August 13, 1995 |
Under cover of darkness, Mowafak Alshagra smuggled himself into Sweden. Alshagra, his wife and their two young daughters had fled Iraq together and originally headed for Morocco, the only country where they had visa contacts. The family had survived the 1991 Persian Gulf War. As a mother, Laheeb Alsarraf was not about to tempt fate again. "I didn't want to risk my own and my children's future," she said of her refusal to leave Morocco.
February 26, 1995 |
Perhaps they could settle this with a game of chess. Neighbors of director Ingmar Bergman want him to give up the rented one-room apartment where he wrote "The Seventh Seal." "There are young people who need this apartment more than Bergman does," Joakim Gronwall, the owners' legal representative, said Friday. Used only occasionally by Bergman as a writing studio, the room is empty most of the time.
September 13, 1994
After three years of cutting back Sweden's legendary social welfare program, Prime Minister Carl Bildt leads his center-right coalition into national elections Sunday nursing only slim hopes of winning a new mandate to continue the job. As campaigning entered its final days, polls showed the four government parties still trailing the opposition Social Democrats, although there were signs the gap was narrowing slightly.
May 20, 1994 |
The American aura glows around the world these days. Films, television shows, recordings. Even our Broadway musicals. Even something as indigenous as "Fame," both the film and the TV show. And the stage adaptation, called "Fame, the musical," conceived and developed by David De Silva (who produced the original film) has been running in Stockholm for the past two years and is still going.
July 6, 1993 |
Richard Chelimo of Kenya broke the world record in the 10,000 meters Monday night, winning in 27 minutes 7.91 seconds at the DN Galan Grand Prix track and field meet. Chelimo, cheered during the final laps by a near-capacity crowd of 17,421 at Olympic Stadium, ran the last five kilometers alone on his way to bettering the mark of 27:08.23 set by Arturo Barrios of Mexico in 1989. "The crowd helped me," Chelimo said. "And I got the pace that I wanted in the first part of the race."
November 2, 1992 |
Goran Ivanisevic outlasted Guy Forget in an indoor power duel Sunday and won the Stockholm Open, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, to climb to fourth place in the ATP rankings, the highest he has been. Ivanisevic, who vaulted over Michael Chang and Petr Korda in the rankings, fired 30 aces past Forget en route to his sixth title. Ivanisevic finished the tournament with 80 aces and leads the ATP Tour with 877 aces this year. He earned $170,000 for winning the $1.3-million tournament.
July 26, 1992 |
Dan O'Brien, whose career was sidetracked when he failed to qualify for the Barcelona Olympics, hit misfortune again Saturday when he no-heighted in the high jump in the Stockholm International decathlon competition. "Don't count me out. I'll be back," said O'Brien, who missed an Olympic trip when he failed to clear the bar in the pole vault during the U.S. Olympic trials.
July 12, 1992 |
"You're Americans, aren't you?" our waiter observed. We asked how he could tell. "Americans always fill their plates," he replied. Chastened, we decided to change our approach at Stockholm's Operakallaren smorgasbord and dine as the Swedes do. While it is certainly an all-you-can-eat situation, it should not appear that you are indulging in world-class gluttony. First and foremost, remember that small plates with small portions are the preferred style.
July 12, 1992 |
It looms unimaginably large in the semi-darkness of its personal Stockholm museum, a disturbing ghost ship unnervingly brought back from the dead. But it is more than its surprising size--close to that of a football field--that has made the fabled Vasa Scandinavia's most visited tourist site, attracting upwards of 10,000 visitors per day .
April 26, 1992 |
Katrin Krabbe, whose four-year suspension was lifted by the German track federation in a controversial ruling this month, will be banned from a Grand Prix meet July 2 at Stockholm, reported Expressen, a Swedish newspaper. "We have decided to not invite her," meet spokesman Per-Anders Persson was quoted as saying in Expressen. "I've talked to other (Grand Prix) organizers, and they won't allow her to compete, either."