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13 Apr

Serious partying for Siste april

by Ariane Senécal

© Sergio Silva

© Sergio Silva

Valborg 2007 – will the fiesta this year be cooler, calmer or just colder?

On April 30th, Lund’s City park (Stadsparken) will be invaded by thousands of students ready to welcome the spring with a long day of partying in public.

This annual gathering has been toned down since 2009, after festivities were judged to have gotten out of hand, but it remains one of the most anticipated dates of the Lund student calendar.

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A sexy historical tale

13 Apr

Elizabeth: “drama, comedy, passion, war, and blood”

by Nick Cadle

© Nick Cadle

Director Luca and choreographer Angela whipping
the cast of Elizabeth into shape

It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’ve come to see a cast of students prepare for the Lund University Student Theatre production of Elizabeth – a modern interpretation of the 1998 film – which premieres on April 19th.

“The play is in English so everyone can come and see it,” says Italian director Luca Lamorte. “This is a way we can build a bridge between the Swedish students and the international students.”

What is different about this ‘modern interpretation’? It lies in the nature of the performance. Alluring at first, attractive you might say, but could that make a period drama sexy?

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The Nations from A to Ö

13 Apr

G is for Göteborgs nation

Thanks to Linn Hultberg, Qurator at Göteborgs nation.

© GB - Used with permission

When were you founded and why: Göteborgs nation was founded in 1682 with the purpose of giving students from Gothenburg a “second home” during their time in Lund.

What is the pride of your nation: Our parties. We arrange the biggest parties in Lund and our bal, GA-balen, is the biggest banquet in the Nordic countries (after the Nobel banquet)!

What is your nation’s symbol and why: The lion, which also is the symbol for Gothenburg.

Can you name a special event in your history: The first GA-bal in 1964.

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Unsolved Swedish Mysteries

13 Apr

Knock-Knock-Knocking on Sweden’s door

by Philippe-Antoine Charbonneau

This is the kind of things tourists don’t see. But if you live in Lund, you must have noticed it: doors are always locked over here.

Your front door? Fine – to avoid some drunk folks unintentionally going in the wrong room at 3 am, it’s safer. You office door? Of course – to stop students from trying to find the final exam, it’s a good idea.

But what about other doors?

What about the door that is downstairs in my apartment? There is a main door to get in the building from outside which is locked only at night and that’s understandable. But then there’s another door after.

Don’t know why. I just know that’s its always locked and when you have groceries (not from COOP!), it’s not ideal.

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Travel: Where to go around Lund?

13 Apr

Helsingborg, oh boy!
by Rebekka Schlippe.

Photos: © Rebekka Schlippe

Helsingborg’s city hall is relatively young for this old town, dating from the late-19th century

Ever been to a 925th birthday? Well this year you could get lucky as one of Skåne’s oldest and most scenic towns, Helsingborg, celebrates its 925 years of existence on the 21st of May.

During these past 925 years much has happened in this charming city, which is located on the east coast of Skåne. In the Middle Ages Helsingborg was a very important Danish town because of its very strategic location.

The Swedes captured the town no less than six times from the Danes, but eventually always lost it back to them again. It was first in 1710 that Magnus Stenbock defeated the Danes in the Battle of Helsingborg, which is considered to be one of the bloodiest battles to have been fought on Swedish soil. Continue reading

Making life in Lund easier

13 Apr

Best study places in Lund

Words by Florina Vilciu
Comments and photos collected by Anika Lindtner

As probably most of you felt, I was quite overwhelmed in the beginning by the number of university buildings scattered all around Lund. Getting to know each and every one of them is quite a feat, but we decided to have a look at their study conditions and answer some quite important questions for any student: where can I study best? or where can I work with my team?

Photos © Anika Lindtner

Carl-Johann (Sweden), cultural managements (B.A.)

“I sometimes work in the SOL library, where it is not to quiet and not to loud. But when I have serious stuff to and I have to keep a deadline, I’m doing it at home.”

AF Café Athen– For starters, let’s talk about the place everyone knows, in the heart of the city and right at Lund University’s core. This venue scores high on the design criterion and boasts a quite nice cafeteria, yet loses some points because of the high traffic, loud crowds and sometimes uncomfortable seating – fair trade-offs though. I would not recommend this to those who work best on their own and undisturbed.

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13 Apr

Peeping through the keyhole

by Chathudina Janitha Liyanage

© Ariane Senécal

Due to their high sugar and fat content, yummy Swedish ‘semlor’ could sadly not be marked with the keyhole symbol.

Shopping for groceries at the end of a busy day at the university? Want to buy a takeaway or some ready-to-eat meal and still concerned about cutting down fat and salt intake?

How about going for some pasta with high fiber? Well, it sounds a plan! But how to spot one? Simple indeed. Look for the keyhole symbol! It gives you a quick scan for foodstuffs with less fat, sugar and salt but rich in dietary fiber.

Introduced in the year 1989 by the Swedish National Food Administration (SLV), the keyhole is now advanced to the state of a joint Nordic nutrition label in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Thanks to the Keyhole system, picking up a healthier one from a plethora of foodstuffs in your favourite supermarket is no more an arduous task.

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Karneval 2010

13 Apr

Carnival tickets on sale in April

by Ariane Senécal

© Anika Lindtner
It’s karneval time, and he knows it.

Tickets to 2010
Lundakarnevalen shows will be released to the public April 24-25, from 12:00 to 17:00, at the AF building. Expect queues (this is Sweden!) but also entertainment while-you-wait (this is Karneval!).

From May 21st to 23rd, Lund will transform into a wild, wacky Carnival city. This fully student-run event, taking place only every four years, means non-stop fun and entertainment, including many shows and parties, with dance, music, comedy, circus, cabaret, Spex (musical comedy), beer tents for the grown-ups and even some things for the kiddies.

Tickets for most of these events go on sale April 24 and 25. Prices vary between 60 SEK for film screenings and 200 SEK for dances.

Early bird gets the ticket

“80% of tickets get sold before carnival begins,” explains Fredrik Swahn, Ticket Manager (biljettchef) for the 2010 Karneval. He advises to come buy tickets during the official release to be sure to get in to the most popular shows.

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Recipe – Indian sweetness

13 Apr

Rava Kesari (Suji Kaa Halwa)
by Venkatachalam Narayanan.

© Venkatachalam Narayanan

Rava Kesari is a popular sweet item in southern India.

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Swedish-English Mini-dictionary

13 Apr

Singing along

The 2010 Carnival theme song has been released (listen to it here:

© Lundakarnevalen - Used with permission

Here are a few verses, in Swedish then English:

Släpp dina böcker, bekymmer och tvång.

Glöm bort all stress och ångest och stäm upp i sång.

Du har fått längta en olympiad,

på stunden då livet på nytt vänder blad.

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