That is the proud statement from Åsunn Lyngedal in today’s edition of the local newspaper Fremover (today’s issue can be bought by clicking here). The pictures inside the newpaper of the annual lighting of the Chistmas Spruce tells us that, yes there might be something there in that statement! The council of shopowners has bought a totally new set of Christmas decorations, with some beautiful light displays.
This is a important boost for those overly stretched citizens of this overly stretched municipality, after the mayor, more or less gambled the entire income of all hydroelectric energy for the next fifteen years by taking a loan from an American investment house, Terra Securities. And the mayor lost the gamble thus hurtling our society “off the cliff”. Did it have any consequence for her and her total lack of pure and simple common sense? Nope, she is still in power…
This city, booming with high-tech industries and optimism, suddenly got the news: because of the financial scandal, there is to be an extreme increase in income taxes and other taxes. Schools, roads, homes for the elderly, kindergartens and streetlights (duh! in one of the darkest cities in the winter) will all feel the knife in a desperate attempt to get rid of the debt of three quarters of a billion kroner. That’s some 700.000.000. kroner divided with a population of 18.000.
There is a program on Discovery Channel, with three ex-swindlers show you the tricks of the trade. They always end their programs with the phrase: -If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is. Maybe the mayor should have watched that show once and a while, and maybe this entire misery could have been avoided.
Experimented somewhat with my tiny pocket camera (that will have to do – I can’t afford the EOS dream since NOBODY has liked my blog enough to DONATE by clicking the yellow “Donate”-button to the right here. That’s it. If your handicapped in this Socialist Dream State, the government flogs you! Since you are the least likely person to give any trouble since you have enough with your ailment and really no fighting will to strike back.
The poverty has skyrocketed during the 5 years this socialist govenment has been in power. At the same time the state has hired some 100.000 people more, directly from the streets, and given the administrative positions, where these people are put into positions where they are processing the ill and handicaped. The easiest is to turn down applications, simply because these co-worker plain and simple don’t know what the hell doing. I mean these government employees can’t even do the most basic things like writing Norwegian…
So this government has secured their next term in power by buying (using taxpayers money) votes through the hiring of an enormous army of people in very little effective organizations where they can turn down applications. Like a friend of mine. She is chained to a wheelchair and has a right to some funds to get a car that is custom build for her handicap. Turn down… After months struggling and hiring an expensive lawyer, she finally got her car, that the law states she should have had in the first place.
I have not been paid my pension in 2 years…… Yep, two years ago. I talked to the assholes in NAV more than six months ago. They just laughed at me – couldn’t care less. Probably will have to wait another year and take some loans to survive. Fat chance of getting a loan as long as my pension isn’t payed. God I hate this nepotistic communist state, Norway. It really eats at me being treated like crap. When I was working they happily took most of my income in taxes and fees. Now, When an unfortunate disease har struck me down, there is no help in sight. I hope they all burn in hell – nepotistic, corrupt assholes!
Well, just had to blow out some steam. – it is extremely frustarting.
Today s picture, was taken yesterday and I have used a High Dynamic Range software on it, which produced a nice picture of Narvik, but left the Moon looking somewhat strange.
My friend Amethyste sings with a voice that totally blows me away. I connected with her through Bryan EL, whom with she is working together with at the moment. There is an undefinable timbre in this clear, angelig voice of here, that is soooo rare, so I decided to write this very short introduction.
Amethyste sings like an angel – or at least like I imagine an angel would sing – had I ever met one. I guess you could meet an angel on his first barcrawl, singing with a beer an whiskey voice. After all angels only are a heavenly beings too…
Well, that was a totally sidetrack, if you ever saw one. Back to the Lovely Amethyste!
She’s got a fabulous voice that just must have been created back in time with a very generous pinch of divine inspiration and talent sprinkled over her vocal cords, sending the very essence of her through her songs to all of around the globe .
I am on I-Tunes I have 3 CDs out… My latest came out last december for Christmas Search for Amethyste
Just go to iTunes and search for Amethyste! Avery nice place to start shopping for Christmas Presents this year, I’d say! Angelic voice ringing out by the fireplace as Christmas Eve descends on us. What could be better to get you in the mood for the hollidays?
And last but not least: Amethyste has now gotten a permanent place in my musical friends’ “Hall of Fame” which you can find in the column to the right!
Way past midnight, so – for a change – here is yesterday’s panorama – please click image for ultra-high resolution:
This blog has received more than 1.000 visits in the time it has been active – that is – less than 2 months! Not bad, or what?
To commemorate the turn of 1.000 visits I dedicate this picture of The Northern Light to YOU – my dear reader! I wish you will continue to follow this blog, and one way to follow this blog, is by adding your email address in the field to the right under “EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION”. The ONLY thing you will receive is updates on my posts! No spam, nothing else! Just pure and simple news from Northernblogosphere!
More pictures are in the process. Here is one for starters:
My musical friends Bryan EL from Belgium and Elizabeth “Canada’s Golden Voice” Elming both released great news today. First off, Bryan has started a cooperation with Améthyste and they are working of something that just sounds out of this world..! If you are in for a magnificent musical experience, please click here and visit Bryan’s homepage for a teaser of his new “Angel Cry”!
Just 3 hours later, Elizabeth announced this fantastic film from her jazzy performance in the Ricoh Coliseum. An absolutely brilliant performance:
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Do you want to live longer AND better? Then here is the answer. Really, it is – I know – I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching this, and the literature, just in the past few years is overwhealming!
Another great issue of the magazine I NARVIK has just been published. Their slogan is: “We spread happiness!” That is true! They really do! Click here to enjoy this colorful magazine with lots of great pictures!
Some humor. I briefly looked up a book on Wikipedia that one of my friends recommended. At the same time the heading of Wikipedia has a personal message from the founder Jimmy Wales.
The book article and the message put together, was quite funny. It reads:
“Please read: A personal appeal from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales Never Let Me Go From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”
O’boy that man must really love his encyclopedia..!
Unfortunately the tripod was a little wobbly – but I can assure you – the show was absolutely spectacular, at least just as beautiful as two nights ago – maybe even better!
All stressed out today . Way to much on my calender for this weekend.
So I took out the garbage and noticed something I have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of times; Northern Light. It was building in intensity above Narvik, but soon filled the entire sky! Eventhough my tiny pocket camera can never portrait the real thing and do it justice, below you’ll find a few examples of tonight’s Show.
30 minutes watching this show and all the stress had gone! Magnificent. Try that Pharmaceutical Industry – Northern lights in a pill – no can do!
At least I have my good friend Jacks beautiful pictures taken out in the islands of Vesterålen (Bø) to relax my eyes on once and a while:
In 20 days there is no sunshine and most of the day is pitch black until 13th of January. Around Christmas there is just an hour or two of twilight. The rest of the day it is totally black. In that perspective I must say the electricity producers should be ashamed of themselves. They practically give away industrial electricity to neighbour countries like Sweden and Denmark for free, while old, poor people in Norway freeze to death during the winter because they cannot pay the electricity bill. Shame on you!
Sometimes I get a feeling that the owners of the energy companies and politicians almost hate the people they are here to serve. There is a widespread nepotism in this society that will devour it unless it is stopped. To build a good society, both heart and mind must communicate with each other in the decisionmakers. Today it more or less seems that the only thing they are interested in is their own reelection, their own benefits and their own pension. That is no way to govern a society.
Well, we still have got the beautiful nature – for now…
My mother got it mixed up a bit. She thought that Halloween coincided with the Norwegian equivalent “Alle Helgens Dag” – all the Saints Day. It didn’t. Alle Helgens Dag was today, so in line with the tradition we went to the cemetery this evening and lit a few candles on the grave of my beloved father and grandma and grandpa. Everything was so silent in the snow. I really miss them a lot. They were all such kind people. Especially my dad. We could talk about everything. It often ended up in the subjects philosophy, technology, natural sciences and politics. Funny, it seems that my arguments persuaded him several times about what was the right thing to do. Even though he could be head-strong from time to time, he always listened to me and I to him. The best father-son relationship ever!
I started the Norwegian Success on Facebook “Ren norsk fisk uten kjemikalier”. This was a campaign against pumping fish full of waste products and phosphates in order to improve wight and coulour, which in well over a week gathered almost 5.500 fans. Not bad for a Norwegian site. But there were quite a few complaints about the title. It was not correct Norwegian, it was not serious enough etc. etc. so. I title on a Facebook Site cannot be altered, once it has been published (thank you very much, Facebook, for making our lives so easy…) I put to a vote if we should move to a new group. There was a majority, although not big, for moving. After long deliberations with myself and my brilliant co-administrator, Ann, the decision was made to move.
This is obviously a painstaking process. From yesterday until now in 19 hours only 320 people has migrated into the new page. It seems as if people don’t really read messages sent to them from Facebook Sites. In fact the old group is actually growing..! What a headache… Well, I am quite confident that people in time will like the new page better.