Brian surveying the empties

How “To Pant” in Norway

å pante (to pant) To pant in Norway is to return a drinks bottle or can to the supermarket and get a refund of the deposit you paid when purchasing. Simples! (you can of course pant...

Best of the Blogs – February 2012

There is a nice friendly bunch of international bloggers here in Norway and each month I am going to round-up the posts I found most interesting to share with you all. So, off we go then!...
Rockheim Museum

Discovering Norwegian Music – The Rockheim Experience

I'm a music man. I don't play an instrument, I can't sing, but I listen. A lot. Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube are as much a part of my daily routine as breakfast and there is rarely...

Tromsø: Nighlife, Music and Culture in the Arctic

During my first weekend in Tromsø, I was determined to get under its skin. For a town of just 69,000 people it punches well above its weight in musical and cultural circles and I wanted to...

Discovering Norwegian Music – Sondre Lerche

Introducing Sondre Lerche, maker of LOVELY POP ALBUMS. In 2001 he was a fresh-faced singer-songwriter from Bergen releasing his debut album Faces Down. Eleven years and several albums later, he's still a fresh-faced singer songwriter from...

Hold Your Noses, Lutefisk Season Is Here

This morning on my daily walk to Jerbanetorget, I wandered past the Norwegian restaurant Dovrehallen, as usual. Panic set in as I saw the latest addition to the menu – Lutefisk. Yes folks, Lutefisk season has...

Valg 2011 – Norway Goes To The Polls

Today and tomorrow Norway votes in local and regional elections. With my political background it's been an interesting experience to be in another country during an election campaign. It is of course the first election here...

Discovering Norwegian Music – Erlend Øye

Erlend Øye may not be an instantly recognisable name, but he's a Norwegian musical legend. In my eyes, the Norwegian Jarvis Cocker! An integral part of the Bergen Wave, his career has ranged from folk to...

Preparing For My First Scandinavian Winter

Since arriving in Norway in May I've been stunned at how nice the weather has been. Yes there's been some rainy days, but overall it's been an impressive summer, with many days touching 30C and the...

Discovering Norwegian Music – Datarock

I’ve liked Datarock for some time but had no idea they were Norwegian until I came here. Their raw electronic rock excites my nerve endings and makes me throw shapes in the shower. And on the...