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Busy weekend days, that is. We had a birthday party for Martin today: 10 kids for 2 hours. It went really well, because we had a schedule, of sorts, and Anders kept the kids entertained for at least half an hour with Engineer Lindström's Experiment Theater. He showed them how to make a wave machine, a water microscope from a milk carton, how to make a milk carton blow smoke rings, how to make an egg sink in water, and magic tricks to boot. :) Then we had the di rigeur "hotdogs with bread," whipped cream cake and a candy fishpond. There are some parents of Martin's friends who have had THREE-hour birthday parties for their kids...I think they're insane. 2 hours is so just right.

No rest for the weary afterwards, though (or before either, of course, as Anders finished tiling the little bathroom this morning) as we had a Glögg party this evening with the AWC. Good time, good food. Now we're home and this is the FIRST chance I've had to get online. aaaahhh. heh.

We talked a bit at the party about how if we don't make an effort, our kids won't know any of the traditional American games and songs. One woman commented that she taught a bunch of Swedish children recently how to play "Anka, Anka, Gås" (duck duck goose) and I mentioned the CD of patriotic American songs I had my mom send me this summer. Turns out that apparently, very few Swedes know the words, after the first line, to their national anthem...whereas every American in the room knew all the words to at least the first verse of The Star-spangled Banner. I could tell everyone was itching to sing it, and had it been the 4th of July, I'm sure there would have been an impromptu concert, but as it's nearly Christmas we restrained ourselves.
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music: General Public—Come Again


Don't be silly. Know one knows the words to the Star-Spanled Banner :) I always keep endlessly looping about twilight and broad stripes until the part about rockets comes in.

I think the reason people don't know the words is that there are so many long syllable, infrequently used words in the verses, so it's hard to even understand the meaning of the song on the first time. Really, how often do you talk about ramparts?

I think "America the Beautiful" would be a much better national anthem. I think it actually used to be.

Maybe it's an expat thing. :) *I* know all the words, but then, I'm a singer :) and several people agreed with me, so I know it wasn't just me (at this party, anyway, hahah!)

I know all the words too. I always thought pretty much everyone did. Guess I learned something new today!

Happy birthday, Martin! And well done mum and dad surviving the party. How great that Anders stayed around for it. My husband was always mysteriously absent on party days!

I've always had the impression that you yanks all know the Star Spangled Banner. We Aussies are hopeless and I bet 80% of the population hasn't got a clue beyond the first two lines of Advance Australia Fair.

I know Du Gamla, Du Fria as well as I'm always scared they'll play it somewhere and I'll look bad if I don't sing it.

Martin says that was a cool happy birthday picture! :)

Re: Anders at the party, if he didn't stay there wouldn't BE a party! No way can I deal with that many kids at once. Just 1 or 2 for an hour or so makes me nuts unless I can sling them outside.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I don't know ANY of the Australian national anthem, I'll have to look up the words :)

Australian National Anthem!

You can check it out at the Advance Australia Fair website. There is even an audio of it (God forbid!).

Now I'll be checking out your progress on Australia Day. You of course know when that is :)

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damned right I do. I'm not the Keeper of the Calendar for nothing round these parts. January 26th, and it's coming up soon! Did you know there was a "Clean Up Australia Day" ?? What, Clean Up the Earth Day isn't good enough for you people?! *lol*

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I'm impressed!

Of course we do "Clean Up Australia". Do you think we give a shit about the rest of the earth?

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hahaha! your inferiority-complex-stemming-from-being-way-far-the-fuck-away-from-everyone-and-everything is showing. *lololol* arent'cha glad you moved to Sweden? which is, of course, the center of the universe, and OH SO CLEAN!

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This quote, on that link you gave me, completely cracked me up: Mr Peter Brown, 21, of Middle Park said: "I don't like flag-waving songs, 'Click go the Shears' would be just as good - at least sheep can identify with it."

Click go the Shears?! bahahha!

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Spare me "the man in the street" comments! God, don't you just cringe when you hear them? I remember a big debate about changing our flag (long overdue if you ask me). They asked people in the street for suggestions. So many morons were's no wonder I bloody emigrated. They suggested things like a bare ass with a fist sticking out of it!

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