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The dangers of sudden summer

Well, Iceland’s volcano is now supposedly running out of gas, so we can optimistically hope for a return to normal life. Not only has it been monopolizing headlines, but little Eyafjelljökull was threatening to continue muddling my travel plans for the unforeseeable future. Just two days ago researchers were talking about how flights here could Continue reading

The slightest excuse

Easter is really a celebration of springtime, and after a lengthy break with the last of the year’s snow in focus, what could be more typically Norwegian than … topless sledding.

OK, so maybe topless sledding isn’t yet the tradition that murder and quizzes are for Easter here, it certainly has potential. And the day before Easter is

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I’m in London at the moment, which makes it clearer to me that spring has arrived, or at least should have. Back home in Norway, it was still sub-freezing, but there have been warmer days, but the change of season doesn’t quite sink in until the warmth has managed to dispel the snow.

Still, there are signs that the winter is ending, and after a hard one, the change can be slightly traumatic. This means avalanche watch has been in effect across much of Norway, Continue reading

Solving the ice rings – part three of the hunt for a Norwegian meteorite

After learning that the odd formations on the small lake near Bergen reminded a man of science of crop circles, newspaper Bergens Tidende made the obvious logical leap from a sales point of view, and immediately contacted one of Norway’s leading figures in crop circle … circles.

Eva Marie Brekkestø had a book being published a few days later, called Crop circles – Miracle of the field, and there she has written about mysterious patterns appearing on frozen ponds and lakes as well as in more familiar settings.

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Don’t call me Cave Man

As opening night for the documentary on Norway’s ‘Snow Cave Man’ draws near, the media focus on 60-year-old Sverre Nøkling continues to grow. Now tabloid VG can reveal that Sverre would like it if the press (particularly VG no doubt) would drop all this Cave Man stuff.

He would much prefer to be called an ‘outdoorsman’.

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Just testing

Yes, I am going to try and resume extreme regularity by trying the short and often technique, but the title is also for the update to the Snow Cave Man (as opposed to Snow Caveman) story I reported not so long ago.

Norway’s reclusive man of the mountains has finally been getting some coverage in connection with a documentary film about him, and he offered a one week ‘holiday’ in one of his handmade snow caves for the sum of one Norwegian krone, in order to stimulate interest in trying out his ascetic lifestyle. His offer has been taken up, but not in full-blooded fashion.

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Cave holidays

Apologies for the recent silence, I have the usual excuse – off to London for so much input for the other blog that absolutely nothing gets done for a while. Somehow I need to find the time to get a year’s worth of London blogging queued. Strangely, I have met up with more Oslo friends in a few days in London than I tend to at home in a month.

On the real news front, there have been regular developments and flare-ups on the Muslims in Norway front. Continue reading

Throw another couch on the fire

Since Norway is expecting a month-long cold snap, now is a good time to scan the freezing headlines. While snowfall has not been spectacular this winter, the chill has been, and few things are as fascinating as watching boiling water freeze before it hits the ground.

Seriously cold. Photo: Dave Dyet

Before having a look at how to entertain yourself when the thermometer drops below the -40C mark, Continue reading