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Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:24 am
by Ancient Mariner
OL-leiren bestilte 1500 egg gjennom å oversette via Google Translate. Men det slo feil. 15.000 ble levert på døra. Vi ønsker lykke til og håper at de norske gullhåpene er glade – veldig glade – i egg: :D


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42978915
It will egg them on. We'll take every medal in that silly game now.
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:37 pm
by monchavo
I purchased a Norwegian jacket this evening. It is made by Bergans.

I usually buy Swiss jackets (my favoured brand is Mammut) but I love this colourway.

Per, do you have a view on Bergans jackets?

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:38 am
by Ancient Mariner
I purchased a Norwegian jacket this evening. It is made by Bergans.

I usually buy Swiss jackets (my favoured brand is Mammut) but I love this colourway.

Per, do you have a view on Bergans jackets?
Am trotting around Lembongan Island these days, carrying my trusted Bergens ryggsekk. So does my wife. To bloody hot for the rest of our Bergens kits.
Most of our winter outdoor clothing is Bergens or HH, come to think of it, so is our tent and sleeping bags. Been using it for decades, well satisfied.
Per

Norwegian EGGceptionalism

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:30 am
by Rabbi O'Genius
OL-leiren bestilte 1500 egg gjennom å oversette via Google Translate. Men det slo feil. 15.000 ble levert på døra. Vi ønsker lykke til og håper at de norske gullhåpene er glade – veldig glade – i egg: :D


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42978915
It will egg them on. We'll take ALMOST every medal in that silly game now.
Per

Fixed.
Eggceptional medal haul apparently.....
http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/42981799

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:42 am
by Ancient Mariner
Haven't been paying much attention. Slow wi-fi, if any, bloody hot, a few small Bintangs. You know.
Apparantly the egg did work. :mrgreen:
World's no.1 winter nation. Little Norway.
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:48 pm
by Verbal
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
NORWAY 14 14 11 39
Germany 14 10 7 31
Canada 11 8 10 29
United States 9 8 6 23
Netherlands 8 6 6 20
Republic of Korea 5 8 4 17
OAfR 2 6 9 17
Switzerland 5 6 4 15
France 5 4 6 15
Sweden 7 6 1 14
Austria 5 3 6 14
Japan 4 5 4 13
Italy 3 2 5 10
China 1 6 2 9
Czech Republic 2 2 3 7
Finland 1 1 4 6
Great Britain 1 0 4 5
Belarus 2 1 0 3
Slovakia 1 2 0 3
Australia 0 2 1 3
Poland 1 0 1 2
Slovenia 0 1 1 2
Spain 0 0 2 2
New Zealand 0 0 2 2
Ukraine 1 0 0 1
Skegness 0 0 0 0

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:18 am
by Ancient Mariner
What? Tiny Canada beat the mighty USA. :shock:
I'll be damned.
No surprises from Skegness.
Last day at Lembongan. Off from Denpasar, via Dubai for Oslo with Emirates.
Thirty and sun here, minus 14 and two meters of snow there. Looking forward to making snow angels in my Speedo, just to show off my suntan. :mrgreen:
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:00 am
by monchavo

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:53 am
by Ancient Mariner
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/ ... utm_medium

Some more detail on that report!!
Yup, I know, we're the greatest. :mrgreen:
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:04 am
by monchavo
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/ ... utm_medium

Some more detail on that report!!
Yup, I know, we're the greatest. :mrgreen:
Per
About that trip I've been meaning to make! :-)

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:12 pm
by Ancient Mariner
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/ ... utm_medium

Some more detail on that report!!
Yup, I know, we're the greatest. :mrgreen:
Per
About that trip I've been meaning to make! :-)
We're here. 8-)
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:45 pm
by monchavo
Skegness 0 0 0 0
Verbal, Have you ever been to Skegness?

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:02 pm
by Rabbi O'Genius
There has been a total national pride disaster!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43414145

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:28 pm
by Not_Karl
There has been a total national pride disaster!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43414145
I blame it on Per being grumpy :P .

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:10 pm
by Ancient Mariner
There has been a total national pride disaster!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43414145
I blame it on Per being grumpy :P .
I'm not grumpy, I am happy for those f***ing, boring, suicidal Finns.
Good riddance.
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:22 pm
by Verbal
Verbal, Have you ever....
No.

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:00 pm
by Verbal
Just release her, Per. You don't need the money.
Ransom demanded in suspected kidnapping of Norwegian businessman's wife
By Kara Fox and Henrik Pettersson, CNN

The wife of a prominent Norwegian businessman is missing in a suspected kidnapping, and her suspected captors have demanded a ransom for her return, police said Wednesday.

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, the wife of multimillionaire Tom Hagen, disappeared on the morning of October 31, according to authorities.

"We can confirm that there is a ransom, and that serious threats have been issued," Øystein Stavdal Paulsen, senior adviser of Norway's East Police District, told CNN.

"Regarding the ransom, we do not want to confirm what amount or in what form," Paulsen added.

At a press conference Wednesday, Chief Inspector Tommy Broeske told reporters that police had been working on the case for "several weeks" but had previously asked media not to report on Hagen's disappearance as it could possibly endanger her life.

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK reported that multiple messages were found inside the Hagens' home. The suspected kidnappers have demanded payment in the cryptocurrency Monero, according to NRK.

Police are advising the family not to pay the ransom, Reuters reported.

The Norwegian financial magazine Kapital ranks Tom Hagen, a real estate investor and power facilities owner, at 172 on the magazine's 400 richest people list. His estimated net worth is around 1.7 billion Norwegian krone (about $200 million), according to Kapital.

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen was a board member of her husband's holding company until September, according to NRK.
The couple live in Fjellhamar, a village about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) northeast of Oslo, according to NRK. The couple married in 1979, and have three adult children, it said.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/europe/n ... index.html

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:37 pm
by monchavo
Just release her, Per. You don't need the money.
Ransom demanded in suspected kidnapping of Norwegian businessman's wife
By Kara Fox and Henrik Pettersson, CNN

The wife of a prominent Norwegian businessman is missing in a suspected kidnapping, and her suspected captors have demanded a ransom for her return, police said Wednesday.

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, the wife of multimillionaire Tom Hagen, disappeared on the morning of October 31, according to authorities.

"We can confirm that there is a ransom, and that serious threats have been issued," Øystein Stavdal Paulsen, senior adviser of Norway's East Police District, told CNN.

"Regarding the ransom, we do not want to confirm what amount or in what form," Paulsen added.

At a press conference Wednesday, Chief Inspector Tommy Broeske told reporters that police had been working on the case for "several weeks" but had previously asked media not to report on Hagen's disappearance as it could possibly endanger her life.

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK reported that multiple messages were found inside the Hagens' home. The suspected kidnappers have demanded payment in the cryptocurrency Monero, according to NRK.

Police are advising the family not to pay the ransom, Reuters reported.

The Norwegian financial magazine Kapital ranks Tom Hagen, a real estate investor and power facilities owner, at 172 on the magazine's 400 richest people list. His estimated net worth is around 1.7 billion Norwegian krone (about $200 million), according to Kapital.

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen was a board member of her husband's holding company until September, according to NRK.
The couple live in Fjellhamar, a village about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) northeast of Oslo, according to NRK. The couple married in 1979, and have three adult children, it said.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/europe/n ... index.html
eeghh. Not so cool, the poor woman has been kidnapped for two months.

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:34 am
by Verbal
eeghh. Not so cool, the poor woman has been kidnapped for two months.
Per needs to be a man and do the right thing.

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:34 pm
by AnMariner
eeghh. Not so cool, the poor woman has been kidnapped for two months.
Per needs to be a man and do the right thing.
Bah, she ran away with her lover, hubby closed bank account, hence "kidnapping".
Cynical? Moi?
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:07 pm
by monchavo
eeghh. Not so cool, the poor woman has been kidnapped for two months.
Per needs to be a man and do the right thing.
Bah, she ran away with her lover, hubby closed bank account, hence "kidnapping".
Cynical? Moi?
Per
I hope you're right. I note no toes or fingers have appeared in the post.

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:21 am
by AnMariner
Either that, or the husband did it. Media having a great time reporting absolutely nothing.
Per

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 12:24 am
by Verbal
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/30/health/n ... index.html
Why are Norwegians so happy? In a word: 'koselig'
By David G. Allan, CNN
Updated 8:23 AM ET, Tue May 21, 2019

Go to your happy place. Go on, close your eyes and picture it. Take a deep breath and hold it in your mind's eye for a long, joyful moment.
Already, you feel more relaxed, less stressed, happier. And you aren't even physically there.

My happy place looks and feels a lot like the common motifs many share: It's both in nature and insulated from it, like a cabin in the woods. I'm sitting by the golden light of a fireplace in a stuffed chair, under a blanket, with a warm beverage and engrossing book in hand. Music is playing, but it's slow and quiet. Family and friends are there, too. We'll play an unhurried card or board game and share funny stories. We'll eat a delicious meal together. It's snowing or raining, and we watch the weather unfold, go out in it and then enjoy coming back inside again. I don't need any other distractions in my happy place. I have everything I need to be fully connected and blissed out.

The kind of experience I'm describing is something of a national pastime in Norway. They even have a word that snugly wraps all these ideas up: "koselig." The concept is undoubtedly connected to the fact that cold, nature-embracing countries such as Norway, Finland and Denmark have each recently led the list of the happiest countries in the world.

You could roughly translate koselig (pronounced "koosh-lee"), as "coziness," but that leaves out crucial components of it, like enjoying the company of others and a connection with nature. There's no direct English translation, but there are regional equivalents such as the Swedish "mys," the Dutch "gezelligheid" and the most well-known of these, the Danish "hygge."

Hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") has had a moment in the past few years. Books have been written about it, and the word made it into the Oxford Dictionary and was shortlisted for the 2016 word of the year, defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being."

It's that well-being part that gives us reason to replicate koselig or hygge, even as the research slowly confirms what those cold, northern happiest countries have known for a long time: Darkness and isolation can be celebrated because they provide the need for their relief. The act of creating our own light and warmth produces peace and contentment.

The case for koselig as a health practice seems obvious. You already know how it feels to be cozy, or in nature, or with friends. By all logic, most Norwegians should be depressed with seasonal affective disorder by their long, dark, isolating winters. Except that many have found the antidote.

There is some research that supports the power of koselig-esque elements, though. We know that social connections give our life purpose, and that is tied directly to longevity. And anything that decrease stress, such as breaks from work, has numerous mental and physical health benefits.

Just being off your phone for long stretches of time calms you down. One study showed how levels of the stress hormone cortisol rise when you're frequently on your phone. And elevated cortisol is linked to irritability, anxiety, depression, weight gain, increased blood pressure and poor sleep.

The koselig emphasis on nature is also proven to be good for your health. Having a lot of vegetation near your home decreases your odds of dying prematurely by 12%, according to one study. The researchers suggested that the reasons had to do with lower exposure to air pollution and increased social engagement and physical activity that occur in more natural environments.

Another study showed that people who take walks in nature report less repetitive negative thoughts. And a government health service in Scotland is so convinced of the mental and physical health benefits of nature exposure that it is encouraging doctors to give "nature prescriptions" to help treat high blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

Comfort foods (nutritious and otherwise) have proven psychological benefits; one study showed that they can spur feelings of connectedness and reduce loneliness because they are "a cognitive and emotional reminder of others." Holding a warm beverage, according to a Yale study, promotes feelings of generosity and caring. Warm light (think candles or fire) has been shown to boost creativity, and staring at fire actually induces relaxation and lowers blood pressure.

In something of a koselig experiment, last weekend, my wife, our two young daughters and I hiked 5 miles on the approach to the Appalachian Trail to a place called the Len Foote Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia. Surrounded by wilderness, this "cell phone-free" lodge has 20 two-bed "bunkrooms," a shared bath house, communal dining room and a large, circular game and puzzle room heated by an old iron wood stove. There are no electrical outlets in the rooms. They wake you up in the morning to watch the sun rise over the mountains.

Our hike in was wet and chilly, the trail muddy, but our spirits jovial. We laughed as my daughters tried to eat trail mix with hands wrapped in my spare socks (we forgot gloves). Upon arrival, we ate treats baked in the kitchen with hot chocolate and coffee. After a convivial group dinner across three long tables, most of the guests retired to the game room, where my daughters and I played an epic game of Settlers of Catan with a high school student and her aunt who had flown down from New Hampshire. My wife spent the evening putting together a puzzle of a map of the Appalachian Trail with other folks we just met. No one watched TV on their iPads or even checked their phones.

My kids, like most, have always put a premium on coziness, setting up their rooms or forts to maximize it. They surround themselves in bed with a menagerie of stuffed animals, which sort of checks off nature, community and coziness. The Hike Inn, with its bonhomie, mountain views, wood stoves, games and delicious, communal homemade meals, is the apotheosis of coziness, and it lifted everyone's spirits to be there.

The next day was bright and cheery, and we headed back down the mountain with our bellies full of eggs, oatmeal, grits and peach spoonbread, served in a skillet.

"I love this place," my older daughter said with a whole-body conviction. She recognized instinctively how special it is to be together, safe, warm and connected. Something inside her -- and all of us -- responds instinctively to the gifts of koselig. And I intend to keep seeking it out.

Re: Norwegian exceptionalism

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:28 pm
by AnMariner
That was a koselig read.
Per