Jävla skit! A big truck called Goliath

Watch Gustav and his big truck Goliat. Together, they transport 500 tonnes of copper ore every day from the Aitik Mine in northern Sweden, just north of the arctic circle.

Jävla skit! Det är en stor lastbil!

I know what you’re thinking. If you’re in the arctic circle, and you’re going to name your truck after a famous Giant, why “Goliath”, when you can pick a perfectly good frost giant? Well, as it so happens, in Sweden the names of the old giants and gods have become closely associated with bands which appear on the trendy Swedish dance music circuit. For example, here’s the Swedish band “Thor”, Eurovision second-runner-up in 2009, and the number one dance band in Sweden in 2010, following their smash-hit single “Erics hår är i brand” (“Eric’s Got a New Girl”):

Thor - Number one dance single in Sweden in 2010
Thor – Number one dance single in Sweden in 2010

Ah! Such continental flair!! It reminds me of the Flamenco dancers I once saw in Stockholm…

[In Britain] you have got an excess of alcohol, rather crude and joyless, essentially private, unskilful and unharmonious forms of dancing. By contrast, here at the conference we had Flamenco dancers performing last night after dinner, and I was thinking to myself: this is sexy beyond anything we can now imagine. Why is it genuinely erotic? Because it is also metaphysical, because it is not just sexy, it is connecting us to the cosmos, both in its anguish and its ecstasy. This is real religiosity…Secular culture is banal.

– John Milbank in L. Felipe Pondé, ‘An Interview with John Milbank and Conor Cunningham’, in C. Cunningham and P.M. Candler (eds.), Belief and Metaphysics (London: SCM, 2007), pp. 501-527 (510).

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