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2007-08-30

at the museum

Skansen 3

We stay at Skansen, Stockholm's open-air museum for a while. The museum opened in 1891 to the purpose of showing how people lived in the old days. Over one hundred years on they still show the old life - like these two gentlemen twirling the fibre of the flax plant into thread.
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3 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

I wonder how frequent the Swedish language will be a hundred years from now. (Incidentally there's nothing wrong with Swedish, like many many small languages in this world it simply does not fit in our age of standardization.) Skansen might become a pocket of linguistic resistance!

lena said...

Well, Swedish is a small language but strong. We have books, advanced literature, education and universities. I think the Swedish people will be billingual one hundred years from now, Swedish the first language and English the second. Perhaps more English words will be included in Swedish. The Swedish language is number 89 of the languages of the world, but many of the languages with more talkers than Swedish are weaker languages than ours...

Pia K said...

I agree with Lena on this topic, which is quite an interesting one.

Oh when I I read about flax, which is a favorite material of mine, I can't help but wonder if this Skansen-flax is made into yarn for knitting or something more... well, industrial - someone who knows?

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