Hello Monday. A new day, a new week. The future is ahead of us. I like Mondays.
Started early with my alarm on 3.30am. Time is too short to sleep long hours. In the car by 04.15am. At the airport 05.00am. Managed to get a flat tire passing the bridge. Just because.
I was on the first plane out of Copenhagen Airport. The 0600am ‘early bird’ to Paris. I often am. I like that flight.
In France before 8am. Two telecons/meetings in Challes de Gaulle Airport. I don’t particulary like this airport though. In fact it is one of the worst. Hopeless for transferring. However, so big that you can’t avoid it.
Now on the plane to Sao Paulo, planning the week and making presentations for speeches later this week in South America.
I have done it before, but it is also a new day. A Monday like no one before.
What will it bring? Monday, my old friend. New challenges? New problems? New solutions? I am eager to find out. 15 hours from now I will be in another country on another continent.
At Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo I will open my smart phone and find 70-80 new e-mails from today. From all around the world. Always exiting.
A world to save. Every Monday. See you soon again.
Chinese consumers collectively spent 158.31 billion yuan (US$22.63 billion) in the first nine hours of Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza, scooping up everything from consumer electronics to luxury items and even cars. The figure is two thirds of last year’s final tally of US$30.8 billion.
Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping festival, which falls on November 11 every year, is the world’s largest of its kind. The festival will be closely watched this year as a barometer for consumer sentiment 16 months into a US-China trade war and amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy. While the company’s e-commerce marketplaces Tmall and Taobao are traditionally the mainstays of the annual shopping extravaganza, this year’s festival will also include business-to-business e-commerce platforms like AliExpress as well as Lazada, Alibaba’s Southeast Asian e-commerce subsidiary, as the company taps international consumers.
Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, is getting a huge mural in downtown San Francisco.
The Bay Area has many murals, with images of everyone from Robin Williams to Nipsey Hussle gracing its buildings.
Now, there’s a new name to add to that list: Greta Thunberg.
A mural of the Swedish teenage climate activist, whose movement has caught the attention of the world, is set to be completed next Tuesday.
Located in downtown San Francisco near Union Square (420 Mason St., for all you locals), the mural features Thunberg from the chest up — gazing straight into our souls, lips pursed.
It’s enough to make anyone stop and consider their environmental impact.
30 years ago today the Berlin Wall came down marking the end of the European divide.
I remember in my youth how we visited East Berlin and drove through Easy Germany going to tournaments with my club.
This was a great moment in the history of mankind, that in many ways became the symbol for the end of the cold war.
Today is almost impossible for young people to understand what is what like in Europe before the wall came down.
I have a small piece of the wall in my home. I will keep to tell the story to my grandkids one day.
Paul Bono Hewson is one of my few heroes in life.
I saw my first U2 concert before the band had even released their first record.
I was in Paris playing a tournament with my team and last night on the trip I and some school/team mates went to a club on the street were we stayed at a hotel. They did let us in even though we were certainly too young. A band was playing.
The band leader started the show by saying, ‘We are a band from Ireland, and we call ourselves U2″. I was 15 years old. It changed my life.
I still listen to U2 every day.
Here is the lyrics and video of one of my favourite U2 songs, Every Breaking Wave.
Every breaking wave on the shore
Tells the next one there’ll be one more
And every gambler knows that to lose
Is what you’re really there for
Summer I was fearless
Now I speak into an answer phone
Like every fallen leaf on the breeze
Winter wouldn’t leave it alone
If you go
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so
Are we so helpless against the tide
Baby, every dog on the street
Knows that we’re in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing every breaking wave
Every sailor knows that the sea
Is a friend made enemy
And every shipwrecked soul knows what it is
To live without intimacy
I thought I heard the captain’s voice
But it’s hard to listen while you preach
Like every broken wave on the shore
This is as far as I could reach
You Tube, click here: Abbey Road, U2: Every Breaking Wave
It is no secret for people reading this blog that I am a fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the best player of Sweden ever – and a world class player the last 15 years. There are very few players with the careers of Zlatan, having won 34 titles in top clubs from five countries.
Two captains. Markus Rosenberg for Malmö FF playing Zlatan Ibrahimovis Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League 2015
Zlatan Ibrahimovic started his amazing career in my home town football club, Malmö FF – the club in my heart.
Zlatan only played 1,5 season in the first team of our club before being sold to Ajax for a record deal at the age of 19.
So in our club he is not the most important player ever. So who is? It used to be a player called Bosse Larsson. An amazing Swedish player in the 60-, 70- and 80s.
But it is not anymore. Now our greatest player ever is another player – out captain Markus Rosenberg.
Rosenberg is playing his last games of the career this season, at the age of 37. He is still our best player. After returning home in 2014, he has lead our club to our best five years in history. Still taking into account that Malmö FF is the most successful club of Swedish football.
Zlatan handing over Swedish Legaue Trophy to Captain Rosenberg 2017. Malmö FFs 20th league title.
Markus Rosenberg will only play two more games ever. Against Dinamo Kiev at home in UEFA Europe Legaue and against FCK Copenhagen away in the same tournament. I will watch both games live as a tribute to our captain and best player ever.
Here is a fantastic article summerizing the career of Rosenberg writtet by a fan, Alexandra Jonsson.
Read it, it is amazing; How Markus Rosenberg stepped out of Zlatan’s shadow to become the greatest ever!