I loved it when the Swedish police inspector (or whatever she might have been) drove the police car with no hands on the steering wheel. (I’ve come across taxi drivers like that, too.) That’s only because I wasn’t in the car at the time. John Harvey was, I think. The BBC4 programme Who is Kurt Wallander, presented by John, was nicely put together.
Although, when I finally get someone who can say Wallander properly (did he have help?), he then goes and says Mankell with the stress on the second syllable, instead. Grrr… And there were so many Yshtads I nearly strangled someone. It’s Ystad. S. Not sh. And the Resident IT Consultant puzzled greatly over the Chinese sounding name of Jan Guillou, until the penny dropped. Sjöwall & Wahlöö is not easy either. We do it on purpose, to trip foreigners up. The difficult names, I mean. But Ystad isn’t difficult.
Like the BBC Wallander , this was a good programme, with just about the right amount of the right information. I didn’t know that Mankell lives near Gothenburg. That could account for him popping up at the Gothenburg book fair every year. I did know that he lived in the same town as I did, as a teenager. But that’s Borås, stress on second syllable, and not Boris, however nice he may be. (I know it’s not easy, but you can ask, can’t you? The Resident IT Consultant can even say korv [sausage] with a south Swedish accent, and that’s more than my own cousins can manage, even after years of trying.)
One of my excellent crime blogger colleagues had a nice piece on Who Is Kurt Wallander last week, featuring puzzling sausages. As a vegetarian I prefer not to speculate.
Lots of nice scenery, town and country, and a very good explanation, too, for why I feel I simply must be in Sweden in the early summer. (Please explain this to the people who plan English school term dates.) I don’t know where John Harvey has been, not to know of the theories about who killed Olof Palme, but never mind.
However, I would have liked to avoid a repeat of that old belief that Swedish children learn about sex at school from an early age. Here it was stated as fact, that it is taught from the age of seven. I must have been off sick that day. If the BBC say so it must be the truth.