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Monday, December 21st, 2015 08:22 pm
 Ok, about to get a little personal here.  Also I've blatantly stolen the title from the lyrics of a Faithless track.  Sorry.

I've been kind of absent from online life for a few months now.  Although I doubt many people have noticed, I've noticed.  The last few months have been stressful and difficult and it's been a case of functioning on reduced power emotionally, because I've been feeling depressed and exhausted and there just has not been enough gas in the tank to keep up with everything.  I've missed having the energy and will to go online and read and write about my favourite things.  The fact that I'm back doing it again is a little bit encouraging to me, as it seems I have at least some of my energy back.

Of course, it has been Nordic subjects that have brought me back to my blogs, especially my interest in Wallander.  Henning Mankell's death has been a huge blow – although I never knew him personally, he was one of my few heroes, and was a remarkable person.  We likely would still have had the Nordic noir genre without him, but how would it have looked without his creation Wallander?  In his memory I've started reading the whole series again, and continuing watching the films as I was before my apparent mood disorder interrupted me.  And this is probably where I begin to get back to whatever version of normality I came from.  It's also not the first time.

Fandom was initially an exciting voyage of discovery for me. Wallander introduced me to a new world that I had never considered before, and I was keen to learn as much as possible about my new favourite subject.  Shortly afterwards, however, I entered a difficult, stressful spell in my life, which ended in me uprooting and moving 300-odd miles.  Although it only lasted a few months, while it was going on it felt overwhelming and neverending.  To get through it, I hid myself in books until I had worked my way through most of the Wallander series, several of Henning Mankell's other books, and at least half a dozen other Nordic detective novels including Martin Beck, Van Veeteren and Mari Jungstedt's Inspector Knutas.  I also collected the Wallander DVDs, and watched them, wishing for escape from the interminable rain of Glasgow to the wide open spaces of Skåne (where it also rains rather a lot, I'm told).  Although I've never admitted it before, it wasn't family, friends, faith, my partner or medicine that got me through, it was a group of fictional police detectives from Skåne.

I know that sounds incredibly shallow, but it was either that or nothing, so I clung onto it and came out the other side.  In a crisis, it's really important to have at least one thing that encourages you and makes you feel better.  And yup, I guess for me that's Kurt Wallander.  And I think that not only is this because of how he was written and created by Henning Mankell, but also because of the way Krister Henriksson interprets him on the screen – reassuring, trustworthy, but infinitely human.

So once again I've found myself on a rough road.  This time I've actually asked for help and will be seeing a counsellor to help me work out my difficulties.  I have loving and supportive friends around me, which makes a big difference.  But when I need it, I also have my love of Scandinavian crime fiction to help me escape.  And I have writing.  Without oversharing or bitching too much, maybe writing occasional posts about how life is going might help.

Whatever I end up doing, it's good that with the help of the people and things I love I can actually see some light at the end of the tunnel again.
ingebjorg9: (The bad dreams all go away with you)
Monday, May 13th, 2013 09:17 pm
I may have posted previously here and on Tumblr (rather profusely) about Krister Henriksson's performance of Doktor Glas in London.  In total, I went to see it three times, including opening night, one evening sometime in the middle of the run, and closing night two days ago.  And I have loved it every time.

Each time I saw it, I was hugely impressed with Krister's acting range and his ability to create different characters with subtlety and sensitivity.  He's magnificent on stage, and has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.  He's also really good at comedy. Doktor Glas is a pretty dark work, but it nevertheless has a lot of humour in it, and Krister knows exactly how to get a laugh out of the audience at the right time.  He really is a joy to watch, and his voice... if it's possible to fall in love with somebody's voice, then I'm definitely in love with Krister's :)

I'm really going to miss this show, because it's been a joy having it - and its star - in London.  I do hope that it gets another run sometime.  It would also be really great to see Krister in something else in the West End.  I believe he's expressed an interest in King Lear.  Now that would be interesting!  I was also lucky enough to see the Nordic Noir Film Club's screening of the The Troubled Man, at which Krister did a very interesting Q & A session.  It was fascinating to hear what he had to say.  In person he's very funny and charming, and speaks very movingly about Johanna Sällström as well.  Altogether, I think London loved him.  It would be lovely to see more of him in the future!

After the final performance of Doktor Glas, I did the fangirl at the stage door thing again and waited for a final chance to see him.  While a few of us were waiting, watching the Ben Whishaw fangirls waiting at the Coward Theatre opposite, a couple of ladies, who I think were American tourists, passed us.  One asked the other who we were waiting for, so her friend asked me.
"Krister Henriksson," I said.
"Krister Henriksson."
"Kris-ter Hen-riks-son?  Sorry, I've never heard of him.  Or her."
As they walked away I tried not to burst out laughing.  What got me wasn't just the way she pronounced Krister's name like Mr Burns saying "re-cy-cling?" (from the Simpsons The Old Man and the Lisa, very funny episode!) but also the "or her" bit.  I suppose I could have said "Wallander", but I'm not sure they would have heard of him either.  Oh well.

Anyway, I got to meet Krister again.  Definitely worth waiting for (I have to say I would wait all day for Krister!) as once again he was lovely in person.  He spent a long time talking to the people who waited for him and having photos taken, and was just friendly and funny and awesome.  What a guy ♥

I almost never post pictures of myself on the internet, but I couldn't resist this one of me with Krister.  I'm giggling like a loon, which is probably why he's smiling at me :-D

*Happy sigh*
As we Scots say, Haste ye back, Krister! :)
ingebjorg9: (Franka Potente)
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 02:06 pm
Adding this here because Tumblr is being a pain and won't embed it :-P

Lots of nice things... )
ingebjorg9: (Kurt Wallander)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 11:09 pm
Last night I went to see Krister Henriksson in his one-man play Doktor Glas, which has come to London.  He. Was. Amazing.

As Wallander his acting has always been pretty special, but in person, on the stage, he's really, really impressive.  I so enjoyed this play: it was a lot funnier than I was expecting it to be, and has suspense, drama... everything.  And Krister is awesome in it.  He fully deserved the five-minute ovation at the end, even though he seemed slightly surprised and embarrassed at the adulation coming his way.  He may be one of Sweden's most respected actors, but he's also pretty humble and down to earth.

More about the evening on my Tumblr.

Afterwards I got to meet him by the stage door, along with some of his other fans, mainly Swedish expats.  He spent a while talking and signing autographs, and having his picture taken, and was a real gentleman.  In person, he's lovely, and I'm so glad.  I'm so glad that I got to meet one of my heroes and that he was every bit as awesome as he seems on TV.

Lovely, isn't he? :)