Friday, April 9, 2010
I've just returned from a fair few days in Sweden, which explains the rather hurried and brief nature of this blog. I went in my capacity as a hard-working hack rather than crime writer, though at the airport bookshop in Stockholm I can't help but browse the crime shelves looking for the next big Swedish thing (Johan Theorin I reckon - and I don't just say that because he pipped me to an award last year. His books are great...though I was robbed. Obviously).
What was fascinating about the new store wasn't its size - though apparently it will house every single piece of available IKEA furniture - but the fact that to build it, they levelled a mountain to create space. First they dynamited it. Then broke it up and transported all two million tonnes of rock to another site to make way for the shop. In true Swedish style, every single piece of rock will be recycled - to make asphalt and in other road construction. I did ask why they couldn't have simply found a flat piece of land to build on but was told that Sweden is too hilly. That came as a bit of a surprise. I've been going there on and off for ten years now and it makes the Netherlands look the Himalayas, but I suppose Ikea is such a vast monolithic corporation that it can pretty much do what it pleases these days.
Dan - Friday