Friday, November 28

Recycle Your Batteries... Or Else

This is a commercial that is airing on Swedish tv right now. Return your used batteries to the right place, or you'll wind up in a b-movie.

It's part of a campaign by Batteriinsamlingen (Battery Collection).

Tuesday, November 25

The Doctor Is Back On My Screen

I've gotten my hands on season 4 of Doctor Who.
Those of us who don't get the Doctor on tv and can't be bothered to download episodes have to be patient and wait for the boxed set.

So if you don't hear from me in a few days, you'll know why.

Saturday, November 22

No Doubt On The Road Again?

It looks like No Doubt are getting ready to make music together again. Their website features a new image of the band and an animated "chat" where band members talk about playing music, going on tour and writing new material.

Quite a clever way to announce their return. And a lot more fun than a regular press release.

Another strong indicator that No Doubt are getting back together is that the website singer Gwen Stefani used for her solo career has been redirected to the band's website.

Friday, November 21

Alkaline Trio Goes Steampunk

Alkaline Trio have gone steampunk in the video for "Help Me". I really like the visual aspects of steampunk and this video does not disappoint.

Youtube and Myspace doesn't do this video justice so check it out in high quality on director Josh Forbes' website. Trust me, the quality makes a difference.

For those who are not familiar with the term, steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction. The stories are set in a time where steam power is widely used, such as Victorian Britain, but with elements of science fiction and fantasy. Examples include the use of computers long before they were invented or fictional technological inventions.
The genre is influenced by the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, but the term steampunk was first coined in 1987 by author K.W. Jeter.

The tv-show "The Wild Wild West" (1965-1969) is an early example of steampunk. The 1999 movie remake starred Will Smith and Salma Hayek.
Two other examples of steampunk are Hellboy and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, both graphic novels that have been adapted into movies.

Snow In Helltown

Snow on the bushes outside the staff entrance.

It's snowing in Helltown! Like crazy! It started an hour ago and hasn't stopped yet. Suddenly the world looks a lot brighter and everyone seems to be in a better mood.

But we're not used to snow here in southern Sweden so people are having trouble keeping their cars on the road. Yep, the first snow means traffic accidents galore.
Winter must come as a constant surprise to a lot of people. "What? You mean the snow and the cold is gonna happen this year too?"

Thursday, November 20

Cooking Mama Ain't So PC Anymore

I may not always agree with PETA's way of doing things, but their remake of the game Cooking Mama is really good marketing.
And it's fun!
Try it and see if you still feel like eating poultry from a factory farm.

Play the game on

Wednesday, November 19

It's A Boy!

I ran this blog through the GenderAnalyzer, a website that uses atificial intelligence to determine if your blog is written by a man or a woman.

The result?
We think is written by a man (74%).

Excuse me? In recent posts I've covered vintage hairstyling, shopping and my inner cowgirl. I've also written about punk, photography, skateboarding and books.

What I'd like to know is how a blog written by a woman differs from a blog written by a man.

Tuesday, November 18

Meme Deluxe

I got a meme from Mr History himself, Chris Hale of The Middenshire Chronicles.

Sod Richard and Judy. Sod Oprah. What would you advise people to read? Name your favourite:

(a) Fiction book
(b) Autobiography
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre.

Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.

Oh dear, only one of each? And 30 words are so few. I'm gonna give it a try, so here we go.

(a) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Young Sara Crewe has to work as a maid at her boarding school after her father goes missing. One of the few books I have read over and over since childhood.

(b) Jag valde mitt liv (= I chose my life) by Sigrid Kahle. As the wife of german-born diplomat John Kahle, Sigrid travelled the world and lived in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iraq during the 1950s and 1960s. Funny, insightful and honest.

(c) Debs at War by Anne de Courcy. Young women from Britain's social elite left pearls and dances to do their part in the Second World War. Surprisingly, many treasured the opportunities the war gave them.

(d) A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. A feel-good Christmas read if there ever was one. When Oswald Campell moves to a small town in Alabama for his health, everything changes.

Phew! I ruled out a lot of good books to make this list, such as New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye by Ronen Kauffman, Wicked by Gregory Maguire and The Million Dollar Mermaid by Esther Williams.

Friday, November 14

Blast From The Past

I was browsing through some old photos over at car club DeBops homepage when I came across this old photo from Slim Jim Phantom's gig in Malmö back in 2006.

That's me to the left, looking away from the camera and holding a Corona. My friend Johan is standing next to me and the tattoed arm in front of us belongs to Stoffe.
I'ts been ages since I wore my creepers.

A weird thing about this photo is that everyone is holding their drink in their right hand.

Wednesday, November 12

Driving Home

MxPx, Mindless Self Indulgence and Lady Sovereign get me to work on time. Fatboy, Loretta Lynn, Tiger Army and Heather Nova keep me company on the way home.

Leaving Helltown at midnight.

Tuesday, November 11

Vintage Hairstyling

Getting ready. © Punk In Writing

I've just posted a handful of photos from the retro hair styling event at Big Hair Mama. It was a really fun way to get ready for Nosey Joe and the Poolkings at Tangoplatset this Saturday.

It's so much easier to look good when you get your hair done by someone who knows what they are doing. A glass of bubbly, tasty snacks and gossip doesn't hurt either.
You can see my photos from the salon here, in the gallery called "For The Girls".

Monday, November 10

I keep finding good things

New music and a skateboard documentary. There's so much good stuff on YouTube.

My first find is Mindless Self Indulgence, an American punk rock/electronica group. I love the fact that the female bass player is the toughest person in the group.

The second find is "Rising Son" the documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of 1980's skateboarder Christian Hosoi. Check out the trailer here.
I never learned how ride vert, and I sure as hell can't bust a Christ air but I still love to watch extreme skateboarders.

It's funny how the guy who invented a trick called the Christ Air wound up as a born-again Christian and a minister.

Friday, November 7

Sweet Things

I picked up these cute tins on my way home from work.
Ahlgrens has the best chocolate in town and the shop smells divine. But I bought these for the packaging and not the sweets.

In Touch With My Inner Cowgirl

I'm reading "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" by Ree Drummond of the website Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.
I found her through another blog I read from time to time, Hillbilly Housewife.

The story of how she met and fell in love with a cowboy feels a bit like a cheap romance novel, but I can't stop reading. Ree abandoned her plans to be a lawyer in Chicago to raise children on a ranch in cattle country.
I like my life in the city but when I look at the photos from the ranch I realise how much I miss being around horses and spending time in the saddle.

Meanwhile, here's Loretta Lynn with "You're Looking At Country".

If you're in the mood for another country song or two, here are some of my favourites.

Wednesday, November 5

President Obama

© Shepard Fairey of

Here's my tribute to the 44th President of the United States. "Du ska va president"(= You're gonna be President) by Swedish punk band Imperiet.

The images in this post were created by artist Shepard Fairey. Check out his amazing work here.

I love his poster of Billy Idol and his work for Rock the Vote, a campaign that encourages young Americans to vote.

Monday, November 3

I Want It!

It's portable, it plays vinyl and mp3's and it's oh so pretty.
And since I don't have anything to play my LPs on I might as well get a pretty vinyl player. Right?

It's a shame it's made in the UK and doesn't fit the electrical sockets over here...

Sunday, November 2

Dear Old Elvis

My old Elvis-poster has found a new home at Saint 21.

Check out the mural that we've made down at Saint 21 from old posters, flyers and ticets. It's all part of converting the print shop into a cool lounge.
I bought that Elvis-poster for a 1950's party at my old halls of residence at Blekingska Nationen back in the day. The Blink-182 poster used to hang in my room at Queen's Elms in Belfast.

I've sorted through a bunch of photos and finally got around to posting the photos of J.Tex and Fatboy at KB. You can see my photos from that gig here.

In related J.Tex news, "One Of These Days" has been reviewed in Trelleborgs Allehanda.