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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...
Plate of Norwegian lutefisk

Uh-Oh, Lutefisk Season Is Here

A Norwegian dish that divides opinion like no other, lutefisk is a traditional fish-based dish eaten in the months before Christmas. This morning on my daily walk to Jerbanetorget, I wandered past the Norwegian restaurant Dovrehallen,...

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...

Discovering Norwegian Music – The First Steps

People who know me personally will know my love for music. I DJ’d at university, ran my own club night for three years, helped out with Oxjam Brum and even dabbled in journalism by writing a...

Crashing a Party – Norway’s Constitution Day

Tuesday was Norway's Constitution Day. Dave, Wendy and I started with a champagne breakfast at the flat while I watched some of the big parade on the TV, plus scenes from around Norway and around the...

Then Raise The Scarlet Standard High

Everyone here is gearing up for tomorrow's 17.mai celebrations, Norway's Constitution Day. In the morning I shall join Wendy and Dave for a traditional champagne breakfast then make my way into the city to join in...