Swedish media innovator Annie Wegelius who died of breast cancer at 58 in 2017 inspired me with the passion for Tour de France

  • Back in the mid ninety’s a Swedish company Investor AB announced it was considering investing a billion dollars in media.  As I had a friend Gus Fisher who was at the time on the board of News Corporation and they were seeking investment I decided to go get the billion from the Swedish company and in the process would end up meeting the very electric lady Annie Wegelius in Stockholm. I was speaking to her six months before her death and during Tour de France I think of her often.

When I first met Annie she was the owner of Wegelius Television, one of Scandinavia’s largest independent production companies.  She had great ideas for reality television, and drama.  She would later sell 91% to Swedish film industry giant Svensk Film-industri who wanted to widen their scope in television.  Now what did Annie do after this? She took a sleeping bag and a tent to follow the Tour de France.  I would call Annie often during her adventures and she would tell me about how exciting it was, and if you wanted reality Tour de France was up close and personal.  I would get calls with all the action updates and I thought how cool is this lady, she sells a stake in her company for $10 million and takes off with a tent. Naturally this made me fall in love with all the Swedish women of adventure and the updates from Annie made me want to do exactly what she was doing.   Now each year I follow the tour creating social media content using all the tools we have now such as drones and Go Pros and live streams and thinking, Annie would have loved this.

As you can read from the message above which was in March of 2017 , Annie was alone in Mexico City, and I have Mexico City pretty wired and unable to be with her in what was her last attempt to save her life I connected her with all the people I had met and become friends with in Mexico City.  Sadly Annie lost the battle. Yet each year after her death I think of her during the tour her camping on side of roads, or outside town or in the Alps. Whenever I see a rider taking those steep climbs I think of Annie and that dreadful killer cancer.

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Sarah Fisher Canadian Actress Singer Drops New Music For The Playlist Of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

Drake who recently dropped two songs celebrating the 2019 NBA Champions  The Toronto Raptors started on a television show Degrassi.   Sarah Fisher like Drake also from Toronto got her first acting gig on Degrassi: The New Generation and  in collaboration with producer Shel Talmy and Danny Byrne just dropped these songs for all the women of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 playlist and those girls aspiring to be playing in  future women’s world cups.  As Sarah said ” I love the hashtag. ‘Dare to Shine’ “.

Sarah Fisher was traveling to Los Angeles and I suggested she connect with my friend Shel Talmy who had produced the first two albums for a guy called David Jones who launched his third album under the name David Bowie.  Shel went on to produce The Kinks, and The Who.  Shel would bring in his friend Danny Byrne and together with Sarah they came up this music dropped today for FIFA World Cup France 2019 hours before Canada plays The Netherlands and later USA whose B Team you have to fear will play Sweden.   The collaboration of Sarah, Shel and Danny ends with music because they are supporting opposing teams Shel and Barry for Team USA while Sarah is for Team Canada.

You Don’t Own Me – Sarah Fisher – Produced By: Shel Talmy and Danny Byrne

If These Walls Could Talk – Sarah Fisher – Produced By: Shel Talmy and Danny Byrne

A third bonus track Bleeding by Sarah Fisher from Shel Talmy’s SoundCloud 

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Hope Solo Calls Sweden ‘Cowards’ In USA Loss At The Olympics – Rio 2016

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Well someone is not taking the loss well.  My take on this game was both side’s gave it all.  Hope Solo has been around long enough to know no one is gonna play your game.  The Swedes did what I’ve seen Germany, Iceland, do in the Euro Cup, come with a strategy and not deviating from it.  Hey leaving it to penalty kicks is a coin toss anyway, and I’ve seen it happen and everyone that follows football has seen it happen.

Solo might think Sweden is not gonna make it far in the tournament, but excuse me ‘hello’ did Sweden not just take out the reigning Olympic champions.


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