Monthly Archives: August 2009

Speak of the devil

No sooner have I mentioned the intention of tackling the hopefully provocative subject of ‘maddening Norway‘ than a perfect example pops up in the media. Much to my surprise and delight, the latest illustration of the theme came over the radio in the form of NRK’s ‘Morgenkåseri’ – a short bit of morning musing by someone who is supposed to deal with a random topic, preferably with insight and wit.

This morning an immigrant, English I believe, but I have not yet tracked down more info about him, filled the slot with part one of his observations about a long life in Norway. His series shows great promise as the first installment Continue reading

Wear your moose with pride

I’ve been traveling through the Torp Sandefjord airport quite a bit lately, since my London habit receives tremendous support from Ryanair’s consistently incredible offers on that particular stretch and Sandefjord is the city that Ryanair pretends is Oslo. With some planning it is quite easy to make the trip at a tenth of the cost (I have even seen a twentieth) of their competitors here. One thing I have noticed is that the tiny souvenir shop at Torp has an excellent selection of unusual items.

From a report in the online version of the northern Norwegian newspaper Bladet Tromsø, we learn that this year Norway- and moose-themed underpants Continue reading

Immigrant blues

I have a long list of topics that are perfect for blogging, related to daily life here and how it may strike or irk the non-Norwegian. They are perfect because they allow for free-form red-faced venting. Because life somewhere else can be extremely frustrating and infuriating, no matter how nice the place is. And I’m not saying that just because this is an election year here, and no one can stay calm for long when politicians are making noise all the time.

I also have some problems with trying to add some easy controversy into my blog. You may have noticed that I said above ‘no matter how nice the place is’. I have a very annoying habit Continue reading

What I did on my summer vacation

In an inspired move to increase my blog creativity, I decided to start a new one, so I can neglect twice as many sites as before with the same effort. Holiday time doesn’t have to mean free time, and having set off once again for London and the UK, I thought it was also fitting to unveil a London-centric blog, with a strong emphasis on the comedy scene there. So when I am completely neglecting current affairs, odd or otherwise, in Norway, I will be trying to share tips about how to live and laugh in the world’s greatest city, here.

London at night

London at night

There should even be some good summer tales up there ‘soon’.

Although I have been too ‘busy’ to blog about what has been happening in Norway, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking notes. One day in particular produced some spectacular examples of the ‘cucumbers’ that the Norwegians call their silly season stories. Continue reading