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   Dec 14

Dear Santa

Blog is good for answering the most pressing question these days: What do you want to see under the tree this year? This toughie tops my list: Motorola defy+¬†with the +. My current smart phone started acting weird right from the start, and has really developed a personality by now (Sometimes I can hear you, […]

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   Oct 30

Good bye Kolbotn – Hello Oslo!

One more week and this beauty will be out of my hands. So long Kolbotn, it’s been four peaceful years between a pond and a skiing slope. If only our friends had been more mobile (it gets lonely when no one else dares venture across the city border!) we might have stayed longer. Human and […]

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   Sep 05

Wake me up when September ends

September seems eternal from here. It is like a never ending stream of work, with which I can on no account compromise because others depend on it. Still, whenever I feel empty I can take a mental look back to June 6. and the months leading up to it and feel the sweet relief of […]

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   Aug 18

Sympathy Ramadan

Muslims go all day without food this month, and I thought to see what it’s like, I just skip that huge dinner they have after sundown (I do eat breakfast and take vitamins, and if anything adverse happens I’ll stop in that instant. Don’t worry). What can fasting plus daily exercise do to you? Reducing […]

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   Aug 09

Nuffield: A+!

Nuffield fitness centre kindly let me use their gym when I really needed a workout and a clean shower (see previous post if you wonder why “clean” is emphasized), even though I did not live in the area and thus was not a prospective member. Because I appreciated the generosity and the facilities so much, […]

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   Aug 06

England IV – Doncaster

Doncaster is a sorry little town. It is dominated by industry, vacant plots and chapping brick houses, a lot of people look like they’re struggling to get by and I haven’t seen a single smile since I arrived here (that last part may be due to the heavy dew). My initial experiences did not help: […]

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   Aug 05

England III – Warwick

The Teach First summer institute takes on the challenge of picking out the essentials from a normally five (?) years education and convey it in six weeks. I would say, it succeeds beautifully. How can this be? Of course it helps that the candidates already know their subject inside and out, so we were able […]

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   Jul 23

You can never be prepared against sociopaths

As you are all aware, two attacks hit Oslo in quick succession yesterday. Death toll is rising and will end up in three digits. Most of them politically active teenagers, caring enough for the world around them to spend their summer vacation at a political camp. Some of the most socially conscious young people you […]

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   Jul 18

England II – Manchester

A quick photo post from Manchester: Apart from spending your budget in the well-equipped malls, the main thing to do for non-footballers was to go exploring. The area is slightly confusing; flat as a plate with no protruding landmarks, coastline or other things to aid orientation, making pathfinding tricky.   Rain poem (click twice for […]

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   Jul 18

I need to build this webpage myself

WordPress is updating constantly, and now it’s gone in Apple mode and hid all the buttons. I am unable to navigate this interface, or should I say lack thereof. And I who have a heap of great pictures to show y’all! It worked the way it was, dammit.

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