I throws out a challenge to you this Friday afternoon: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.
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!
Saturday, January 31
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, January 22
Would you join "Thank God I am a man" or are you still proud of being part of the "opposite" sex.
Wednesday, January 21
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
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
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
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
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
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:
- Avoiding tendentious irrelevance
Examples: Personal attacks, claims of opponents' motivation, explaining reasons for an argument.
- Avoiding tendentious reciting
Reproductions should be neutral regarding the subject of the debate.
- Avoiding tendentious ambiguity
Ambiguous arguments may be easily adopted to suit criticism.
- Avoiding tendentious use of straw men
Assigning views to the opponent that he or she does not hold.
- Avoiding tendentious original research
Information put forward should never be untrue or incomplete, and one should not withhold any relevant information.
- 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:
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
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, uh...equipment?' '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.' 'Tripod?' '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
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
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.