2018-11-11 (Guldsöndag)

Today, I learned that:

My prediction on 2018-04-15 was correct, 2018 would be the year of AIK. After the last round of Allsvenskan, the Swedish football championship league, once more AIK ended up being the very best! Oh how happy I am!

And as a tribute to the Stockholm region, where AIK has its headquarters, today’s photo shows a marvellous view of Stockholm. The photo was taken on 2018-11-04 from Skinnarviksberget, Södermalm and it shows the City Hall and Riddarholmen.

A photo of Stockholm, showing the City Hall and Riddarholmen, taken from Skinnarviksberget, Södermalm on 2018-11-04.

Furthermore, it is another photo in my series of hosts of the Olympic Games. Most people know that Stockholm was the host of the Summer Olympic Games in 1912, but did you know that it also hosted the Games in 1956? Since Australia had harsh quarantine restrictions, the equestrian events of the Melbourne games were moved to Stockholm. More about the Stockholm games can be found in references #1 and 2 below. Finally, today marks the exact centenary of the armistice after World War I. Exactly one year ago, I wrote about it extensively, you can find it here.

That’s what I learned in school !

Refs.:

1: 1912 Summer Olympics

2: Equestrian events at 1956 Summer Olympics

*: What did you learn in school today ?

2018-04-15 (Guldkantad söndag)

Today, I learned that:

On the Northern hemisphere there is spring in the air, finally after a harsh winter. And in Sweden, one of the traditions at this time of the year is that schoolchildren from all over the country sell a miniature flower, called Majblomman (“Mayflower”), with the proceeds being used to help children in need. This year’s flower is the one you can see in the header photo, a beautiful work of art with black and golden petals surrounding a mother of pearls. The creator, 13-year old Elina Hall, was inspired by a bumblebee. In the following image are all Majblommor sold since it all began, back in 1907. In reference #1 is an English translation by Google of an interesting page from Majblomman’s home page.

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A collection of Majblommor, starting in 1907 and updated most recently with the beautiful bumblebee inspiration of 2018. Photo by Majblomman.

And exactly today, the same colours are so true to also reflect the outcome of the Swedish first division football derby between AIK and Djurgården, won by the former squad, with the nickname of ‘de guldkantade’, which means “the golden cuffed”. I wanted to tease a friend of mine who is a fan of the opponents and she hinted me (thanks Lady Godiva) about Majblomman. Could it be a coincidence? I do not think so, 2018 is going to be the year when AIK wins the Swedish championships once more! If you want to know more about my team, read my post from 2016-02-15, when the sports club celebrated its 125th anniversary.

That’s what I learned in school !

Refs.:

1: Majblomman in English

*: What did you learn in school today ?

2016-03-09 (Wednesday)

Today, I learned that:

Already yesterday, I could watch in real time a streaming video of the total solar eclipse, which was happening at the same time next day in the Pacific Ocean. It was a webcast arranged by NASA (North American Space Administration) transmitting live from one of the Micronesian islands, where the eclipse was total during 4 minutes, from 22:38 to 22:42 yesterday my time. Below, I show two screen shots that I took during the totality.

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Two photos from NASAs webcast from Micronesia, showing the totality of the solar eclipse. The left photo, from the first seconds of totality, shows the Sun’s corona and the second one is the exact moment when the Sun starts to get out of the Moon’s obstruction, creating a so-called Diamond Ring.

And while we are at it, here comes another update to my post from 2016-02-15, when AIK celebrated its 125th anniversary:

After an exciting sudden death, AIK beat Tingsryd with 4-3 and won the Swedish Icehockey’s 2nd division, aka Allsvenskan. Now AIK will dispute a series of best of 7 against Karlskrona, where the winner is qualified for SHL next year.

And of course, we must not forget that the Swedish female national football team today qualified for the Olympic Games after a draw (1-1) with the Netherlands.

To continue in the name of sports, here are two other interesting facts:

According to a podcast from Scientific American (reference #2 below), a researcher who wanted to measure perception went to a softball game and after the game, she showed the players a poster with different sized softballs, asking them to point out the correct one. People who hit better selected a larger circle, meaning the batters who were hitting better saw the ball as bigger. Which means not everyone sees the ball the same way. And it also means that what we see is affected by our ability to act. Performance impacts vision.

In other studies she found that golfers who putted better saw the hole as bigger than did poor putters. Faster swimmers saw targets underwater as being closer than did slower swimmers. And she had athletes who were not placekickers try to make field goals in American football. The ones who did better saw the space between the uprights as wider.

Bottom line:
“You don’t see the world the same the others. You see the world in a way that’s unique to you, and it’s unique to your abilities.”

Finally, do you know what a golden set is? In volleyball, if after the last play-off match, two teams are still tied, a sixth set (“golden set”) decides which team wins the play-off series. This means, that one team wins by a 3-3 set draw! See reference #3 below, if you do not believe me!

… That’s what I learned in school !

Refs.:

1: The total solar eclipse 2016-03-09 over Micronesia

2: Ball Really Looks Bigger to Better Hitters

3: Golden set to decide a volleyball game

+: What did you learn in school today ?

2016-02-15 (Måndag)

Idag lärde jag mig, att:

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Klubbmärket ovan har blivit utsett till världens vackraste klubbmärke. Det hände 1937 när den engelska firma som levererade tröjmärken till dåtidens största fotbollsklubbar ordnade en omröstning bland allmänheten i London om vilket av alla märken som de tillverkat var det vackraste. Majoriteten röstade då på Allmänna Idrottsklubbens (AIK) märke, detaljer finns i referens 1 nedan.

Och idag är det precis 125 år sedan AIK bildades, på Norrmalm i Stockholm. Antalet medlemmar, över 20.000, gör den till Nordens största idrottsklubb. Elva idrotter praktiseras av klubbens aktiva: Bandy, basketboll, boule, bowling, boxning, fotboll, friidrott, golf, handboll, innebandy och ishockey. Genom åren har det naturligtvis blivit tonvis av medaljer och mästerskap i dessa grenar, och även sådana som för närvarande inte är aktiva, såsom badminton, bordtennis, curling och tennis, samt naturligtvis sparkstöttning, som var en mycket populär sport på 1890-talet.

Födelsedagsfirandet kunde inte ha börjat bättre, herrlaget i fotboll slog 2015 års svenska mästare, IFK Norrköping, med 4-1 igår, och redan om två dagar kan det vara teoriskt klart att herrlaget i ishockey har chansen att kvala in till SHL efter två års förvisning till Allsvenskan. Så det är inte utan att en AIK-are såsom jag kan se framtiden an med optimism. Se också uppdatering gjord 2016-03-09 !

Till sist, men alls inte minst, grattis också till Annika på den gemensamma födelsedagen!

… Slut för idag, tack för idag!

(This post in Swedish celebrates the 125 years of foundation of the biggest sports club in the Nordic countries.)

Refs.:

1: Världens vackraste klubbmärke

2: AIK

+: What did you learn in school today ?