Saturday, January 31

Photo Safari and Corners in Oslo, Norway

Petunia came up with a challenge on Friday.
I throws out a challenge to you this Friday afternoon:
Get out on tour during the weekend
and take photos and write a bit about where you have been.
Post the findings in your blog within monday!
I grabbed the challenge and used my camera during our Saturday strolling down town. All photos are shot close to the Parliament on the way to Cafe Christiania for Brunch.First we passed the "Speakers Corner" with a upcoming groom reading lyrics in front of a demonstration regarding the Sri Lankan / Tamil conflict, and behind them you may find C.C. At the other side of the Parliament and "Players Corner" the trumpeter played different versions of Norwegian Folk Music.At Egertorvet ("Smokers Corner") the chilly weather (minus 4C) made the outdoor restaurants empty. May be the no smoking policy is easier to follow in wintertime.

Gardening - Make plans for this season

It is too early to make any concrete plans for this season gardening, or maybe it is already too late to reach the unreachable goal this year.
I therefore will give you a trip to the fantastic AlHambra in Granada, Spain.
The photos goes to my sister and brother-in-law presently staying at their home in Calahonda, Marbella with a "thank you for calling" yesterday night.Next time we come to Spain to visit you, we have to plan for another remarkable trip to one of southern Spain´s beautiful areas and historical places.

Thursday, January 29

Doors - a new meme?

The Melbourne-based journalist and internationally-published photographer David Mcmahon has started a personal but regular series of Doors. His Logo for the archive is placed at the bottom of this post, and I think it is a great idea to present the entrances of houses, gardens, etc. as we see it.
I will follow up that "meme" with my Dubliner Door. A really beautiful entrance to a street residence.Visit Davids site and find out more of his Doors Archive.

Wednesday, January 28

Mr. Behn and Tulips for the royal family

I have called this painting "Trist som fan"

The husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway , mr. Behn, should normally not be worth a post in my blog. But because he has started a campaign to destroy (or why else) the Norwegian people´s believes in our governing system - Norwegian Monarchy - by overdoing his own marketing campaign for the upcoming book, I feel "sad as hell". Somebody call mr.Behn an unstable cannon, but I have only made a loose button in my painting.
I send yellow (the color associated at times with jealousy, as well as cowardliness. Lastly, it is associated with sensational journalistic practices) tulips to H.M. King Harald and H.M. Queen Sonja that have to live with the clown in their family. Hopefully their son-in-law will understand the damage he is creating, and limit his frustration of only being the princess´ husband to words in his (no read) books.

Monday, January 26

The never ending story

Well, it happened once more.
Planned surgery for a "new" eyelid was interrupted seconds before the scalpel should come in contact with my face. The anesthetist did not get the full control over the medical procedure called Sedation. From Wikipedia we can read:
Sedation scales are used in medical situations in conjunction with a medical history in assessing the applicable degree of sedation in patients in order to avoid under-sedation (the patient risks experiencing pain or distress) and over-sedation (the patient risks side effects such as suppression of breathing, which might lead to death).
According to my surgeon and the anesthetist in charge this became the situation for me. They could not find the correct balance and when I stopped breathing, they decided to stop the operation and evaluate an alternative procedure.

But of corse this is not a quick fix for a medical challenge like me, so I was sent home waiting for the their decision. I therefore send this tulips to the medical persons (Ellen and Kari) in charge at Ullevål. It is always an evidence of great competence to know when to stop and getting additional professional assistance. I am still breathing and ready for a second enrollment next week.

Sunday, January 25

On leave, Celebrating Bente 50

On leave from hospital to celebrate Bente´s 50 years birthday. The party was arranged in Engelsviken close to Fredrikstad. Engelsviken is a summer paradise, so you have to wait some months before I can shoot my external photos from this area.
These photos show Bente with her nearest family during dinner. Once more: Happy birthday, Bente. Tomorrow at seven am I will enroll once more for eyelid surgery. Have a nice Sunday.

Friday, January 23

Post of the day, Tuesday

Although I visit the site Authorblog and David Mcmahon every day, I must confess that I did not know before Friday afternoon, that David did nominate me on this exclusive list of Post of the Day last Tuesday.
I am honored and will do my best to be nominated on the list once more.

Thanks to Asbjørn who sent me the photos used, and David that found the post more than average interesting and worth a place on his list.

Hospitalization no 1, 2009

I don´t expect too many stay overs in hospitals in 2009, but Friday morning I will be enrolled for my first operation this year. One of my eyelids need surgery due to some uncontrolled and constantly cell division. Hopefully no malignity.

Thursday, January 22

Male or female - flippancy or facts

The headline could open for a variety of reflections linked to the possibility that my donor perhaps was a female person or vice versa. However, I will limit myself to drinking habit, and give some of you a chance to evaluate these figures compared to your own life, male or female.
Would you join "Thank God I am a man" or are you still proud of being part of the "opposite" sex.

Wednesday, January 21

Ayers Rock, Australia and Authorblog

Many blog friends are posting their ABCW = A this Wednesday round four. I have decided to leave this meme, but will use this opportunity to say thanks to many of the weekly ABC-visitors by presenting some of my spectacular photos from Australia.
The famous Uluru or Ayers Rock can be found in the Red Centre together with Kata Tjuta and Watarrka
My eldest daughter (16 years) was tracking in this areas during our stay in Singapore. No school trip by bus to a nearby place, but flying to Darwin and Alice Spring before going out in the wilderness in Kings Canyon.
My youngest daughter also visited Australia as a student at UWCSEA. She joined a school trip to the Gold Coast and Brisbane. The beaches around Gold Coast, Queensland was a place for them to relax between the Student Choir´s concerts in Brisbane.
Since the Melbourne-based journalist David Mcmahon is responsible for the Authorblog his A should also be mentioned with regards from Arne once staying at the beautiful Manly Beach outside Sydney.
Visit David´s blog and follow what is going on down under.

Tuesday, January 20

Alternative to snow and cold weather.

Based upon anemone´s blogpost yesterday I had to make my own post of the two round fleshy parts that form the lower rear area of a human trunk as you possibly may call it.

But do you always see what you think you see?

Are you preconceived, or even prejudiced?

Do you think you will find the truth at one of Best city beaches in the World?
or is it the wife next door?

The photo cropping technique may create funny results.
Scroll to see more.

Monday, January 19

King Winter is back

Last Thursday we had no snow at all here in Oslo. This weekend King Winter decided to come back, and this morning I am happy that my car is in a garage.
In the garden the trees are like sculptures, but my neighbors are hunting for their cars in the middle of "nowhere". She found it, started digging OUT and got free after 20 minutes.
Some minutes later another car is searching for a parking place, and after 10 more minutes digging IN, this new cardriver could leave the car ready for her job in the city.
30 minutes of live theatre.
All the world is a stage, as Trine said playing the melancholy Jaques in Shakespeare´s As you like it.

Sunday, January 18

New Painting / New car

Too much sport on TV today. Have to disappear into my studio to finish a painting before the snow is taken over the nature. Outside snow is falling from the sky and very soon covers the ground with a white carpet.
In Ålesund Helge is celebrating his birthday, and in Wales Trine is buying a new (used) family car.
Congratulation to us all.

Thursday, January 15

Photo Safari at Sognsvann

Normally the area around Lake Sognsvann at this time of the year is full of snow and ice with children playing, skiing or skating.
I am very happy that there is no snow in the center of Oslo where I live, but for those longing for the winter activities, the brown and snowless paths must create abstinence.

For my pregnant daughter walking around the lake makes her keep up the conditions required, and a short break in the 2 x 5km stroll is only taking place to honor the photo safari blogging.Tullen are here close to the frozen lake, and the birches are bended by last season heavy loads of snow.

Wednesday, January 14

Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss is dead

Norwegian philosopher, writer and mountaineer Arne Næss, best known for launching the concept of Deep Ecology has died at the age of 96. The deep ecology concept is promoting the idea that Earth as a planet has as much right as its inhabitants, such as humans, to survive and flourish.

His philosophical work focused on Spinoza, Buddhism and Gandhi. He earned a doctorate at the University of Oslo at age 27 and was the youngest person to be appointed full professor at the University of Oslo.

Næss argued for abstaining from the following to make discussions as fruitful and pleasant as possible:
  1. Avoiding tendentious irrelevance
    Examples: Personal attacks, claims of opponents' motivation, explaining reasons for an argument.
  2. Avoiding tendentious reciting
    Reproductions should be neutral regarding the subject of the debate.
  3. Avoiding tendentious ambiguity
    Ambiguous arguments may be easily adopted to suit criticism.
  4. Avoiding tendentious use of straw men
    Assigning views to the opponent that he or she does not hold.
  5. Avoiding tendentious original research
    Information put forward should never be untrue or incomplete, and one should not withhold any relevant information.
  6. Avoiding tendentious tone of voice
    Examples: irony, sarcasm, pejoratives, exaggeration, subtle (or open) threats.

For many years these points were part of the two compulsory courses in philosophy taught in Norwegian universities ("Examen philosophicum" and "Examen facultatum").

I first became aware of Arne Næss during the Mardøla protest in 1970 and through his activity in "Fremtiden i våre hender" and his book "Økologi, samfunn og Livsstil" (1974).

I will recommend his book Life's philosophy: reason and feeling in a deeper world where he in his preface states:

The book (text found her at Google), is based upon his Norwegian version from 1998, the year of my transplantations. This book "Livsfilosofi" meant a lot for me in my recovery process.

Parts of the book is written at his cabin Tverrgastein under Hallingskarvet and I visited this beautiful place (seen uphills behind me) in 2002.

Tuesday, January 13

Making a baby.

Yesterday I received an email from Mrs. Nesbitt, and just had to post it. There is not one dirty word in it, and it is funny!-- 

Take your time:The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, 'Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon.' 

Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. 'Good morning, Ma'am', he said, 'I've come to..' 

'Oh, no need to explain,' Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, 'I've been expecting you.' 

'Have you really?' said the photographer. 'Well, that's good. Did you know babies are my specialty?' 

'Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat !.

After a moment she asked, blushing, 'Well, where do we start?' 

'Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there.'
'Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and me!' 

'Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results.' 

'My, that's a lot!', gasped Mrs. Smith. 

'Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be In and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that.' 

'Don't I know it,' said Mrs. Smith quietly. 

The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. 'This was done on the top of a bus,' he said. 

'Oh, my God!' Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat. 

'And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.' 

'She was difficult?' asked Mrs. Smith. 

'Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look' 

'Four and five deep?' said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement. 

'Yes', the photographer replied. 'And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in.' 

Mrs. Smith leaned forward. 'Do you mean they actually chewed on your,' 

'It's true, Ma'am, yes..

Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away.' 


'Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big to be held in the hand very long.' 

(Mrs Smith fainted)

Monday, January 12

Day of Tulips

Today we can celebrate the Tulip Day here in Norway.
The day marks the start of the tulip season and most flower shops will be full of fresh Tulips in beautiful colors. Tulips are my favorite flower.
The Tulips are probably most believed as coming from Amsterdam, but it is originally a flower imported to north western Europe in the middle of 1500 from Turkey. Its origin can be found in the Persian Empire which is where nature evolved into culture and it all begun almost 10.000 years ago.
Buy yourself or give your partner some nice Tulips today. It makes a god start of this week.

Saturday, January 10

Organ transplantation vs Medical Needs in Gaza

Two Norwegian doctors have been working in Gaza since New Year. They have been one of the important sources for information about what is going on in this, by Israel, sealed off area. Their working conditions in Gaza are incomparable to their work in Norway, where we as patients at Rikshospitalet have the possibility to get advanced high quality surgery and life saving procedures like Organ Transplantation.469 organs to 425 person was transplanted in 2008. More than last year, all time high.
At the same time 192 patients were on the waiting list for operation.
The gap between reported potential donations and realized donations has more or less been the same last ten years.
People saying NO to donation in 2008 was 42 0r 29%
There is still a lot of work to do in the information and motivation area, and part of this challenge was up for debate in the Parliament this week.