May 31, '12 : Valeri's last shift

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Nobody else was yet up, not even the sun, when he got up from the bed he had shared with his son, and walked to the kitchen to make some tea. On mornings like these, he felt like an old man, even though he was just 33, and he hated it.

He had slept poorly. Partly because his son had been fidgeting all night, waking him up several times. He had got up a few times and just walked around the room. His father-in-law had offered to lift his son to the sofa so that he could sleep in the bed by himself, but he had said he was fine.

A car.

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A few weeks ago, I got an email from a fellow hockey fan. Mike, whom I've never met, but who's been my email pal for years, wrote simply that he was forwarding an email to me because he "thought you might be interested in it."

Below Mike's message, there was a link to a hockey memorabilia auction site which had a brand new Valeri Kharlamov collection up for sale.

Mike was right. I did find that very interesting. Valeri Kharlamov, the fantastic Soviet forward, was my biggest childhood idol.


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Sep 08, '11 : Stefan Liv

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When Son was born, almost nine years ago, I used to see his small, wrinkled face in my mind whenever I closed my eyes. I could be lying on a bench at the gym, and his face would emerge in front of my eyes. Itís hardly surprising since most of the time when I had my eyes opened those first few weeks, I would see his little face, too.

I didnít want to be one of those pushy new fathers, so I didnít carry photos of him to show to people. The one image I carried with me, of him, wherever I went, was that mental one. And maybe thatís the one I will always have with me, and maybe thatís why he will always be my baby Ė even now when heís a genius almost trilingual Ph.D of Harrypotterism.

But last night, and today, when I close my eyes, the image that I see is of a smiling Stefan Liv, the Swedish goalie of the Yaroslavl hockey team that was wiped out in a plane crash yesterday.

Number one.

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Feb 01, '08 : Henrik The Lundqvist

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Here it is, finally: A profile on Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers' goalie. I wrote it in November, and today, you can find it in the seat pockets on every SAS flight.

And here, if you click on the image below to get the pdf.

Scanorama: King Henrik (pdf)

Enjoy, happy landings!

Jan 04, '07 : Humble Nobel tailor

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Even the most famous people take on their pants one leg at a time. That is something Jarl Dahlquist knows for sure. He is the designated Nobel tailor.

A Nice Gao.

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