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May 26, 2020  

Ep 7 Living in Sweden

As it says on the tin, this weeks episode is all about living in Sweden. Martin and John are old hands at fixing and advising others on the basics of getting established in Sweden give some solid tips on that very subject. The guys need to put a small disclaimer out there. Rules and ways tend to change pretty quickly around here and some of the advice being on the right track might need checking…

May 12, 2020  

Religion in Sweden

With two hosts today sitting on completely different sides of the fence when it comes to religion, Martin the non-believer and John a devoted Christian discuss their beliefs upon the subject. Not only do they explain their personal feelings about the religions of the world they try their best to describe the layout of religion in Sweden. This openminded country is famous for its liberal ideas and forwardness in excepting other peoples beliefs and faiths, or is this liberalness just a smokescreen with 61% Christian believers pushing only one ideal… Please tune in to this next episode of Fluently Swenglish and see if the boys can agree or agree to disagree…

May 6, 2020  

Meeting Joe Miller

This week's podcast is back to the roots of Series 2, hearing someones story. We all have a story to tell, it doesn’t matter if you are my 3-year-old grandson or an ex-pat trying to bring people together under the worst pandemic this world has seen for the last century, we all have a story. Storytelling is still the oldest form of communications and I love to sit down and hear those stories… A few weeks ago a friend of mine met my next guest while he was being interviewed by him for his new website www.inthistogether.se. My friend recommended I contact this remarkable individual and have him as a guest on my podcast. His name is Joe Miller, born in England dragged up in South Wales and moved to Sweden in 2013. He's a professional photographer and founder and creator of a brilliant website, In this together. If you would like to know more, listen to my next episode “Meeting Joe Miller”.

April 28, 2020  

Swedish health care system

This week John interviews Martin, not because Martin is an expert on the subject of the Swedish healthcare system… Its mainly because Martin explains the dealings he has had with the health system over past decade. 8 years ago Martin was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is a form of blood cancer. Having fought off the cancer twice it has now returned for the third time. In this episode Martin is transparent about the chemotherapy treatments, two stem cell transplants plus how the doctors kept giving him opioids for pain relief, which lead to a  prescription medication addiction which took nearly 12 months to beat. Now the cancer has surfaced again Martin explains how lucky he is living in a country with a free medical treatment… The Swedish health system is a part of the Swedish culture and society, listen to John and Martin explain why…

April 21, 2020  

CoVid19 Sweden v The World

This episode is all about the unusual criticism Sweden is getting or has got over their relaxed rules on the CoVid19... John my co-host and I delve a little deeper into the Swedish attitude that Sweden is having around this terrible virus CoVid19..  Anders Tegnell and the current state epidemiologist of Sweden simply said regarding Trumps attack on Sweden’s way of dealing with the virus, that he obversely does not understand the way Sweden handles such matters. Tegnell also stated “In Sweden we don’t need to implement laws for people to follow recommendations”. So let’s see if John and I can enlighten the world about Sweden….

April 14, 2020  

Sitting down with John Rouse…

My guest this week has a list of qualifications as long as my arm to be the perfect guest on Fluently Swenglish… Those qualifications include being an English teacher, a scholar of religious education, a devoted husband, father to three teenage girls and a self-confessed poker shark…This gentlemen also has another member of the family that plays an important part of his somewhat Swenglish life style here in Malmö. A trusty four legged friend receives a long walk every evening so he can listen to the Uk’s longest running radio soap opera on BBC Radio 4… The Archers. 

Mr John Rouse Esq, has lived in Malmö near on 20 years now, moving here from the hustle and bustle of U.K.'s capital city London, the contrast couldn't be more apparent but life in Malmo suits John perfectly. Another reason I felt the urge to have John on my podcast was because we had a similar upbringing, we were both brought up in military families and lived a childhood un-like many others might of experienced.

 I find him an encyclopaedia of knowledge but most of all I admire John’s ability to tell a great story, everyone knows I have a soft spot for a good storyteller. This fact was proven when I asked them who he would most like to have as a lunch guest, after a short silence John told me of a relative of a relative he had back a few 100 years ago. This ancestor was the keeper of a library somewhere in England, I thought that was a great story then he impressed me even more on explaining this ancestral scholar had refused to loan a book to the king of England.

April 8, 2020  

Olle Dernevik - Jazz Drummer

This week I got the opportunity to interview a great guy called Olle Dernevik, Olle is a 36 year old Jazz drummer living in Malmö Sweden.  I met this young man down our local pub (yes the pubs are still open in Sweden:-) )were he plays jazz every Monday evening. I’m not 100% sure how our paths crossed but I do recall  him telling me he spend a chunk of his childhood in the North-east of England just outside Durham, another piece of the jigsaw regarding our first conversation was when I totally confessed the fact that Jazz is the music genre I dislike most of all… Lets be honest, for the first encounter I must admit it was a tad insulting to this Swedish Geordie lad, but it didn't seem to deter him agreeing to be interviewed and have an attempt to convert me to like this confusing sometimes chaotic music. I believe Olle has a great way of explaining his art and passion, so please kickback, relax and enjoy the next 50+ minutes of my next episode of Fluently Swenglish with Olle Dernevik

March 31, 2020  

COVID-19… Only the Swedish way will do!

COVID-19… Only the Swedish way will do!

Martin and Iain offer their opinion on the Corona Virus in Sweden. Many people from the international press corps, plus some different political groups in Sweden feel that the Swedish authorities  are dragging their red tape heels and not inline with the rest of Europe. The boys look into what is actually happen here in Sweden and bring a little light on to the subject… Martin as usual is looking for the positivity and hope in it all, while Iain says it as it is. The youth will rebel against the pensioners if the pubs are closed too long. Watch out Nan and grandad the millennium are coming after you… ‘’

August 1, 2019  

Series 2 Ep9 - Sweden-The Land of Laws

This week Martin and Iain are back in the studio for an episode called Sweden - The land of Laws. The team is back together to chat about some of the rather bizarre laws in Sweden. Everything from not being able to name children a usual name without permission to the new smoking restrictions. The couple is back in form, it’s time to protect Sweden from foreign press and a crazy twittering president called Donald Trump who believes American citizens are above the Swedish court systems. If that isn’t enough to fuel your appetite, the boy’s will try and get their heads around weird drinking laws and understand the dancing regulations of the land. Please tune in to this fun episode of Fluently Swenglish….

July 25, 2019  

Series2 - Ep8 Meeting Roslyn Bennett

Following the theme of the series ‘Expat stories’ Martin this week meets up with an old lost friend! Travelling to the small village of Klippan in the Northern part of Skåne, Martin chats with Roslyn Bennett a true UK expat in every way. Roslyn has lived in Sweden for over 32 years truly making Sweden her home but still holding on the some old home memories and traditions. Telling of a Scottish dish her mother lovingly made called Dumpling then to explaining the transition of living in a foreign land. Martin and Roslyn chat about the problems back in the 80’s to build a career and how more difficult it was if you didn’t speak Swedish. They both moved to Kalmar with-in a few years of each other, so listen in to the stories of a couple of friends meeting up again…