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  • Norway and Sweden 'safest' (Norway)

    07/27/2005 7:13:21 AM PDT · by franksolich · 32 replies · 714+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | July 27, 2005 | not specified
    A leading researcher on terrorism believes Norway and Sweden are the two safest countries in Europe. That may further boost tourism, which already is setting records in Norway this summer.The number of cruiseships coming to Norway, for example, is the highest ever, and it's probably no coincidence. Increasing numbers of foreign tourists are heading to Scandinavia because of terrorism fears elsewhere.Now Magnus Ranstorp, who is Swedish himself but considered one of the world's foremost experts on terrorism, has ranked those European countries believed to be most vulnerable to terrorist attack.Ranstorp, a professor at St Andrews University in Scotland, was asked...
  • Man married his mother (Norway)

    07/20/2005 6:25:33 AM PDT · by franksolich · 30 replies · 878+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | JUly 19, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    An Iraqi refugee with residence permission in Norway married his own mother, in a desperate attempt to bring the rest of his family to the country. It worked, inititally, but now both he and his mother face two years in prison.The bizarre story, reported in newspaper Romerikes Blad, started to unfold last winter when local police began investigating the case, several years after the man first came to Norway as an asylum seeker.The man in question initially had been granted permanent residence permission in Norway for humanitarian reasons.He settled in Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo, and then quickly filed an application...
  • DAY 68 DUmmies Held Hostage

    07/05/2005 8:10:40 AM PDT · by franksolich · 148 replies · 4,788+ views
    July 5, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! ALL QUIET ON THE ANDYITE FRONT IN DUMMIELAND THE NIGHT OF THE 4th! ANDYITES OUT CELEBRATING THE 4th! OR WERE THEY? MUCH LOCK, DELETE, BAN, IN DUMMIELAND APPARENTLY WENT ON! ALAS NO ONE WATCHING THE ANT FARM LAST NIGHT! NO SCREEN CAPTURES! OR PERHAPS NOT!
  • DAY 67 DUmmies Held Hostage

    07/03/2005 6:26:48 AM PDT · by franksolich · 54 replies · 1,944+ views
    VII-III-MMV
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DETERIORATION OF DUMMIELAND HOT TOPIC ON MALLOY! HEAD WARDEN "SKINNER" TO ADDRESS THE EROSION? TO PINPOINT THE PROBLEM? GREATAUNTOFTRIPLETS AN UNCLE? COMPARISON OF 2001 MEMBERS OF democraticunderground WITH 2005 DUMMIES SHOWS DISTURBING TREND! NEARLY ALL THE GOOD ONES GONE!
  • DAY 65 DUmmies Held Hostage

    07/01/2005 1:30:10 PM PDT · by franksolich · 68 replies · 1,596+ views
    July 1, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DYSFUNCTION! DISSONANCE! DISCOMBOBULATION! IN DUMMIELAND!
  • DAY 64 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/30/2005 5:36:48 AM PDT · by franksolich · 173 replies · 4,727+ views
    June 30, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! A HOT SUMMER! ANDYITES FEELING THE HEAT? SOME ALREADY ABSCONDED FROM THE KITCHEN?
  • DAY 63 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/29/2005 4:57:05 AM PDT · by franksolich · 74 replies · 2,453+ views
    June 29, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! HYPODENSE OR HYPOVASCULAR? OR PERHAPS HYPOTHERMIA? ANDYITES GETTING MEDICAL JARGON ALL MIXED UP! POSTING OF ORIGINAL DIAGNOSIS WOULD CLEAR UP! DIAGNOSIS THAT THE DUMMIE "FLYARM" HAD IN HER HANDS MAY 2nd! HAD RIGHT THERE IN HER OWN HANDS! HER VERY OWN HANDS!
  • DAY 62 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/28/2005 6:40:19 AM PDT · by franksolich · 44 replies · 2,372+ views
    June 28, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! A NEW DAY DAWNS! A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE ANDYITES? OR MORE OF THE SAME AS THE PAST 61 DAYS?
  • DAY 61 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/27/2005 8:04:51 AM PDT · by franksolich · 142 replies · 2,943+ views
    June 27, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! ANDYITES TRYING THE "SYMPATHY" ANGLE! AGAIN! WON'T WORK!
  • DAY 60 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/26/2005 6:38:31 AM PDT · by franksolich · 67 replies · 1,553+ views
    June 26, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! WHAT A WEEK IT WAS! WHITHER THIS COMING WEEK? WILL THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS GET ANSWERED THIS WEEK?
  • DAY 59 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/25/2005 6:18:49 AM PDT · by franksolich · 52 replies · 1,832+ views
    June 25, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! ANDYITES IN DUMMIELAND TO GET NEW SPOKESMAN? THE OTHERS HAVING FLOPPED? THE OTHERS FAILING TO ANSWER 3 SIMPLE QUESTIONS?
  • DAY 58 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/24/2005 5:49:55 AM PDT · by franksolich · 249 replies · 3,959+ views
    June 24, 2005 | self
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DOCUMENTS PROMISED BY DIRTY BEN STILL NOT POSTED! TWO DAYS LATE, AND COUNTING! RED ROUND ONE IN HOSPITAL, BUT DIRTY BEN AMBULATORY!
  • DAY 57 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/23/2005 5:49:40 AM PDT · by franksolich · 95 replies · 2,347+ views
    June 23, 2005 | self
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DIRTY BEN FALLS DOWN ON PROMISE! PROMISED TO RELEASE DOCUMENT YESTERDAY! DIDN'T DO IT! IMPERIAL RED ROUND ONE OSTENSIBLY IN HOSPITAL, BUT NO EXCUSE FOR DIRTY BEN, NOT OSTENSIBLY IN HOSPITAL!
  • DAY 56 DUmmies held hostage

    06/22/2005 3:35:51 AM PDT · by franksolich · 162 replies · 2,924+ views
    June 22, 2005 | self
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! TODAY'S THE DAY! TODAY'S THE DAY DIRTY BEN PROMISED TO RELEASE REPORT! BUT STILL DOESN'T ANSWER ANY OF 3 SIMPLE QUESTIONS! EVEN IF REAL! THE DUMMIE "MoPAUL" TO BE NEW SPOKESMAN FOR ANDYITES, ALL OTHERS HAVING FAILED?
  • DAY 55 DUmmies held hostage

    06/21/2005 4:58:05 AM PDT · by franksolich · 171 replies · 3,179+ views
    June 21, 2005 | self
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! ALL QUIET ON THE ANDYITE FRONT YESTERDAY! NOTHING HAPPENED! REALLY PECULIAR! WORLD STILL AWAITS ANSWERS TO 3 SIMPLE QUESTIONS! AFTER 54 DAYS, NO ANSWERS!
  • DAY 54 DUmmies held hostage

    06/20/2005 3:14:21 AM PDT · by franksolich · 46 replies · 1,754+ views
    June 20, 2005 | self
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! ANDYITES IN DUMMIELAND PERFORM A BALLET DES MACABRES! ANDYITES IN MALLOY DO A DANS TRES GROTESQUE! ABSENCE OF FRANKSOLICH NEVER NOTICED!
  • DAY 51 DUmmies held hostage

    06/17/2005 2:46:59 PM PDT · by franksolich · 228 replies · 5,096+ views
    June 17, 2005 | various
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! ANDYITES SHOWING DESPERATION! STILL NOT ANSWERING 3 SIMPLE QUESTIONS! THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ANSWERED 51 DAYS AGO! DEBACLE ON MALLOY CONTINUES, AS ANDYITES CONTINUE UNRAVELING!
  • DAY 50 DUmmies held hostage

    06/16/2005 12:40:35 PM PDT · by franksolich · 93 replies · 2,002+ views
    chumpchimp | June 16, 2005 | various
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! INTIMIDATION TACTICS OF ANDYITES BETRAYED! QUESTIONING "ANDROID" SUDDENLY CONVERTED INTO HARD-CORE "ANDYNOID"! BULLYING TACTICS USED BY ANDYITES TO SUPPRESS TRUTH! http://smirkingchimp.com/viewtopic.php?topic=56940&forum=3
  • DAY 49 DUmmies held hostage

    06/14/2005 11:40:37 PM PDT · by franksolich · 74 replies · 1,920+ views
    debate on Mike Malloy ^ | June 15, 2005
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DEBACLE STILL ONGOING! AFTER SEVERAL HOURS, ANDYITES STILL HAVE NOT ANSWERED 3 SIMPLE QUESTIONS! THIS SIDE: COOL, CALM, AND DIRECT! THAT SIDE: EMOTIONAL, UPSET, AND NAME-CALLING! AVOIDING 3 SIMPLE EASY-TO-ANSWER QUESTIONS!
  • DAY 48 DUmmies held hostage

    06/14/2005 8:10:30 AM PDT · by franksolich · 79 replies · 2,084+ views
    Mykeru ^ | June 14, 2005 | Mykeru
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! VICTIM OF ANDYITES IN DUMMIELAND EXPOSES AN ANDYITE! THE GUMSHOE GUMMED! AND SHOED!
  • Day 47 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/13/2005 10:50:02 AM PDT · by franksolich · 55 replies · 1,668+ views
    Scamdy ^ | June 13, 2005 | Scamdy
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! LIBERALS, LEFTISTS, PROGRESSIVES, DEMOCRATS, DEMAND JUSTICE! FORMAL REPORT ISSUED!
  • Day 46 DUmmies Held Hostage

    06/12/2005 5:48:24 AM PDT · by franksolich · 134 replies · 3,128+ views
    DUmmieland | June 12, 2005 | DUmmie Alert!
    DUMMIE ALERT! DUMMIE ALERT! THE RED ONE A REAL ESTATE MOGUL! FREELY ADMITS TO IT!
  • Intruder tried to steal entire flat (Norway)

    05/24/2005 5:13:30 AM PDT · by franksolich · 4 replies · 364+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 24, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    A 40-year-old Oslo man faced a nasty surprise when he came home from a trip: Another man had broken into his rented flat and set in motion a scam to rent the flat out to others. The intruder pocketed thousands in fraudulently obtained rent deposits.It all started when Even Nyrud, who lives in Oslo's popular Majorstuen district, was the victim of a break-in that he apparently didn't even notice. Newspaper VG reported Tuesday that a 29-year-old man broke into Nyrud's flat and took photos of it.The 29-year-old then posted the photos on a web site that offers homes for sale...
  • Officials fear Legionnaire's epidemic (Norway)

    05/23/2005 4:30:45 AM PDT · by franksolich · 20 replies · 483+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 23, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    Three people are dead and scores have been admitted to hospital in southern Norway after doctors confirmed an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease over the weekend. At least 24 are confirmed to be infected, with many of them in critical condition.Health authorities, meanwhile, remained unable on Monday to pinpoint the source of the disease. Cooling towers for air conditioning systems, where the bacteria is known to appear, were being checked and disinfected, especially in the Fredrikstad-Sarpsborg area.That's where the first cases started being diagnosed late last week. Health officials in Fredrikstad, just north of the Swedish border, feared an epidemic like...
  • Left wing plummets on new poll (Norway)

    05/20/2005 4:40:50 PM PDT · by franksolich · 14 replies · 629+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 20, 2005 | not specified
    The red-green (Labor, Socialist Left and Center parties) alliance met its first signs of adversity as it fell 8.6 percent points on a new political survey.The poll carried out by Intéra ResearchLab for newspaper Vårt Land was a marked contrast to a series of earlier studies that indicated uniform majority support for an alternative to the current center-right (Conservative, Christian Democrat and Liberal parties) coalition government led by Kjell Magne Bondevik.The Socialist Left Party were the big losers on the new poll, falling back 6.5 percent points, down to 14 percent. Labor retreated 1.1 percent points to 28.8 percent and...
  • Handicapped toilet stolen (Norway)

    05/19/2005 12:17:23 PM PDT · by franksolich · 19 replies · 381+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 19, 2005 | tr. Jonathan Tisdall
    Cleaners were astonished to find that thieves had made off with a handicapped toilet at a rest stop in Valle in Aust-Agder County over the weekend."They must have had a disgusting job," Helge Homme, a cleaner from road service firm Mesta told newspaper Fædrelandsvennen.A stinking hole in the floor has been exposed by the removal of the handicapped facility at the Honnevje rest stop."A very special theft," said Mesta manager Trond Heia. He has never heard of a complete stainless steel toilet being stolen from a Public Roads Administration (PRA) stop before. There is no question of vandalism, the fitting...
  • 'Job dumping' heads for Norway (Norway)

    05/10/2005 4:51:16 AM PDT · by franksolich · 5 replies · 306+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 10, 2005 | Kristjan Molstad
    A German web site that auctions off jobs to the lowest bidder looks set to establish itself in Norway. Those wanting work can underbid each other to win available jobs.The controversial "job auction" service started in Germany last autumn. So far, it's arranged around 1,500 jobs by matching employers with the lowest-bidding workers.The German web site, www.jobdumping.de, now plans to open a division in Sweden, with will also operate sites for the Norwegian and Finnish job markets.Founder Fabian Loew says the concept is simple. "If you have a job to offer, you put it out on the site with a...
  • Tour of Norway (Hamar)

    05/09/2005 10:37:34 PM PDT · by franksolich · 2 replies · 305+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 10, 2005 | self
    Hamar is a city of circa 27,000, about 800 miles south of Gamvik and Berlevag (way up there between Hammerfest and Vardo, in case anyone is interested), or about 90 miles directly north of the capital of Norway, Oslo.I do not mean to be offensive, but of all the places I have (thus far) seen of Norway, Hamar seems a rather bleak, sterile, soulless place; it reminds me very much of the "artists' city" of Santa Fe, New Mexico--an "arty" place for the Birkenstock and Ben & Jerry's ice cream crowd.....and little else.Which is a pity, because Hamar actually has...
  • More cellphones than people in Norway, Lithuania (Norway)

    05/09/2005 9:49:13 AM PDT · by franksolich · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Times-Guardian (Zambia) ^ | May 9, 2005 | not specified
    Oslo, Norway--More cellphones are ringing in Norway than there are people to answer them, as subscriptions soar, officials figures showed on Monday.And the Norwegians are not the only cellphone enthusiasts.On the same day, Lithuania also reported that the number of cellphone subscribers surpassed the population of the Baltic country.In Norway, which boasts one of the world's highest mobile penetration rates, there were 4,7-million registered cellphone subscriptions in 2004, indicating that 102% of the country's population has become portable, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority said in its annual report.The large number of cellphone subscriptions has taken its toll on fixed...
  • Reindeer grazing war looms up north (Norway)

    05/09/2005 3:03:01 AM PDT · by franksolich · 34 replies · 544+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 10, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    Reindeer herders in the north of Sweden are considering releasing their flocks over the border to graze in Norway. At issue is a conflict over grazing regulations in the border area.The pending move by the native Swedish sami [Fred: Suomi, please] people is expected to spur protests from their counterparts on the Norwegian side of the border."We won't get into fist fights, that's a bit too primitive," says Per Gunnar Harnesk of Sirges, the largest sami [Fred: Suomi] town along the Swedish border with Norway."But we're prepared for a number of conflicts and police reports," Harnesk told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.According...
  • Tour of Norway (Bergen, part 1)

    05/08/2005 2:23:28 PM PDT · by franksolich · 10 replies · 594+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 8, 2005 | self
    Bergen is just too much for a single "tour," and so this particular "tour of Norway" covers only Bergenex urbia, Bergen outside of the city itself.Bergen has 277,000 people, and is the second-largest city in Norway. The principal industries are petroleum, fishing, shipping, and predictably, furniture-making.But that is inside the city, not outside. As one can see from the map below, Bergen is in the "Deep South" of Norway, the tropical region. (In case one is interested, Berlevag and Gamvik are clear up at the very top of the red, on the map--in case anyone is interested.) Some mountains near...
  • The Crown Jewel of Norway (Berlevag)

    05/08/2005 8:19:13 AM PDT · by franksolich · 7 replies · 356+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 8, 2005 | self
    Okay, before going on to describe Berlevag, the Crown Jewel of Norway, I must comment that this particular town, Berlevag, has the most-excellent web-site of all the Norwegian web-sites I have "visited."One pulls up the first page, and there it is, all of it, everything one needs, without any bells, whistles, and flashing lights. No gimmicks, just straightforward information.Berlevag, population 1,200, is too small to be on many maps, but anyway, it is near the center of the circle below, a little bit to the north and the east of Gamvik, which is another town smack in the center of...
  • Tour of Norway (Grimstad)

    05/07/2005 5:39:42 PM PDT · by franksolich · 15 replies · 1,011+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 6, 2005 | self
    Grimstad is a city of 18,000 located south of Oslo, east of Kristiansand, on the map below. Grimstad manufactures a great deal of, not surprisingly, furniture. This is the only photograph I can find that I can GUARANTEE is of the small village of Ada, near Grimstad. If one looks very closely, he can see a couple of houses. Grimstad from the sea. Grimstad from the docks. Boats in Grimstad. City center, Grimstad. Either a hospital, or a school, in Grimstad. You know, no matter where one is--in Nebraska, in Pennsylvania, in Ukraine, in Italy, in Norway--all elementary schools look...
  • Tour of Norway (Kristiansand)

    05/06/2005 7:09:45 PM PDT · by franksolich · 9 replies · 402+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 6, 2005 | self
    This "tour of Norway" describes the city of Kristiansand, which with about 75,000 people, rates as one of the major--in the top ten--cities of Norway.The population- and land-density statistics say Norway is underpopulated, vast, and empty, but in my "U-2 flights" across the country, examining every square inch of our gallant allies in the war against terror, it seems to me (a Nebraskan) that Norway below Narvik, way up north, is crowded; too many people.If I were to go to Norway, I would immediately high-tail it up to Narvik, so as to get some breathing-room. Kristiansand is a relatively new...
  • Tour of Norway (Harstad)

    05/05/2005 1:51:52 PM PDT · by franksolich · 20 replies · 434+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 5, 2005 | self
    Harstad, a town of circa 25,000 people--and hence a major city in underpopulated Norway--is located almost 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, or on the globe, about equivalent to the uppermost third of Alaska.Harstad is the first city in Norway that I have encountered, on the internet, that does not claim to be the "furniture-making capital of the world."In fact, there is no mention of furniture at all; it appears the principal occupations of Harstad are fishing and the Norwegian army.....and the hotel business. Harstad has a great many hotels. Approaching Harstad by sea: The harbor at Harstad: A...
  • Jailed for 'prison break' (Norway)

    05/05/2005 4:45:19 AM PDT · by franksolich · 49 replies · 447+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 4, 2005 | Kjetil Olsen
    A 37-year-old petty criminal has received a six-month sentence after pulling off the masterstroke of breaking into the city prison.The six-month sentence was handed down for a series of offenses, newspaper Romsdals Budstikke reports.The prison is 160 years old, and has seen several jailbreaks, but this is the first time anyone has broken in.The invasion took place on December 2 last year. The convicted man smashed a window and padlock to gain access to a cellar door. Inside the prison courtyard he smashed another window and caused damage costing NOK 18,000 (USD 2,850) to a car belonging to Criminal Care.The...
  • Tour of Norway (Gamvik)

    05/04/2005 3:00:24 PM PDT · by franksolich · 12 replies · 410+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 4, 2005 | self
    Gamvik is about the middle of the circle on the map below; several hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, and on the globe, a couple of hundred miles north of the northernmost part of Alaska.Gamvik has circa 1,600 people, or a little less than 1 per square mile.Gamvik is not the northern-most town on continental Norway; there are a couple of villages a mile or two north, but I cannot find information on them. Gamvik from the ocean: Next to furniture-making, the main business in Gamvik is catering to tourists interested in military history; apparently the German "Atlantikwall" ended...
  • Moonshine smuggler convicted of poisoning (Norway)

    05/04/2005 6:38:15 AM PDT · by franksolich · 12 replies · 307+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 4, 2005 | Kjetil Olsen
    Erik Fallo, a central smuggler of illegal spirit, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years on charges of murder by poisoning after being behind shipments of moonshine lethally tainted with methanol.Fallo, 58, was charged with seven deaths by poisoning and two cases of two of grave personal injury. According to the charges Fallo sold 50,000 liters of smuggled spirit from January 2002 until the summer of 2003.Per Erik Fossum, 76, received a five-year sentence in the trial, charged with one count of murder by poisoning and one count of involuntary manslaughter under especially aggravated circumstances.Fallo had previously admitted guilt to...
  • You Know You're Norwegian When...

    05/04/2005 2:43:00 AM PDT · by XavierXray · 131 replies · 2,580+ views
    Xavier
    You Know You're Norwegian When... You assume that a stranger on the street who smiles at or greets you is: a) drunk. b) insane. c) an American. d) All of the above. You vigorously defend whaling and enjoy consuming whale meat. You enjoy the taste of lutefisk (jelly-like, bad-smelling fish) and cod prepared in any way, including fried cod tongues. You can prepare fish in five different ways without cooking it. You don't question the habit of always preparing a "matpakke" (sandwich in paper). You have two cars, a cabin and a boat, if not more. You think there is...
  • Tour of Norway (Hemnes)

    05/03/2005 6:26:58 PM PDT · by franksolich · 27 replies · 1,157+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 3, 2005 | self
    Hemnes is a port city in the middle third of Norway, or about as high as the upper third of Alaska, on the globe; about 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle.I am not sure the population of Hemnes proper, but the commune, township, county, whatever, has circa 4,500 people, or a little less than 5 people per square mile. Some waterfall: Some lake: Some houses: Some more houses: Some church: Correct me if I am wrong, but the kid is fairly representational of the Suomi (Lapplanders), right?This looks like a perfect set-up for an electric train.
  • Bergen residents trapped on cruise-ship (Norway)

    05/03/2005 4:52:36 AM PDT · by franksolich · 6 replies · 540+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 3, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    Twelve Norwegians from Bergen found themselves stuck on board a cruiseship this week. They'd only meant to have a quick weekend trip to Denmark, but are currently taking an involuntary tour around the North Atlantic.The Bergen residents, including one local family with children, had taken advantage of a special deal to take the vessel MS Norrøna back and forth to Hanstholm in Denmark. The vessel is owned by Smyril Line of the Færoe Islands.The vessel regularly plies the route between Bergen and Hanstholm, and then sets off from Bergen for week-long trips to the Shetland Islands, the Færoes and on...
  • Norway's best-kept secret (hunting, fishing)

    05/02/2005 10:14:27 PM PDT · by franksolich · 6 replies · 466+ views
    various Norwegian web-sites | May 3, 2005 | self
    Okay, so I am probably not doing the fine folks of Moraker, Norway, in revealing one of the best-kept secrets of Norway; a paradise, apparently, for hunters and fishermen and skiiers.Meraker is a "commune"--one assumes that is similar with our "township" or "county" here in the United States--of 2,500 people, or about 3 people per square mile. An ancient (circa 1905) photograph of Norwegian loggers near Meraker. Some mountain that dominates Meraker. If Norway joins the European Union, which forbides the Finns to defend themselves against wolves, probably these women will have to learn marksmanship somewhere else. Apparently even faraway...
  • Poles are optimists (one year after joining European Union)

    05/02/2005 10:34:29 AM PDT · by franksolich · 15 replies · 255+ views
    BellaOnLine ^ | May 2, 2005 | Jagoda Urban-Klaehn
    It seems that Poland is doing very well in EU, much better than expected!This is a pleasant surprise since Poles were worried that the condition of Polish economy can deteriorate after joining the European Union.Even CNN reported that the Polish president, Kwasniewski praised the year in European Union as one of the best in Polish history.Poles changed their perception of EU the most positively from all the EU countries! So called Index of economical satisfaction shows that Poles are 41% more satisfied than the average Europeans.In general the members of new countries that joined the EU last year (2004) are...
  • Tour of Norway (Alesund)

    05/01/2005 7:44:57 AM PDT · by franksolich · 21 replies · 586+ views
    shameless vanity ^ | May 1, 2005 | vainglorious self
    Since nothing happens in Norway during the weekends, and because of popular demand--really popular demand; it boogles the mind--on weekends members of the Norway ping list have the opportunity, if they wish, to inspect some of the photographic glories of our gallant allies in the War against Terror--this week, featuring the delightful city of Alesund.All of these photographs are from the public domain, taken by amateurs, one assumes; if something is not from Alesund, anyone may please feel free to correct me.Also, some guy in Norway put together a wonderful collection of photographs of Alesund (none of which are featured...
  • Majority oppose EU membership (Norway)

    04/29/2005 6:37:50 PM PDT · by franksolich · 28 replies · 642+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 29, 2005 | not specified
    Norway's mistrust of joining the European Union is again on the rise, and the 'no' side is again in the majority, though the undecideds could still change the result.If the issue came to another vote today, 44.5 percent would oppose membership, 42.5 would vote yes and 12.9 percent remain unsure, according to a new poll by Sentio for newspapers Klassekampen, Dagen and Nationen.Every region of the nation opposes the union with the exception of the capital district of Oslo and Akershus.In northern Norway the no side leads 46-38, with central Norway even more opposed at 54-38. The southern coast is...
  • Good Samaritan fined after rescue (Norway)

    04/28/2005 1:20:40 PM PDT · by franksolich · 19 replies · 675+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 28, 2005 | not specified
    Gunnulf Oterkiil tried to revive a young woman who fainted and lost consciousness after striking her head on the pavement. Later he received a NOK 6,000 (USD 955) fine.Oterkiil refuses to accept the fine that resulted from a chaotic Saturday night in Porsgrunn last September, newspaper Telemarksavisa reports."He is not fined for trying to help, but because he knocked down a man who was interfering," prosecutor and police lawyer Kjell Ove Ljosåk said in Skien and Porsgrunn municipal court on Wednesday, where the matter went after Oterkiil refused to pay."Together with a completely sober friend I was standing on the...
  • "Russ" wage war in Romerike (H.S. Senior "sneak days" in Norway)

    04/27/2005 4:02:22 PM PDT · by franksolich · 12 replies · 563+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 27, 2005 | tr. Jonathan Tisdall
    Norway's reveling high school graduates, the "russ", tend to concentrate on extreme partying but groups from rival schools in Romerike, a region just outside of Oslo, have loaded up with groceries and launched hostilities.According to newspaper Romerikes Blad, over 700 russ have pelted each other with eggs, yogurt, milk and flour, and gas stations and the homes of parents have become makeshift battlefields.Three 'russebil', buses and vans converted into blaring parties on wheels, from Lørenskog High School covered the russ vehicles from two rival schools with eggs, and the desire for revenge led to a frenzy of vandalism and paintball...
  • Woman convicted of rape (Norway)

    04/27/2005 11:11:26 AM PDT · by franksolich · 120 replies · 4,051+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 27, 2005 | not specified
    Woman convicted of rapeIn a landmark case a 23-year-old woman has been convicted by a Bergen court for the rape of a 31-year-old man.The woman was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay NOK 40,000 (USD 6,385) to the man.The incident occurred on Jan. 4 last year in a Bergen apartment. The man testified that he fell asleep on a sofa and woke up to find the woman performing oral sex on him.The woman eventually admitted sexual contact but claimed that it was voluntary and that the man was willing and smiled. The case has attracted attention...
  • Herd of Buffalo Disrupts Traffic in Maryland

    04/26/2005 9:47:32 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 72 replies · 2,087+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2005 | AP
    PIKESVILLE, Md. - A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them in a tennis court. More than a dozen police cars and a police helicopter were used to herd the roughly 10 beasts, authorities said. "Somehow they figured it out; I've got to give a lot of credit to the creativity of our officers," police spokesman Shawn Vinson said. Authorities have identified the owner of the buffalo but did not release the person's name immediately. Residents in the Baltimore suburb first reported that...
  • Fewer asylum seekers to Norway (Norway)

    04/26/2005 2:56:31 PM PDT · by franksolich · 7 replies · 265+ views
    Norway Post ^ | April 26, 2005 | Rolleiv Solholm
    Fewer asylum seekers to NorwayThe number of asylum seekers arriving in Norway has so far this year been reduced by 50 per cent.The Immigration Directorate has therefore decided to close down 15-20 reception centers by the end of June.Further cuts will be considered. There are now 99 reception centers in Norway.Last year a little more than 7,900 persons applied for asylum in Norway. This was also a reduction by 50 per cent from the year before, and around 40 reception centers were closed down.