Archive for January, 2011

31 Jan 2011

Hold on to your hats!

No Comments Queensland (QLD)

As if Queensland haven’t experienced enough lately. Now the Queenslanders are preparing for what could be one of the state’s biggest tropical cyclones ever, expected to hit later this week. The storm, 500 km wide with a giant 100 km eye, and ferocious winds is tipped to cross the coast either on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The smaller category two cyclone Anthony that hit just the other day weakened into a low pressure system after crossing land, causing only minor damages. There is no such luck with the approaching Yasi, which like January’s devastating floods most likely will be a state event. It’s going to affect a much larger area than ex-cyclone Anthony both with rainfall and wind and because of its size and strength, it’s likely to persist as a cyclone even after it crosses land.

Read in the press:
Residents in communities from Mackay to Innisfail are on alert for Cyclone Yasi, a huge system that is anticipated to become a category four cyclone, and could be more powerful than 2005’s Cyclone Larry. Forecasters said Cyclone Yasi could be generating gales of more than 250km/h (or 69 m/s) when it hits the coast on Wednesday or Thursday, which would put it on a par with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

The forecast path shown above is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity.

Queensland, which accounts for about a fifth of Australia’s economy and 90% of its exports of steel-making coal, has borne the brunt of a cruel summer, with floods having swept across the eastern seaboard in the past month, killing at least 35 people. Queensland is also home to Australia’s sugar industry, which was also hurt by the floods and now risks being battered by the cyclone.

The rains predicted to accompany the system could dump up to one metre into the already sodden river catchments of central Queensland, where people have only recently cleaned up from the floods in December and January. The floods that swamped around 30,000 homes, destroyed roads and rail lines and crippled Queensland’s coal industry, with up to 15 million tonnes of exports estimated to have been delayed into the second half of this year. Queensland’s coal mines are mostly well inland and unlikely to be smashed by Cyclone Yasi, but they could be drenched again by heavy rain. The mines are still struggling to pump water out of their pits.

31 Jan 2011

My first Swedish Australia Day

No Comments Sverige

I went down to the small town Älmhult for Australia Day last week to spend the day with a fellow Aussie and Adelaidian. A very different but great day. Thanks Stephen!


No Australia Day without lamb chops!


Ice fishing, that’s a first!

31 Jan 2011

Jag är en Buzzador

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Jag har registrerat mig som buzzador och föreslår att du också gör det! Som buzzador får du utan kostnad testa nya produkter och tjänster. Hur länge det dröjer innan du kommer med i din första kampanj kan variera från någon vecka till månader beroende på hur väl du passar in i de kommande kampanjerna. När det finns möjlighet att komma med i en kampanj så får du besked om det via mail.

Låter det spännande? Följ då den HÄR länken för att registrera dig så framgår det att du blivit inbjuden av Swaussie.

Om du vill veta mer innan du bestämmer dig kan du följa den här länken – HÄR.

31 Jan 2011

The weekend came and left

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Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.

It’s a strange phenomena that, how time seems to go a lot faster during the weekend compared to the weekdays. We had a very relaxing weekend and to be honest a bit boring. It’s frustrating living in a small town where there is so little to do. I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that most of our friends are elsewhere than Jönköping. The weather does nothing to make things better either, though to be fair the sun was out yesterday and it was a lovely day. At least Pollux got long walks both on Saturday and Sunday, it’s good to be able to go outside when it’s daylight. And we did finish off the weekend with a ten pin bowling session with a couple of friends, apparently going bowling on a Sunday night is a popular activity, the bowling arena was packed! Simon beat the crap out of everyone and I had a really lousy couple of games fighting about the last place. But as Simon said “It’s not all about winning” (easy for him to say – he won!).

Today it was back to reality again and now I’m looking forward to having Erica and Emilia over for a fika this arvo. Take care!

31 Jan 2011

Weather insight

No Comments Weather Down Under and Up Above

We haven’t updated you on the weather/temperature situation in Australia in a while, perhaps mostly because we’re too jealous of the warm and sunny weather. It’s the middle of summer Down Under and the forecast for today for example looked like this:

31 Jan 2011

The sun rises on yet another Monday

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28 Jan 2011


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Time to relax and unwind!

28 Jan 2011

I’m getting there…slowly

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27 Jan 2011

Dear blank

6 Comments Random

Dear Nike,

Please stop telling people to just do it, that’s my job.

Sincerely, Peer Pressure

Dear Noah,
We could have sworn you said the ark wasn’t leaving till 5.
Sincerely, Unicorns

Dear Victoria,
We know your secret.

Sincerely, Wikileaks

Dear iPhone,

Jokes on you.

Sincerely, Winter Mittens

Dear Paste,
You’re so predictable.

Sincerely, Copy

Dear Uranus,
At least you’re still a planet.

Sincerely, Pluto

Dear Boyfriend,
I can make your girlfriend scream louder than you can.
Sincerely, Spiders

Dear Pinocchio,
I love the way you lie.

Sincerely, Rhianna

Dear Yahoo,
I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t know, let’s Yahoo! it…” just saying…
Sincerely, Google

Dear girls who have been dumped,
There are plenty of fish in the sea… Just kidding! They’re all dead.
Sincerely, BP

Dear Gingers,
It could be worse…

Sincerely, Albinos


Dear 2010,
So I hear the best rapper is white and the president is black? WTF happened?!
Sincerely, 1985

Dear Saturn,
I liked it, so I put a ring on it.
Sincerely, God

Dear World,
I’m only a bitch if you are.

Sincerely, Karma.


Dear Santa,
Please tell me how you managed to stop at three Ho’s.
Sincerely, Tiger Woods

Dear Toaster,
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn?
Sincerely, Toast

Dear Nervous Bride and Groom,
Try Socks.

Sincerely, Cold Feet

Dear Football,
We would like our name back.

Sincerely, Soccer

Dear Icy Sidewalk,
We meet again.

Sincerely, My Butt

Dear Stairs,
Look what I can do!

Sincerely, Escalator

Dear Facebook,
Just wait, one day they’ll abandon you as well.

Sincerely, Myspace

27 Jan 2011

Aussie Sausage Rolls – recept

No Comments Recipes, Typically Aussie

Trots avsaknaden av tips från er läsare (HÄR) gav jag mig på ett försök till att göra sausage rolls igår kväll. Googlade lite och gjorde en kombination av ett par olika recept. Jag tyckte själv att de blev rätt bra och var faktiskt mäkta stolt. Det ultimata testet var ju ändå när Simon skulle smaka dem när han kom hem från sitt Australia Day firande hos Stephen i Älmhult. Han första kommentar var att de såg ut som sausage rolls och det är ju alltid ett plus, dessutom fick de godkänt i smaktestet så jag tänkte jag skulle bjuda på receptet till denna Australiensiska nationalrätt. 🙂 Trots att de heter “korvrullar” har de inte mycket mer än kanske formen gemensamt med en korv. Read more