Merry Christmas

24 12 2011





Abba on the Record Uncensored

22 12 2011

New Book. Abba on the Record Uncensored by John Tobler

Paperback: 164 pages  Published: (Nov/Dec 2011)  Language English   ISBN-10: 1906783594

Also available for Kindle

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Magnus Carlsson – Arrival.

21 12 2011

Pure Christmas magic from Magnus Carlsson featuring “The Arrival” by B&B





ABBA SINGBOX LYRIC GAME.

21 12 2011

 





Intermezzo 64 Out now!

15 12 2011

36-page, full colour A4 size magazine Inside issue 64, you will find:

– All of the latest news and ABBA/ABBA-related releases
– An interview with original ABBA Musicians Mike Watson and Roger Palm
– Competition with exclusive prizes to be won;  “ABBA You Can Dance” Wii game and “ABBA-Die Audiostory”
– The next instalment: special in-depth feature on Super Trouper
– A fun travel guide to Skopelos, the “Mamma Mia! island”
– More readers’ stories
– A special follow-up report on the making of the “ABBA By Micke” book
– Songbook: Never Again/Ya Nunca Más
– Continuation of the classic Posters series with more poster-magazines
– An A3 size poster featuring an alternate shot of ABBA during their “Chiquitita” single photo session

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Stockholm council ignores Benny’s pleas on Slussen renewal

13 12 2011

Despite protests by citizens and celebrities including former Abba star Benny Andersson, Stockholm’s city council voted on Monday night to move forward with a massive renovation of the city’s Slussen area following a lengthy and at times heated debate.

“This is a historic decision that has been taken. I want Slussen to be a place where people want to spend more than ten minutes,” said Moderate council member Regina Kevius, deputy mayor for city planning and sports, to the TT news agency.

However, opposition members of the Stockholm council remained convinced the plan would be appealed.

Outside the city council’s meeting, more than one hundred people had gathered on Monday evening in a last ditch effort to halt plans to renovate Slussen, a central area of Stockholm named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea that was last made over in 1935.

Former Abba frontman Benny Andersson was among those working to put a stop to the planned renewal of Slussen, a project which has been debated in the Swedish capital for years, and which took on new life in 2009 when the city announced a new design for the busy transit and pedestrian link between Stockholm’s Old Town and the island of Södermalm.

The new design would remove many of the existing roads and create several new blocks of buildings close to the waterfront.

Not even Andersson’s pledge to reunite his former Swedish super group was enough to sway enough politicians to defeat the measure authorizing the Slussen project to go forward.

“It didn’t go well at all,” Andersson told the Expressen newspaper of his attempts to bring Kevius around to his point of view on the issue.

“She didn’t want to listen to anything I had to say, but instead answered with a stock phrase, ‘I hear what you’re saying, but I’m going to vote for the existing proposal.’”

After several hours of debate, the council eventually voted in favour of the controversial plan to renovate Slussen.

The opposition attempted to stop the measure by submitting a motion requesting it be sent back for further debate, but the motion was voted down 51-48.

Construction on the “new Slussen” is expected to start in 2013 and by completed by 2020.

But Social Democrat vice mayor Tomas Rudin is convinced the plan will be appealed.

“I already know of several groups that are going to appeal,” he told TT.

He criticized the fact that such a major decision passed with such a slim majority.

The Local





Benny hints at reunification gig (only joking though!)

12 12 2011

This weekend, former band member Benny Andersson revealed that he’d be willing to reunite the group to save a beloved – albeit urine soaked – Stockholm landmark.

”If I knew with 100 percent certainty that it would help, I would call the others and ask if we could do a gig. I’d try at least,” said a half-serious Benny to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Saturday.

The comments come in reference to Andersson’s concern about the future of Slussen, (literally translated as the Locks), a central area of Stockholm named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea that dates from 1935.

The area has had a lot of attention in recent years. Plans for a major redevelopment of the area made city leaders deem many of the original design features redundant or unserviceable due to physical deterioration.

In 2009, the city of Stockholm announced a new design featuring two linked pedestrian bridges and one for automobile traffic.

The new design would remove many of the existing roads and create several new blocks of buildings close to the waterfront.

However, from the very introduction of the new plans there has been massive resistance to the proposal, the winner of a 2009 competition to design a plan for the area.

The former Abba star got involved when the head of the Bevara Slussen organization (Save Slussen), Karin Schmidt, contacted him asking for help.

And after hearing experts at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts explain exactly what the proposal entails, he was upset and decided to do something.

Andersson even penned an open letter to Stockholm mayor Sten Nordin, calling the proposal “stupid and anti-human”.

”I have had a lot of positive response even if someone thought I ought to stick to the accordion,” he told SvD.

In order to save the area from what Andersson believes to be a mistake, he would even reunite Abba if he thought it could be of help.

”Slussen is that important. But there is not much time, we’d need at least one day’s rehearsing,” Benny Andersson told SvD on Saturday.

On Monday, the day of the fateful decision, Andersson was one of many Swedish celebrities on hand at City Hall to entreat deputy mayor for culture, Madeleine Sjöstedt, to rethink the proposal.

However, Sjöstedt wasn’t to be swayed by Andersson and the others. She said she will vote yes when the decision is taken later in the day.

“I think it will be good,” said Sjöstedt, who added that it wouldn’t be fair on all the people that have been working on the proposal for all these years to scrap it at the last minute.

But according to Andersson, many Stockholmers are unaware of exactly what the new proposal entails.

“Stockholmers should have their say in a referendum,” Andersson said to Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Monday.

http://www.thelocal.se/

Rebecca Martin