Apr 27

Strength in song

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 0

The pictures have gone round the world. But in Norway psychiatrists and commentators have criticized the singing of Children of the Rainbow for being a ridiculous way for people to express their hate, and to get back at Breivik. These reactions are a staggering misunderstanding of what powers a song can have. A song can never be an assault weapon, but it can build a defensive wall.

Facsimile from Dagbladet, 27th April 2012 ("People of the Rainbow")
Read more
Apr 01

White snow - black arts

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 0
Easter - and Norwegians are desperately trying to find the last patches of snow where they might squeeze out the season's final cross-country ski trip. Once again I'm too broke to leave the lowlands. But I was recently looking through notes I made during the first winter I was in Norway, and thought I would share with you THE THREE ARTS that ever since have seemed to me the unattainable pinnacle of winter fun. For a new-beginner, they are the black arts of the white wonderland! 

(Photos from 1980, the latest in cross-country fashiion!)

Read more
Mar 18

Collisions on language's slippery road

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 0

"You don't like to see hookers going down on players like that."

"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical." 

"I don’t think anywhere is there a symbiotic relationship between caddie and player like there is in golf."

Hmm, sports journalists have a way with words. But they are in good company...

Read more
Mar 08

Ever visited Londdonne, in Egnland?

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 1

Two Norwegians are on their way to Great Britain. On the plane to Stansted they talk about their destination and it comes to light that, while the man talks of London, his girlfriend admits she prefers to call it Londdonne. He protests: No, don't be silly. I think you'll find it's called London, England. But she won't have any of it: In reality, our destination is called Londonne, in Egnland. 

Ridiculous conversation? Well, not if the plane is going in the opposite direction and the tourists are on their to Norway, a country known to all Norwegians as ...




Read more
Feb 11

Let your soul take flight!

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 1
The greatest invention of the last 1000 years? Sit down, pin your ears back, and let me tell you what it is. (I ought to warn you: you probably won't believe me. You would rather choose the dishwasher or the X-ray machine, perhaps the petrol engine or the iPhone. Or, if your world is defined by more personal considerations, toilet paper, lypsyl, or Cheez Doodles. But you would be wrong…. )





Read more
Feb 05

Oseberg: Rebuilding a Viking IKEA kit

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 0

South of Norway's capital, Oslo, a jaw-dropping experiment is under way. The first historically correct reconstruction of the most magnificent ship of the Viking Age will be launched in midsummer. Until then the shipyard is open to everyone 24/7. 

Read more
Jan 29

The Land of Constant Longing

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 4
(On the 150th anniversary 
of the birth of 
Frederick Delius)
Read more
Jan 23

Scotland - all myth and malt?

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 0
Is Scotland: the Brand getting in the way of serious consideration 
of the cultural integrity of the Scottish people?
Read more
Jan 05

Children of the Ephemeral Age

ANDREW BOYLE, Comments: 0

A manWe are the people of the Ephemeral Age. The first generation that very slowly awoke to the fact that its digital diaries and debates, love letters and laundry lists, were for most part non-existent a year after they were written. Gone, and forgotten.



A man adds words of sympathy to improvised message walls after the Utøya massacre. 

Read more