Sketch of the alleged encounter published in Dagens Nyheter 1974.

It’s easy to believe that the most spectacular — and maybe convincing — UFO incidents belong to the United States and other more prominent countries in the field of high strangeness, and where UFO culture has been in the media’s eye since its origins. UFO culture first came to the public’s attention on a massive scale with Kenneth Arnold’s June 24 sighting over Mount Rainier, Washington State in 1947, and the controversial Roswell incident the same year. Later, the Rendlesham Forest Incident in 1980 and the 1994 Ariel School UFO landing in Ruwa, Zimbabwe caused headlines all over the world…


I remember it like it was yesterday. It was during the time when video stores slowly made room for DVDs instead of tapes and a lot of these x-rentals ended up in the hands of traveling salesmen in Sweden, who rented cheap spaces to sell them cheap.


I’m a person who hesitates a lot, believe it or not. It’s always been like that. Maybe it’s something that can be traced to my childhood, as a bullied chubby boy in a school packed with superior-minded, spoiled rich kids. It’s easy to feel inadequate in that kind of circumstance and the result is to hold back, be discreet and stay out of their way. This can reflect into one’s own being also and influence your whole existence. I feel I’ve left most of that behind me by now, at the tender age of 44. …


Photo by Grzegorz Fitał

Steninge, just outside Märsta — a suburb to Sweden’s capital Stockholm — has been inhabited for thousands of years. Just behind Steninge Castle you’ll find a magnificent runestone and if you venture further into the woods a huge grave field scattered around what’s left of a thousand year old fort. There’s more of course, this area of Sweden is packed with ancient structures, standing stones, grave mounts and other remains of a distant civilization. …


They’re needed, the odd strange birds that dares to fly higher than others — closer to the sun, but also closer to heaven. 2020 marked the year of the release of Johan Von Sydow’s documentary Tiny Tim: King for a Day, which tells the strange, somewhat dark and sad, but also hopeful tale of Herbert Khaury, known to the world as Tiny Tim. An ukulele playing, androgynous romantic — stuck in a world that loved him, but also considered him as a freak. He flew, and he crashed, but kept going always hoping to get his big comeback once again…


(Photo: Grzegorz Fitał)

Who am I to look back at 2020 and bring forth my successes (and maybe failures), just like I’m some ordinary Joe in Sweden with who lacks fame and fortune? Well, that’s what I thought when the idea for this text entered my mind. First of all, I am an ordinary Swedish Joe — but that does not stop me from feeling I’m someone special, at least to myself — and as an individualist I try to see myself as someone that is important for my own wellbeing. It’s the rational thing to do, even if it might seem a…


Even if I heard about them way earlier, through lots of UFO-literature I devoured at my local library as a kid, the Men in Black phenomena wasn’t something that entered my pop culture mind until Barry Sonnenfeld’s blockbuster Men in Black (1997). The concept there was from a hero’s viewpoint, and the elusive so-called MiB’s was portrayed as the saviours of the universe and all around good guys — even with a tendency to erase the memories of people from time to time. It’s a great film, I must admit it. …


Photo by Grzegorz Fitał

It’s so elusive, the feeling of happiness. Like a rare fish hurrying away into the depths of murky water, getting away before we get a chance to look at the details. Most of us striving to catch it, but it easily slips away no matter how hard we hold on to it. In a world like this it’s not easy to stay happy considering the turmoil around us, but there are a few things you can do to gain personal peace. As I see it, happiness comes through insights and it can sometimes be a long process to reach certain…


Being conscious is awareness, to be able to perform actions and think thoughts, process life and death and be a part of everything — and the latter is no matter what. We can’t stop ourselves from being there, being now, even if our thoughts most of the time unnecessary travels to the past and the future. It takes energy, but also triggers the imagination. To envision the future basically uses the same parts of the brain that tries to puzzle together the past, and that’s closely related to imagination. …


Ideas are traveling too fast nowadays, with no time to evolve and end up in the hands of the receivers through a proper distance. There was a time when we wasn’t so interconnected, when an idea could travel for weeks, months, years from one point to another, with the help of human carriers — stopping for a rest here and there, sharing that idea and letting it spread organically, until it continues to move to its destined location. Once upon a time, when the idea reached its end station, it was left there to evolve among new users, who then…

Fred Andersson

Author, thinker, television freelancer, mystery aficionado and cat lover.

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