You say: "To his credit, [Roger] Federer has taken questions on this unpleasant episode. And absent more information, we ought to divorce him from [IMG's Teddy] Forstmann's colossally bad judgment [in betting on Federer's match against Rafael Nadal in the 2007 French Open final]." So, Jon, why don't you "divorce" him from this? You bring it up more than anyone. But you brush it off when Nadal admits his uncle coaches him? --Anna Brit, Towson, Md.
Tourists arriving in Stockholm usually look forward to the Swedish capital's mix of history -- in places like Gamla Stan -- the vitality of its city center, and the tranquility provided by its unique archipelago.
As sprinting announcements go, this one isn't official until all the hamstrings and egos are actually in the starting blocks, but barring a late withdrawal, the 100 meters at the DN Galan Diamond League track meet in Stockholm on Friday night could be the highlight of the season. Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt has announced that he will be sprinting against a field that includes his countryman Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay of the U.S., a loaded roster that the sport rarely sees outside of Olympics and world championships. Since athletes often duck and dodge rivals to protect their reputation, Bolt's participation is further sign that -- with his most recent defeat coming in 2008 -- he has no serious challengers.
In the coming year, travelers to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Scandinavia's Baltic neighbor, Estonia, will find fun new innovations that many have come to expect from these creative Nordic countries. And most of the action is taking place in their capital cities, where new sights and exciting events are sure to keep visitors entertained.
When I try to explain my ardor for HBO's trashy-fabulous soap opera "True Blood" to my dude friends, they either shrug and change the topic, or question whether I've been writing for ladyblogs for too long and am suffering from a form of Stockholm Syndrome.
Bjorn Ulvaeus was one half of the songwriting genius behind Swedish pop legend ABBA. After the band split up in 1982 Ulvaeus turned his talents to writing musicals, including "Mamma Mia," now a blockbuster movie.
David Bartal is a journalist who grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Sweden after marrying a Swedish woman. He has lived in Stockholm for more than 20 years and writes the blog "Cool Stockholm," which looks at the hottest trends in the Swedish capital.
Stockholm's natural beauty makes it the perfect setting for outdoor happenings. Many of the city's seasonal events have their roots in the city's Viking past, giving a taste of Sweden's long lost Viking heritage.
With its steel-and-glass Modernist buildings and dedication to green living, Stockholm has the feel of a gleaming metropolis, but it offers a satisfying mix of old and new, from a well-preserved 17th-century warship to its glittering 20th-century City Hall.
I am sitting in a Stockholm hotel over a breakfast of meatballs, eggs, crisp bread covered with salty caviar paste, toast with a dollop of lingonberry jam and a cup of strong Swedish coffee. Life is good.
You can cover a lot of territory in Scandinavia without ever checking into a hotel. Overnight luxury cruise liners stacked with saunas, smorgasbords and duty-free shopping sail nightly between Stockholm and Helsinki. Imagine enjoying a Scandinavian feast with a vista of archipelago scenery. Budget travel rarely feels this hedonistic.
Hurricane Ike rips into southeastern Texas, blowing jagged tree limbs onto power lines all over the Houston metropolitan area. Like firemen responding to an alarm, gumshoe utility workers packing flashlights and rain slickers scour the region for broken branches as 2 million homes sit in the dark. In some areas the search takes weeks. The total cost of the outage runs in the billions.
With cd sales tanking (by nearly 50 percent since 2000) along with the economy and record stores going under by the score, album artwork ought to be placed on the endangered species list. So let us give thanks for the modest revival of the vinyl LP record.
I've never been a fan of the cold. As a kid, my favorite part of skiing was the hot chocolate, and I relished blizzards for the snow days, not the snowball fights. So when I booked a trip to the Icehotel in northern Sweden, my family and friends were amused -- and a bit concerned, especially when I got sick days before my flight. "You can't go to the Arctic with a cold!" my mother admonished.
People with a stable mood and better capacity to handle stressful situations without anxiety have a reduced risk of developing dementia, according to a study published this week in the journal Neurology.
What do you make of Roger Federer's withdrawal from Stockholm (citing fatigue) and, more importantly, his possible closing of the door on the remainder of his 2008 season (per his noncommital, vague press release)?
Swedish police arrested two maintenance workers on suspicion of
plotting sabotage after they tried to enter a nuclear power plant
Wednesday with traces of a powerful explosive like that used in the
2005 London transit bombings, officials said
Sweden has suspended its commercial flights to and from Iraq following a report that an aircraft traveling to Stockholm was targeted by attackers, a spokesman for the country's Civil Aviation Authority says.
See: Stockholm reflects Swedes' obsession with style, design and culture. To get a sense of the importance of all three, visit the Kulturhuset, a stunning 1970s building dedicated to art, design, fashion, photography and multimedia exhibitions that is described as "Stockholm's Sitting Room."
Surrounded by water and wilderness, cocooned in darkness by the Scandinavian winter and bathed in insomia-inducing sunshine during the brief summer months, Stockholm languishes in melancholic isolation beside the Baltic. Built over a series of 14 islands and linked together by more than 50 bridges, the Swedish capital itself sits like an island amid a bleak existential vista of forests and frozen lakes. With around one and a half million people huddling together for warmth, Stockholm's spirit has been shaped by its solitude on the periphery of Europe. You have to travel some 700 kilometers southwest to Copenhagen, or venture east across the Baltic to Helsinki to reach its nearest neighbors. The neat architecture, the focus on design, art, music and creativity and the orderly living for which Swedes are renowned, all exist in direct and dramatic contrast to the rugged landscape that cuts through the heart of the city. Little wonder then that Stockholmers cling to their culture with such dedication through
The Scene spent a day each in Stockholm with video directors Jonas Åkerlund and Johan Renck. Where are your favorite hang-outs in the Swedish capital? Do you have a favorite Jonas Åkerlund or Johan Renck video? Send us your suggestions and ideas and read your comments below.