpers,

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    You are quite clearly barking mad!
    Once again I find my self agreeing with KW.
    Don't be such a miser and buy a second jumper. Then you can have one at your Mum's place and one in your travel bag.
    Oh and maybe an umbrella which would also come in handy in Korat so not wasted.
    If you eat all that stuff you bought then you had better start doing a bit of exercise or else here comes 110kg.

    If you really want to keep working there at your current job then I would recommend taking at least 3 days off which would be more in line with the spirit of the manager's request of a "few" days off.
    One = 1
    A couple = 2
    A few = more than 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    To be honest though, I haven't got a clue what I'll do with another day off work if it's still raining.
    Spend the whole day at that Thai massage joint, the first 3 minutes on the massage table and the next 10 hours in a Hazmat suit helping with the clean up and apologising

    Fantastic pics and commentary Mendip, as ever. Like most everyone else here I've never been to Sweden and your posts give a really good idea of general life there so thank you for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    You are quite clearly barking mad!
    I'm living out of a bag and I need a jumper so rarely that I can't justify lugging one around all the time. Even here, I don't need one for work days.

    Admittedly I could have done with a warm jumper yesterday, but I also hate clothes shopping.


    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    How much were the steak and kidney pies?
    I deliberately didn't keep the receipt because I bet they weren't cheap. The entire haul was the equivalent of £50.

    They also had Fray Bentos pies there but I don't really get the time for proper oven baking and just stick to stuff that can be done in the microwave or on the hob.


    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Originally Posted by Mendip
    I'd already crossed off the jumper as I think I have one back at my mum's house in Somerset and I don't want the hassle of owning two jumpers,

    Once again I find my self agreeing with KW.
    Don't be such a miser and buy a second jumper. Then you can have one at your Mum's place and one in your travel bag.
    Oh and maybe an umbrella which would also come in handy in Korat so not wasted.
    If you eat all that stuff you bought then you had better start doing a bit of exercise or else here comes 110kg.

    If you really want to keep working there at your current job then I would recommend taking at least 3 days off which would be more in line with the spirit of the manager's request of a "few" days off.
    One = 1
    A couple = 2
    A few = more than 2
    Several points here Ootai... it's not about being a miser (I happily shared a load of expensive red wine with my French friend), but as with the heavy tin opener, it's all about lugging around excess weight in my bag. I've already got the tin opener, I've got offshore clothes and office clothes, and going out and about in Bangkok clothes for that matter. I've got a winter ish coat, and don't forget that china mug my mate bought me. Where does it end? Unless I'm strict I'll end up heaving about an entire kitchen and a wardrobe to cover four seasons. You have to draw the line somewhere.
    And as for an umbrella...

    But you are spot on about the food. I'm trying to lose weight and have no idea why I bought the chocolate, biscuits and sweets... I guess it was just because they were there. I'm a bit annoyed with myself to be honest.

    And yeah... I was trying to push the boundaries of 'a couple', but it's pissing it down again today and I don't really know what to do... a movie in bed while I think about it. The only reason I'm here is to earn money after all...


    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Spend the whole day at that Thai massage joint, the first 3 minutes on the massage table and the next 10 hours in a Hazmat suit helping with the clean up and apologising
    Ha, well... it is raining again today after all...

    But 3 minutes on a massage table seems like an awfully long time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Just up the road was this chap on a horse... Lom?
    Not Lom

    Carl asshole number 9 of Sweden


    Went to war with his nice neighbors, as you do when you are swedish

    Dano-Swedish war - Wikipedia

    World record in years of war between us.

    Bloody white asians



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    ^ I don't want to get into any local politics!

    It rained constantly on my second day off as well, but I got on with some unfinished business.

    Since I moved into my shitty little bedsit eight weeks ago, the only company I've had (apart from a brief visit a couple of weeks ago from my French friend to quaff a load of my red wine) has been a small collection of potted plants on the windowsill. By regular watering I've managed to bring back to life one out of three, but I just know that as soon as I leave it won't get watered and will be left to die again.



    So yesterday I decided to do the right thing and give it it's freedom. I really don't know why I do these things but once it's in my head I just can't help myself... my philanthropy doesn't only extend to Korat's street dogs. A couple of years ago I spent ten weeks in a Stavanger apartment under similar circumstances and nursed back to life a miniature potted mango tree. When the work was finished and it was time to go home, I didn't want it to die so I smuggled the mango tree back to Thailand and planted it in our garden. The bladdy thing died two weeks later... I think Korat was too hot for a Norwegian mango tree!

    Anyway, on my way to the shop yesterday for provisions, I stopped off to do the good deed. It's very wet and mild at the moment so I think it'll be OK so long as we don't get any frosts too soon.



    I was hoping to find some black pudding at the shop as I'd forgotten to check for it in The British Shop. After a lot of looking around the closest I found seemed to be this... but Google translated the name to 'Leaky Sausage' so I gave it a miss.



    But anyway, the day's work done, the highlight of my second day off was definitely a big fry-up. And a brand new bottle of HP Sauce just for one breakfast... how un-miserly is that Ootai!



    It continued to rain for the rest of the day. The life of a contractor can be a lonely one... it was just me and the dead mint plants.



    Today it is back to work and I walked in through a wild storm.



    The work I came in to do hasn't arrived yet so it's an easy first day back. The rain has stopped and blue sky is poking through the cloud.

    Tomorrow promises to be a nice sunny day and if one more person says I should have taken Friday off instead, I think I will strangle them!

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    There is still time for you to take Friday off and to enjoy some sunshine!

    While I admire your desire to do the right thing by your heroic plant it is also easy to be a problem.
    In Australia we have lots of non-native plants that have become invasive just because someone thought it would be a good idea to liberate their unwanted pot plants.

    As for a WHOLE bottle of sauce with your breakfast that is disgusting if not bordering on stupid.
    Eggs should taste like eggs, sausages should taste like sausages and bacon should taste like bacon none of them should taste like HP sauce FFS.

    I suppose I should admit that in regards to sauce I don't use it. Supposedly Aussies are big on meat pies with tomato sauce, well I can tell you I love pies but would never spoil them by putting sauce on them. If I wanted to taste tomatoes I would eat tomatoes FFS but when I eat a meat pie I want to taste a meat pie.

    As for mixing a whole lot of HP sauce with whatever sauce that is with the baked beans it must have tasted like crap.

    But in the end if YOU enjoyed it then that's all that matters!!!

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    Ootai, sorry about my lack of biological awareness, but it's not as though I was taking cane toads back to Korat!

    And I should clarify...

    I bought a whole bottle of sauce for one breakfast, but I didn't use the whole bottle... yes that would indeed have been stupid!

    Unfortunately you can't buy the stuff by the serving, a full bottle is your only choice.

    And there is method to my madness. I have three steak and kidney pies I can put the sauce on, and I'll take what's left back to my mum's for Christmas. Last time I stayed there she didn't even have tomato sauce, let alone HP.

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    That's a breakfast for kings!

    Just needed Black pudding. (and perhaps a fried tomato or two)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And look who was here again. I guess I should be flattered but this is getting a bit weird...
    The worst case of plagiarism I've seen.. I'm known to drive a black SUV..

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    There is some hope for Scandinavia...
    Civilization level measured in the number of foreign pizza chains established?
    What is better than 1 pizza? 2 pizza's! Get 2 pay for 1. Bah..

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    What could have been a nice pic of a church ruined by the two worst things about Sweden... bladdy trams and bladdy cyclists. It's impossible relax here for fear of getting flattened by a tram when crossing the road or whacked by a cyclist while walking along the pavement. I could probably get used to the climate, the cost is manageable, but I could never settle here because of the trams and bladdy cyclists.
    Whiny Brit country boy!
    You should have bought a 24-hour tram pass and hopped onto one outside of your Systembolag and jumped off at Järntorget/Linnegatan.
    It is not more difficult or dangerous than the London Underground. (or the doubledeckers trying to run over you at Oxford street..)


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And yet another. I took this to show how confusing the roads are to cross... and also to show that it's not just the trams that constantly get in the way of photos, but their network of electricity cables is everywhere... spoiling every shot.

    A few minutes walk towards city center you pass Masthuggstorget (Mast chopping square) on your right hand, this is where masts were made in the 18th/19th century for the sailing ship shipyards located further down at the river. So now you also know what that piece of art monument is and why it is there.

    The street is Första Långgatan (First Longstreet) and is the first of four parallell streets (first, second, third, and fourth longstreet between Masthuggstorget and Järntorget (Iron Square).
    The area between First and Fourth Longstreet was a seedy area when I moved to Gothenburg in the early seventies, a sailors area full of brothels, illegal clubs, gambling and all kinds of petty criminality, I've had the fortune to meet and chat with some of the originals who lived there at that time.

    If you had turned right at Järntorget you would be on Linnegatan where the real watchmakers shop is located, a stones throw further up is the Old Beefeaters Inn with The English Shop. Linnegatan is THE restaurant street of Gothenburg and I imagine Old Beefeaters is a better eatery than the Irish Embassy. I may be a bit biased about the Linne area, that's where I lived, worked, and socialized before moving to Thailand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Bladdy hell... no pie of any description.
    You see, serves you for not following instructions. Sometimes god punish immediately..


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Just up the road was this chap on a horse... Lom?
    As Helga mentioned it is king Karl IX, he started a settlement on the northern side of Gota River (just opposite your work place) and that settlement grew to become Gothenburg which got its city privilege letter in 1621.
    Last edited by lom; 19-11-2020 at 08:05 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I was hoping to find some black pudding at the shop as I'd forgotten to check for it in The British Shop. After a lot of looking around the closest I found seemed to be this... but Google translated the name to 'Leaky Sausage' so I gave it a miss.
    The sausage is from Läckö, an island, and the sausage is cold smoked. Aroi mak but a bit costly.

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    ^ Great stuff Lom, interesting as always.

    It looks as though I'm here for another 3 to 4 weeks, so a trip to The Old Beefeater Inn is still on the cards. It was only the persistent rain and lack of proper winter clothing that prevented me going there on Wednesday. I'll look forward to a pie in due course.

    Another goal before I leave is to have a ride on a tram. I'm not good at this kind of thing but my Russian 'city' mate is younger and more adventurous than I, so maybe I can persuade him to take me... hopefully without seeming like too much of a wuss.

    You're a little out of date. The English Shop closed down about three years ago and is no more, now replaced by The British Shop (opposite the first Bishops Arms I went to). This shop is run by a Scottish girl, presumably why the name change. The British Shop may also soon be no more as she is worried about the impact Brexit will have on her importation of all the lovely British delicacies they stock. Only time will tell.

    Oh, and I picked up a present for you... cheap as well!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Oh, and I picked up a present for you... cheap as well!
    I've got one for you, I just got back from BKK having picked up the new passport I applied for two weeks ago.
    Can you guess what I found under my airplane seat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    and lack of proper winter clothing
    Who's fault was....


    Ach, never mind!

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    When buying Brit food abroad I find it's best not to convert into pounds. Those Iceland shepherd pies I like with a big £1 sticker on in Villa sure as fuck ain't a pound but my god they're good.

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    Yes Armstrong, I 100% agree with that.


    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    I've got one for you, I just got back from BKK having picked up the new passport I applied for two weeks ago.
    Can you guess what I found under my airplane seat?
    Well, I sincerely hope it wasn't an old KLM breakfast...

    But thankfully I doubt KLM fly the BKK - Koh Samui route... so... dare I believe...

    A Bangkok Airways spoon!!!?

    Name your price!

    Or... in anticipation I had my daughter send me a pic of my collection... take your pick of swaps! There's more than this somewhere too... I bet the gardener has a load in his kitchen as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A Bangkok Airways spoon!!!?
    Bingo! That's what I found on the floor, someone™ must have dropped it..

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Or... in anticipation I had my daughter send me a pic of my collection
    I must say that you are well traveled....
    My collection is small and has been diluted over the years but a few days ago I found a Finnair tea spoon down in the kitchen among all the lite-weight metal cutlery that my family are so fond of. Steel cutlery is "too heavy , too difficult to eat with"

    PM me the address to send it to and return one of your choice to me, ok?

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    ^ My family are fond of those paper thin spoons and forks that bend if you try and pick up anything firmer than mashed potato... but at least it keeps them away from my airline cutlery.

    Many years ago a sister-in-law used to occasionally 'help' with gardening. One time I found her, and I kid you not, trimming the borders with scissors after I'd mowed the lawn. She said that the shears were too heavy.

    Lom... I can do a lot better than an airline spoon for you. PM on it's way.

    Last night I had a frustrating day ay work waiting for things to turn up, so I gave up and arrived early at The Red Lion for our weekly evening out. This gave me plenty of time to capture the full beauty of my pint of cider... one of my few pleasures in life just now.



    There were four of us last night... and three fish and chips with peas as an extra side were ordered. My work done, I had the bratwurst with carrot mashed potato and sauerkraut. The barman at The Red Lion gave me a strange look when I ordered this... I'd like to think that I've left my mark.




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    it looks bladdy good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    There were four of us last night... and three fish and chips with peas as an extra side were ordered. My work done, I had the bratwurst with carrot mashed potato and sauerkraut. The barman at The Red Lion gave me a strange look when I ordered this... I'd like to think that I've left my mark.



    Mendip
    That looks mighty fine and not a bottle of sauce in sight. I think I could really enjoy eating that.
    Well done you're finally being a bit adventurous by foregoing the fish and chips with PEAS.

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    ^ Ootai, it took all my will power not to squirt some tomato sauce over the sausages.

    And yes, a meal with no peas. I think I've been in Sweden too long.

    Just to make sure I'm OK, tonight is gonna be steak and kidney pie, beans and HP sauce!

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    Sweden looks like quite miserable, no wonder Lom always seems angry with the world

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