Monthly Archives: May 2015

Want To Learn German?

Interested in learning German? May be this could help:

Enough Concerts For A Festival!

We noticed that in the next 2 weeks we have 5 concerts in Finnsnes Church – enough to make a festival. So here is “Something for everyone“, our spring festival (Vår in Norwegian means both our and spring!):



Treenighet!    Saturday 30th May – 7pm

An exciting concert for Trinity, with Christopher Briggs, Sarah and I (the 3 B’s), playing 3 instruments (organ, piano and harmonium), with music all somehow related to 3. More details here.

Salmer i sommerkveld    Wednesday 3rd June – 9pm

A summer evening of hymn singing with Finnsnes Kantori (the church adult choir).

Rostocks manskör    Thursday 4th June – 7pm

Rostocks manskör (male voice choir) from Sweden, joined by coloratura soprano soloist Anna Foresbo.

Gladsang i juni    Saturday 6th June – 6pm

Joyful song in June. A concert with three local choirs: Finnsnes Korforening, Rossfjord blandekoret and Kjølenkoret.

Finnsnes church summer concert    Saturday 13th June – 6pm

A relaxed family concert with our church children’s choir, youth choir, the church band and soloists. Music from Easter through to the summer. More details soon.

Twenty Four Hour Tanning

Yes, if you want to top up your tan at midnight, Finnsnes is the place to do it! Today was beautifully clear – just right for the midnight sun:

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They back!

Today our beautiful, screechy, argumentative, and sometimes vicious summer visitors have re-terned. So no peace ’til at least August.

Not my pictures:

and the view you really don’t want to see for real:

It’s Raining So . . .

. . . no pictures of the midnight sun yet.

In order to keep the blog ticking over, here are some recent headlines, culled from the NRK (Norwegian national broadcast) website:

The midnight sun makes you dull, fat and ‘unromantic’. The uniform reaction from all here in the north reading that headline is “must have been written by a southerner”. The text follows up by saying that we have to keep the bedroom dark and follow strict routines (so tell us something we didn’t know). It’s not a very good advert for the thriving midnight sun tourism industry, but don’t let that put you off visiting. At least the article had a nice picture:

Police could have given out $15000 of driving fines in 5 minutes. NRK set up a camera next to a roundabout in Alta (in Finnmark, 8 hours drive north of us). In the space of 5 minutes they filmed drivers incorrectly tackling the round about in a manner which could have resulted in $15000+ of fines. When asked why they weren’t doing something about it, the police spokesman replied that they were out catching real criminals ( I’m paraphrasing). Sensing a followup question, the policeman added that they didn’t deliberately target areas where they could levy the most fines (funny, we hear that in most countries . . .). Just so you know, the fine for not using your indicators (correctly or at all) is $300 and driving in the wrong lane can cost you $600+. I guess if you try going the wrong direction or directly over the roundabout it will be even more expensive.

90 year old Austrian is to heavy. This time Norwegian police were stopping overweight vehicles, including a Czech couple who had 1 ton of food in their camper, and the aforementioned fat Austrian. Neither driver was fined. However, it’s reported that the Czech pair were told to wait in a lay-by for friends come and help them ‘eat the food’. Meanwhile, the overweight Austrian had to leave his food with the police and comeback to collect it another day (maybe after some exercise?)

And the really criminals : –

Final year high school students broke into a zoo and stole the penguins for a prank. One of the penguins is still missing and whilst 4 students admit breaking and entering, none of them say they stole the birds. This is of course a national scandal.

Fakin’ It

Nothing to do with living in the arctic, but maybe you’ve seen the news story about the faked pictures of a certain state apparently launching a rocket from a submarine. I’m surprised it took the experts so long to work it out:


Dawn Of A Brand New, Very Long Day

Tonight is technically the last ‘night’ before the midnight arrives in Finnsnes, so I guess this picture is the dawn which heralds the beginning of a nearly 2 month long day!