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First snow arrived in my neck of the woods this week, so here we go again. It will be a while until it stays but winter is definitely on the way. Got my operation done a couple of days ago. Took two and a half hours (that I thankfully slept through) but I am back home and although I am a bit tired I feel good about the fact that it is done. I pretty much lost this summer and the to do list is frightening. Still, I can finally take care of things proper. In a sense, I begin a new season myself as well.

The blog is still good fun to have a go at every now and again and it is nice to see good traffic for old posts. This week I noted a big interest in a particular story, as the stats for the October 19 2018 post “Babymetal and the Led Zeppelin connection” went through the roof. Not sure if it was fans of Babymetal or Zeppelin, but somebody clearly linked to the blog.

There was also interest from a journalist in the States to do something with the August 20 2012 post on Ronnie James Dio (the big interview, I think the UFO part in particular). So we will see what happens there. I gave her my blessings, no reason not to.

Got Metal Hammer #327 in the mail (first of two versions, the other is on the way) and I have to say that the Babymetal interview by Eleanor Goodman AND the photography by Steve Brown for said story was top notch. Superb stuff. In a sense, they too (Babymetal) have entered a new season, a new chapter. Glad to follow them on this journey from afar, they bring so much joy. And we can all appreciate a bit of that in our lives.

And for the very same reason I just added a bunch of Fred Basset books (2012-2020 stuff from the Daily Mail in the UK) to the old collection, published by Summersdale Publishers Ltd. This is a rather wonderful cartoon and I will enjoy these books very much in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued interest in this little corner of our strange universe.

(My image of said books)

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Darned good traffic on the blog right now, lots of Black Sabbath fans popping by at the moment which is good fun. Also healthy interest in my western stuff, the interview with my Tornado Blaze model Ellinor sticking out at the moment.

The 2000 interview with David Coverdale is always a top draw, and I have noticed that his wife has seen it (she used an image on her page), so that is nice. Steve Lukather seems to have checked his stuff out, I can certainly see links. All in all, I can see that loads of people – some that are pretty famous – has been here.

I like this little world of mine, it is what it is.

(My images: model Ellinor in 2012 and Tony Iommi in 1989).

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It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.

(My image on cover of this magazine)

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What a night. I´m battling a cold but I had to put on a brave face and attend the RETROFUTURE 8 release party at Jane Doe (see earlier posts for details). It was very nice to spend some quality time with Thomas Drevin and Björn Höglund though, as they played Kiss and Deep Purple classics all night long.

I´ll take a few days off from blogging right now, and try to get back on track.

(Images by me)

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Got this from the printers yesterday, a RETROFUTURE greeting of sorts for the release party at Jane Doe here in Östersund (Jämtland County) coming up on March 4 (see earlier posts). It will be spread around the locale on all the tables etc, giving the visitor some background information to what the event is all about.

Good traffic to this blog right now as the news is spreading (facebook mainly).

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I visited the annual Storsie meeting yesterday in a small town called Brunflo, located by the shore of Storsjön (The Great Lake). It was held by Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (roughly translates to the Great Lake Monster Association) and friends of this blog will know about their work around this lake. Witnesses talked about their sightings and interesting photographs was on display (as usual). These evenings are always quite interesting. I handed out copies of RETROFUTURE 7 and talked about my 1977 experience. I was also given a Honorary Membership Award by the association, which was nice.

There has been a few articles, including film and photographic material, in local media this summer. The mystery lives on.

(My images)

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Got this snapshot in the mail today, Johnnie Bolin posing with RETROFUTURE 7 in Sioux City.

Trace Keane arranged the session. Thank you, much appreciated.

(Image used with permission)