Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fisherman find adult toy in cod's stomach

Photo: Anders Hagen
The fisherman was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator.

His theory is that the cod, which weighed upwards of five kilograms, mistook the vibrator for a tasty cephalopod. Fish eat all kinds of different things, and the dildo looks like what the fish eat.

We have a kind of multi-coloured octopus in Norway, maybe the cod thought this was one of these and ate it." The machine, which still had a small motor at one end, maybee have been tossed off a boat, perhaps by "a frustrated woman on a cruise" in the Barents Sea.
The chances of winning the lottery are probably greater.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Norway road among world's most lethal

A popular Norwegian tourist route has been ranked one of Europe's five most dangerous roads in a new interactive map of deadly highways across the world.

The Trollstigen, or Trolls’ Path, which winds past the Stigfossen Waterfall, around eleven hairpin bends, and offers breathtaking views of the mountainous terrain in Rauma, western Norway, was given a 'fear factor' of five out of ten by the UK company, Driving Experiences.

This made it more scary than Scotland's old A47, which is notorious for its head-on collisions, but put it behind Greece's hair-raising Pedikaki Road, Ukraine's Bakhchysarai Highway, and Italy's terrifying Pasubio Road, which leads Europe with a fear factor of seven out of ten.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Unusual winter

The weather in Norway this winter has been most unusual, with record rainfall, record drought and record temperatures, depending on where the reports come from.
I haven't seen the sun since  last year, or maybee a few hours.

The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is usually Norway's coldest place, but this winter the average temperature for the three winter months has been 12 degrees above the normal, with an average of -4.6 degrees Celcius.

In Norway's west coast city of Bergen, it has been the mildest winter in 153 years!- with an average temperature of 4.9 degrees, 3.2 degrees above the normal.

The Met Office in Oslo has registered 604.5 mm of precipitation in the winter months, 269.9 per cent of the normal.

In many places in Northern Norway, meanwhile, people have never experienced a drier winter.

And yes, more people than usual have had to head for the mountains in order to use their beloved skis!

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to snag a Norwegian, Part 2

Speak English. If you speak Norwegian, it will get you brownie points. But for God's sake don't try and
use it on a date (unless you're really, really good, and if you are you've probably been shacked up with a Norwegian for years anyway). Speak English and things will go a lot more smoothly.

If you want to impress a Norwegian, do not, we repeat, DO NOT BRAG about your salary. In fact, if you can help it, don't ever brag. Norwegians are programmed to reject it according to the famous Janteloven and they are anyway more impressed by success outside of work. If you're a qualified ski instructor or mountain guide, it's worth a mention. But drop it in casually.

What impresses Norwegians the most is Norway, it's as simple as that. If you make as many compliments as possible, you're on a home run. You must LOVE NORWAY and all things Norwegian. Don't criticize the country, or make fun of the people. And never, ever make fun of the language -- either form of it. That means, if you're Swedish, you shouldn't tell them any of your hysterical 'Norge historier' jokes. They won't laugh and, anyway, all their jokes are about you.

Touch. 'Norwegians might not be known for being touchy-feely, but the country's self-proclaimed 'top pick-up artist' Espen Korsvik writes writes that that shouldn't put you off. "!!!Touch people. Touch because you will get much more closer to people," he suggests. "And they will fell more relaxed around you. And it will be a sexual tension.!!!!" We advise you to proceed at your own risk.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

How to snag a Norwegian, Part 1

The Look of Love. Norwegian men are shy, so the closest they often come to seduction is staring at women across a crowded bar. Have a good and intense eye contact. Eye contact is very attractive when you are holding it, and don't flinch. Some foreign women may feel surrounded by creepy stalkers. But in Norway, this is Romance. So smile back.

Women make the first move. To foreigners, Norwegian women often seem forward, and men quite timid (although they're probably just a bit more equal than elsewhere). Either way, Norwegian women might walk up to a man and say “I like you, call me”. If you're a woman, this is your competition. So get with it. And if you're a man, be prepared.

Norwegians love the great outdoors, or FRILUFTSLIV, and so must you. If you happen to be an excellent skier, hiker or climber, great. But if not, make sure to refer in passing to the odd hike or cabin tour, and post photos of yourself on Facebook doing things like canoeing in the Lofoten Islands.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Firefighters face ‘a new reality’

As firefighters struggled to gain control over the second major brushfire this week, experts were warning that Norway faces a new seasonal reality regarding fire danger. Emergency crews simply didn’t expect they’d need to fight such fires in the middle of winter, but a changing climate with unpredictable weather is now sparking calls for new levels of preparedness.

Just a month ago, no one would have said there was a threat of brushfires in Norway at this time of year.
Instead firefighters found themselves facing several potential fire tragedy of the week.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Norway's curling team with crazy trousers

Norway's Olympic curling team missed gold at the Vancouver Olympics, but their crazy curling trousers were a sensation. Now they're back - the trousers that is - and they're wilder than ever.

The team, which is in the US this week for a pre-games event in Las Vegas, was featured wearing an outfit from their vibrant new wardrobe in the New York Times on Tuesday. 
The trousers, which use the colours of the Norwegian flag for an a eye-watering zig-zag pattern, were designed by Loudmouth, the same US company who made their striking trousers for Vancouver games, and which also  sponsors the team.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Here comes the snow again as Siberian chill sweeps in

The country shivered again yesterday as temperatures plunged to -12C (10F) and wintry showers fell.
Forecasters warned bitter gales from northern Europe will sweep across Norway causing heavy snowfall today.
Some said the Siberian weather could last into March bringing widespread harsh frosts and icy roads.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Norway venue bans Canada Goose jackets

An alternative venue in Norway has instituted a ban on anyone wearing jackets by the upmarket Canada Goose brand, ostensibly to prevent cruelty to ducks and coyotes, whose feathers and furs are used in the manufacture.

A Pub and Scene announced its new 'anti-dress code' on Friday night with a press release posted onto its website and put up on posters around the city.

The press release claimed that the geese, whose feathers fill the jackets, are force-fed to swell their livers for foie gras, while the coyotes, whose fur is used to trim the jackets' hoods, are caught with cruel leg-hold traps.

However, the press release also said the ban was a protest against door policies at swankier night clubs, targeting the expensive jackets worn by many in Norway as a badge of wealth and status.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Warm, wet winter set to continue

Norway has experienced its  warmest December since 1900, with torrential rainfall second only to December 1975. The deluge has pushed power prices to a seven-year low, and meteorologists predict the mild conditions will continue. 

Large areas of the inner eastern region were between six and ten degrees Celsius warmer than average, and parts of Norway saw rainfall between 300 and 400 percent higher.

Cheap electricity
The rain has brought some positives. Electricity in Norway is almost completely generated by hydroelectric plants. Reservoirs are overflowing after the record rainfall, driving down power prices down to the lowest level since 2007.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

On this New Year I wish all my visitors a wonderful January, a lovely February, a Peaceful March, a stress-free April, a fun-filled May, and Joy that lasts from June to November, and finally a happy December. May my wishes come true and may you have a charming and lucky New Year 2014.
  Happy New Year to all my visitors/friends.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rainy Day

Activity for a rainy day.  Indoor hunt.
Devise an indoor treasure hunt. You can be as elaborate as you like either hiding rhyming clues around the house leading to one another and the eventual prize or a simple treasure hunt idea is to mark wooden pegs with different coloured dots and peg around the house.  Each coloured dot equals a different number of points and the child with the most points wins a prize (or everyone who gets over a certain number wins a prize).

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! It's time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season and spread happiness among everyone you know.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Long dark winter

 Sunset at around 3 pm in Desember, sunrise at around 09.30 am
I must admit I hate the long dark nights of late autumn and winter. The shorter days go so fast and then the darkness begins.

I really look forward to the winter solstice in December when the light begins returning and we know we have past the shortest day and longest night.

There is the illness known as SAD that stands for “Seasonal Affective Disorder” which is caused by lack of sunlight and causes depression. I am sure I suffer from it.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Healthy tips for surviving Norwegian winter

1. Get a regular exercise kick
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which not only reduce your perception of pain but make you feel incredibly happy. Exercise has also been proven to reduce stress, improve sleep and has a calming effect on the body. Supercharge your exercise by taking advantage of any sunlight hours and exercise outdoors to soak up winter light, adding an instant lift to any heavy mood.

2. Set yourself a daily and weekly routine
Establish a daily routine as best you can, this should include waking at the same time every day, regular gym visits, personal down time, sufficient time for cooking real food and not forgetting the importance of socializing with friends. Not only are these factors all important for good health but having a routine with consistent and repeating activities gives you a sense of regularity that can help with warding off winter blues.

3. Invest in a SAD lamp
Sunlight helps regulate hormones such as melatonin, which helps sleep, and serotonin, which affects our moods. A drop in serotonin can negatively affect mood and is thought to play a role in the onset of seasonal depression. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light (which we lack during winter) and therefore affect the brain chemicals melatonin and seratonin, linked to mood and easing winter depression.