Beware of Race

17 Jan

As one wanders the streets of Stockholm this week one is reminded over and over again to watch out for foreigners. Not just any foreigners, but those of a different skin colour. Non-white Swedes too. All people of other races in fact.

Pause for effect. Reveal punchline. Introduce photo.

Well actually that’s not how it is (surprise). The snow and ice are melting on the roofs of Stockholm and for some reason there are no systems in place up there to take care of it. So that means that great slabs of snow and ice and T-Rex tooth sized icicles are plummeting to Earth with great velocity. And if you get caught under one, well, nice knowing you.

So in order to avoid taking responsibility and actually removing said snow and ice from the roofs, the building owners are putting up signs like the one here. The text “Risk för ras”, you see, means both “look out for falling or collapsing stuff” and also, at a stretch, “risk for race”. Which, you know, is vaguely amusing. And slightly scary given that the far-right Swedish Democrats are now in the government for the first time ever.

What is not amusing is the fact that we all have to walk on the street to be sure of avoiding brain-smashing blocks of ice from above. And that we get gravel in our boots. Plus the frozen dog shit of the winter is making its annual re-appearance. And the fact that it will all freeze over again in a few days and continue to tease us with a spring that never comes.

I, however, am looking forward to buying a new hat. And that’s all the cheer I need.

/ paddy


Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Life, Sweden


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8 responses to “Beware of Race

  1. Rolf

    January 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    ’tis the spring the weak call fall… :-)


  2. Wynn

    January 18, 2011 at 2:36 am

    But couldn’t it also be a warning for ones own race? I mean, people of all colours and locations are friggin raving mad.

  3. RBH

    January 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    A hard hat, I trust.

  4. Glen Gordon

    January 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Risk för människa.

  5. Wicked Shawn

    January 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    The teenagers here in the US would be stealing those signs with a wicked quickness.

    • paddyK

      February 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Teenagers here don’t steal. They just moan until their parents do it for them.

  6. Jack Bentley

    February 4, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Hey, Paddy, we’re still here. Have ye died, or are ye just suffering the midwinter blues? I’ve just been almost arrested for reading Tony Hawks ‘Around Ireland with a Fridge’ in public. The bus driver thought I were stoned, and had a police waiting at my stop. Luckily it was Constable Joyce, who has an appreciation of literature.

    • paddyK

      February 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Hello! I’m back now. I’m just focusing on other projects, as they say. Or maybe just sleeping a hell of a lot!


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