Archive for the ‘Stugun’ Category

Might as well scribble down some highlights from the 2010s as we now say goodbye to this decade. So here we go.

1. DEEP PURPLE/TOMMY BOLIN PARTY

November 23 2013. I throw a Deep Purple/Tommy Bolin Party at Jane Doe in Östersund (Jämtland County). Five DJs, all of them well known in these parts, Lars Ericsson, Micke Mojo Nilsson, Jonas Öhlund, Staffan Eriksson and Björn Höglund. 70 CDs, 40 books, 30 DVDs and plenty of magazines were handed out for free during the night. Several record companies helped out, Johnnie Bolin included, and author Martin Popoff had pre-signed his books. Story about this night came out later in my RETROFUTURE 7 magazine. The time had come to wind things down, but it would not reach the end until RETROFUTURE 8 in 2015.

2. DISCOVERING BABYMETAL

March 9 2017. I finally discover Babymetal after having had my system shocked by “Gimme Chocolate!!” and straight after seeing that video, the 2016 Alternative Press collaboration with Rob Halford. I blogged about them for the first time that day and then I went deep into the Foxhole (as they say). I never looked back, as you all well know…

3. PUBLISHING A STORSIE SPECIAL

May 2012. I went out on a limb with the RETROFUTURE project as I highlighted the Storsie mystery, and in 2012 I finally published a 60 page special titled “Storsjöodjuret”. This all led to TV appearances (as far away as Canada), loads of media attention (like a thumbs up in Dagens Nyheter, a major newspaper) and it eventually landed in an Award from Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (that hangs in my guest toilet, not big on such things). I handed out nearly all of them (1,000 copies) for free.

4. MOVING TO STUGUN

June 16 2018. I finally find my dream house (after a 10 year hunt) in Stugun (Jämtland County) and in less than a week I own it. Then I spend months moving stuff and taking care of business and on April 1 2019 I finally moved in full time (having sold the old apartment in Östersund). Since then I have created a wonderful place and I am very happy to live here now. Many friends helped out, but I have to give Kalle a shoutout. Thanks man.

5. ROCKWEEKEND 2010

July 2010. I catch Over The Rainbow, Tarja Turunen and Cougars (featuring Martina Edoff), Twisted Sister etc in good company (Hi Seth!) at the Rockweekend Festival in Gävleborg County before heading home. I dissed Deep Purple on that festival and I do not regret it (people were disappointed). For me it was one of the last great moments of my musical journey to witness Over The Rainbow at their peak and Blackmore Jr was very good, making this the Rainbow reunion that never was (in my opinion). Too bad that they never issued a live DVD, they deserved a legacy. I saw other bands later on but Over The Rainbow was the best of the decade (of course I never had a chance to see Babymetal, that is still to come).

6. FINAL ISSUE OF RETROFUTURE

February 22 2015. The final issue of my publication RETROFUTURE (#8) arrives. Low key release party at Jane Doe in Östersund on March 4 with Thomas Drevin (220 Volt) and Björn Höglund (Hoven Droven) as DJs. The lovely Nina on the cover as Montana Blue. I think I ended this journey with a bang, a very strong issue. Once this was published and handed out, I had given away 15,000 copies of RETROFUTURE magazines and 5,000 flyers in Jämtland County since 2010. It was my Last Hurrah and I enjoyed it. It was a well publicized period and nobody will ever repeat what I did. I can just say that.

7. THE TRINKELBONKER BLOG

I have to include this blog on this list. I started it in August 2012 and quickly added some Classic Rock interviews from my past and there are quite a lot of them now (and more coming). The traffic has varied, but there has been some amazing spikes. On June 6 2017 I posted the Enter The Twighlight Zone – Babymetal Tokyo Dome (2016) DVD Review and it just exploded. Within days that text had been published in Japanese and Spanish elsewhere, which is very humbling. I know that hardcore fans of Babymetal has been here ever since. But I have had feedback that has generated traffic from Ian Gillan, Deep Purple, Steve Lukather and many others over the years. I do enjoy this little corner of mine, and I will carry on as long as I can.

8. MY WESTERN GALS

I have to give my Western Novel projects a nod here and the models I had the pleasure of working with – Lina (Dakota Jane), Nina (Montana Blue) and Ellinor (Tornado Blaze). This wild idea turned into some of the best stuff that I ever produced in RETROFUTURE and I think it will be remembered by a lot of people. I mean, this stood out a mile in this day and age and I got very nice feedback for it (including from James Reasoner, the famous author). This stuff has its own tag on this blog, My Western Gals, so you have interviews and all sorts of stuff to check out should you want to.

9. THE LEGACY

I think I do have a legacy. Quotes from interviews (that are up on this blog) appears all the time in books – literally every year – and every now and then good things comes out of it. I have helped out with scans from my Deep Purple archive that has ended up on several albums, and in 2013 I helped VH1 out for a Deep Purple documentary that was later aired. Even now, as we move into 2020, the old archive is about to be revisited again (but more on that later). It has been a long journey but even now, five years after the final issue of RETROFUTURE, I feel that what I have done is still appreciated. And I guess Trinkelbonker kind of keeps it all rolling, in a small way. And who knows, maybe I will print just one more issue of RETROFUTURE some day? I thought I was done but then Babymetal came around and I am not so sure anymore.

10. SURVIVING 2019

I was so ill that I was jackpot lucky to get out of it alive this summer, but I made it. I look at life a little bit differently now. And then we are suddenly moving into the 2020s, how about that?

(My images)

 

 

Bought the Annual Yearbook on my village Stugun, titled “2019 Stugukrönika”. 90 pages with little glimpses of history and reports on what has been going on in the last 12 months. Now that I live here I will gladly support this fine enterprise (first book came out in 1954, this is the 66th edition). By the way, 220 Volt (see last post) drummer Peter Hermansson grew up in Stugun.

Good job.

(My shot of said book)

Getting cold

Posted: November 5, 2019 in Jämtland (County), Stugun

It has been pretty cold the last few days here in Stugun (Jämtland County). Luckily I am pretty busy in my house on my delayed holiday at the moment, but there is no denying that winter has just arrived.

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Pretty interesting Midsummer for me as I realized that I had no transport to work for Saturday. So I decided to be a Viking and make a bicycle trip of it on Friday afternoon rather than look for any other solutions. The 55 km journey took over six hours, I had no idea that so much of that road from Stugun to Östersund is uphill, but it is. Also, when I started I had sunshine and a light breeze, and the last two hours was quite the opposite with rain and cold winds. I half expected to see some wildlife though (moose, deer, bear etc) along the way, but I did not (I had the camera ready just in case). I see animals all the time when I make this journey in a car or by bus. No rest stops on the way, just endless forests and some beautiful lakes. No place for a flat tire or some general bad luck, I can tell you that much. Glad I made the effort though. Quite memorable in some strange way.

Thank you Per for being on standby in case of emergency.

(My images)

Local ale

Posted: June 21, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, Jämtland (County), Stugun

Just discovered that there is a local ale called Stugubrygd here in Stugun (Jämtland County). It has been produced by our ICA (food) store and is manufactured by a well established brewery called Jämtlands Bryggeri. I like the label with the old church and the bridge etc, all located close to my new place (especially the church). On the back they mention how these parts got going back in 1290 when a Bishop in Uppsala gave a man called Gjurd Bodakarl the mission to build a guest house for Pilgrims that journeyed to Trondheim in Norway through this land. I have heard the story, the guy is a distant relative on my grandmothers side. Just imagine going out in the middle of nowhere to build this station (if you want to call it that), that took a lot of courage. I heard he never had to pay any taxes ever again if he did, too bad it did not stipulate that this would include all future relatives.

(Image by me)

Checked out a nearby tourist attraction from where I live (here in Stugun, Jämtland County) today in good company. I have a rather impressive mountain rising very close my property (I practically live on a spot close to this peak) but I have still to explore this general area way more. Takes about 10-12 minutes to get up there through the forest (no road) upwards the mountain side. With the new snow making certain steep bits a bit slippery I decided to stop at this position and not risk the last climb that is a bit on the heavy side. Anyway, I have heard that enthusiasts climb these rocks in this area and they have made it a good place to visit. There are nine different locations to climb according to tourist informatioon, so this is just one such place. I have to say that this nearby part of the mountain looks great, nature has carved out a section of the wall about half way up and you have a few trees growing there. Amazing how trees can find a way to grow just about anywhere.

I could hear voices in the vicinity so somebody was up there. I think the right thing to do is to get a map so that I can get a real grip of this mountain. It was interesting to get a first glimpse, had I been a kid I would have explored this mountain every day (at least that is how it was when I grew up). These days I will settle for a nice walk or two that will not be too dangerous.

(My images – thank you Gunnar for showing me the way)

Took this snapshot of the Old Church in Stugun (Jämtland County) yesterday. It is located close to my new place and I pretty much see it on a daily basis when I am in the neighborhood. It was built close to the water by Pål Persson 1785-1786. History buffs will always find items of interest in the old churches of Sweden, loads of memorabilia from the old wars etc. In this church you have an item that celebrates the victory at the Battle of Narva in 1700. Got to love that.

Here is an old postcard that I spotted on an auction site a while back. Looks like it could be from around 1930-1950. It is interesting to compare the shots. If somebody out there knows more about the postcard, please leave a comment.