In 1923 English mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he intended to climb Mount Everest the following year. He replied “because it’s there.” Those three words, perhaps the most famed in all of mountaineering, might also be the raison d’être for any outdoor activity. The mountain bike rider traverses a rocky trail because it’s there, just as an evening stroller saunters to a woodland pond because it’s there.
Published on 31st August, 2012 at 5:51pm by M. Michael Brady.
COMMENTARY: Oslo District Court judge Wenche Arntzen prevented Anders Behring Breivik making an extended address in today’s closing moments of trial lasting 10 weeks and a day.
Published on 25th August, 2012 at 1:26am by Ben McPherson.
INTERVIEW: ‘He wasn't a memorable person. He was a completely ordinary guy. He wasn't frightening. When he said, 'I'll kill you,' I didn't believe him. He was utterly normal. It's only through his crime that he's become a mythic person, someone who's so frightening that psychiatrists daren't be with him on their own.’
Published on 24th August, 2012 at 12:19pm by Ben McPherson.
In 1988, there was an invasion that then seemed so insignificant that it went unmentioned by the media. No more. As gardeners now know, that first scientific record of a sighting of a Spanish slug in Norway marked the start of a struggle that worsens by the year. Slug talk now is commonplace.
Published on 17th August, 2012 at 7:17pm by M. Michael Brady.
An urban legend circulated since the mid 1990s starts by asking why the standard railway gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet 8½ inches.
Published on 8th August, 2012 at 2:42pm by M. Michael Brady.
This year’s journey back to my adopted home country was a particularly chilly affair, not just because of the appalling summer weather. Saying “au revoir” to France and “hei, hei” to Norway, I became acutely aware of Norwegians’ uniformness.
Published on 5th August, 2012 at 1:14pm by Michael Sandelson.
The magnificent Tyrolean Alps are shown as representative of a landscape that can generate elevated thoughts and actions in German music band Rammstein’s 'Ohne Dich' (Without You) video.
Published on 3rd August, 2012 at 1:56pm by Consuelo Griggio.
Willem Barents didn’t set out to discover new land, but that’s his claim on the attention of history. At the age of 45, he was one of the leading explorers of his day. In May 1596, he set sail from the Netherlands on his third voyage, to search for a north-east passage to Asia. In mid-June, at nearly 80 degrees North latitude, he sighted uninhabited land, went ashore, planted the Dutch flag, described the land as Spitsbergen (“Jagged Mountains”) on his chart, and sailed onward.
Published on 1st August, 2012 at 3:53pm by M. Michael Brady.