"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

Just for fun

Spooky!

Not much tricking or treating here tonight, but we got a visit from these spooky charachters, and found it wisest to treat them with something sweet. It worked! “Knask eller knep” is the equivalent to the English “Trick or Treat”, only that the words have been switched around. Knask=Treat and Knep=Trick…

Halloween visit on Ankenes, Norway

Halloween visit on Ankenes, Norway


25,000 visitors to my blog!!!

25,000 Visitors to my page!

Thank you all!

-That’s what blogging is all about!

25,000 visitors to my blog

25,000 visitors to my blog

Jeg har plassert min blogg i Narviknorske bloggkart!


Partly cloudy – but still a few nice in “the bag”

I was hoping for clear, crisp weather and maybe a combined northern lights shots and a meteor from the Draconids – wich is the hot topic in tonight’s sky. I saw three really nice shooting stars, but ales, didn’t capture them. I would probably have caught some more, if it wasn’t for the clouds. I caught a few nice though! It was really the AHHHH!-moment of my Northern Lights watching career – but it was nice anyway.

At one point I managed to do a long exposure of Widerøe’s Flight WF855 (Dash 8-100) from Narvik taking off from Narvik Airport at 1010 pm (GMT+1). Funny how the landing lights and strobes made a nice pattern across the beautiful moonlit scene.

Widerøe's (Wideroe) flight WF855 taking off from Narvik Lufthavn 22:10 local time. Ankenes Lighthouse in the foreground. Narvik City in the background.

Widerøe’s (Wideroe) flight WF855 taking off from Narvik Lufthavn/Airport at 22:10 local time. Ankenes Lighthouse in the foreground. Narvik City in the background.

Tonights Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) reflected in the Ofoten Fjord with a couple of iron ore bulk carriers at anchor waiting for service.

Tonights Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) reflected in the Ofoten Fjord with a couple of iron ore bulk carriers at anchor waiting for service.


What is it?

I took this photo in my mother’s garden yesterday. There’s a bunch of pill-shaped objects there. Do you have an idea what this is? See answer beneath the photo…

It is moose droppings. And this was just one of the many piles. No need to prune the bushes in the garden. The Norwegian moose takes care of it all – including fertilizing! This seems to be about a month or two old. The fresher the droppings are, the darker color. It depends somewhat on the diet and especially the weather.


April Fools’ Day ;o)

Lovely! I’ve been tried fooled today (sorry, better luck next year) and I’ve managed to execute a few well-played pranks – for wich I have been thoroughly amused. So next year I am expecting revenge ;o)

Of course my blog has also been a scene for a small prank – namely the previous post “I’ve rounded 100,000 visitors to my blog!!!”. It would have been quite nice to have had more than 100,000 visitors – but my real counter shows just well over 15,000 ;o) As the observant reader might have noticed – the false “hit counter” has been stuck all day on 100,001 visitors…

April Fools' Prank

April Fools' Prank

 


Downwind ENNK

Just wanted to throw in a few more shots from tonights flight. The first we are appr. 1,000 feet and downwind ENNK (Narvik Airport). In front port side Ankenes and Fagernes and the prominent mountain “The Sleeping Queen” in the background.

Downwnind ready to land on runway 01

Downwnind ready to land on runway 01

Runway in sight port side - one more turn for final approach

Runway in sight port side - one more turn for final approach

One second from touchdown - ENNK - NVK - Narvik Airport

One second from touchdown - ENNK - NVK - Narvik Airport


There is nothing like flying!

In the capable hands of Captain Utnes I had the rare and beautiful chance of finally get some air under the wings! A short, but lovely flight this evening. Calm weather and few clouds was the setting of seeing the city of Narvik from above with the city lights. Usually that is just passing by in a few seconds coming in or going out by the commercial flights. Howering in a small Piper Cherokee over the city gives a very different feeling and gives quite a different feeling than the “glorified busrides” a commercial liner has to offer. And when flying together with a pilot with 30 years flying experience is also a treat. Seeing how he reads his instruments, trims the plane and handles it by the book and more is a brilliant experience. And kudos, exactly when the rear wheels touched the runway the stall light gave a short indication. That is the hallmark of a perfect landing and usually says quite a lot about good piloting! More pictures will be published as I have a chance to process them.

The Ofoten Fjord this evening seen over the wing of Lima November

The Ofoten Fjord this evening seen over the wing of Lima November


Poul and Anders

My good friend Poul – who made this trip possible! It has been a fantastic and absolutely delightful week on the top of Denmark. A long with my friend Anders – the three of us has enjoyed a Gentlemen’s Vacation with Lavish Cuisines, Brilliant Wines, Beers, Whiskey and Port Wines, Grand Nature and Breathtaking Cultural Experiences. I am a really lucky man to be in such good company!

Poul in Raabjerg Mile

Poul in Raabjerg Mile


SOPA / PIPA postponed indefinitely

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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Dette verk er lisensieret under en Creative Commons Navngivelse-Ikkekommersiell-DelPåSammeVilkår 3.0 Unported lisens.


1 Year Anniversary – THANK YOU!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary! And THANK YOU for making it fun to write!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary! And THANK YOU for making it fun to write!


Try landing on the Moon!

If you’re a history-buff, love space exploration like me and love flying – you’ll have to try this game!!! Moonlander by PlanetInAction.com I have only tried it in Google Chrome and it requires Google Earth plugin. If you’ve got the latest version of Google Earth and Chrome installed on your system, you have already got the plugin.

Steering the landing-craft of Apollo 11 – the first landing-craft to put man on the Moon – (at 02:39 UTC on Monday July 21 (10:39pm EDT, Sunday July 20), 1969) – is quite easy!

Use the left ← and right → arrow keys on your keyboard to control the pitch of The Eagle. Fire your engine in bursts by pressing the space-bar button on your keyboard. You can try a landing with unlimited fuel, but that is cheating ;o)

Keep an eye on the fuel gauge top right side, and keep the speed in the green area!

First you’ll need to break the orbital insertion velocity. Then pitch the craft upright when you’re over the (red) target landing area. Keep the speed in the green zone! Nice and smooth: touchdown! When you succeed, you’ll hear the actual recording from the landing from Mission Control Houston.

I prefer a full screen to get the most details.

Touchdown! Limited fuel-landing - smooth as a baby's bottom

Touchdown! Limited fuel-landing - smooth as a baby's bottom


Another issue of INARVIK out on the street tomorrow

Yet another brilliant issue of the magazine INARVIK hits the streets tomorrow. As usual it is a brilliant magazine the small – but highly talented staff has put together – made with love and passion for “happy journalism”! That is their trademark. You actually feel happy after having browsed through this magazine!

Enjoy by clicking on the front cover! The text is in Norwegian – but there are plenty of photos there to please your eyes!

Front cover of I NARVIK 03 2011

Front cover of I NARVIK 03 2011 (Please, Click the front cover to read the magazine)


Nephew Sondre’s Happy Song

My absolutely delightful nephew (7 months) is such a happy boy! Of course he has to have a happy song! So I made this little sample-song:

Download Sondre’s Happy Song by clicking here!

Enjoy!


Some humor

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..! 🙂

Jimmy Wales - Never Let Me Go

Jimmy Wales - Never Let Me Go


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 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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430 Municipalities of Norway – Norges kommuner

Great humor. The 430 municipalities of Norway in 1 song.

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Norges kommuner, posted with vodpod