Trollwall Restaurant, Norway

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By Agnes Samour in Architecture on Wednesday 7 December 2011

Starving after a hike near the Trollwall, the tallest vertical rock face in Europe? It’s now possible to have something to eat while admiring the view of the towering cliffs in this impressive restaurant, designed by Reiulf Ramstad Norway. The M-shaped glass roof really looks fantastic from the inside and the outside.

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Drape: an exciting new Norwegian band

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By Pazeriksolis in New Music on Friday 13 May 2011

Dråpe (which is Norwegian for ‘water droplet’) are one of my favorite bands. Their sound is creative, chilled, and laidback. I’m sure that they’re going to hit it big it Norway this year.

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2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships

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By Zolton in New Events on Wednesday 19 January 2011

If you’re sporting some decent chops, and you have some time (and money) to spare, you can join the Beard Team USA Trip to Iceland and Norway for the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships between May 8 to May 19. Yes, salute the hirsute!

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Norway’s Turf Roofs

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By Clare Hillier in Architecture on Friday 12 November 2010

While the intention is purely practical, there is something about the grass roofs of Norway that remind me of a fairy-tale fantasy. For hundreds of years, many houses in Norway have installed turf roofs to provide good insulation and help stabilise the home under its weight. It kind of makes the recent trend in vertical living gardens look old hat, don’t you think?

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Food Story: Norwegian organic juices

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 18 August 2010

From rhubarb mimicking that infamous Marilyn Monroe pose, to cherries sweetly kissing, the quirky illustrations that adorn these bottles are brilliant and bold. Good thing too since Food Story, the Norwegian brand behind this new line of organic juices, is a concept café, boutique, and restaurant that aims to inspire through food. This series of ecological drinks does just that, having been developed in conjunction with local and organic farmers to produce a range of tasty fruity, all-natural flavors.

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The genius of Royksopp videos

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By Zolton in Video on Monday 19 July 2010

Norwegian duo Royksopp — Torbjorn Brundtland and Svein Berge — not only create the warmest, sublimely uplifting and melodic electronica, but their music videos are always stupendously creative, as reflected in this selection of some of their finest.

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Beach House’s Zebra

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By Michelle Wilding in New Music on Wednesday 10 March 2010

It’s soothing and sumptuous. It’s Zebra by Beach House. The harmonious opening track of Teen Dream is lovely and ridden with reverb. I don’t care if the album was leaked early. These songs will endure the test of time, just like their self-titled album has.

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World Beard and Moustache Championships

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By Zolton in New Events on Tuesday 19 January 2010

To be held in Trondheim, Norway, on May 14, 2011, the World Beard and Moustache Championships is a big deal. A BIG DEAL. Apparently, the United States is the ‘world’s new facial hair super power, having captured twelve world championship titles out of eighteen categories plus overall at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in […]

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Take On Me performed on Mario Paint Composer

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By Zolton in New Music on Sunday 17 January 2010

What’s this? Well, it’s Take On Me by A-Ha performed on Mario Paint Composer. Aha! Ok, so it doesn’t quite have the punch of the original version. But the melody will still stay ingrained in your head for hours.

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Anders Malmø’s dog art

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 6 October 2009

My wife and I have a little black puppy, a furry bundle of mischief called Selma Lou. Perhaps one day we’ll have her immortalized in an artwork by Anders Malmø. The Norwegian artist has a thing for mutts. And it’s very fun thing indeed.

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Röyksopp’s This Must Be It video

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By Zolton in Video on Friday 2 October 2009

For the video for their latest single, This Must Be It, Norwegian uber-producers Röyksopp ditched the futuristic stylings and went back to their … ah … roots. Or at least, the roots of a motley collection of tribal dancers. Interesting.

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Kings of Convenience’s 24-25

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By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 29 September 2009

I saw Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience play the other week in New York. As a long time fan of the group, this was a much anticipated show. And while I was a little disappointed that they opened the set playing their entire new album — Declaration of Dependence — from beginning to end (which […]

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Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 11 May 2009

I may not have a drop of Viking blood in me, but when I hear bands like Wardruna, I feel like lighting a fire and breaking out the cask of mead. A side project of occasional Gorgoroth drummer Kvitrafn and featuring Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl on vocals, the band attempts to capture the lost sounds of […]

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Celine Clanet’s Maze photo essay

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By Zolton in New Photography on Tuesday 20 January 2009

There’s a sense of beautiful unease about Celine Clanet’s photo essay, Máze, the icy environment creating a gentle juxtaposition against the subtle warmth of the colors. Of the series, she says: ‘I lived for several months in Máze, up to the north of the Arctic Circle, in Norway. There, I met these quiet people, melancholic, captivating, very proud of their Sami village and territory, proud of these landscapes. They are constantly gazing at it with binoculars which they never separate from, even at home. I have captured these Sami people, along with houses and reindeers that should not be here today as they are flooded with waters from a dam project that the Norwegian government planned in early 70s, but fortunately aborted. This series is all about capturing the perfect moment, when time doesn’t exist anymore and night is gone, at which point they immerse themselves in tasks such as fishing through an ice hole in Suolojarvi Lake, or riding the snowscooter across the tundra; talking, or laying down, doing nothing, saying nothing. Just being’.

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Glorious Ski Jump

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By Snell in Architecture on Tuesday 2 September 2008

We have reported on Danish firm, JDS Architects, before. And here their memorable work continues. This glorious design for the Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo is the result of an international competition and is to be completed in time for the 2011 World Championships.

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