Well, in this day and age where being insulted is a popular passtime and freedom of speech is under an equal duress as under Hitler’s Germany – wonder how long this shop – which forms the very entrance to the international area at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen – is allowed to sell alcohol before it is declared and insult to the new master race – or should I say master ideology..?
I observed the gardeners as they planted these beautiful “hanging gardens” with the most amazing plants and flowers earlier this summer. At a later visit I took the opportunity to take a few shots (with my camera, not from the contents of the shelves) of this architectural Pièce de résistance. And all the shelfs are actually made out of solid wood. A rarity in this politically correct IKEA-age. The ceiling of elegant lamps form waves of light resembling northern light, and the shapes of the shelf-modules draws your attention to the steep mountains in Norway.
This is really a masterpiece, and as you venture in through the shop, a small carving into the wood makes you go: -Ahh, but of course – Snøhetta – and their brilliant architects designed this sinful landscape in all it’s glory – and did an absolute excellent job at it! I would say traveling abroad from Norway via Gardermoen, will give you an excellent opportunity to study these lush gardens and ravishingly beautiful designs. In the mean time, feel free to enjoy my photos – and those of you who are insulted by this – go do something useful, like dig a hole in the sand.
Unfortunately it looks like there is no hope of finding the crew of five from the transport plane “Siv” that went missing the other day.
Thousands of pieces of the aircraft has been found on the mountain Kebnekaise at an altitude of around 2,000 meters. The transport plane was en route from Evenes, Norway to Kiruna, Sweden to pick up, and transport military personnel back to Norway. This tragedy could have been much bigger, but that is probably not any consolation for the ones left behind from the crew of five…
The Norwegian cargo airplane that went missing 1355 zulu time is still not found. According to the news at 2000 zulu time, the faint radio signal that should have been picked up by a Danish SAR EH-101 helicopter is not confirmed.
This cargo airplane is extremely sturdy. I have flown with the old C130. The plane missing is brand new. It has a Go-Around-Autopilot with Auto-Throttle, which enables the plane to take immediate control and climb if it inadvertently is steered towards the ground. That makes this all the more puzzling, and a heavy rotor turbulence associated with Lee Wave in between the mountains could maybe be an explanation, but this is a mere speculation for my part.
In any case, I hope and pray the crew has made it, but time is critical for survivors. It is freezing in the snowy winter mountains.
Widerø (wideroe.no) is the Norwegian short range airline flying between the short runway airports in Norway. Hats off to the pilots, as long as the cross wind isn’t too strong, they fly. Here is a few shots taken of the flight coming in from and taking off to Bodø (Bodoe).
Observe the wind socks (the red and white wind indicators by the side of the runway. They were pretty stiff today…
Now, the runway is officially appr. 800 meters long, but in reality, RWY 01 is 110 meters longer than the official number, and the north end (RWY 19) is 20 meters extra, so the strip is 910 meters long. Nice to know if you’re coming in a little heavy (FYI flyboys and -girls). Just check it out in Google Earth or Google Maps!
I designed the logo on the front page of the new homepage for the aeroclub in Narvik. It says: Save Narvik Airport Framnes -fly for life!
A few politicians and moneymen in Narvik have decided to shut down this airport and effectively cut off the population from a vital air ambulance service which saves hundreds of lives every year.
Furthermore this airport, in spite of politicians trying to strangle it by restricting commercial flights, actually has a nearly 10% annual growth in passenger traffic.
And finally it is the hub for a vibrant aerosport club. Please visit their brand new website! http://narvikflyklubb.no/
I had 15 minutes at my disposal today. Enough to do a little bit of Plane Spotting. This is a Dash 8 belonging to Widerøe (Wideroe) an airline company under the SAS group. This specific plane has the call-sign LN-WIF and is named after the county Nord-Trøndelag.
But passenger traffic is not the only function of the airport. An ambulance plane arrives almost every day to evacuate patients from the local hospital to the university hospital in Tromsø (Tromsoe) Northern-Norway. A vital service that cannot be replaced any other way, neither by ambulance nor helicopter due to the extreme weather. But a new bridge project and the immensely huge ego of a handful politicians is now threatening to close the airport…
The SOPA and PIPA law proposals are postponed indefinately! Which means the World’s Population – not the Entertainment Industry – still has the democratic control over the internet! (For now)
So in order to join in the free expression of the world this entire blog is free under a CC – Creative Commons License – with the following limitations:
Commercial Use: NO (right back at you, greedy entertainement industry) Not without my written permission.
Share alike/alter the work: Yes, you may alter and share my pictures, videos or texts from this blog, as long as you link back to the blog. But still, if for commercial use, you need my written permission.
This license applies to The Whole World!
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- Do you prefer a safe Internet?
- Do you prefer a stable Internet?
- Do you prefer the old security of rights “Innocent until proven Guilty” to still be a golden rule in democratic societies?
- Do you support a free, prosperous Internet
- Do you oppose giving control over the World’s most significant tool for Prosperity and Freedom of Expression to the entertainment industry and dictatorius regimes?
Please, watch these film:
This has NOTHING to do with protecting artists’ Copyright! They are already protected through the law over most parts of the world – and I support the ones I like by buying their music and films.
This has EVERYTHING to do with giving the Entertainment Industry (and subsequently corrupt regimes) the TOTAL control over The Internet…
Still not convinced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc
- If you are a US citizen, please, contact your congressman today and protest!
- Do you know a US citizen, please urge him/her to protest!
On 1/24 it could be too late… The clock is ticking…
You probably remember where you were on 9/11 2001? I was on my way to the pharmacy to pick up some drugs for my father. We had nursed him at home for some time at that point, due to the total incompetence of the local hospital. While driving to town I heard about the terror against the Twin Towers in New York. For the first few seconds I was convinced I had tuned into a film review program. It sounded unreal. The story was so fantastically unbelievable, that I was sure they in the next sentence would mention some director or actor. That was until I heard one of NRK’s famous reporters live from New York. That’s when it dawned on me – the world would never be the same again…
Three days later my dear, loving, wise father passed away from cancer. That is a week I’ll never ever forget – as long as I live. I guess the hurt and the sorrow from these so very evil days has become a part of me. They will never go away, they will probably never truly heal – but they are getting better and more integrated into who I am as a person for every passing day. And in the end – maybe that is what will matter.
By these beautiful – and so very true – words from the film “Dying to have known”, I leave this day and week in the hope of a better world with an end to naivety, stupidity and a prayer for all man kind to serve The Good and turn their back on evil:
For each of us eventually – whether we’re ready or not – some day, it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no more minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected – whether treasured or forgotten – will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do-lists will expire. The wins and losses – that once seemed so important – will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived at the end. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought but what you built. Not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not what you learned but what you thought. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered and encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live on in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
A young boy and his father and three health-workers from the local hospital here in Narvik died in a road accident Friday between Tromsø and Narvik involving two buses and car. 6 more are in intensive care at the University Hospital in Tromsø. People die all the time along the roads in Norway. Politicians are more interested in building “systems” to secure their power-base. The minister of Transportation and Communication, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, is such an incompetent politician.
This part of the accident-proned road between Narvik and Tromsø should have been secured with spacers between the lanes – but quite incompetently nothing is being done other than hiring more government officials and spending taxpayers money on more laws and regulations.
The Accident Investigators are inspecting the scene and the cars involved. Friday’s Accident seems to have been worse than necessary because several of the passengers failing to use seat belt in the mini-bus involved. Seat belts actually improves your risk of survival by 200% It also decreases your risk of serious injuries just as much. I for one – would not have been here to write these lines to you – if it weren’t for seat belts! Use Seat Belts – Someone Loves You!
Stupid, ignorant, nepotistic politicians and seat belts aside – with this we let our warmest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to those who have lost their dear, to those who are struggling for life in the hospital while at the same time coping with the loss of their dear son and father/husband and to the hospital staff who found three of their employees dead in this horrific accident just minutes after meeting them at the hospital.
Last night a passenger (Turkish Airways) plane from Oslo, Norway to Istanbul, Turkey was hijacked by an expelled asylumseeker. A man from Northern Norway – 54 year old Dag Gjerstad from Kvænangen in Troms attacked the hijacker and held him down until the plane landed in Istanbul and the Turkish Police could evacuate the plane and arrest the hijacker.
Muslim terrorist almost killed the Captain and 1st Officer of Kato Air Flight
In 2004 a plane from this city, Narvik enroute to Bodø was hijacked by a muslim terrorist who almost killed the pilots with an axe. The Captain and 1st Officer both sustained serious head injuries and was blinded by blood and partially paralyzed by the violent muslim terrorist. The plane went into a death-dive, and calculations show that the pilot regained control and avoided crashing by some 20 meters… Trond Frantzen and Odd Eriksen – both North-Norwegians attacked the hijacker and battled with him until they managed to free the restrained pilots from their attacker. They almost strangled the hijacker to death until he gave up fighting.
Odd Eriksen broke his back in the following crash landing at the airport in Bodø. The Police couldn’t understand how the pilots managed to land the plane. They both sustained serious head injuries and wounds to their bodies and were partly blinded by blood. The cockpit instruments were soaked in blood. All four heroes, the Captain, 1st Officer, Trond Frantzen and Odd Eriksen and all the passengers survived.
Professor in Crisis Psychiatry Lars Weisæth believes the reason why men and women from Northern-Norway are so capable of acting in serious crisis, is because the live in a part of Norway where it is necessary to be able to take Care of yourself. In Northern Norway there is a – at times – violent climate and nature, there is often a long way to the nearest police- and firebrigade-station and the nearest doctor or hospital. Thus forcing us to be able to cope in serious crisis-situations.
-Witness Passivity – a problem
Professor Weisæth says witness passivity is a problem in dramatic events. If the 2004-hijacking had taken place between Oslo and Stockholm chances are the passengers would have been seated, doing nothing, waiting for someone to take action, according to a SAS – Scandinavian Airlines Captain. So being from a city lessens the chance of being a hero.
Some of the best know hero-headlines from Norway the past few years
- Rescued three children from the lit caravan
- Rescued elderly from fire inferno
- 12-year old girl saved three girls from drowning
- 15-year old rescued fisherman from sinking boat
- Tried saving drowned
- Rescued elderly woman from burning house
- Dived deep into capsized “Rocknes” to save seamen
- Busdriver stabbed
Further reading: The Norway Post – Norwegian stops highjacker
Well, that’s what the Chinese governtment thinks. They locked this gentle man for 11 years. His crime? He only wants democracy for his people and the great nation of China to prosper. But his vision of prosperity is obviously not what the Communist Party in China envisions as prosperity.
The Nobel Peace Price committee announced on the 8th of October 2010 that this years laureate was Liu Xiaobo. The Chinese government locked his wife up in house arrest, and has since detained all Xiaobo’s relatives. That means his chair at the ceremony today is going to be empty. The last time this happened was when Nazi Germany send Carl von Ossietzky into concentration camp in 1935.
So why is Liu Xiaobo such a “dangerous criminal”. He is a poet by trade, but he has uttered his ideas about a federal state system, with Tibet and Taiwan as free associated states in this union. That is nothing less than blasphemous words in the ears of the Chinese Communist Party.
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!
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…
Today there has been a lot of private work, and I have done some translations. Apart from all this, there has been some more campaigning on the Campaign for Pure Norwegian Fish, and luckily the main public service news-channel in Norway, NRK, still keeps the focus on food additives – which is really admirable! Signing off with Today’s Panorama:
Norwegian Fish – (about) to become a Scam! SIGN PETITION TODAY! Norsk Fiskesvindel – SKRIV UNDER I DAG!
There has been a rotten hustle going on with Norwegian meat for years. It has become a “tradition” pumping the meat full of salt, water, phosphate and other additives to increase the weight, change the color and prolong shelf-life. NOW this scam is about to become an excuse for doing the same with The Norwegian Gold – FISH…! Already some Norwegian fish factories are illegally injecting fish with water, salt and phosphate – and now they want it legalized. Not only water and phosphate is going to be injected into the fish, but also fish-guts…!!! For what? For increasing weight and change color, so you – the consumer – won’t know that the fish is actually old and grey – because the fish meat is still white and shiny…!
What a SCAM! My grandfather Rolv Bjugn was a honest, hard working fisherman and it took a lot to make him angry. But I guarantee you he would not have been happy if he had watched the news yesterday..!
The Unbelievable Story, so Unbelievable that you might not believe it… The film is not open for embedding, so in order to watch it, click on it, then click on the link “Watch on YouTube” or just plain and simply click here!
They are building a bridge. (The 8th longest suspension bridge in the World) They are shutting down the local Narvik Airport. This is “A Bridge Too Far…” Politicians in the area have given away the milk cow (i.e.: the local airport) in exchange for a cold glass of milk (i.e.: the bridge). And the not so friendly politicians in Narvik’s neighbouring city Bodø has clapped their hands and supported the idea, well aware of the disadvantage this exchange will have for the region. Now, comparing these two infrastructural factors is just as useful as to compare a grape to a pea… They serve two totally different, and equally important, areas in the stimulation of the economy in the region.
The time saved on the road traveling by the new bridge, compared to the “old” road and bridge, is exactly 20 minutes. That however is not the main factor in the question of building this multi-billion (NOK) bridge. The main argument has been saving lives by eliminating a very winding and accident proned road. This makes for a very good argument – if it was not for the local hospital. The local hospital is one of the worse examples of total lack of quality management. For that reason more than 300 emergency flights are made annually to the University hospital in Tromsø, UNN (and som the the county hospital in Bodø). That is almost one flight per day. Quite a few of these flights are life-saving and time is of the essence. The ambulance ride from the local hospital to the local airstrip takes approximately 5 minutes (from point A to point B on the map).
Here lies the short sightedness of politicians more interested in building a monument for their own period of reign, than the well being of the citizens. A new bridge will be a most welcome supplement to the region. After all this is the European road No. 6 (E6) running through Norway, and Narvik and its region is a technological and industrial locomotive for the region. But when all things’ said and done. The number of lives saved on the road by the this new bridge is easily weighed up by the number of lives lost when the time traveled from the hospital is not as today’s 5 minutes, but 45-60 minutes on a long, dark and most of the year icy road (crossing one mountain-pass) to the nearest regional airport. In addition to this, the air traffic in the regional airport has a much higher density, thus possibly adding to the flight-time of ambulance flights.
The new route for patients: From the hospital (point A) to the point where the new bridge will cross the fjord (point B) where the new “bridge road” will intersect with the current road (point C) and finally the regional airport, Harstad/Narvik Lufhthavn Evenes (point D).
The politicians in Narvik “celebrated” a while back in the newspapers by toasting with water from Narvik, when the plans for the new bridge and subsequently the closing of the local airport was decided. As far as I am concerned they can toast in their water until they drown, as long as they have traded the life-saving and pivotally important Narvik Airport for a monument over themselves. Oh, and yes, if you think trading the airport for a new bridge will give you a free ride across the fjord, think again! The price might be as high as 540 NOK for a round trip across the bridge…
When it comes to the question Bridge OR Airport?:
Soon to be history, landing at and taking off from Narvik Airport, Framnes
The Ambulance Plane landed no less than 3 times yesterday. Nevertheless they are now going to shut down the airport and cut off some 20.000 people from this life-saving transport. Instead they are going to build a bridge and transport patients to a regional airport. Compared to the 5-minute ride from the local hospital to Narvik Airport today, the patients will in the future have to be transported to Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes. A transport-time of at least 45 minutes. How many critically ill patients will die during these some extra 40 minutes? Today the ambulance operator Lufttransport AS flies some 300 missions a year to Narvik Lufthavn.
The picture below is a montage of one of the “Yellow Angel’s” 3 missions to Narvik yesterday.