Is tanning good for you?

Three pictures of Laura's tanned face through the years

Do you need a tan this much?

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Multiculturalism in Norway

This is a posting from a student who was not able to post on a blog.

Multiculturalism is defined as “The existence, recognition, or preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society.” In Norway we do have a multicultural society, or at least we would like to think we do. In my opinion, I think it varies how multicultural the societies are depending where in Norway you are situated. Some cities, like Oslo, have a quite segregated multicultural society, where the ethnic Norwegians often live on the ”west side” and the immigrants often live on the ”east side”.

However, this doesn’t define multiculturalism in the whole of Norway. In smaller cities, multiculturalism could be considered to be nearer the original definition; where people with different cultures live in a society where there’s no sides that separate different races and who is rich or poor.

Personally, I think Norway has a well-working multicultural society, but could be improved in e.g. larger cities.

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Harrytur: the True Story of Rich Norwegians going Cheap

A Frog in the Fjord

Illustration: Kristine Lauvrak, all rights reserved © Kristine Lauvrak & A Frog in the Fjord Illustration: Kristine Lauvrak. © Kristine Lauvrak & A Frog in the Fjord

Our trip starts at 8.30 am on a Saturday. My first question is: why do we need to leave so early? It is Saturday for heaven’s sake, can’t we sleep in? “No no, we need to get there as early as possible to avoid queues” say my Norwegian friends taking me on my first harrytur. Queues? We are going to the Swedish border, where will there be queues on a Saturday at 8.30 am? (the answer is: at the entrance of the Swedish liquor store).

Who is Harry and what is a Harrytur?
While we are on the road, I ask all sorts of questions: who is Harry and why is he going on a trip? (harrytur= harry’s trip in Norwegian)
In Norway, Harry is not really a person, it is a concept. In Norwegian qualifying something or…

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Reading assignment coming up, using – yes – books! See this link :)

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Difference between rich and poor in America

 

Strangely enough, the poorest continue to vote for the richest – despite the fact that it is against their own interests…:)

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Some funny links…

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What’s going on in this picture?

What’s going on in this picture? Look closely at the image above or view it in a <a href="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2014/04/03/learning/VTS04-07-14LN/VTS04-07-14LN-superJumbo.jpg">larger size</a>, then tell us what you see by posting a comment. On Tuesday, we will reveal more about the image and its origins at the bottom of this post.

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