Monthly Archives: September 2009

A little piece of Norway

Today’s news brought the shocking end of a unique bit of everyday Norwegian life, in a manner of speaking. Newspaper Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen reported the bankruptcy of a national institution, the firm of Thor Bjørklund & Sons, the inventors of the ostehøvel, literally ‘cheese planer’.

RIP - the original Bjørklund ostehøvel

RIP - the original Bjørklund ostehøvel

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Four more years

The latest national elections resulted in another term for Norway’s so-called ‘red-green’ coalition, a three-party alliance led by the hugely dominant Labour Party, with their partners the Socialist Left Party (SV) and the agrarian Center Party, providing the extra ballast needed to hold a parliamentary majority.

Nearly ten years ago, if memory serves, I was asked to write a special edition type of news brochure about the Norwegian political system and elections, part of a test project Continue reading

Excuses, excuses

Just when I thought I was ready to show some disciplined blogging, I neglect them again. Starting two blogs was asking for trouble. I will write yet another entry here that apparently forces me to follow up quickly, and see if it works now.

The only real explanation is a lack of aforementioned discipline, but instead I will indulge in a range of excuses. This is after all an election year, and soon, thankfully, we will be put out of our misery and a vote will take place. Anything to put an end to months of evasion, excuses, lying and bickering. Norwegian politics never used to be like this, it has clearly learned from more experienced countries – this is not just my opinion, but one based on a rigorous sampling of friends and neighbors. Continue reading