The British & Commonwealth Association arranges activities and provides information for its members to help them develop social and cultural networks here in Sweden.
* BCA Newsletter October 2015 *
Events and activities in October:
Wednesday 7th October ‘The British in India’ – an Illustrated talk by BCA member Krishna Dutt, at Opon (Östermalmsgatan 75) starting at 6.00 pm.
As well as Krishna’s talk there will be delicious Indian food and drink for us to enjoy together with films about the British in India and Indian music. So we have a wonderful evening to look forward to. Anyone who knows Krishna Dutt, or has read her fascinating book, “A Round Trip”, knows that she possesses an almost unique insight into the British Raj in India and especially the ‘twilight years’ leading up to Independence in 1947. She grew up in Simla in the far north of India, which was the seat of government and home of the Viceroy and the British establishment, except for the winter months when the Empire was ruled from Delhi. Her father spent his whole working life in Simla which meant that Krishna spent a lot of time there, especially during her childhood. In the first part of her book she describes Simla itself, its culture and social life, its British (including Tudor) architecture, and the natural beauty of the surrounding area with the Himalayas as a backdrop. Later on she writes about her father, mother and other members of her distinguished family.
The second part of the book covers the time from 1963 when she first came to Sweden (intending to stay for just 3 years) up until the present day. It wasn’t until she had moved here that she discovered that her family, the Dutts, was related to the Palmes, her grandfather’s elder brother Upendra Dutt having married Anna Palme in 1889. Krishna was surprised that Olof Palme knew more about that part of her family’s history than she herself did when she met him in 1983. Hopefully there will be time for Krishna to tell us more about this next Wednesday evening. Krishna will have some copies of her book with her; these can be purchased for just 90 kronor. (In my opinion her book is well worth reading for its literary merits, apart from the wealth of information and insights it contains.) Please sign up for this event with me (
) a.s.a.p. and at the latest by Monday evening 5 September and send in the money (100kr for members and 150kr for non-members) to the BCA’s p g account number: 559481- 7. Please remember to write your name in the appropriate box, or on the paying-in slip so we know who the money is from.
Saturday 10th October Mushroom Picking in Bogesund We will meet at the bus stop in Ladvik at 11am. If you intend coming by public transport then bus 670 from Östra Station is your best bet. The journey from Stockholm to Waxholm takes about 45 minutes, so (according to the current timetable) the bus leaving Östra Station at 09.50 is the one you need. Make sure you get off at Ladvik! From there we will walk to Bogesund. Do remember to bring a packed lunch and a basket for your mushrooms. Wellingtons or walking boots are recommended footwear and it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or rainwear, too. Sign up for this event with Caroline Akerhielm (
). For more information ring me, Peter.Dulley (0707157471).
Morning Coffee at Sture Konditori (Sturegatan 40) on Wednesdays 7th, 14th 21st & 28th October
Afternoon Tea at City Konditori (Adolf Fredriks Kyrkogata 10) on Tuesday 27th October.
Dates for your diary:
18 November Flowers and Gardening with Erik Durrant at Opon
9 December: Carol Service at the English Church
16 December Christmas Party at Opon
Looking forward to seeing lots of you (and your friends) at our events this month! Peter Dulley and the BCA committee. (070 715 74 71)