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Archive for October, 2010

Today’s Panoramas (Halloween 31st of October)

The City of Narvik at the base of the Ofoten Fjord (the inner part of the Vestfjorden - The West Fjord).

Silent before the Storm

Silent before the Storm - There is a storm brewing South-West of Narvik.


Allehelgensaften – All-Saints-Evening – Halloween and a bit of history…

Allehelgensaften in Norwegian, more or less directly translates as All-Saints-Evening or in English Halloween is tonight. Halloween traditions have made it’s way into Norwegian culture and we have already had two lovely kids at the door for some candy with the Norwegian term for “trick or treat”: “Knask eller Knep”! 🙂 Lovely!

We’ve also been to the cemetery lighting candles today. At the same time we drove up to a vantagepoint above the city and took some pictures of the beautiful sky and the newly erected memorial over major Ivar Hyldmo, chief of the “Hyldmo-Batallion” that fought long and hard to secure the First Allied Victory during the 2nd World War in recapturing Narvik from the German Nazi Occupation Forces. My grandfather and a lot of my relatives took part in this epic battle to free Narvik. Luckily my two grandfathers (one a Norwegian soldier, infantry, the other a German soldier and radio-operator) and my grandmother (a telegraph-operator) all survived the war in Narvik, or I would not have been here to write this blog…

Major Ivar Hyldmo

Major Ivar Hyldmo - Retired Colonel, spent 2 years as a Prisoner of War in Germany - and survived, later became a Brigade-Commander for peace-keeping forces in Germany and a Norwegian Military Attace in London. Now, 70 years after the war he and his men got their memorial in Narvik. Ivar Hyldmo was a loved and respected grade-school teacher by trade. The memorial reads: "Go boys! Norway's at stake! - Erected in Gratitude"

 

Major Ivar Hyldmo (ret. Colonel) with one of the hills he and his men stormed in the racapturing of Narvik in the background.

Memorial over Major Ivar Hyldmo (ret. Colonel) with one of the hills he and his men stormed in the recapture of Narvik in the background. This was the first allied victory against Nazi Germany in the 2. World War

 

 


Halloween 2

The All-Saints-Evening first "Knask eller Knep" - Halloween "trick or treat"!

The All-Saints-Evening first "Knask eller Knep" - Halloween "trick or treat"!

Wonder how the poor, little guy can see through his mask…!


The Troll Hunter Official trailer ENGLISH version!

Ohh, no – here they come again!
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The Troll Hunter – The Trolls are coming!!!

Ohhh, no – here they come – the TROLLS!!!

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Busy keeping Norwegian Fish clean

The Facebook-campaign has been a tremendous success! 1.100 “likes” in a little over a day – not bad for a Norwegian site! The petition is a little slower, but we are getting there! Remember the population is only 4.9 millions.

The 3 first and biggest head-lines in today’s news on the main Norwegian news channel, NRK, was spot on regarding additives in meat and fish. SURPRISINGLY several CEO’s of several large supermarket chains bluntly admitted that they don’t eat the same meat and fish (containing phosphates) that they sell to Norwegian consumers – nor feed it to their kids. That says it all – I rest my case (for now)…

Snapshot from the Pure Norwegian Fish Campaign on Facebook

Snapshot from the Pure Norwegian Fish Campaign on Facebook


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..!

Sign the petition today! Keep Norwegian fish pure and of high quality an value! Please, Click Here – Skriv under i dag – hold norsk fisk ren! Klikk her!

My Grandfather - Rolv Bjugn - on his fishing vessel "Havleik"

My Grandfather - Rolv Bjugn - on his fishing vessel "Havleik", he is standing on the foredeck while sailing for the cod fishery in Lofoten Islands.


The Amazing Race – Episode 5 – Part 1/3 [dcdice]

Narvik in one episode of The Amazing Race.
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The Amazing Race – Episode 5 – Part 2/3 [dcdice]

Rapelling off the Skjomen Bridge and having a feast on the West Norwegian Christmas specialty, smoked, barbecued sheeps heads. What a blast!
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The Amazing Race – Episode 5 – Part 3/3 [dcdice]

Ankenes Marina just a stone’s throw from here, traditional Norwegian fishing vessels and the beautiful Skjomen Fjord with it’s special Ice Age slippery mountain sides. The whole shabang!

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The Unbelievable Story

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!


Today’s Panorama (25th of October)

Sun in the mountains by the inner part of the Ofoten Fjord

Sun in the mountains by the inner part of the Ofoten Fjord


Danish Friends need not to worry…!

My Danish friends need not to worry about taking a trip to Northern Norway. I just found this package of Danish Meatballs (Danske Frikadeller) in one of the local supermarkets today 🙂

Danish Meatballs

Danish Meatballs in the local supermarket RIMI on Ankenes