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Aug 30 2011

Starbucks to add two more stores in Sweden, only tourists will care

Based on the success of Sweden’s ONLY Starbucks Coffee shop. which opened at Arlanda International Airport in Stockholm just last year, the US coffee giant has announced it will open shops in the Gothenburg and Malmö train stations.  I can’t really speak with any authority on how smart of a business decision this is for Gothenburg, but I won’t …

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Jul 25 2011

Joy, slightly delayed

Dr. Darling and I had an unusually busy weekend that involved both entertaining (former work colleagues on Friday night, some in-laws on Sunday afternoon) and being entertained (dinner party with friends on Saturday night), but in all cases the party was tempered by the tragic events in Norway. People in this part of the world …

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Jul 08 2011

Things my brother did on his summer vacation…

1. Used frequent-flyer miles for a flight to Copenhagan via Toronto 2. Went to a professional soccer match (Malmö FF) 3. Witnessed my marriage 4. Experienced a typical bad-weather southern Sweden Midsummar 5. Celebrated Dr. Darling‘s birthday 6. Drank really great Swedish coffee multiple times per day 7. Toured the world’s “greenest” IKEA store 8. …

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Jun 09 2011

This Australian zookeeper is living my childhood dream

There was a period of several years during my childhood when I begged my parents for a pet monkey. This wish was so consistent and so sincere that at one point my maternal grandfather actually approached my mother with an offer to get me one.  (A story I did not hear until YEARS afterward.) My …

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Apr 24 2011

Welcome to the new and improved ShazzerSpeak!

Today ShazzerSpeak bids a fond farewell to its longtime hosting service and starts to play with the Big Boys at It’s a somewhat complicated change for me on the back-end but hopefully a very simple one for readers (just a matter of removing the “blog-city” part from the URL you usually use to …

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