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    @mendip - thank you for the pics & vids! And the shout out too! I was laughing all the while, like your colleague. Thanks for being a good sport. Cheers!

    Btw, maybe you could buy 2 cans extra. One for your UK family to try over the holidays, one for your wife & daughter (and maybe the gardener, plus the doggies too).

    There are "cats sniffing durian" vids on YT. Maybe you can make a "dogs sniffing surstromming" vid - it might go viral! 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    There are "cats sniffing durian" vids on YT. Maybe you can make a "dogs sniffing surstromming" vid - it might go viral! 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    There are "cats sniffing durian" vids on YT. Maybe you can make a "dogs sniffing surstromming" vid - it might go viral! 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Btw, maybe you could buy 2 cans extra. One for your UK family to try over the holidays, one for your wife & daughter (and maybe the gardener, plus the doggies too).
    To be honest Katie I don't think I'll be taking any Swedish food back to the UK... no offense Lom.

    And taking Surströmming back to Thailand?

    It would be like taking coals to Newcastle.... Thailand can well take care of itself for disgusting smelling foodstuffs... pla ra springs to mind.

    But you've given me an idea for a future thread if ever I get home... "Dan and Coco sniffing revolting smelling Isaan concoctions"...

    ... there will be an endless supply of material for that thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    There was also some outstanding scenery in The Red Lion which seems par for the course for Sweden, but in the interests of not getting arrested I didn't take any pics.
    Did I mention folksy atmosphere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post





    Back where they belong...




    Empty tin, towel and bowl... all in the bin. They were not coming back with me.

    The smell...


    Just read the daily news from Gothenburg:

    Dangerous discharge: Chemical divers on their way

    The rescue service is currently in Elfsborgs harbor (Älvsborgshamnen) in Gothenburg, reports Göteborgs-Posten.

    According to the newspaper, eight units from the rescue service are on site to take care of some form of dangerous discharge.
    Chemists are on their way to the site.



    (it is not a joke, it is for real)
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    There is no plan for no deal because we're going to get a great deal - Boris Johnson in HoC 11 July 2017

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    ^ Even crabs won't touch the stuff? Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I leaned back to open the tin in case anything spurted out... but no.

    In fact I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.



    And then, Jesus Christ... the smell hit me. A rancid dead dog and pla ra stench all in one. I tried to drain the juice away and got the putrid stuff all over my hands... it bladdy stank. It really was awful. I wiped my hands on my jeans by mistake... (they now stink, as does my coat and even my phone).



    But what can ya do... gotta try it once you've gone that far...



    Now, I can eat almost anything so long as it's not pet maak maak... but not this. About the only thing I can't stomach is pla ra and the neighbour's dark brown Ya Dong... they both give me neck shake. But now I've found a third thing... surströmming... I cannot possibly see how anyone can enjoy, or even just stomach it.

    I love fish... fresh or smoked... and it's not the slimy texture of this awful stuff... I love gravlaks and pickled herring. This was something different... you could just taste the disgusting putrid rottenness of rancid rotting fish. It was absolutely revolting... and the smell... God... a rotting stench that went right up the back of the nostrils... no way should this be food.



    Back where they belong...



    Never again...



    Empty tin, towel and bowl... all in the bin. They were not coming back with me.

    The smell...




    Katie... you owe me!









    Famous last word "I don't see what all the fuss is about"

    And your buddy was having a right ole laff.


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    You can't go wrong with a British style pub anywhere in the world.

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    @mendip - when you go home to TH, you could make a YT channel dedicated to your dogs. It might become viral!

    The YT channel of husky Keyush has 1M+ subscribers, and his friend Sherpa has 300k+ subs. There are various cat channels too, even groundhogs!

    My suggestion is to keep the vids short & sweet - people watch dog/ cat vids for laughs & stress relief (and the cute factor).

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And Sweden is a pea desert mate... in fact I'm not sure I've had a portion of peas since I left Korat in July.
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    you haven't been around..
    Well, I have now!

    Sweden is looking better and better...

    What a weekend I've got coming up!


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    Things are definitely on the up in Sweden!


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    Jaysus, you really love your peas.

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    ^ I do indeed!

    They're good for you as well... I'm sure I read somewhere that peas have more Vitamin C than oranges, so they're good to ward off the corona virus which is now on the up in Sweden.

    I've got a problem with my fridge and it keeps freezing my tomatoes and salad. I hate to throw food in the bin so I've been chucking it out the window for the hares. There's loads around here.

    They're getting tame with all this good food and tonight I managed a few pics... here's the best two. These hares are huge, probably at least as big as Coco and maybe a bit heavier.





    Gothenburg seems to be a very 'green' city. I've never seen hares hopping around a UK city... I once had a family of foxes living under my garden shed in Bristol but the last time I saw a hare was in the 'cow' field by my mum's house many years ago.

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    Loving the classic Italian combination of vino rosso, lasagne al forno ...and garden peas.

    Personally, I wont settle until you've got the natives of your little Isaan village chowing down on garden peas with their somtam.

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    ^ Kind words... I think!

    The natives are proving very resistant to eating peas... to be honest it's only really me and the daughter who partake, and even she's starting to show signs of rebellion against having peas with almost every meal. That's the problem when they start getting older and thinking for themselves.

    Anyway, peas are extraordinarily versatile and tonight I livened up my Swedish meatballs with a portion. You don't get that at IKEA!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Don't do it mate!

    Think about your daughter!
    Go full Luigi... do both

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    Welcome back, Dil!

    Are you still seeing that same fella you went on the big wheel with?

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    ^ That was my youngest son, you fukkin wrong un

    Both boys are named after United legends as it goes



    Why am I still tuning into a Thai expat forum, to see what some West Country yokel geologist is getting up to in offshore Scandinavia?

    That new Swedish bird, bet she stinks like those Nigerian legends Lu used to pick up on Suk 15, like Hal's stinkin and a mingin Man surstromming United



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    Fucking ell. He's been having his Shredded Wheat, hasnt he? If he says it's Monday, it's Monday.

    Bryan and Eric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Both boys are named after United legends as it goes
    Alex and Ollie

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    ^^^

    Hark at 'ee, just because you come from the West Country doesn't necessarily make you a yokel...

    That Irish reaction to the surstromming was a bit over the top. I wouldn't say it was gert lush but I could have eaten it if I was hungry.

    Maybe years living in Isaan has made me a bit immune to rancid smelling food? Or maybe it's because I have a very poor sense of smell, which is a bit of a worry at the moment.

    Anyway, she's not Swedish, she's from Kent, so proper English. There's also a French girl working here who stays in a hotel... and she brings me in a croissant every morning from the hotel buffet for my breakfast...

    I'm starting to like Gothenburg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    There's also a French girl working here who stays in a hotel... and she brings me in a croissant every morning from the hotel buffet for my breakfast
    Ruddy hell, you're fighting them off with a stick mate!

    Get onit like car bonnet

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    How come the French girl gets to stay in a hotel?

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    More convenient for the office manager to visit?

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