Monthly Archives: May 2009

Yogurt, milk and moose

Alternatively, this could be titled – Why the Moose? – A brief history of how people learned about the service formerly known as Aftenposten’s News in English.

In the early days of the service – or to be bitterly honest, throughout virtually its entire lifetime  – there was nothing resembling promotion from the powers that were.

In its first incarnation, NiE had been highly profitable, Continue reading


All the moose

After a period so quiet they were upstaged on the Norwegian news scene by the virtually non-existent llama, the ‘King of the Forest’ was back in action, charming or terrifying people around the country. Here are the latest moose highlights.

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More Twittering

Just a brief update, now that this page has been ticking over very regularly indeed, at least in the right column, thanks to the medium of Twitter. My last post was about investigating this latest online trend, and I am already convinced that for providing headlines it is a wonderful thing indeed.

I have been trying to find out why Twitter friendly newspaper Dagbladet does not have an efficient Twitter feed, without luck so far. But it can hardly be on the top of its priorities list at the moment, the venerable daily is in the middle of a massive scandal, Continue reading

Twitter – what’s it good for?

One of the topics that fascinates me, and has at least an indirect link to the original reasons for this blog, is new social networking. With Aftenposten’s News in English service an early casualty of the collision between finance crisis and Web 2.0 economic chaos, playing with the latest Internet communication toys is absolutely vital.

Twitter is the latest big thing, and it is intriguing indeed to watch it develop, and weigh its potential. And while the limitations of a 140 character medium may seem laughable, newsmakers are playing with it in very serious fashion, and it is getting a test run here as well. Continue reading

Much ado

Norway’s remarkable string of big international headlines continued with a major role in the massive publicity around the 47 million year old fossil dubbed ‘Ida‘ by Norwegian paleontologist Jørn Hurum.

With an orchestrated media campaign more typical of the launch of a Dan Brown film than a scientific discovery, the amazingly preserved fossilized skeleton was hailed as one of the missing links in man’s evolutionary chain.

The hype around the discovery even included comparing the find to Continue reading

National Pride

May the 17th is Constitution Day, Norway’s National Day – not quite Independence Day, but close enough in spirit. The traditional ingredients include the ‘Russ’, reveling teenagers celebrating their impending graduation by jeopardizing their final exams with weeks of uninterrupted binge drinking in customized buses that are really mobile ‘ghetto blasters’; parades of schoolchildren marching past waving royals; and ice cream and hot dogs in quantities designed to incapacitate young and old.

But this year, the stroke of midnight ushered the occasion in under unusually nationalist circumstances. Continue reading

Dealing with attention

While I have been away in London some of the major stories have matured a bit. For updates on the swine flu in Norway, and the battle between the government and business tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, do visit Nina Berglund’s Views and News from Norway, for the closest thing to Aftenposten’s former News in English service.

On Tuesday Norway was examining itself after winning the election Continue reading