Category Archives: Daily Life

Is that a cucumber in your …

So the beginning of a trip through the Cucumber-files. Let’s start with the obvious. Innuendo and anything having a remotely sexual angle. The papers and web sites still have attention to attract, even if they’re short staffed, and presumably readers are more likely to be hot and bothered in the summer.

And basically, the sex angle always works.

Techno-doo-hickeys mean less sex‘ the always populist tabloid VG could reveal on its web site. After setting the rigorous scientific bar with the very first ‘word’, the second impression is that this really isn’t news, is it? I mean, as in not at all? Continue reading

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Royal life

The blog Elusive Moose does an admirable job of providing a steady stream of news and color from the self-imposed confines of Norway’s Østfold County. Sometimes it is worth remembering that even a very local view can produce a good yarn, and that even if you seem be blogging about moose, you don’t have to. Take where I live for example – Asker.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit in more formal greeting mode. (Photo: Jarle Vines (Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 3.0))

Even ‘suburb’ sounds too urban. Even though it is just Continue reading

Norway in 30 seconds

Sometimes you see a bit of modern local culture, and you think: that is completely absurd. While at the same time realizing that it also sums up almost everything about where you live, and with a sense of humor to boot. This video clip is such a moment.

These are all the things about Norway this little commercial says to me; Continue reading

Creatures from the deep

It wouldn’t be summer without long, hot days and fishing tales. Of course exaggerated yarns about nearly landed whoppers are familiar fare. To make the news, you should catch a hideous monster accidentally and unexpectedly, and that is precisely what 11-year-old Nathalie Saxegård did.

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A dealfish. Ick. (Photo: Sven O Kullander)

The youngster from Fredrikstad was on a fishing trip in scenic Vesterøy in Hvaler, when she spotted something odd in the water, newspaper Fredriksstad Blad’s web site f-b.no reports. Continue reading

Deadly rivalry

No, not really. But neighbors Sweden and Norway do make each other the butt of jokes so much that a startling number of their children really do believe the other country is mentally impaired. And they do have a prickly rivalry, made worse by upstart Norway becoming so rich and successful.

Where sports are concerned the one-upmanship rapidly reaches ludicrous proportions, but no occasion is too small to consider a poke in the other’s direction.

When I was reading the articles about Norway’s penchant for bloodthirsty literary thrills at Easter, Continue reading

Hard facts

It suddenly occurred to me that Norway is not all sunshine and MURDER during the Easter holiday. It also occurred to me that it isn’t easy to even get the basics of the Easter holiday across here – it is huge, with kids having the next week completely free from school and the nation knocking off from ‘Maundy Thursday’ through Easter Monday, a guaranteed five day break that most people add to by taking most or all of this coming week off as well.

And then there are the nuts. Continue reading

That time of year

Norwegians love a good holiday, and Easter is a classic. Since the school break is quite long, families tend to take a few extra days off and make a real occasion of it. The timing is usually appropriate weather-wise, and the traditional approach is to pack the skis, head to a mountain cabin, and have an outdoorsy week of simple pleasures; sun, snow, exercise. A roaring fireplace.

Easter in Norway. (Photo: MRTN/Creative Commons)

And plenty of murder.

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