Saturday, November 20, 2004

Wie Wissen -science news

Vikings in Greenland on sepia coloured film !

It must be old – they were exterminated by the cold spell which increased european glaciers

it is easy to understand german when you know what the subject is, because the language is full of english words – well the common loan words from latin like all the european languages.

The section continued with bored sections of 1000 year old ice and computer simulations of temperature maps of the northern hemisphere and stock footage of polar bears (bye bye?) and icebergs and storm disasters

Gletscher im Todeskampf

Sendung vom 29.09.2004 but I saw it at night 11 11 2004

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I am in Copenhagen again so time to rejoin

Friday, November 05, 2004

Miljøstyrelsen heavy metals: "Sheep and lamb form a considerable part of the traditional Faroese diet. Almost everything on the sheep is consumed e.g. meat and entrails. There are approximately 70,000 sheep on the 18 Faroese islands. The sheep pasture in outlying fields, and it is quite common that they have no contact with developed areas before they are slaughtered. Sometimes at the end of the winter they are given imported fodder for a couple of months until there is enough grass for them to feed on.
The sheep which were analysed in this context, had been grazing north of Vestmanna in an area called Heimi í Haga and in this area the reference station Norðuri á Fossum is situated. "
For mange år siden har jeg boet fast på Færøerne. Den "moderne tid" havde endnu ikke sat sit præg på samfundet, det var i 60-erne før TV-tiden, bilerne kørte på grusveje imellem bygderne, man talte endnu ikke om olie. Færøerne var lige med fugle og fisk, gerne i den omvendte rækkefølge
faroe islands Photos at

Google Image Search: faroe islands Results 1 - 20 of about 6,910 for faroe islands

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Bergen: "lastebommene" cranes
also used for wells
Google Search: Märklapp wooden labels with runes for bales of cloth from viking times
CHARLES BRAY's Sweden Journal
a nice essay or breifingon modern Sweden

the most northerly rune stone ?
Google Search: most northerly rune stone

Froesoestenen Google Search: Frösön

Turist: The rune stone is situated at the foot of the bridge to Frösön. It dates from the 1050s, and is Sweden´s most northerly rune stone. The inscription says:

"Östman, the son of Gudfast, had this stone erected, had this bridge built and brought Christianity to Jämtland. Asbjörn built the bridge and Tryn carved the runes."
Östman, Gudfasts son, lät resa denna sten och göra denna bro och han lät kristna Jämtland. Åsbjörn gjorde bron. Tryn och Sten ristade dessa runor

The rune stone at Frösön is unique in Sweden, as the introduction of Christianity is not mentioned on a rune stone in any other county. It also makes the first mentioning of the name Jämtland.

a "bridge" is often a causeway across a marsh in viking scandinavia

Oestersund, Sweden
is a Municipality Östersund
Google Search: Östersund

The Municipalities or Kommuner represent the local level of self government in Sweden. Each municipality also belong to one of the 21 Counties of Sweden or Län.

Municipalities can be further divided into boroughs or stadsdelsnämnder. The existence of such divisions are at the discretion of the municipality itself which also can decide to hold local referendum on whether a borough or part of the municipality should secede and form a separate municipality. However the question of whether a new municipality will at all be created is at the discretion of the Swedish Government.

in Jämtland County, or Jämtlands län, is a County or län in the north of Sweden. It borders to the counties of Dalarna, Gävleborg, Västernorrland, and Västerbotten. It also borders to the Norwegian county of Nord-Trøndelag.

Jämtlands län
County SE-Z, SE072
Residence City Östersund
Governor Maggi Mikaelsson
County Council Jämtlands Läns Landsting

in north eastern Sweden
The Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sverige in Swedish) is a Nordic country in Scandinavia, in Northern Europe.
It is bordered by Norway on the west, Finland on the northeast, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat on the southwest, and the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia on the east. Due to the quite small number of inhabitants, Sweden's landscape is known for its peace and the large forests and mountainous wilderness.

Östersund municipality covers an area of 2222.2 km² Square kilometre
(symbol km²) is an SI unit of surface area.

Östersund is a town which borders one of the larger lakes in Sweden. It is also the location of one of the most northerly rune stones

Rune stones are somewhat flat standing stones with runic stone carvings from the Iron Age (Viking Age) and early middle ages found in most parts of Scandinavia. Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic, still contains many rune stones. The inscriptions are made in different dialectal variants of the Old Norse language.
and thus the oldest written examples of the languages.

The majority of these stones date after the introduction of Christianity;

Östersund has a museum Jamtli, which has both an enclosed exhibition area, but also an outdoor area which contains old Swedish buildings, and which is similar to Skansen

Skansen is an open-air museum and zoo located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden throughout history.
and to preserve old buildings removed for redevelopment of towns.

each black dot on this map is one runestone

school pages for swedish children about rune stones

Riksantikvarieämbetet Swedish national archeology

The Swedis National Heritage Board works to ensure that different sectors of society assume their responsibility for the cultural heritage and the cultural environment.

This work is part of the overall goal of defending and preserving the cultural heritage.
The point of departure is that the values inherent in the cultural heritage and the cultural environment should be regarded as a resource which may be exploited by different interests. In the adaptation to a sustainable society, work with the cultural heritage is supposed to be a driving force.

the central authority in Sweden for matters concerning the historic landscape and cultural heritage.

The present Director-General, Inger Liliequist, was appointed in 2003. There are currently around 400 members of staff.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Faroe Islands -

The population of the Faroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century. The islands have been connected politically to Denmark since the 14th century. A high degree of self-government was attained in 1948.)

Google Search: "Denmark since the 14th century"

how the text gets copied and recopied all over the net

CIA - The World Factbook -- Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands Map

Campaign Whale, Whaling in the Faroe Islands: "Whaling in the Faroe Islands"
DCP: Faroe Islands

62°N 7°W
3.2 km (2.0 miles) NW of Koltur, Faroe Islands

DCP: 62 degrees north, 7 degrees west (visit #2)

DCP: 62 degrees north, 7 degrees west (visit #2) - ALL Pictures

a good idea of the geology
layers of black basalt

Gulf stream back flow
this map which shows where the cooled water flows south through the Faroe Bank Channel

Map of Faroe Islands the modern transport routes

faroese statistics:
Hagstova Føroya - Traðagøta 39 - Postboks 2068 - FO-165 Argir -

BG Country Operations - Faroe Islands and West of Shetland

drilling for oil