This year’s ‘Not Quite a Ceilidh’ 2018
The annual Gothenburg Anglo-Swedish dinner and entertainment was held on 12th October.
We celebrated the the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in the UK; meanwhile in Sweden, a woman’s place was still in the resistance.
The Anglo-Swedish Society’s ‘Not-Quite-a-Ceilidh’ (NQAC) delved into its deep and mysterious archives once more and discovered the little-known visit to Gothenburg of Megan Lloyd George, teenage daughter of the British prime minister, in the year 1918. She becomes radicalised into the women’s movement together with her best friend, Stina Bildt. They go on a wonderful journey through the suffrage movement of that year, meeting some of the biggest names in the campaign for women’s right to vote.
The adventures of Megan Lloyd George came to life in this comic tale as we became politicized and shaken awake. We met the Pankhursts (Sylvia Pankhurst is an old friend of Gothenburg, having been here in 1913), visiting her father and a very sexist Winston Churchill at 10 Downing Street. Finally, Megan traveled to Gothenburg and is swept up in their protest march. Many people at the evening joined the march (indoors). Sashes were worn but no windows were broken; only one suffragette chained herself to the railing.
A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance!
Venue: Haga Östergata 30B, Göteborg
Date: 12th October 17:30
Price: 200:- for members of the Anglo-Swedish or British Clubs. 300:- for non-members.
Dress code: Women can wear whatever they want. However, sashes and straw hats were in fashion.
Food and wine. Hunger strikers of course may go to the head of the queue.
What was this? This was something unique to the Anglo-Swedish Society – it’s not quite a ceilidh and it’s not quite a play, it’s somewhere between the two without the dancing or the Scottish music. It is best characterized as a dramatic reading of a play that illustrates a connection between Britain and Sweden (some connections are real, some are not) using quotations taken out of context and combined with a ‘British sense of humor’ and Göteborgshumor.
To book: Places can be reserved by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The truth behind the fiction of Megan and the Suffragettes_2018
Sunday, 21 October 17:00
Come and listen to Simon Phipps Swedish Chamber Choir present a collection of English madrigals capturing the pleasures of love and nonsense. This is renaissance entertainment music.
These early Baroque pieces comprise six poems where the feelings of sadness are expressed in theatrical manner and the vocal range stretches the limits of the art in the 17th century.
Concert: Sunday, 21 October at the Artisten, Gothenburg at 17:00. Tickets: 200 kr
18th November Göteborgs Konsertkör is presenting one of the great English masterworks – Elgar’s The dream of Gerontius – at the concert house.
The soloists include the tenor Adrian Thompson who has appeared in leading roles all over the world – Glyndebourne, La scala, Berlin etc etc – a magnificent orchestra. Simon Phipps conducting his last concert with this choir of some 150 singers.
Our book club has a MeetUp page http://www.meetup.com/ELBexA/. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 18:30. There are usally about 8 to 10 people at any one meeting. We discuss the book for about one hour and then ‘fika’.
ELB(A): MEETING DATES 2018-2019
(Third Tuesday of the month, 18:30)
Sept 18 Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1923)
Oct 16 Go, Went, Gone (Jenny Erpenbeck, 2015)
Nov 20 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley, 1818)
Jan 15, The End of Eternity (Isaac Asimov, 1955)
Feb 19 Our Man in Havana (Graham Greene, 1958)
Mar 19 Northanger Abbey (The Austen Project #2) (Val McDermid, 2014)
Apr 16 A History of the World in 10½ chapters (Julian Barnes, 1989)
May 21 Candide (Voltaire, 1759)
The Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Mr Aidan Liddle presented the latest information concerning the Brexit negotiations and the steps the British Government is taking to ensure a continued close relationship between the UK and Europe. The discussion was moderated by Post Doc Fellow Olof Larson and there was plenty of opportunity for questions from the audience.
UK nationals in the EU: what you need to know.
Advice-for-british-nationals-living-in-europe Last updated: 8 December 2017
Why not try Robert’s Taste of Britain
Serving Fish and Chips, Burgers and Chicken Curry.
Robert gets about – have Food Truck will travel – best to visit his facebook page to find out where he is at them moment: https://www.facebook.com/robertsbrittishfood/
Robert also beings a taste of Britain to the Gothenburg British Club.
You can’t buy happiness but you can buy fish and chips …. come and find both in Kungstorget.
Simon’s Kungstorget Fish and Chips! is now open to offer you ‘happiness’, or fish ‘n’ chips or both.
You can also get a real British banger from Korv United at Magasinsgatan 17 , Gothenburg.
This is the only place in town where you will find genuine Taylors & Jones British style sausages cooked for you! (T&J can also be found in selected CoOp stores)