Archive for the ‘Off topic’ Category

Slayer concert on Monday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Yesterday I attended a concert with the legendary trash metal group Slayer in Oslo Spectrum. Pretty good concert but unfortunately the sound was not that good. Still, a nice experience together with good friends and an excellent excuse for drinking beer on a Monday.

Pets and photos and blogs

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Not much flying. Not much else to report about. It’s kind of dull really. So inspired by hang glider pilot Jeff O’Brian’s nice pictures of his golden retrievers, I thought I should post a couple of pictures of my pets. By the way, I can strongly recommend a visit to Jeff’s blog. Lots of really good photos, and lots of hang gliding related stuff, moreover it is frequently updated.


Here is Tobias, a white and cream persian, pictured co-writing this post. Tobias can best be described as a fur faced eating machine.


This is Porter, a black persian. Porter enjoys 16 hour power naps and if cuddled he starts to dribble. He definitely has more fur than brain, in addition he has asthma.

Swedish video and language course

Monday, January 7th, 2008

This video is made by Swedish friend Magnus Söderqvist.

“About the video” from the Swede: Trip to Italy in the summer of 2007. We flew at Monte Cucco, Tri Pizzi, Casteluccio and Levico Terme. Awesome stuff.

As Sweden already is in focus, I thought I should give the few people around the world that do not understand Swedish/Danish/Norwegian a quick into to the Swedish language. If you ever go to Sweden these phrases will save you in case of emergency!
– Hungry? Then say “köttbullar”. This is lumps of minced meat, and is served with mashed potatoes and a horrible thing called “lingonsylt”. This latter is a jam made of lingonberries. It is sold at IKEA if you want to test it before going to Sweden.
– Thirsty? Shout, not say, you must shout “burk”. Burk is Swedish for beer can, and if you are lucky someone will offer you to buy a “burk” of “folk öl”. “Folk öl is a shitty bad tasting 3,5 (volume) % alcohol beer. If you want to get drunk you will need about 36 “burk”s.
– Lonely? Then say “gratis”. This means free/does not cost a thing. Swedes are, well, economical, so if they think that you will give away something for free they will follow you for at least a couple of days.
– Angry? Say that the thing that has made you angry or upset “suger älgballe”. For instance: “Lingonsylt suger älgballe”. Directly translated this means suck a moose’s male genitalia.
– Need to find a lavatory/WC? Say “bajs”. This indicates that you would like to take a crap.
– Horny? Say “tuttar”. This is the name for a pair of things that women have but that men are missing.

Martin Schanke crashes at “our” tow airfield.

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Martin Schanke (61), 5 times European Champion in Rally Cross (last time in the early 90ies or so), crashed his autogiro/gyrocopter during take off at the airfield at Trøgstad today. This is the same air field we use for towing hang gliders. The reason for the crash seems to be a gust of tailwind while taking off. Autogiro flying is currently a test project in Norway.
Read more about this at (text in Norwegain).
This is not his first hard encounter with mother earth. In 2000 he crashed his helicopter during landing.

In Norway we have freedom of speech!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Totally off topic from hanggliding this case is nevertheless too important not to mention.
A short background: A few days ago the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten and a Norwegian magazine published drawings of the prophet Mohammed. Following from this, several Muslim countries and individuals demanded an excuse from Denmark, Norway, and the newspapers. Also threats of terror emerged and in several Muslim countries Norwegian and Danish flags have been burnt.

The point is, however, that in Norway and other western democracies we have freedom of speech. Hence, here is one drawing of Mohammed:

Arcturus and Steinar Sverd

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

On our way home from Brandbukampen Øyvind and I visited Steinar Sverd Johnsen, fellow hang glider pilot and musician/composer, at the nearby sound studio where the new Arcturus album is mixed. We heared one track from the album and parts of other tracks. It sounded very promising. The album will be released in September.

Arcturus, photo Bjørn Hammer
Photo, Bjørn Hammer. Steinar Sverd to the right. Notice the mixing table – it is the same where Nirvana’s Nevermind – Smells Like Teen Spirit was mixed! Full size pic. here.

Arcturus homepage.

Cool music video

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Warning! Not anything to do with hang gliding, but it is still cool.
I am sick and tired of all the crap MTV is pushing out all the time. Everything sounds the same, and all videos have afro-american girls in thongs shaking their asses like it was the last day of their life – really boring and stupid looking after one video.

The music video from Carpark North, on the other hand, is in my opinion quite charming and different, and the music not too bad either. See the video HERE.