Category Archives: Norway

Canada’s cold causeway hots up.

For centuries it’s been known that there was a sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the northern archipelago of what is now Canada.  Such a route is dramatically shorter than the route via South America’s Cape Horn,  … Continue reading

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Norway Nights

Thursday 3rd December 2015 the lights on Oslo’s Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square were lit.   An enthusiastic crowd sang the national anthems of Norway and the UK.  Norwegian Soprano, Ann-Helen Moen, sang ‘Silent Night’  in both Norwegian and English. Then Princess Astrid switched … Continue reading

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Ice cool Norway

Starting in the 1800s large volumes of ice were shipped commercially from  Norway to London where it was stored in deep wells in warehouses before being distributed by horse drawn vehicle to local businesses such as fishmongers and cafe/restaurants. It revolutionised food preservation – as well as … Continue reading

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Kupp: Scandi style dining, along with famous Czech beer!

Nicely set on the Regents Canal Paddington Basin on modern Merchants Square is Scandi style all-day cafe. restaurant “KUPP“. Smaklig måltid! Nyt måltidet ditt! Nyde dit måltid! Hyvää ruokahalua! Have a nice meal! There’s a  Scandinavian themed menu – eg gravalax … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Address in London

St Clement Danes Church, on the Strand, is the church of the Royal Air Force. It contains many artefacts connected with the air forces of the UK and the Commonwealth, the USA, Poland and Norway. The current building was completed in 1682 by Sir Christopher Wren. It was gutted during … Continue reading

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Scandi design on London’s high street

In London there are Scandinavian designers who have their own exclusive retail outlets, such as Finnish ‘Marimekko’ and ‘Klaus Haapeniemi’ – both posted on this blog. There are a host of other designers you can ‘meet’ at lovely stores around London. One … Continue reading

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A corner of London that is for ever Scandi

London’s Rotherhithe and its docks have a centuries-old association with all the Scandinavian countries from where timber arrived by sea. Sailors have long arrived, worked, and stayed in the area.  The Finnish and Norwegian churches are still the centre of the … Continue reading

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Scandi Crayfish Party

My good friends in Finland  – and indeed in Sweden  ( and maybe in Norway ? ) – tell me that mid August / September  it’s essential to have a crazy ‘Crayfish Party’.  As its name implies this involves getting through a lot … Continue reading

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Norway nights

London is all the brighter at Christmas thanks to the kind people of Norway and their lovely tree in Trafalgar Square. It becomes the focal point for choral singing every evening throughout December. Come rain or cold, those brave singers … Continue reading

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