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Postby Maedhros » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:30 pm

OK, here comes Harold's account of his stay in the glorious capital of Sweden. And I'll apologize in advance for the quality of a lot of the pics. First and foremost Sweden is really dark this time of the year, and secondly my camera has some issues with focus but I chose those pics which highlighted the background rather than those who showed Harold against a blurry background since you all know what he looks like but I doubt you know as much about Stockholm ;)

Anyways, on to his own account:

Harold C. Castle, Oct 20-27

Safely ensconced in my DOOM-tube I've finally crossed the great seas and arrived in the Old World. It was all quite a shocking experience I have to tell you - I mean they don't even speak English here, outrageous, isn't it?

That aside I found myself welcomed by a most charming lady upon my arrival - and she actually spoke English!

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"Welcome, dear Harold. I am afraid your host is away down in the Netherlands (at least I hope he is) so you'll have to do with me. I'm known as Lady Blue the Lesser but just call me B Junior, will you?"

With those words she gave me a tour of the home where I would spend the next few days. And that was all fine I guess...

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...but...

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...but...

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...BUT!

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Where's the LEGO?!

After the initial shock B Junior managed to calm me down though. She told me most of it was still in some weird place in the deep forests of western Sweden. However this eccentric owner of hers had brought some to Stockholm and after a bit of digging we found it.

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"Quite a sad lot, don't you think?" she asked me, but I was too full of relief upon seeing ABS to really worry about how much it was. Before looking too deeply into it she had to give me a few words of caution though:

"You see, my owner has this obsession with Batman BUT he isn't satisfied with the official Batman torso and while waiting for a good custom one all the villains are running rampant here."

I didn't really quite understand this talk of flittermice, so to prove her point she showed me to a local bank office where some weirdo that she called "the Joker" was doing what he referred to as a "withdrawal".

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"We have the SWAT of course, but they are just simple brutes. Don't stand a chance", she carried on as she continued my tour of the local LEGO population.

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"You haven't seen the worst part yet though", she continued in her somewhat discouraging tone. "The ways of those villains have spread all the way down to our sworn enemies the trolls and the undead, and since we knights are far too proud to take to firearms we don't stand a chance. Look, here they are, negotiating on how to divide the spoils of war."

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"Now, let's not get too deep into the negatives, shall we? Tell you what, we'll take a tour of the immediate surroundings now and tomorrow we'll take a look at the rest of Stockholm. Sounds like a plan?"

I really couldn't but agree with her since the LEGO society she had showed me didn't quite please me at all. So off we went. Apparently she got to borrow a car from this so called Batman but I am sad to say the comfort left a bit to be desired...

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Our first stop was the City Hall.

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I was pleased to see a castle of sorts, even though she told me it wasn't even a hundred years old. She told me a lot of interesting things about it though. Apparently they hold some kind of feast there every December for a bunch of scientists who have won some kind of Nobel Prize. B Junior has never been invited though, and neither has her owner...

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The strangest part of it all was all the strange persons around though. They were wielding cameras left and right and spoke a tongue that was even more exotic than the Swedish. "Russians", B Junior called them. They seem to love this place. There are at least two busloads* here every morning, or so her owner says at least. She also tried to teach me how to say hello but I am afraid "Здравствуйте" still doesn't go well in my mouth.

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After having a good look at it all we finally returned home though to get some good rest before heading out on new adventures the next day. A day which would prove quite hectic...

First stop was "Riksdagshuset" where the Swedish Parliament resides.

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And then we went on to the Royal Palace. We saw no traces of the King though, apparently he keeps to another one most of the time.

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After that we continued to "Storkyrkan", the Cathedral of Stockholm. She showed me quite an intimidating statue of St: George and the Dragon from the 15th century...

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...and a pulpit that I found myself quite fond of.

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Our last stop was "Stortorget" where the Stockholm Bloodbath took place some five hundred years ago. B Junior seemed to be really fascinated by the subject but I have to confess I was a bit unsettled by the fact that the Danes had slaughtered some hundred Swedish nobles here. Because, since I was made in Billund I'd techincally be a Dane, right? B Junior told me the Swedes have abolished the laws of nobility though so I hope that means I won't have to kill anyone.

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She also told me that in the background you can see the Swedish Academy where those who decide upon whom is going to get the Nobel Prize in Literature reside. I have yet to read something of Jean-Marie Gustave Le-Clézio though, since my travels keep my busy right now. But perhaps, some day when I am settled in my home again... however, now the road beckons and I am on my way to my next stop..

...Australia!



*Actually the Russians beat some kind of record when I came there to take photos with Harold. There were seven busloads of them! Seven! It was so crowded it wasn't even funny :P Fortunately enough I just live some ten minutes walk from there though so I came back another day to take the photos.
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Postby DARKspawn » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:27 pm

Awesome, Jonas! I can't wait till he arrives ^_^
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Postby Donut » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:23 pm

Nice pictures Maedhros, Stockholm is such a beautiful city!
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Postby DARKspawn » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:12 pm

Hail to thee, Sir Harold!

Hey everyone, time for a Harold update! I was lucky enough to recieve our gallant champion a few weeks ago but wanted to create something special for the little guy. Unfortunetly I have been pressed for time as my working year winds down before my Summer holidays so I have been in care of Harold for longer than expected - sorry about that ;)

Anyway, let me present to you, Harold's home away from home.

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The Knight in white is my sigfig of course, & Lady Christine already has cake in the kitchen to celebrate the occasion. The MOC features interrior lighting, light up fireplace & the building is easily removed from the landscape & split in two to reveal the interior.

Harold is already packing his bags for his next adventure!
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Postby Aliencat » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:26 pm

That's awesome, I love that house. And great to see Harold had a great reception in the land of Oz.
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Postby MrTS » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:52 pm

How cool is that, haha. I really like the look of the house. Simple yet great looking. Also the light effects are very cool.
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Postby Maedhros » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:34 am

I was starting to get worried he never reached you ;) Lovely house I say, and I do think he must have enjoyed his stay.
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Postby Robin Hood » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:14 am

Good to know that his still on the move. Question though, where'd his axe go? Did he just leave it at the hotel or is it lost in some baggage car somewhere?

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Postby Bluesecrets » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:48 pm

Is Harold still on the move? We haven't heard much in a long time.
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Postby Tedward » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:31 pm

Got lost in the holiday mail? :roll:

I don't think the "one week" visits are working. Maybe if we say "two weeks" hosts might actually feel they have time for a good visit and we can get back on some sort of timetable?

Not that I'm complaining but according to the original schedule he should have finished his travels before Christmas and as best I can tell he is only about half-way down the list. :lol:
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Postby Bluesecrets » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:53 am

Harold has finally arrived! I shall spend the next few days taking pictures and then..I will post what I have and send him on QUICKLY.
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Postby Athos » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:33 am

Tedward wrote:I don't think the "one week" visits are working. Maybe if we say "two weeks" hosts might actually feel they have time for a good visit and we can get back on some sort of timetable?


One week was way too short. I had him for at least 3 weeks, maybe 4. And I still felt rushed.

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Postby Maedhros » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:01 am

Athos wrote:
Tedward wrote:I don't think the "one week" visits are working. Maybe if we say "two weeks" hosts might actually feel they have time for a good visit and we can get back on some sort of timetable?


One week was way too short. I had him for at least 3 weeks, maybe 4. And I still felt rushed.

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I had him for one week (OK, 8 days, so shoot me ;)) and I found that to be perfectly fine - what would you do with him for four weeks anyhow?
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Postby RebelRock » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:17 pm

Seriously, a month? That's crazy.
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Postby Athos » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:29 am

Maedhros wrote:what would you do with him for four weeks anyhow?


RebelRock wrote:Seriously, a month? That's crazy.


Well it wasn't that I needed him for a month. I just had a lot of trouble getting a good time to take him out and about for pictures... If a couple of weekends get burned up with unexpected stuff, it can get difficult to get pictures taken. Especially, if your first set turns out very poorly... :D

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