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November 20th, 2019, 12:25 am

Alpine (downhill) or Telemark(ziggy-zaggy)?

minke whale poaching in Norway

I thought whaling was official policy??
If you assume that Norway is the only country in the world, or at least that they have the right to deplete the natural ocean resources under the pretext of tradition/science/another lie motivated by the short-sighted greed - despite the International Whaling Commission's ban on commercial whaling.
So much for the Norwegian love of nature - for its financial worth.
And we all look up to the Nordics as squeeky clean here in NL.
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November 20th, 2019, 1:17 am

The argument that minke whaling should be banned because the meat is contaminated is eccentric. I'm not saying it's wrong, but probably wouldn't make the top ten list of most anti-whalers. This would seem more plausible for apex predators like orcas. Baleen whales, not so much. 
I did not make the argument, you did.
OK, so why? AFAIR they wanted to made whale meat trendy?
You did not make the argument? OK, in that case we're separated by a common language. Not speaking in complete sentences may provide some wiggle room, I suppose:

"But it should be banned altogether. Contaminated meat (Sellafield, microplastics, etc.), I reckon." 
 
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November 20th, 2019, 1:18 am

To quote a favorite movie - "As if!"
 
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November 20th, 2019, 12:28 pm

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November 20th, 2019, 6:58 pm

I don't get Vikingians at all. Could help me understand please?
Last time I came to Oslo for 3 days, I called my old work mate to ask if he wanted to meet. He said he was very busy, so I went to sleep early. In the morning I found a string of messages starting from an announcement that he arrived in Oslo to meet me, and then spiralling down into an angry attack that I wound him up, and that he knew that I was the kind of a person who did such things to people (!). (+ a few similar stories - at first they don't have time, and when I get on doing something else, they get angry that I can't meet)
Another interesting one: I invite a friend for lunch to a recommended restaurant. He says no. After the lunch break I get a message that he was there asking why I didn't come.

These are just two examples of situations which involved several different (Norwegian) persons. Where's the key?
 
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November 20th, 2019, 8:19 pm

 I don't get Vikingians at all. Could help me understand please?

If you walk down the high street of Reykavik, you might think you were in Dublin.

 In December of 2017, the massive Irish DNA Atlas project published findings that today’s Irish population could be as high as 20% Norse.1 These findings are startling, as other estimates (using different methods) had been significant but much lower at 2-6 percent.2  The Irish DNA Atlas project also found a strong Irish presence in Norway (about 6%).1 Other genetic studies have found that a quarter of the males and half of the female of the founding (Viking) population of Iceland were Gaelic (Irish or Scotts).3,4 All this data is evidence of the turbulent relationship of the Vikings and the Irish in the eighth through eleventh centuries.  This interplay between two cultures led to some of the most violent conflict of the middle ages, but also to bilateral evolution and a shared legacy. 

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The study showed that between 20 and 25 per cent of Icelandic founding males had Gaelic ancestry, with the remainder having Norse ancestry, Mr Helgason said. These findings match up with earlier work done by Mr Helgason which looked at mitocondrial DNA in women. This DNA is only passed from mother to daughter and so gives a picture of female lineages, he said. The mitocondrial work showed that about half of Iceland's founding females were of Gaelic ancestry.

"This supports the model, put forward by some historians, that the majority of females in the Icelandic founding population had Gaelic ancestry, whereas the majority of males had Scandinavian ancestry," he stated in his paper.
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November 21st, 2019, 12:38 am

I don't get Vikingians at all. Could help me understand please?
Last time I came to Oslo for 3 days, I called my old work mate to ask if he wanted to meet. He said he was very busy, so I went to sleep early. In the morning I found a string of messages starting from an announcement that he arrived in Oslo to meet me, and then spiralling down into an angry attack that I wound him up, and that he knew that I was the kind of a person who did such things to people (!). (+ a few similar stories - at first they don't have time, and when I get on doing something else, they get angry that I can't meet)
Another interesting one: I invite a friend for lunch to a recommended restaurant. He says no. After the lunch break I get a message that he was there asking why I didn't come.

These are just two examples of situations which involved several different (Norwegian) persons. Where's the key?
Having lived away from the country for more than a generation (by common usage of the term), I can't really presume to speak for Vikingians as a group, and that extends to the male ones you seem to inadvertently wind up and abandon. I can certainly not excuse the behaviors that have been imposed on you. The takeaway from the first case may be to leave your messaging app in a sufficiently loud mode that you are better able to intercept miscommunications in real time, when an early "sorry, I thought you were too busy, so I went to bed" might have defused the situation. The second one just seems kind of confused and rude. Not sure what would help there. One would be tempted to blame language, but your English is excellent, and I would be surprised if your friends/mates/whatevers didn't also have a decent grasp of it. Had the gender roles been reversed, I could have offered up some kind of theory of playing slightly hard to get while actually being all too ready to come around if only asked twice or thrice. Under the circumstances (especially in the case of lunch), that seems a bit far fetched. So, in summary, I have no idea.
 
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November 21st, 2019, 3:20 am

Thanks, Bearish! I was worried that I was making some faux pas against the Helgefylla tradition ;-)
BTW, why do people play hard to get?
 
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Re: norway

November 26th, 2019, 3:34 am

I'm in the north in January, landing in Tromsø and travelling further to a vewy vewy secret location. How many days would you advise for Tromsø (I will have enough skiing and other winter activities elsewhere, so just for sightseeing and a gill of some Sami brew)?
 
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November 26th, 2019, 2:12 pm

Not counting a couple of trips to the area for ski races (a very long time ago), I’ve only been there once, and that was in July. But the cable car is a nice ride with a spectacular view. I enjoyed the tour and tasting at Mack brewery, although no Sami were involved. And you wouldn’t expect this from me, but the Arctic Cathedral is worth a visit to admire its architecture.
 
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November 26th, 2019, 7:36 pm

ImageGålå 1999 or thereabouts
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November 26th, 2019, 7:50 pm

Stay away from Geilo.
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November 27th, 2019, 2:11 am

If she is heading to Tromsø, that shouldn't be too difficult. It's about like staying away from Amsterdam when going to Rome. 
 
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December 1st, 2019, 10:00 pm

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December 2nd, 2019, 1:50 am

All roads lead to Rome, but I will try to avoid Geilo. (Too many Hylgefellas there?)
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