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1  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / Re: Bomb and shooting in Oslo and at Utøya on: July 27, 2011, 08:35:18 pm
There is a poem written by Nordahl Grieg in 1936,  called "Til Ungdommen"   To our youths.    It was put to music in 1952 by Otto Mortensen.  It has been sung everywhere and by everyone these sad, sad days.

Follow the link and hear it sung by Herborg Kråkevik.  It says it all really.

English translation
By Rod Sinclair (2004)

Faced by your enemies
On every hand
Battle is menacing,
Now make your stand

Fearful your question,
Defenceless, open
What shall I fight with?
What is my weapon?

Here is your battle plan,
Here is your shield
Faith in this life of ours,
The common weal

For all our children’s sake,
Save it, defend it,
Pay any price you must,
They shall not end it

Neat stacks of cannon shells,
Row upon row
Death to the life you love,
All that you know

War is contempt for life,
Peace is creation
Death’s march is halted
By determination

We all deserve the world,
Harvest and seed
Hunger and poverty
Are born of greed

Don’t turn your face away
From needs of others
Reach out a helping hand
To all your brothers

Here is our solemn vow,
From land to land
We will protect our world
From tyrants’ hand

Defend the beautiful,
Gentle and innocent
Like any mother would
Care for her infant.
2  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / Re: Bomb and shooting in Oslo and at Utøya on: July 27, 2011, 05:29:18 pm

It has been so difficult to sit here in Scotland and watch that on TV.  I have felt totally helpless.  I have not lost anybody directly, but young people in the family has lost friends.   It has all been such a sad, sad  weekend.   I have now bought tickets to go back to Norway for a month long stay.  I feel I need to be with my own people. 

Norwegians, I have realized, are actually a huge family.   We don't agree always and we don't even like eachother at times, but when it comes down to it, we stick together.

3  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / The coastal ship on: June 22, 2011, 07:15:53 am
Norway has made the worlds longest tv-program.    The filmed every hour of every day the trip by the coastal ship from Bergen to Kirkenes and sent it all - directly and non stop.   

This is the link to the program.   You can watch it again - all 5 and a halv days of it if you want to.  Or click on the map and have a look at the part of Norway you want to see.   
4  Norskland Forums / Norwegian Art, Literature and Music / Re: WWII books or DVDs on: June 17, 2011, 07:16:27 am

Have you seen the film about Max Manus?

I know there are a lot of books, but I really can't think of any new ones.   
5  Norskland Forums / Norwegian Art, Literature and Music / Re: Forgotten treasure? on: April 13, 2010, 09:07:51 am

My heritage is in the Skjaak/Lom  and Syvde areas of Norway.  I have often wondered, as one travels into a fjord and arrives at the little town of Syvde (as an example) ......if that part experiences rising tides.  The pictures of these places are so serene and stilll, that it's hard to imagine any flooding, tides, or hurricane/tornado type of weather, as the"ends" of the  fjords themselves are so far inland off the ocean coasts.
It is evident that I have never been to Norway, but in my studying of my ancestor's land I have many questions as I go along.

Thanks for your reply.

Hi there DotMae. Nice to hear from you again.

There are tides in the fjords as well, but since they are so long and narrow they are often delayed and also smaller than the ones further out.  I have found you a link that probably explains this much better than I can do. Also, hurricanes and tornadoes does not often happen in Norway. We are lucky that way.  Smiley

6  Norskland Forums / Introduce Yourself / Re: hy there on: December 29, 2009, 09:03:06 am
Welcome to this forum George.  It is nice seeing you here.

I hope you will post often and tell us more about yourself. It is always good to meet new people.   Smiley

7  Norskland Forums / Introduce Yourself / Re: I'm new! on: December 02, 2009, 09:10:16 am
Hi ElizabethWhite

I see you  live in the UK and so do I.  Wellcome to the forum,  I hope you will have many posts in here. 
8  Norskland Forums / Introduce Yourself / Re: Kjorsvik & Jensen ancestors on: August 19, 2009, 09:25:22 am
Hi Linda.  How great is that?  Maybe you could send Mona Anderson a PM and tell her?  It is slow in here and maybe she don't come in often.   

I hope you find the information you are looking for.  I for one look forward to reading about your quest.  I do hope you will tell us?

9  Norskland Forums / Introduce Yourself / Re: Introducing myself on: June 28, 2009, 10:36:04 pm
Hi and welcome. 

It is always nice to meet new people.   I hope you will post much and often. It has been very quiet in this forum for a while now, but I hope that will change. 


10  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / Re: WANTED: "Albertino" lyrics on: June 22, 2009, 10:44:31 pm
The verse you have  in your first post is in Swedish, not Norwegian. Maybe that is why you think the words are different?  Smiley
11  Norskland Forums / Food and Recipes / Re: Norwegian Cakes for Celebrating, from the My Little Norway Blog on: May 14, 2009, 07:13:07 am
I like to use fresh fruits in layers instead of mixing it with the cream.  (just another way of doing it - they are a bit like "kjøttkake"  - everybody has a favorite.)

I pour some orange juice over the sponge, put down a layer with sliced bananas, a layer with strawberries and then whipped cream on top of that and then some walnuts.  I put another spongecake on top of THAT and repeat the whole thing one or two times.  And end with whipped cream and whole strawberries and walnuts.  Whit so much fruit it HAS to be very healthy! 

Have a great 17 May. 
12  Norskland Forums / Food and Recipes / Re: Whats the best brand AKVAVIT on: March 05, 2009, 08:32:41 pm
I have heard a story how that came about, but I can't swear it is true.  If it isn't - it is still a good story.

In the olden days when sail ships went to far away lands to buy goods, they sailed with more or less empty ships on the way down.  Somebody decided that good old fashioned potato moonshine would probably sell really well in Africa and India. 

What most people drank then was Sherry and empty sherry-barrels were easily come by. 
They filled them up with moonshine and away they went.  But of course, nobody wanted to buy it, so it went back home again. 

THEN - they found the drink had changed.  The months spent in cherry barrels and the two crossing of Equator had done something to it.  And so the Linje akkevit was born.  Line of course being the Equatorial line.
13  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / Re: Godt nytt år! on: December 31, 2008, 11:56:31 pm
Happy New Year to all of you.   A great Hogmanay og Godt Nyttår. 

I am ever so happy this forum has got some new life and maybe the year to come will see it bloom again. 

I will have to go back to Norway for some weeks. I leave here on Sunday.  It happened rather suddenly and has to do with health problems in the closest family.  So I might not be able to come here often,  but I'll be back!

A very happy 2009 to you all.
14  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / Re: Godt nytt år! on: December 30, 2008, 11:53:22 pm
Godt Nytt År - to you too.   

I hope the New Year will bring you everything youwant - ot at least everything that is good for you.  Wink   I hope to see you here often in 2009. 
15  Norskland Forums / General Discussion / God Jul on: December 24, 2008, 12:22:13 am
I want to wish everybody a really happy Jul. 

I am doing my annual "Julevake!   I sit up late into the night, thinking about the year that has passed, trying to get things into perspective. Enjoying the silence of the night and just trying get my head to be "quiet" for a change.  Smiley

It has been hectic.  This year I have knitted almost all the gifts. Scarfs, mittens, socks and such.  Saturday I realized I hadn't even started the "Icelander" I wanted to make for my son - and yes, it is possible to knit a pullover in 3 days, but I don't recommend it. 
A faulty washing machine poured water all over my floors today, the lights for the tree refused to work and I can't find my "nisser", but now it'll have to be any way it want.  I have done all I can do.   

We celebrate the 24th, Norwegian fashion, with  pork roast, sauerkraut, beer and akkevit and all the trimmings, then the gifts after dinner with cakes, icecreams and coffee black as sin. Then we do it all over again on the 25th.  Gifts (again) for breakfast, Norwegian lunch with lammerull, (lamb roll, salted and then smoked), anchovies and eggs etc.  and then a huge English dinner with Yorkshire puddings and  roast beef late in the evening.  You simply can't get enough of a good thing. 

I hope each and every one of you get the Jul you wanted to have and that the year to come brings you blessings.
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