I hope he doesn’t scare away the Herring. My wife would be very mad!
The tradition-steeped cannery Vesteraalens believes they can find new markets for their Norwegian specialties and are pushing hard to give Russians a taste of their fish balls (fiskeboller).
“Fish balls are a typical Scandinavian product and unknown in Russia. But they are relatively cheap and in our view are well suited to Russian tastes,” Vesteraalens sales chief Oddbjørg Bollvåg told weekly newspaper Fiskeribladet.
Just before Christmas a sample shipment of 4,000 cans was sent to Murmansk and Moscow. Vesteraalens has already established a large and stable export market in Russia for another Norwegian staple, canned cod liver.
The ad campaign is now in production with the theme “Eat my Norwegian Balls, Ruskies”
Norway’s Civil Aviation Administration Avinor has accused cod (fish) of threatening flight safety in Svolvær.
Avinor, which owns Svolvær Airport, wants no part of plans to have live cod in enclosures in the vicinity of the runway. “The probability of a collision between planes and sea birds will increase dramatically,” Avinor said at a hearing. Avinor’s airport chief at Svolvær, Bjørn Opsahl, believes the cod will be a temptation for birds, and that feeding the fish would also attract the birds in numbers.
Local businesses had hoped to cooperate by putting live Lofoten cod in enclosures in order to increase profitability by being able to deliver fresh cod all year round.
“It sounds a bit strange that gulls and other sea birds are going eat such big fish,” said Ole Osland at L. Berg Sønner.
A 22-year-old woman in Oslo was shocked when she received her divorce papers in the mail as she was not aware that she had been registered as married to a Pakistani man for a year. The woman’s wallet was stolen in Oslo three years ago. She claims the man used her ID to arrange a fake marriage. According to the divorce papers, they got married at Islamic Cultural Centre in Oslo in November of 2002. The 22-year-old woman said she thinks the man used a Norwegian woman as a stand-in at the actual wedding ceremony.
“I’m in shock,” the woman explained. “I have never married and I didn’t understand what was happening.”
Imam Maulana Mehboob-ur-Rehman in the congregation said that they are very careful that the people who get married have their papers in order and has no idea how this could have happened. He said he thinks the man has tricked both the woman and the congregation. The 22-year-old is trying to get the marriage declared invalid. She has filed a formal complaint, but the police have dropped the case because they have not managed to locate the man in question. The woman and her lawyer have not managed that either. The man allegedly operates with several names in Norway.
A Swiss pensioner lost his false teeth in a fight with a prostitute. The woman hit the man, aged 74, in the face and then kicked him. His teeth fell into a toilet and couldn’t be recovered.
Thieves who stole a portable public toilet in Belarus – and loaded it on a trailer – unwittingly kidnapped a man who was sitting on it. The man was injured when he jumped off the moving trailer.
British defence force eyebrows have been raised with the news that of 1669 soldiers “medically downgraded” as a result of service in Iraq last year, 83 were women who were sent home pregnant.
British police are hunting for a man who stole a closed-circuit television camera from a Liverpool shop. To help them, they have an extreme close-up shot of the thief in action.
The US Senate has been told that the Pentagon has wasted $US100 million on airline tickets that were never used, and for which refunds were never sought, since 1997.
Young Norwegians can earn a merit badge in sex this summer. The pin, modeled on a popular summer swimming merit badge, is an offer from Swedish-Norwegian sex education group RFSU. The badge, which displays sperm cells swimming in waves, can be won by correctly answering 10 out of 13 questions about sex.
Norway – Salten county court sentenced the 24-year-old man from Bodø to six months immediate imprisonment for the food theft. In addition, the man was sentenced for seven other thefts, threats, shoplifting and a number of other offences.
The man entered the apartment by climbing up the fire escape and entered an unlock balcony door. He explained in court that he stayed in the apartment for several days and ate all the food he found in the fridge, the freezer and in the kitchen cupboards.
The owner said that when he returned home he found his apartment a mess and there were nothing left to eat.
The court’s judgment stated that the defendant appears to have difficulties concentrating, but the court did not doubt that the defendant was sound of mind.
Anette Lie has the Norwegian record for delivery of breast milk. She made so much on the breast milk that she purchased a car for the money. Lie has produced 501.5 liters breast milk for sale last since May of last year.
“I’m making some money on this as they pay 135 krone per liter,” Lie said. “I’ve gotten my driver’s license and bought a car, everything paid by breast milk.”
With the liter price of NOK 135 (USD 19.56), Lie got an income of more than NOK 65,000 (USD 9430) on her breast milk. She has an 11 month old son.
According to Lie, it is genetic explanations why she produced so much milk. “My mother was the same way, and I’ve heard my grand mother nursed children around town, so it’s hereditary,” Lie said.”It’s my hormones. I apparently have lots of them.”
The average donor provides one and half to two liters a week, while Lie has delivered as much as 11 liters.
The American dream to conquer Norway is over. Blockbuster planned 40 stores in Norway, but after just six months, Blockbuster is throwing in the towel.
Two video stores in Oslo was all the company managed to establish since the launch six months ago, and the company is now dropping all its plans. The company closed its two stores in the capital March 14, and all of the 19 employees of Blockbuster Norway have lost their jobs, according to the Norwegian financial paper Dagens Næringsliv.
In retrospect, not having any films in Norwegian might have hurt them!
Experts are not sure how it will affect moose behavior, but if you meet Norway’s ‘King of the Forest’ in the southern part of the country, he could be intoxicated – and potentially dangerous.
According to a report from the Newspapers’ News Bureau (ANB), the reason behind the warning is this year’s early snowfall. A warm summer has led to an unusual bounty from the region’s fruit trees. The sudden and early snowfall has left some fruit under snowy cover, while still more remains on the branch. This fruit is fermenting, and also a readily available and tempting source of food for the region’s moose.
“This is the first time I have heard that moose are getting drunk. But I assume that they react the same way people do to intoxication – some become harmless while others are the exact opposite,” said district veterinarian Paul Stamberg in Kristiansand.
Martin Kolberg, head of the local animal committee in Telemark, warns people to beware of drunken moose. “Be careful when you approach moose that have been munching apples for days. Their behavior can alter and they can become frighteningly aggressive. Clap and see how it reacts. If it doesn’t retreat but instead comes even closer, by all means stay vigilant. It can be intoxicated and attack.”
A 23-year-old Norwegian woman who’s been nursing her infant son suddenly found herself faced with 10 more hungry mouths when her dog died after giving birth to a large litter of puppies. She literally took them all to her breast.
“I just did what I felt was right,” Kine Skiaker told newspaper Aftenposten. The drama began when the Skiaker’s Canarian Warren Hound (kanarihund), started having her puppies last Friday at Siggerud in Akershus, south of Oslo. The first puppy emerged without incident, but then the deliveries suddenly stopped. Skiaker and her husband Ivar, sensing something was wrong, soon rushed their dog to a local veterinarian who quickly decided to perform a Caesarean section. In all, 14 puppies were born, but four died and then the mother died as well.
Faced with 10 helpless puppies, Skiaker defied the vet’s advice against offering them her own milk. “Some of the puppies began to nurse right away, others needed some prodding,” she says. So far, Skiaker has nursed six of the puppies along with her own son, three-month-old Emil. The other four puppies seemed to respond to a dog’s milk replacement product. As the weekend progressed, the Skiakers managed to find foster-mothers (of the canine kind) for all the puppies. By Sunday, Skiaker and her husband managed to get a full night’s sleep.
Apparently, throwing snowballs is far from harmless, and it may be expensive too. At least that was the case for the man convicted of throwing snowballs at the US embassy in Oslo.
A 34-year-old man has to pay a NOK 5000 (USD 700) fine, in addition to paying NOK 2000 (USD 285) in court costs, after he was found guilty of attacking the American embassy in Oslo with snowballs while under influence of alcohol.
According to the formal complaint filed on the man, the man threw snowballs on the guards outside the embassy, the building and on the police’s guard station. Furthermore, he tried to climb over the fence and onto the embassy area. The court viewed the incident as aggravating since the man had twice before been fined similar incidents.
NORWAY – When the father found his 16-year-old daughter naked in bed with the 28-year-old man, who renting a room in his house, the father just lost it. The unsuspecting lover got a taste of a father’s rage. He got a beating so severe that he ended up on sick leave for two months.
According to the local paper Bergensavisen, the 28-year-old was allegedly pulled out of bed where he was laying together with the man’s 16-year-old daughter, and he was served five punches to his head. According to the paper, the 28-year-old’s jaw is fractured. In addition, the father allegedly screamed that he would kill him.
Nordhordaland county court sentenced the father to five months suspended prison sentence. According to the paper, the courts argument for the mild sentence was, among other things, that the court claimed the father’s anger was very understandable. The court refers to the fact that the 28-year-old several times was asked to stay away from the man’s daughter.