Отметила простой прогулкой по улице с подругой. 14 февраля день выдался чедесный и на улице было на редкость свежо!!! А следующую часть дня- дома за компьютером..все одиночки так отмечают.=))
Nowadays, Sweden doesn’t have much power. Many foreigners don’t even acknowledge our existence. We’re known for ABBA, IKEA and the Nobel Prize that's being held here. But that’s it.
However, it hasn’t always been that way. Long ago, Sweden used to be a great power. Both Finland, Norway, and lots of other land belonged to us – the Baltic was practically an inner sea. (And now, I’m not talking about the Viking era, which ended some time in the 1200’s.)
So, what happened? What made us lose so much power? Let me give you a (funny) history lesson on the Thirty Years’ War, which took place in the beginning of the 17th century. (Well, to be honest, it’s not me telling you this. It’s Fredrik Lindström and Hasse Pihl. I’m just translating.)
This is a war that was, practically, carried out like a normal ice hockey tournament.
Sweden qualified for the tournament pretty late, when it’d already gone on for several years. The King, Gustav II Adolf, had awaited since the star Lennart Torstensson had had an injury. They’d been to a training camp (14 years) in the Baltic (so called Baltica Cup), and among else loaded up by burning several Latvian cities. Now Torstensson created a new first chain together with Jan “the Cheese” Banér and Carl Gustaf “Riding-boot” Wrangel.
The Germans are by now tipped as the favourites in Europe. The Russians haven’t yet come through as the big ice hockey nation they’ll one day be, and play a small role in the war. Amongst else, Mecklenburg beat the crap out of the Russians with 14-0, and Russia has to give back parts of Wiesbaden.
Of course there’s no artificially frozen rinks, most games are being played on the winter frozen Baltic Sea.
Sweden makes a good entrance in the tournament during a game against Prussia. The opponents get a penalty early when they do a complete failure of an exchange and are caught having to many men on the field (12,000). The Swedes show fantastic team moral and beats Sachsen-Lauenburg with 4-3 (after overtime) in a very well-played game, especially considering the whole second formation are badly ill with scurvy.
Gustav II Adolf’s troupes then meet the Czechs in Böhmen in a very crucial game for a place in the finale. The Swedes open dramatically by executing half a cavalry and take their first chain as prisoners of war. Still, the Czechs are in the lead with 6-0 at the end of the first period. Jan Banér writes home: “Our passing game is close to non-existent, and the forward won’t follow back.”
En explanation might be that Sweden has had both its first- and second goalkeeper amputated the same day and now a feverish and macho trained Bengt Oxenstierna (cousin of Axel) has been thrown in, and he “leaks like a sieve” according to the king and makes two own goals. He blames an educational journey through Europe, and then gets the nickname “Voyaging-Bengt”. During the first intermission they take the time to pillage Prague, some tactics that make the Czechs lose focus and fall back. Gustav Horn (counsellor and storekeeper) writes in his memorandums: “They simply stopped skating.”
The Swedes now change tactics, playing offensive, fore checking intensively and have also agreed to shoot a lot more since the Czechs’ goalkeeper seems unsure. The Swedish artillery is well developed. The shooting against the Czechs’ goalkeeper gives results (he manages to take the first twelve-pounds bullet in his glove but the gets his legs blown off and agrees to exchange only during strong pressure). The Czechs exchange their goalkeeper 36 times, but the Swedes still win a great victory.
Sweden now meets Germany, which in the other semi final obliterated Prussia so hard that they’ve stopped existing as a nation (the Prussian opened strongly and were leading with 2-0 after the first period, but then cholera broke out in the box). The game against Germany is being played despite thick fog. The Germans open promising, but are disturbed for a while during the second period when more than 100 backs fall through a hole in the ice. They have to re-organize the chains, for example the leader Wallenstein goes down to a right-back position in power play. Hartsmandorf is also hanged after intentionally passing with his hand. When a dragoon regiment are sent to the penalty box for fire-taxing* Nürnberg, the Germans now go down to play with 200 chains. It’s a shot in the dark, but it works.
Gustav II Adolf himself joins in a central position in the first chain since Jan Banér had to stop because of an injury (a complicated combination of gangrene, Charley horse and a puck in the mouth).
After a draw, 3-3, at full time the Germans go for a rock-hard offensive in sudden death and shoot Gustav II Adolf from a close distance. Wrangel voices a formal protest to the secretariat, upholds that the shot was offside, plus that the Germans had two Saxon messengers too close to the goal. But nothing will help, the Germans are victorious and Sweden loses Griefswald and half of Pomerania (the right half).
After the loss in Lützen, the Swedes withdraw from international playing for a while (devoting themselves to years of famine). The tournament continues until 1648, but more in typical cup form. Several countries have national teams but now no actual nations, for example Prussia, Schleswig-Holstein, Böhmen-Mähren, Ingolstadt, Lolland, Krim, the Kola peninsula, Kamtjatka and Irkutsk.
I guess you all get it now? ;)
* This might go to my English-words-I’ve-invented-all-on-my-own list. Couldn’t find it in any of my (Internet-) dictionaries, so I did what I could.