Last week, with a Currys PC World Voucher worth 20 big ones (€20) on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song by a Scandinavian artist?
You replied in your dozens, providing a Nordiculously decent playlist of seriously-sound Scandi choonage
But there could be only one winner.
We’re from Barcelona by I’m from Barcelona
“I saw this Swedish band in Galway many moons ago: 29 band members, many instruments and plenty of confetti, it was such an amazing live experience!”
Slipping Through My Fingers by ABBA
Millie Bobby Brownie writes:
“I have a special place in my heart for this song. My own little lady is growing up much too quickly for my tastes and this beautiful, bittersweet song always makes me stop and appreciate every small moment with her, every funny little quirk, and appreciate how lucky I am to have a child like her.”
Quiet Night by Anna Ternheim
Harry Warren writes:
“I nominate the haunting song that was used as the theme tune for the best Nordic noir TV series, the Swedish/Svensk version of Wallander. It breathes that dark part of Swedish society: cold, lonely, sad, perfect for Krister Henriksson‘s interpretation of Wallander.”
Last week, with an electrifying €20 Currys PC World gift voucher on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song featuring phones or phone calls. This was mine.
You dialled in in your dozens.
But there could be only winning caller.
Telephone Road by Steve Earle
Charger Salmons writes:
‘The first time I heard this I was driving down a two-lane blacktop in a big fat old Buick just as dawn rose on a big sky Texas. I had a fresh pack of Winston, a big steaming cup of black coffee and the future Lady Charger asleep in the passenger seat.This track just made perfect driving music.I particularly love the wailing Hammond organ.
I was delivering a car from upstate New York to the West Coast.The company involved gave you five days to make the trip, a certain mileage to do it in and the first tank of gas. Didn’t cost me a thing except the gas to get across and cheap roadside motels. It was the cheapest way to cross America on someone else’s dime. It was only later that I found out the real Telephone Road was only a few hundred miles away in the same state.’
Answering Machine by The Replacements
Stephen Moran writes:
‘Yes the technology may be defunct but the sense of desperation is timeless .Singing into the void of the answering machine static, Westerberg bleeds out with just guitar in hand over the voicemail. “How can you say I’m lonely to an answering machine” showing that regardless of the communication medium, life remain the same: full of heart and heartbreak.’
I’ve Got Your Number Written On The Back Of My Hand by The Jags
Muchacho Gordo-Delgado writes:
‘This is how you used to remain in touch with someone you “met” on a night out.’
SAGE Barista Express, the best-selling coffee machine during Lockdown at Currys PC World
Currys PC World commissioned a survey to find out what appliances people couldn’t live without during lockdown.
Lia Stokes writes:
With 74% of people saying they attempted to bake during lockdown and 59% saying they drink 2-4 cups of coffee per day, there’s no guessing when it comes to the appliances we’ve been relying on this year.
When it came to lockdown in March this year, it seems people were relying heavily on their coffee machines with more than a quarter of respondents saying it was their hero appliance during this time!
Other close contenders were the humble kettle, as well as the dishwasher – possibly the top argument-saving appliance in the home. Some rather unexpected lockdown heroes included a sous vide and a pet hair hoover!
Caffeine was king during this period with 65% of people saying they have and use a coffee machine and 59% saying they drink between 2-4 cups per day.
There’s no doubt many of us embraced our inner baker this year with a whopping 74% of people saying they tried their hand at it. Although banana bread was undoubtedly the internet’s favourite food this year, just 29% of people admitted to whipping up a batch of their own.
Cakes were in fact the preferred choice, with 34% of people claiming to have created their own showstoppers. 28% of people opted to bake their own bread (including Brian O’Driscoll!) during lockdown including sourdough, brown bread and focaccia and not a single respondent used a breadmaker to assist their efforts! However, stand mixers accounted for 34% of the efforts while electric hand mixers made up 46.5%.