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Weather and butter.

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This year Norway and Finland have shared at least three things. The first snow arrived in Oslo on the day of the Finnish Independence, December 6th. The same in Finland.

On second Christmas day the storm called Dagmar invaded Finland and Norway, many places in both countries are still without electricity because of falling trees and power poles. I was up late when it arrived in Oslo. I live on the seventh floor and the noise of the storm was such that I wondered how on earth was I goin...

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Spelling mistakes and new year again!

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

At Oslo airport yesterday I picked up a glossy magazine printed for the passagers. It had quite an interesting article by a Norwegian. It was mainly about unpublished photos of the photographer who takes photos of Nobel Peace Laureates. One of them was the former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari. But why did the writer think she knew how to spell his name, did she not know any Finns to ask. Spelling mistakes in both names: Marti Ahtissari. I must write to her.

I must repeat the former...

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Posted on January 5, 2010 at 5:46 AM Comments comments (0)

New year again and I hardly visit the site. I'm in Finland again and have a new lodger, who has two children. So much stuff they have too. They look like they owned the place and I was the lodger! Of course, I have to loose lots of things, I cannot live in Helsinki as that would mean leaving my daughter and grandchild in Oslo. Neither can I move things to Oslo where I have a small apartment. It is good that someone lives here.

My camera stopped working, it does not come on, new batterie...

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A diploma

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)


Posted on July 17, 2009 at 5:11 AM Comments comments (0)

I returned to Oslo for a while, but all three of us travelled to Finland in the beginning of July as Daniel, my son, and his wife came to Europe and he wanted to visit his grandmother's grave. They arrived on a Sunday evening at 17.00 at the airport, then we had a whole day together. They left again early on Tuesday morning, I went to see them off. I should continue to move away things to be able to get a lodger, but we also want to take my grandson to places. I went through all the letters b...

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Seeing the city

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I am in Helsinki to tidy up the apartment from all that I can throw away. The city is however too interesting to keep working. I had not been to the zoo here, Korkeasaari, for years. There is no zoo in Oslo. So I took the boat there, it only takes 10 minutes. The cat area was quiet, many animals had had babies and were caring for them inside. The largest tiger was sleeping in the top of his area, at least one could see the beautiful colours. Before I left, the l...

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Oh my, to put it mildly.

Posted on April 30, 2009 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In Flickr, my photography site, one of the members of my Munkkiniemi group had sent a photo. He had tried to take a photo of a line near the tram line in Munkkiniemi, which flares up with an orange light at night when a tram gets close. As this happens quickly, the light went out before he was able to take a photo. Of course, I wanted to go and see if I could make it. It was almost 11 at night when I left home in Munkkivuori. After finding the line, glass pane inside a m...

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Posted on April 30, 2009 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Easter has long since gone. Weather was fine.

Now I am in Finland again, Hämäläisosakunnan Laulajat, HOL for short, had its 80th anniversary concert,

I wanted of course join the extended choir singing in the end, comprising of the present choir and any former singers who wished to join. Below is a photo from the practice by the new choir, I ...

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Soon Easter!

Posted on April 4, 2009 at 1:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes, I should write more often. We had lots of snow in March, quite too much even for Norway, mountains of snow everywhere where the tractors had piled it. They were allowed to throw clean snow even into the sea as collection places were filling up. Now it is getting too warm, most of it has melted. But I was able to take some fine photos, also in Finland.


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The comet Lulin

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 8:58 PM Comments comments (0)

We had some clear days about a week ago. I was trying to find the current comet, Lulin, but could not quite know where to find it. NASA wrote to look for it before sunrise, but I did my search in the evening. Once I directed my camera to a point where I seemed to see it through the binoculars. I zoomed the camera but as it was on a tripod and directed to the part of the sky where I thought it was, I could not see the viewfinder. Afterwards, I saw something strange in the c...

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