My City_My Life: Björn Ulvaeus in Stockholm

Björn Ulvaeus - My City_My Life

In September on ‘My City_My Life’ ABBA pop legend Björn Ulvaeus (pictured) takes viewers on a journey around Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, including the city’s picturesque Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and the Ostermalmshallen Food Hall to the Vasa, Scandinavia’s most visited museum. As cameras explore the city, Bjorn talks about its vibrant atmosphere and shows viewers the studio where the first ABBA songs were recorded. Along the way, ‘My City_My Life’ discovers the city’s quaint neighbourhoods, its cultural splendour and joins Bjorn on a helicopter ride to the island of Söderarm. As the ABBA star puts it, ‘there’s no Stockholm without its archipelago’.

Show times:
Thursday September 3: 1030
Friday September 4: 0500
Saturday September 5: 1030, 1900
Sunday September 6: 0030, 1630

All times GMT.

Check local guides for local times. The programme can be viewed on line from September 3 @ Click here to view a teaser clip.

Source: CNN

Top 25 of ABBA

Ireland-based German-language webradio station Radio New Horizon is planning to play the Top 25 of ABBA, based on votes from fans, to be webcast on Saturday 12 September from 8 p.m. BST (1900 GMT/UTC) – the night before the ABBA tribute concert Thank You For The Music in Hyde Park in London. 

Sven from Radio New Horizon writes:

We’ll have an ABBA special show on Saturday 12.09.2009. Start of the show is 8 in the evening.

This will be not a simple ABBA special were we play the hits and other songs from the great 4. we have another plan. 

We’ll searching for the Top 25 of ABBA. But not only the songs from the group, also the solo songs from Agnetha & Frida, or Musical songs, other songs for other artists produced by B & B and also cover versions. So every song what belongs to ABBA can be voted into this Top 25. 

Everbody should send an e-mail with his/her 10 favourite songs to my e-mail:  and we will work on that list to get the Top 25 together. As more people send there songs as better. This Top 25 could be very interesting. Do have other songs next to the ABBA songs a chance to come into this special charts? 

So we will create the ultimate ABBA Top 25 voted by listeners and fans. if we know that there will be fans from other countries we will do the show in 2 languages German and English.

Please have a look on our webpage from the station:

Comments can also be posted on the forum. Voting closes 11 September 2009.

Kristina in New York

KristinaOne month from today the Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaues masterpiece musical Kristina från Duvamåla makes its English-language debut in New York.

Kristina – A Concert Event will be held on the evenings of September 23 and 24 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. The English version has been a long time coming. There has been talk that the translation was completed and presented to potential backers as long ago as the Broadway premiere of Mamma Mia! in 2001.

A workshop was held in New York a few years ago, and the musical was then presented to potential financial backers, whose declined to finance the show citing that “sad doesn’t sell’. Hopefully this concert version will introduce Kristina to the world and see an eventual full English production.

The concert stars Helen Sjöholm reprising her role as Kristina, British singer Russell Watson as Karl Oskar, Canadian Louise Pitre (who originated Donna in Mamma Mia! in North America) as Ulrika, Broadway star Kevin Oderkirk as Robert, and a supporting cast of musical theatre veterans.

Presumably composers Andersson and Ulvaeus will be attending.

ABBA fans, and no doubt fans of the musical and the stars, will be making their way to New York in the hundreds. I’m excited that I too will be there for this auspicous event, along with many friends from around the world, including at least eight making the trek all the way from Australia.

For more information, full cast list and links to buy tickets go to Kristina – A Concert Event at Carnegie Hall.

For all the news on Benny and Björn’s projects see icethesite.

Goodbye GeoGities

Early this year Yahoo! announced that it would be shutting down its free GeoCities webhosting service later this year. GeoCities will close on October 26 2009.

GeoCities was one the first, if not the first,  free webhost. Anyone could create their own website and not have to pay an ISP to put it on the internet. At its height GeoCities was probably the most popular hosting site, though it has been in decline in recent years as parent Yahoo! preferred to push paid services.

Many ABBA fans created websites using the service – my own ABBA Phenomenon in Australia was hosted on GeoCities for many years, and I still have two other websites there, one with photos from a 1999 trip to Europe and one on artist Yoko Ono’s visit to Sydney in 2000.

Those websites still on GeoCities will disappear on October 26th, which would be a shame. If you have a GeoCities account now is the time to move your site to a new webhost.

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