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Oh yes, but of course it is not called swedish fish here. It is either Pastellfiskar or Salta fiskar (which taste salmiak). And the salmiak one is far more common and popular then the sweet ones. Though apparently there are taste differences. Wikipedia to the rescue

In Sweden the candy is marketed under the name Pastellfiskar, literally "pastel fishes" (in the meaning "pale in color"). Indeed, the fishes in Sweden are much paler in color with the yellow being nearly translucent and cream colored. The exception is the black fish which lacks any translucency. The taste also differs slightly with the Swedish version being somewhat less sweet but more fruit-flavored, especially the yellow one which is more tangy. The green fish, on the other hand, is not lime flavored (the green candy color in Scandinavia is in general associated with apple or pear flavor rather than lime). In texture, they are slightly thicker, have the text "Malaco" instead of "Swedish" embossed, and stick less to the teeth.[original research?]

Mmmm, salmiak. Sweet taste of ammonium chloride.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 02:59:11 PM EST
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salmiak?

It that like licorice?  There used to be a German grocer by me, and they had a whole aisle of strange European licorice candy.  There were these salty, kitty-cat shaped ones...  strange stuff.  

Swedish fish in the States are red and this intensely sweet flavor.  They are addictive.  Something about the texture and the flavor made me reel when I was a kid.  On rare occasions my mother would let me pick out some candy if we were out shopping, and I always got Swedish fish.  Now you can buy them anywhere, but back then, the only place I saw them was at the shopping mall where they had candy in bulk, scooped it out and weighed it for you, like in the olden days.  I think that's what made it a special treat.  

It looks like their slogan is "A Friend You Can EatTM" LOL!

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 03:11:35 PM EST
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Fish ? Ah, an unconscious acknowledgment that David Lodge's Small World is the more apt comparison with ET :-) - as ceebs puts it: "I refer the author to my previous ... comment".


Last Friday, Stanley Fish wrote an essay in the New York Times attacking the "Civic Responsibility of Higher Education" and everything that document stands for. Fish is a brilliant Milton critic, controversialist, and builder of academic empires. It's said that he's proud to be the model for Morris Zapp, the cigar-chomping, aphorism-dispensing, fast-car-driving, bed-hopping hero/villain of two David Lodge novels, whose ambitions include being the best paid English professor in the world and saying everything that can possibly be said about Jane Austen, so that everyone else will have to shut up about her. The "Civic Responsibility of Higher Education," meanwhile, is a sober and idealistic statement of the university's role in democracy, written by some distinguished members of my organization's Advisory Board and signed by 528 college presidents.

[Lodge picked the right guy to satirize, he comes out with such pompous crap as this:]

    You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt. I am satisfied that a scholar who tries to combine those parts sells his birthright for a mess of pottage; that, when the final count is made, it will be found that the impairment of his powers far outweighs any possible contribution to the causes he has espoused. If he is fit to serve in his calling at all, it is only because he has learned not to serve in any other, for his singleness of mind quickly evaporates in the fires of passions, however holy. ("The Spirit of Liberty," p. 138)

http://www.peterlevine.ws/mt/archives/2004/05/stanley-fish-vs.html  (well worth reading)



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by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 03:59:26 PM EST
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Uhm maybe you should just write your own Odds & Ends: ET as David Lodge Novel Edition.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 04:01:17 PM EST
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Please.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 04:01:31 PM EST
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Temper, temper :-)

No, to do my own diary on Lodge would ruin the further allusion to Lodge's formal devices by my intertextual interventions here - in my attempt to make THIS even more of a "mosaic of intertexts" (see below) - by playing a Fish/Zapp-like critical commentator role  :-) Here I make further intertextual play with a text on Lodge and intertextuality (as someone interested in literature I think you'll love this  :-) ):

The original title of this paper, proposed to the Advisory Committee of this Conference, was "David Lodge's Small World: Literary Evocations and Intertextuality," ... However, during the course of my readings and re-readings of Lodge's text for this paper, Julia Kristeva's following statement on intertextuality was always in my mind:


Any text is constructed as a mosaic of quotations; any text is the absorption and transformation of another (37).

... So, both to give the title of the paper an intertextual feel by alluding to Kristeva's notion of a text as "a mosaic" and to emphasize Lodge's deliberate but exceedingly playful and sophisticated practice of intertextuality in Small World (hereafter cited as SW) I have re-entitled the paper as
"David Lodge's Small World: A Mosaic of Intertexts.

Anyway - I'm playing here as displacement activity to avoid working on two other diaries :-) And I think, to refer to ceebs (again) referring to Tarantino (himself a major exponent of intertextuality), that if you have character, why identify with a fictional character?  


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by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 04:35:09 PM EST
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Salty licorice is salty from the salmiak. It is licorice the way it was meant to be eaten. Sadly appreciated only in a small corner of the world. Though you can ususally get them at IKEA when travelling.

poemless:

There were these salty, kitty-cat shaped ones...  strange stuff.  

Like these?

The sweet fish would be these:

But as you can see in Sweden they are stamped with the company name, as swedish fish makes little sense in Sweden. And the salty one is superior to the sweet ones.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 06:56:29 PM EST
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