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John Hinton

John Hinton

is @sweden 2015-07-06 to 2015-07-13

Hello! My name is John, and I'm a half-Swedish half-British theatre practitioner and science communicator currently living in Brighton, UK. When I'm not @sweden, I'm @johnny_acecraft.

I lived the first seven years of my life in Stockholm, and most of the subsequent thirty in the UK, although I try to visit Sweden at least once a year. Making use of my Swedish language is very important to me – it is perhaps ironic, then, that my time curating @sweden is the one time I'm not allowed to!

I trained in physical theatre in Paris, and now write, perform and direct theatre for many different companies. Most regularly I tour with @tangramtheatre, for whom I've created the 'Scientrilogy' of musical comedies in which I play Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and, more recently, Marie Curie.

Feels like decades since I last tried writing a list of my hobbies, but here goes: I enjoy walking in the countryside and camping in the van; playing backgammon and rag rug roll (a home invention); reading about science and theatre; juggling; making music; collecting mp3s; hanging out with my soon-to-be-wife Jo; and generally remaining quizzical and creative.

My week curating the @sweden account will most likely consist mainly of pontifications on what Swedishness means to me, random facts or fictions about the Swedish language, geography, history and people, and probably a fair smattering of tangential meanderings. I do hope that's your bag.

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Latest tweets

Latest tweets from this week's Curator of Sweden – John Hinton

@sweden July 7, 2015, 11:34 p.m.

Translated: a nice natter over coffee and a bun, fitting the bill to a tee, sandwich cake (bread & butter pudding?), speed #faveswedishwords

@sweden July 7, 2015, 11:34 p.m.

Okay probably final mention of this then we'll put it to bed. Your #faveswedishwords with multiple mentions: fika, lagom, smörgåstårta, fart

@sweden July 7, 2015, 11:02 p.m.

@jessinil You're not alone! And of course you know the word for removing the Earth Blokes' green bits? That's another weird one.

@sweden July 7, 2015, 10:43 p.m.

RT @City_Gardener: #faveswedishwords "Lycka" is both happiness and a meadow deep in the wood

@sweden July 7, 2015, 10:09 p.m.

(for newcomers to the discussion, 'skrattgrop' was my number 1, and means dimple, and I've got big ones right now) #faveswedishwords

@sweden July 7, 2015, 10:04 p.m.

Congratulations everyone! You've just helped me make my first trending topic! #faveswedishwords is trending in Sweden! #SKRATTGROP!!!

@sweden July 7, 2015, 9:30 p.m.

RT @Winterbay_: @sweden My favourite compound word in Swedish is flaggstångsknoppstoppspolerare (polisher of the tip of the tip of the flag…

@sweden July 7, 2015, 9:19 p.m.

Lots of you (@bananders @Bryts @PehrDufberg @MarieBilde) pointing out that PÅTÅR comes from ‘tår’ meaning ‘tear’. I'm crying into my glass.

@sweden July 7, 2015, 8:06 p.m.

#leastfaveswedishwords 1: BRÖSTVÅRTA = nipple, an example of the Swedish proclivity for compound word construction taken to graphic extremes

@sweden July 7, 2015, 8:03 p.m.

#leastfaveswedishwords 2: FY, a word your parent used to suggest the misdemeanour you’d just committed is actually evil (='fie', basically)

@sweden July 7, 2015, 8:01 p.m.

#leastfaveswedishwords 3: JU, a word inserted at random into sentences to give the speaker an air of superiority without adding to the sense

@sweden July 7, 2015, 7:59 p.m.

#leastfaveswedishwords 4: BRÅTTOM = what you have when you’re in a hurry. Sounds too much like “bottom” for my liking.

@sweden July 7, 2015, 7:58 p.m.

#leastfaveswedishwords 5: PÅTÅR = a refill for your drink in a bar or restaurant. What’s it got to do with toes, exactly?

@sweden July 7, 2015, 7:56 p.m.

All right, feel free to carry on with your #faveswedishwords for as long as you like. For now I’m switching to my 5 #leastfaveswedishwords..

@sweden July 7, 2015, 7:17 p.m.

(to translate: wild strawberry, eraser, nurse, shield, sandwich, end station, and a joy felt when people suffer) #faveswedishwords

@sweden July 7, 2015, 7:16 p.m.

Loooads of #faveswedishwords starting "s" are being suggested: smultron, suddgummi, sjuksköterska, sköld, smörgås, slutstation, skadeglädje…

@sweden July 7, 2015, 6:36 p.m.

(to translate: slippers, message in a bottle, problem child, in need of a wee, bloke, cockroach) #faveswedishwords

@sweden July 7, 2015, 6:35 p.m.

Some #faveswedishwords you’ve so far suggested: tofflor, flaskpost, problembarn, kissnödig, gubbe, kackerlacka… If u got ‘em, tag ‘em!

@sweden July 7, 2015, 6:29 p.m.

2nd SKRATTGROP, 3rd KNULLRUFFSFRISYR, 4th MYSA, 5th INGENTING. & OMEDELBART was last. Ta for unwittingly playing my #faveswedishwords game!

@sweden July 7, 2015, 6:21 p.m.

And here are the results. According to a Favourites+Retweets tally, your favourite out of my top 10 #faveswedishwords was “Ö”. Simple tastes