Monthly Archives: December 2010

How to survive in the Arctic climate

December 21, 2010 | Leave a comment

Arctic means -40 degrees and below. Which is a bit like London at the moment, we realise, so we thought us Scandies would pass on a few tips to all of you who are fighting for survival

Survive the cold weather in London

1. Wear gloves and scarves and don’t forget to zip up your jacket. Choose bigger underpants.

2. Layering of clothes is essential and by layering, we don’t mean wearing 4 pairs of socks squeezed into a pair of ballet pumps. You need AIR between the layers to stay warm. Lose layers, thermal material.

3. Most Arctic survival guides remind you to carry weapons when roaming about the nature in case you encounter polar bears. While we do not think polar bears have arrived in London yet, we have heard that some people are carrying weapons in Dalston. Perhaps this means there are polar bears in Dalton and surrounding areas: we advise to avoid.

4. Don’t talk too much. It uses too much energy. In some part of Northern Sweden people just grunt instead of saying yes and no. Preserve the energy by staying calm and quiet so you can shout even louder at the check in desk at Heathrow if you need to.

5. Eat high-calorie foods to keep you padded. Quality Street is possibly your most important source of nutrition during this tough period of London hardship.

6. Make some loving happen. Body heat is a most excellent source of keeping warm when faced with arctic conditions.

7. To clear snow and ice from your drive way, we absolutely do NOT recommend pouring boiling water on it (as one lady suggested) and you do not need to use Maldon Sea Salt for your drive way: normal grit salt will do. You know who you are, Mr. West London Man whom we saw do this yesterday. Shame on you.

8. Despite the pipework in English houses being of such high standard, we will just maybe mention that a slight trickle of water, even a drip, can prevent pipes from freezing.

9. Keep your livestock with you – it increases the body heat in the house. So, that’s both Fluffy, the pussycat, the mice and Auntie Agnes.

10. Minimise all travel. BAA is currently kindly helping you to do so – aren’t they nice?

Stay warm


The Kitchen People x

Don’t blame the British…

December 15, 2010 | 4 Comments

This week, we have mostly been discussing things we (as in Scandinavians living here) do not quite comprehend. The main thing is sinks with single taps so you either burn or freeze your hands when you try to wash them. We wondered about carpets in the bathroom – admittedly these are now fast becoming a thing of the past, but it is still disturbing to us. And do not get us started on the topic of insulation of houses…

Another thing that came up was the toilet roll dolls. We tried to blame the grannies of England but it turns out we may have to blame the Scandies instead? Some websites claim it was also a Scandinavian trend back in the fifties. The horror that we may be responsible for such a trend is terrifying to us.

Can anyone shed a light on this?

Does anyone comprehend why this website LINK http://www.thetoiletrolldolls.com/#/a-double-forward-roll/4538086583 was ever made with short films about toilet roll dolls?

We’d love to hear about peculiar British things – and indeed stuff that may actually be Scandinavian. What are OUR peculiarities, apart from fermented herring and Whigfield?

YOUTUBE http://www.youtube.com/v/VVmXfuyJ7DM?

Fem Fyrar from gp.se

December 13, 2010 | Leave a comment

Even though Bronte is Danish, she is obsessed reading Swedish “Best in Test” pages. That is because she’s secretly planning to become Swedish*. In Sweden, every publication has a test page – and gives scores out of five on anything from hair dryers to toilets. Look, here LINK http://www.gp.se/konsument/tester/1.448273-lappstift-10 they are testing the Top Ten Lipsticks…

Per Nordangaard, the Gothenburg Post UK correspondent did a piece on Christmas in London for Swedes last week and we were in it. Nice. And thanks for the 5 lighthouses, Bronte is very pleased.



*she’s also started to announce to everyone when she needs a pee – also a very Swedish thing to do. That, and she loves IKEA.

The reason we get up in the morning…

December 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

On Saturday we had a visit from a young English lady named Madeleine.  She and her parents have been coming to see us once in a while almost since we opened.  It is always so nice to see them.  They all love Scandinavia and we always have a good chit-chat about their holidays in the Nordic countries.

This weekend, Madeleine left us this note.  We realise that it is because of things like this that we get out of bed in the morning.  Thanks, Madeleine, for reminding us.


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