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The Roman Empire still exists

Disclaimer thingy: I am writing about this because of something I learned during our last class, something relevant to today’s political and cultural maps. If you want an actual history lesson with dates and stuff, try Wikipedia. The rise and fall of the Roman empire did not happen with any single event. The fall was […]

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Now, what did I come in here for?

I know there was something I wanted to say, but darned if I can remember… What follows is blogpost padding. Read at your own peril. I re-read the book “You Are All Sanpaku” which has made me somewhat paranoid, and very curious about other people’s eyes. I’m also eating a lot of brown rice. The […]

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Ack, trivial pursuit!

I’m supposed to be writing a novel. So what happens? My curiosity, as usual, gets the better of me and I end up delightedly poking around in this map and blogpost. So Rivendell was in Norway… That puts an interesting slant on things. And in other news: The Indians almost had a state. I didn’t […]

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Stagnating nations

I’ve been corresponding with a Norwegian-American friend on, among other things, the cheap electricity and clean water of Norway. During our correspondance, the news in Norway was able to tell me that a) the power companies don’t earn enough to fix leaks that could power a city of 500,000, and b) the pipelines in Norway […]

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Goal… goal… goal… GOLD!

My upstairs neighbor yelled and stomped his feet so loudly, I heard it from my kitchen and realized instantly that something had happened on tonight’s soccer match, so I left my dishes and turned on the TV. I discovered my neighbor had yelled as our team ended the 1-1 score with a 2nd goal, and […]

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What I’ve learned this summer

Alice has inspired me to do this post, thanks to her own on the same subject. I’ve learned what it’s like to travel by air in the US. The stories about delayed flights were all true. The security checks and necessity of Ziploc baggies also true. However, I must say that, in all the repeated […]

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Some stuff to think about

Recent surfing that caught my attention: “Married women do more of the housework” Men who are merely living together with their girlfriends, help out more. Studies about what happens after a long-term live-in arrangement becomes marriage have not been done. (Do them!) “Orchids may have been trampled on by T. Rex” (Bad, Rex, bad!) A […]

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1987

Making the rounds of some Norwegian blogs is a meme about what you remember from 1987 (a 20th anniversary). I can’t tell you anything about popular culture, fashion, top 40 hits, news items, or the year’s best movies without looking it up, because I can’t remember. I do remember 1987, though, because that was the […]

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Oh, so that’s why the Bible

I like archaeology (can’t spell it, but I like it). I like stuff about religion. I am fortunate enough to belong to a culture where the two get combined all the time, thanks to a book that’s actually a collection of books, called The Bible. Fact or fiction, God’s actual words, or just men’s. This […]

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1978, the hits of

Paula was tagged to do a piece on the pop music of the year she turned 18. I turned 18 the year before her, in 1978. Luckily, 1978 wasn’t a bad year for music. However, very little really stands out in my mind. Some of these songs I associate with driving to and from work […]

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Modern nostalgia

June days are perfect for gathering people for almost anything. My trip to the city today to get my hair cut, had me getting off the bus one stop sooner than planned because I saw all this color on our “festival square” – Festplassen. It turned out to be a huge collection of Corvettes, handled […]

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We’re having a heatwave!

Except nobody calls it that here. A record 26.6 C (79.9 F) in the shade during the first week of June in Bergen (60N23 latitude) is not a heatwave; it’s SUMMER and is to be celebrated, enjoyed, marvelled at and hoped to last. It is nice compensation for last winter’s three months straight of overcast […]

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In the shadow of WWII

Where I grew up in Norway, there were some concrete bunkers built by the Germans during World War II. A friend of mine in Hordvik could not stand to go near the things. Some were very small, possibly just a guard’s hut or something and nothing to see inside, but my friend would not approach. […]

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WW2 oil poster

Last night I went to the local marine museum. Exhibits range from the viking era to today’s highly computerized ships. One exhibit is dedicated to the World War 2 experiences of the Norwegian merchant marine, who were torpedoed by German submarines as early as September of 1939. My grandpa sailed on oil tankers in convoys […]

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Bergen’s museum garden

Museum_garden_August_2006 by thinkbigshrinktofit. I’d still get no better than a “C” (“G”, as it used to be in Norway) in history, with my memory for names, dates and places. I wander around with my local history “class”, listening to someone tell me who did what when, and I just know I’ll forget and not be […]