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A pair of Swedish newlyweds enjoyed what must rate as the liveliest honeymoon on record, in the process landing themselves firmly at the bottom of the list of travelling companions of choice. Stefan and Erika Svanstrom of Stockholm departed their native land on 6 December, with their baby daughter in tow. The pair, both in …


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  1. Tim #3

    It must be a Northern thing

    They're even leaving more chaos behind than Gordon Brown could manage to.

  2. Paul_Murphy

    Does this count as a title?

    Well - it will be something to tell the kiddies.

    'In my day we had proper honeymoons. let me tell you - not like you youngsters with your day trips into the sun, or bandersnatch hunting, no OURS were a lot more exciting..'

    and so on.



  3. Anonymous Coward

    So now we know who was responsible...

    ... any chance they might have some lawsuits filed agains then in a Texan court?

  4. HP Cynic
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    At least their post-holiday slideshow and/or stories are guaranteed to be interesting.

    I'm also impressed the article signed off without them saying "After all that we NEED a Holiday".

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    honeymoon, bush fires, a? a?


  6. Anonymous Four
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    "A couple of Swedish newlyweds"

    The most accurate collective noun I've seen Lester produce!

  7. Lars Silver badge

    Fry this

    The most unhappy newlyweds in the world.

  8. Ian Stephenson

    The money making opportunities...

    The amount of money most tourist destinations would pay them to stay away should be pretty phenomenal....

  9. Pete 43

    What a survivor!

    Caught in a natural disaster team up with the Svanstroms

  10. TeeCee Gold badge

    "The pair returned to Stockholm on 29 March..."

    Bugger. I've got to go there soon.....

  11. Ol'Peculier

    Rob McKenna

    Douglas Adams was there first. They can now sell themselves off to countries that DON'T want them to visit...

    1. Marvin the Martian
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      ... was my immediate idea too.

      Had to look up Rob McKenna though; had forgotten the name of the truck driver / reincarnation of Thor.

      1. Crazy Operations Guy

        Not only a truck driver

        But he is also the State Attorney General for Washington State.

  12. disgruntled yank

    thanks for the warning

    The Department of Homeland Security will be on the watch for them...

  13. Stephen Hunt
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    Book deal...

    ...then film, please.

  14. Peter Clarke 1

    An advance apology

    from the BBC for the QI team calling them 'lucky'

  15. Captain DaFt

    Think of their daughter

    Will they ever be able to convince that kid to travel with them anywhere again?

  16. Anonymous Coward


    So they "battled their way to Cairns in Australia, which was swiftly battered by one of the worst cyclones in the Lucky Country's history" then "travelled to Brisbane, where they were met with extensive flooding, forcing a cross-country retreat to Perth" where they "narrowly escaped" raging bush fires"

    Not that I'm doubting the Swedes but no-one "battles their way" by plane to anywhere these days. Cairns was hardly touched by Cyclone Yasi, the floods in Brisbane happened weeks before the cyclone and the Perth bush fires were, by definition, in the bush and not in Perth.

    Call me cynical but my bullshit detector is flashing red right now.

    1. RichyS

      Re. Hmmmm...

      "Not that I'm doubting the Swedes but no-one "battles their way" by plane to anywhere these days."

      You've not been to Heathrow recently, have you?

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: You've not been to Heathrow recently, have you?

        Thankfully not :)

    2. James Le Cuirot

      I call bullshine...

      So is mine, simply because it sounds so much like someone made it up.

    3. c0rruptd

      Bush and City aren't that different round these here parts...

      Depends what you define as Perth and as bush. The fires in Roleystone were in bushland suburb (houses built on larger-than-usual blocks with lots of bush left intact, in keeping with the areas rustic asthetic...) which bordered on a huge area of housing that stretches all the way back to Perth. The fires in a lot of cases were stopped inside of these non-bush suburbs lower down the hill, and over 100 houses were damaged or destroyed. It was bloody lucky they didn't get any worse than they did...

      Admittedly, Perth is known for its horrible urban sprawl, but that area is definately considered a part of Perth. I don't know if they went anywhere near that area of Perth, but technically speaking, they are right to say they were in the same city as the bushfires.

      Talking as a Bush Fire Fighter that was present at the aforementioned Roleystone fires. =)

  17. Banther dodo

    Sounds like

    He should just do the decent thing, before something else happens. Either that or visit Swindon.

  18. Steve X

    Bet they're grateful

    that they didn't run into Kate Adie as well...

    1. Simon Coyne

      Not as grateful

      As Kate Adie is that she managed to avoid them.

      Glad they don't live near me

  19. Mike VandeVelde

    no kidding

    "Swedish newlyweds... departed their native land on 6 December, with their baby daughter in tow... returned to Stockholm on 29 March"

    4 month honeymoon? I know you get a lot of holidays over there, but is that anything like normal??

  20. tobyr

    @mahatma coat

    @ it's in the way you tell 'em

  21. JDX Gold badge

    Stephen Fry

    Will he get in trouble for mentioning this too?

  22. Anomalous Cowherd Silver badge

    His name might be Svenstrom...

    But they call him "Mr Glass"...

  23. Anonymous John

    It needs a name,

    but "Stockholm Syndrome" has already been allocated.

  24. Mike007 Bronze badge

    really? or slow to report an april fools joke?

    "The pair returned to Stockholm on 29 March after a visit to China where they rather surprisingly failed to provoke a single natural disaster."

    Then they wrote all about their holiday and posted it online on April 1st, by any chance?

  25. Stephen 10

    Statistically speaking

    With 7,000,000,000+ people on the planet it's more unlikely that this wouldn't happen to someone.

    Just saying.

  26. bugalugs

    hey !

    these guys may have battled over Egypt/Libya too ! did they overfly Ivory Coast ? how do we explain the Victorian floods in their complete absence ( other than by their close proximity ! ) ? svanstrom means swan icon. did Erika secretly not like her new surname ? do swans really dig climactic extremity ? has some kind of cygnomorphism gone on here ? are swans indeed responsible_for_everything ?

    ntl, long life and happiness to them after all that.

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