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Some people own pets. Some people are owned by pets. Some people revolve their entire life around pets. Like cats.
Bergen's friendship city Seattle has 226 days of overcast, and rain measured in inches instead of millimeters. It is quite interesting to note that their amounts of rain are so enormous that they have to use a system of measuremenet that is 25,4 times as big as what we need in Bergen. People in Bergen know it rains a lot here, but it's supposed to be good for the skin, which is why King Kyrre decided to build the city. He was suffering from dry skin and this was before the vikings had invented moisturising cremes and nanotechnology. In Bergen noone suffers from dry skin, and the dermatology ward has been moved to Oslo. The webbed feet of its inhabitants are now served by duck vets. This guy is a typical example of a happy person celebrating 30min of non-rain. Yay for happiness.
If I live at a geographic point A and you live at a geographic point B, it helps to have a little road between A and B if you want to drop by for a cup of tea and some buttered scones. The people in Norway who make that possible are Twinings (really english, but they have norwegian resellers) for the tea, scones from the local baker and Mesta for the roads. Others also build roads in Norway, while some prefer to use planes. But Mesta likes roads, and this nice gentleman is a classic example of dedication to the engineering qualities of road-building. We would be separated by fjords and mountains if it wasn't for roads. Thank you guys!
Back from Vegas. So I decided to start blogging again.
Where Berlin has gone for homoerotics and thai massaga ala Stalin, the city of Bergen in Norway has tried self-irony as an approach to bring in more tourism. Instead of being miserable about 320 days every year of rain (4000mm rain every year), they have turned it into a slogan: "Regn med oss".
Every year they celebrate autumn (6th of august) and the first rain as lifegiver and catalyst for the umbrella, rainwear and wellie-industry. Kids of all ages go to celebrate and dance in the rain. Tourists dance naked in the warm rain at 'Festplassen' and a random convict is pardoned. People give each other gifts and slap each other with norwegian salmon. Bergen's enthusiasm for all things, have attracted tourists from the rest of the world ranging from Sotra to Askøy and even Voss.
As mentioned in a previous article, eastern europe built a wall in Berlin to keep all the tourists out. These days Berlin is an open city where all visitors are welcomed by the mayor's office. In this shot we see the two assistants, Heike and Udo, welcoming us when we arrive at the airport.
The new policy in Berlin has made Berlin the trendiest place in Europe, even more trendy than Borat's hometown Glod. Berlin wants to fight for eurotourists against more established tourist cities like Paris, Murmansk and London. Berlin's strategy is to be two cities in one, so they have embedded a communist theme park in the eastern part of the city. The theme park sports cool features like Trabants, Lenin Horror Tunnel and Stalin's Pink Thai Massage Centre. We can recommend Berlin.
The brochure for being an artist is fantastic. Red wine, long nights, women and financial insecurity. Add terpentine allergy, depressions and venereal diseases and maybe the occasional cut off ear. But if you look past the brochure, it would be great to make a work that would make people cry, make people think and make kids smile. Maybe then it's all worth it. In the end.
Some people are driven by an innate desire to make kids smile, old men cry and busy yuppies put down their mobile phones for a minute. It's hard work to be an entertainer, and especially a street entertainer. The audience easily include whiny kids, depressed chav mothers, drunk swedish tourists all called Sven and italian mafiosi with bad childhood memories of clowns killing dad. Hand the entertainers a coin, it's not an easy life to make you smile.
One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century is consumerism. It replaced materialism because there wasn't room for all the things. Consumerism is brilliant because all the space it needs is that of a plastic card. A swipe of the card and you feel so much better. Some people even think it is better than a quick snort, generally prepared by a good card. Both will liberate your wallet, like any good hobby.
We're all put through rough times. Sometimes emotional, sometimes physical, sometimes psycogological and sometimes some assholes decide that they want to blow themselves up after eating a burger at Burger King. The London bombings was an impact on everyone near London or who knew people there. The people who had to go into the tunnels and look, and then later meet the press got it especially rough. But they were strong.