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(Climbing enthusiast) Couple marries on roof of Globe arena
www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/09/2008 | TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson

Posted on 08/09/2008 6:53:50 AM PDT by WesternCulture

Malin Alexandersson and Leif Lundgren celebrated 08-08-08 day by climbing on to the roof of the Stockholm Globe arena to tie the knot.

The happy couple had to climb to the top of the 80 metre higher Stockholm landmark with the help of safety harnesses while their guests instead followed the wedding ceremony from a nearby balcony.

The heavy rain that hit Stockholm on Friday was close to throwing a spanner in the works - but the rain ceased just prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

The couple won the right to matrimony on the Globe's roof in a shopping centre competition on Valentine's Day.

The magic of the freak of the calender that meant that Friday was all the eights made the day a popular choice for couples to pledge betrothal across the world.

Areas across Sweden saw an unusually large number of couples racing to get the church on time.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: architecture; cermonies; cermony; climbing; marriage; stockholm; sweden; wedding; weddings

1 posted on 08/09/2008 6:53:51 AM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

This is what the arena looks like:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globe_Arena

“Malin Alexandersson and Leif Lundgren celebrated 08-08-08 day by climbing on to the roof of the Stockholm Globe arena to tie the knot.”

- By pure coincidence, I got my first job (at Volvo Trucks) 08/08/1988 at 08.00.

I was 18.

One month from now, I’ll congratulate my aunt. She’ll turn I don’t know what on the ninth of Septemper, nine o’clock (I’m thrilled you’ve been reading this far..I’ll inform her).

Anyhow, although (almost) all marriages ought to be welcomed and cheered at, I find this way of treating Swedish landmarks even more absorbing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YczHfFpBzX0


2 posted on 08/09/2008 6:54:21 AM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Nothing cries “Me, Me, Me,” like pulling some silly stunt for one’s wedding.


3 posted on 08/09/2008 7:10:38 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: WesternCulture

Uff Dah on the Roof Dah!


4 posted on 08/09/2008 7:25:52 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: 1rudeboy

“Nothing cries “Me, Me, Me,” like pulling some silly stunt for one’s wedding.”

- I agree, although I perfectly understand why some people wish to make something spectacular out of it.

On the other hand, the institution of marriage is something so unique and sincere in itself there really isn’t any need for fancy stunts and other forms of happenings.

I have no objection against the couple in question (and as a Swede, I naturally wish for more Swedish marriages and more Swedish babies), but in general we ought to reflect more often upon the actual content and meaning of cultural institutions like marriage, judiciary, science and education instead of just asking “what’s in it for me?”.


5 posted on 08/09/2008 7:26:42 AM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture
"The heavy rain that hit Stockholm on Friday was close to throwing a spanner in the works" What's a spanner in the works?
6 posted on 08/09/2008 7:41:14 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: WesternCulture

I was married on the Gauley River in WV back in 1996. Most guests either kayaked or rafted in. Some folks came in by 4 wheel.

It wasn’t about our ego...it was just that, literally, ALL of our friends were kayakers and had we not been married on the river - nobody would have come!!!


7 posted on 08/09/2008 7:44:19 AM PDT by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: Ben Chad

“Spanner” is the British term for `wrench’.

In this case it would connote `monkeywrench’ as in “messing things up”.

Anyway, at least they didn’t tie the knot while scuba diving or skydiving or some such.

Just saw on TV a newly wed couple go into a vaudeville tap dance with top hats and canes. Yuk....


8 posted on 08/09/2008 7:52:33 AM PDT by elcid1970 (My cartridges are dipped in pig grease)
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To: Ben Chad

“The heavy rain that hit Stockholm on Friday was close to throwing a spanner in the works” What’s a spanner in the works?”

- I’m Swedish, but to me it sounds like you’re mithering about ENGLISH English.

I’m gobsmacked over your pernickety comment on this spiffing piece of news. In fact, I actually threw a wobbly upon reading it and started chokin’ on the toad-in-the-hole I was having for din-dins. It’s no porky, but yet, let’s avoid starting an endless palaver-conflab over it all..

Start learning ENGLISH English:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgPH0tYXJrA


9 posted on 08/09/2008 8:40:46 AM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: elcid1970

““Spanner” is the British term for `wrench’.”

- Thanks for pointing this out.

In case you know “English” English (not to be confused with British “BBC” English), please correct the post I made prior to this one if you happen to spot any mistakes in it.

As a child, I lived in Wales for one year (from the age of 9 to 10). I managed to pick up some ordinary English over there, but didn’t learn much of neither Welsh or English English. These idioms have always appeared as equally mysterious to me. But, at least I’m trying in the case of English English..


10 posted on 08/09/2008 8:50:22 AM PDT by WesternCulture
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