The Swedes. They know how to do stuff. If you have an airport and it's cold enough, make an ice sign. People will notice, take pictures, and feel better about themselves.
I'm here on a Discovery shoot. We're filming behind the scenes for Industrial Junkie - a new show ready to launch sometime this year. It's a programme recorded at breakneck speed by some nice people working with North One television and hosted by the exceptionally dry humoured Jonny Smith. Nice guy. Likes cars. Likes cars a lot.
You're right, it is a small crew, but their turnaround is quick, so it pays to be a small unit. That helps us as well. We're only two (I'm working with director/cameraman/international Derbyshire playboy Carney Turner), which means we can bounce around without hassling them too much. Day one went well. Loads of good chat for us from Jonny, and some great camera stuff from Carney. Should be some magic short form for the Disco boys.
It's all taking place just outside of Pitea, a small town tantalisingly close to the arctic circle. It's a slightly creepy place. Not many people around. Big factories flank the city belching their white smoke into the clear northern air. The light here can be pretty special. Even the view from the hotel corridor is worth a pause.
The Thai restaurant isn't bad. You shouldn't have problem finding a table. Be careful of any film crews in the corner though. Unless you need to know how filthy Vegas is. Or about Jonny Chrysalis. Or how easy it is to shit out of a moving helicopter. Which - face it - is probably worth knowing.
Courtesy of hammersmith and fulham news who ran a competition to win this old tube sign from the Hammersmith and City line station. It's now called Shepherd's Bush Market, so the old signs were sent to the transport museum. Except this one. The only down side is appearing behind it in gameshow pose for the local press. ('smile dan. you look like someone's stolen your dog')
I've spent a good few years in the Bush. Had some wicked times. Met the wife. So to preserve it in sign form seems a fitting way to end my time here.