The other day, I did something deeply satisfying. I opened my second floor study window and hurled my HP printer at the concrete below. The printer had given me grief from the moment I bought it three years ago and I'd finally had enough of reloading the drivers, it telling me it couldn't print because of fault XX0013425709 (obviously) and the massively expensive ink drying up as soon as my back was turned. Good riddance. I could then concentrate on cleaning and polishing the Sunbeam and Straker Squire bits and pieces, ready for copper plating.
That went well - thank goodness. It can sometimes be a bit hit-and-miss for reasons that are often rather mystifying.
And then I was back in Sweden on the night-shift. I never get much sleep during the day so a wander round the town looking for things I might have missed on previous visits is an option. There are two churches in the middle of Karlskrona; this one was built in the 18thC for the German population. It has a rather interesting 'in the round' layout and a huge domed rotunda ....
... at the top of which is a plaque with what looks like Hebrew script. There's another, slightly older church in the Stortorget, equally vast and, with the exception of a magnificent organ, equally plain inside. A concert was being filmed when I popped my head round the door, so I retreated.
A bit of Brutalist ornament on the public library ended my explorations and later that evening,
.... we said goodbye to the Bodo Constructor, packed up our gear and left for Finland. Photography on the various cable manufacturers premises is strictly forbidden. So, imagine our delight when we got to the Prysmian site in Pikkala and discovered a promotional video made by the company and posted on Youtube! At last the story of our band of merry Magneteers could be told. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImSZiM7lpzI.
There was the usual couple of days delay before things got going at Pikkala and I was obliged to Dan Wilson for alerting me to the Akseli Gallen-Kallela Museum (the artist's former residence) a few minutes down the road at Espoo.
Gallen-Kallela's more well-known paintings are distributed around major galleries - this triptych is in the Finnish National. The Espoo museum's permanent collection is charming enough, though a little underwhelming.
This was the most striking of the paintings - most of the portraits were of Akseli's wife, Mary.
This poster was high up and difficult to photograph. It's been the subject of some argument. Long understood to have been produced for a Finnish car maker, Bill Aktie Bolaget, this has been questioned as there was no such company in Finland though there was one in Sweden. The illustration is a modernised version of a 19thC folk story involving the snatching of Kylliki, a character in the Finnish epic, Kalevela. If nothing else, it showed the artist's range.
I know I probably shouldn't say so but, the highlight of the trip for me was the tea-room.
And inside, it was even better.