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
I am sure I have mentioned it before, but the summer lull that often results in rather bizarre news coverage, and which is known as the silly season in the UK, is called Cucumber News in Norway. Since almost everyone along the news supply chain has their numbers depleted by holiday leave, a certain laziness sets in, and a corresponding satisfaction with space-filling nonsense.
A bit like what moose news hunters feel like year round. So for me, this is in fact the high season for weird and wonderful news, Continue reading
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
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
Back after my annual week-long summer break with no technology. Now, sunburnt, I can resume my deskbound, keyboard pounding ways.
As recent posts indicate, Norway’s silly news season (cucumber news) is in full swing, and today not only provides a great example of the state of the national newspapers, it also marks the last time I use my hard-earned kroner on one for the foreseeable future.
While I may debate and lament the state of old media, Continue reading
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Or ‘cucumber news’ (agurknytt) as they call it here. The time of year when you don’t have to feel a twinge of guilt for putting something odd out on the ‘net or in your newspaper.
So police and and the local doctor are dispatched when a fisherman in Sand in Western Norway lands what appears to be a human penis. Perhaps the scariest part of that story Continue reading