There's something about Norwegian actor Nils Hognestad that melts me. Ever meet someone and you know they have something special, but you can't pinpoint it? Exactly. So now you know what, I mean who, is keeping me up at night!
With a steady body of work under their belt over the past couple decades, Jaga Jazzist recently released their newest album Starfire on the renowned Ninja Tune Records imprint.
The onscreen kingdom of Arendelle might be fictional, but the icy wonderland was famously based on Norway, where the vast fjords, alpine villages and snowy peaks appear tailor-made for the big screen.
I think a lot today about Utoya, as the headlines report about Charleston. Very different disasters, very different criminal acts, so convenient in an open society. Where one has so much opportunity to harm, and far less urgency to do good. Where hospitality is practiced, and sanctuary a distant dream.
Disney continues to ride "Frozen's" wave of popularity, and, most recently, Disney Cruise Line completed its first "Frozen" cruise of Norway.
The first time someone wondered if I was Norwegian, it was actually on a beach in Israel. A new Dutch friend I'd made at a conference came over to me and pointed back to this guy further up the beach and said, "Bjorn wants to know where you're from in Norway."
Yes, you read it right; Israel was rated by expats as the most dynamic country in the world. It even left the USA and Brazil, countries widely known for their fast and energetic culture, far behind. I bet you were not expecting this, right?
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Turns out the Norwegians are just as crazy about Princess Anna and Queen Elsa as any American waiting in line for hours at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom or Disneyland.
Which is more important to Americans - water, or hydro-power?
Criticism over the dearth of decent song entries from the UK gaped at us once too many times on Saturday night, as we stared back not so much in embarrassment as in shame.
I am a big fan of Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer. The Norwegian films of his that have made it to American screens -- Kitchen Stories, O'Horten and now 1001 Grams (currently in limited release) reveal a miniaturist dealing in microcosms that reveal the world.
"The fjordscapes of western Norway are so utterly unique and so profoundly beautiful that many people rate them as the most impressive landscapes on the planet" - Stuart Butler, Lonely Planet, April 16, 2015. Now THAT is high praise, worthy of attention, and perhaps sets unrealistic expectations.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming in 60 Seconds - a good summary of the main facts, done in 1950s...