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  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,878MI6 Agent

    Thank you, @chrisno1. 🙂

    Thank you, @Number24. Yes, I'm glad to be here with you all too. 🙂

    Thank you, @caractacus potts. It's good to still be here. I do like to go in-depth with the literary Bond topics in particular. I need to get to work on a few more topic ideas. I enjoy what you bring to the table too in terms of posts and research. I suppose I am pretty original as the first memberships on this iteration of AJB go back to March 2002 I think.

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    When nature calls - public toilets in Norway!






    You're welcome to take a leak 😀

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,748MI6 Agent

    A month after the typhoon there are still over 40,000 people living in evacuation centres. 75% of the region has power and water restored. The internet is still weak and the Cignal cable tv service is still off-air. Over one and a quarter million houses were damaged or destroyed. Mine, on Mactan Island, suffered roof damage, this has now been covered so rain cannot come in but replacement items are hard to come by and labour is at a shortage and it could be many weeks before we are able to return there, so we are at our condo across the bridge in Cebu City for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, our condo is undamaged as it isn’t on the top floor and power and water is restored, so we are feeling lucky that we have survived intact.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,417Chief of Staff

    When it isn't in the news, people including me tend to think a major bad event is over. That's never true, and dealing with the aftereffects is a long, hard slog.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    My more limited experience with extreme weather is that the aftermath and repairing the affected areas can be harder than the weather itself. I wish the best for CHB and the country.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    Dolph Lundgren is engaged to Norwegian Emma Krokdal. Does this mean Dolph has to learn to speak Swedish again? 🤣


  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,047MI6 Agent

    Dolph has learnt to speak ? Are you sure ?

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    Others must judge if he can speak English. But his Swedish sounds like he moved from the land of American straight-to-video action movies to Sweden a year or two ago, and not like someone who grew up in Sweden, I suspect the couple has to speak English for him to express himself at a basic level.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
    edited January 21

    Happy 18th birthday princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway! She's third in line to the throne and will be the first ruling Norwegian queen since the middle ages.



    As required for all members of the royal family she's a skilled skier: Sjå kongefamilien på ski – Siste nytt – NRK


    But the Kate Middleton lookalike also won the national junior championship in surfing in 2020!


  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
    edited January 21

    The research station on the island Hopen on Svalbard raised the flag in honour of the princess. The king of the Arctic naturally came by to pay tribute to the princess of Norway!


  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,748MI6 Agent

    I still haven’t seen NTTD 🙁 The cinemas are still closed due to Covid restrictions and I don’t really want to have my first viewing of it on a TV screen. Of course, even when the cinemas do reopen, there is no guarantee that it will show anyway. I may well have to bite the bullet and stream it on my Firestick. I must be the only active member on this site not to have seen it yet.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    I've posted before about the relatively recently made Myklebust ship in Nordfjordeid. Here are some photos I found to show how stunning the ship is.




  • The Domino EffectThe Domino Effect Posts: 3,543MI6 Agent

    I can't believe you have built this all by yourself, N24. Well, you and your pony, that is.


    It is quite sensational.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    That's not a pony, it's horse race called Fjording or Fjord Horse. Fjord horse - Wikipedia

    Their Mohawk is natural and sometimes they take their name litterally:


    It's not mine and while I can understand why you'd think I made the ship myself, I actually didn't. I was relieved to see it turned out fine anyway, 😁

  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,621Chief of Staff

    That’s amazing @Number24 but I thought you needed two of every animal? 🤔

    🤣

    YNWA 97
    Currently Head of Station C: Canada 🇨🇦
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,125MI6 Agent

    The harder I work the less money I have to spend?!

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
    edited February 2

    The winter Olympics starts on Friday in Beijin, as I'm sure everyone knows. 😉

    China is a country with next to no culture for winter sports, but China does have a strong interest in showing a positive image of the country. But how can China compete in a type of sports where they have no international medals ever and most people have never seen a pair of skis?

    When the Norwegian Nobel comitee awarded a Chinese dissident the peace prize in 2010 the Chinese government did not take it well. In their world such a comitee couldn't possibly be independent of the governement, that's completely impossible. So Norway was put in the "ice box". No political contact for years and severe economical punishment was the reality until the government struck some shady deal years later. Part of the deal was Norway has to teach Chinese athletes to ski! Norway sent about sixty experts to train talented athletes. They had to be trained them from the basics and the mentalities were very different. Openness, frindship and inner motivation vs dicipline, fear and surveilance. So if you ever see a Chinese in the top 10-20 in a ski-related event in the comming weeks you know why. But the sport will still be dominated by Europeans such as Therese Johaug. The only way she doesn't get several medals is by catching Covid-19.

    Johaug can been seen here in a Bondian pose:



  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,125MI6 Agent

    Very! I do 12 hour shifts all the time and lot's of over time but cannot get any further ahead. I need a new job! Perhaps I would not get more money but certainly be not as 'time poor'!

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
    edited February 2

    It sounds like you should change jobs. People who work full days (or more) should get enough money to live at a reasonable standard. It's what one expect of a civilized country.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,047MI6 Agent

    I've virtually given up full time work. It really isn't worth the effort. I work enough to survive. It's awful to say, but I may get a fair bunce of an inheritance some day which may assist my finances. I decided many years ago my money wasn't going to stretch to houses and flash cars, so I spent it on foreign travel and a lush life. Some would say I wasted it, but IMO I learnt and experienced more than I ever would if I'd been prudent.

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,748MI6 Agent

    Good for you, chrisno1. Despite what Blofeld says, you do only live once. As a famous footballer once said - I spent all my money on boozing, gambling and women, at least I didn’t waste it! 😂

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,125MI6 Agent

    I admire this but I have many commitments so could never hope to do this. Today I will be working a 'short' shift from 1200 to 2000 to cover for some one who is off ill, then working 12 hours day shifts on Saturday and Sunday. I have some old injuries and I don't know if it is actually the case but I think all the long hours I am at work is making them hurt more than usual. Of course this could just be because I am starting to get old!

  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,713MI6 Agent

    This kind of shift work can mess one about long term, esp night shift stuff, it can really mess up your body rhythms and make you put on weight. Of course it's a case of needs-must as the saying goes and also @Joshua the best way to get a job is to have a job, also as the saying goes. You are in a stronger position than being without work, of course, in applying for another job. But the case of working all day to get up the next day to do the same reminds me of George Orwell's brilliant book Down and Out in Paris in London - some of this is based on what it is to be a tramp or homeless person (the London part), but the Paris bit sees him workings as a flongeur I think it's called, in the kitchens longs sessions all day then getting up to do the same again so you have no time to reassess life priorities. It's a brilliant slice of 1930s life.

    When I did an evening's bar work in my student days I got a tenner, went along to the local takeaway to get a well-deserved meal. That was the money pretty much gone. 'Easy come, easy go,' I said as I realised it, to the bloke behind the till. 'It doesn't come easy,' he replied, with a grin that was justified but just that bit annoying as I watched a few hours' work go up in smoke.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,713MI6 Agent

    Oh, Twitter's down btw.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
    edited February 9


    Do you know why China suddenly has a few athletes capable of beating ...... anyone in skiing? When the Norwegian Nobel comitee awarded the peace prize to a Chinese disident their authorities did not take it well. To them an indenpendent Nobel comitee was .....


    Norway was put in "the icebox" with no political contact. Before Norwegian salmon dominated the Chinese market, but suddenly their authorities "discovered" our salmon was dangerous for your health and stopped importing it. After years in the ice box a deal was made between the two countries. We don't know the deatails, but it's belived Norway has promised not to critizise China in public. Not our finest hour, but aparently salmon export is very important. It's also belived the Norwegian government promised to teach some of China's atlethes to ski. About sixty of our best coaches and other experts have worked for the Chinese since. There's been cultural clashes. The Norwegian approach with trust, openess and inner motivation doesn't always work well with the Chinese way based on discipline, surveilance and fear. I very much doubt China can reach the top ten in a ski events this winter, but maybe in the top twenty?


  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent

    Let's focus on the more beautiful aspects of winter. No wonder this is an award-winning photograph:



  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,125MI6 Agent

    I do twelve hour shifts and sometimes have one hour drive each way. This leaves me with not very much time at all to do anything but sleep. My search for another job has been long but I keep trying. It is simply the all the time I am spending working and commuting which is now beginning to tell. I must admit though that much of it is voluntary overtime, so my own 'fault'.

    I was interested in the book you mentioned and found the audio version on you tube. I intend to listen to this at some point.

  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,713MI6 Agent

    Hi @Joshua - of all the classics, this one is a real easy read. Some 'classics' (matter of opinion, of course) are a real grind. This isn't.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,960MI6 Agent
    edited February 11

    I just heard the news about Elon Musk's new spaceship called Starship. It's rather large ...


    Here's a recent photo of Musk planning his Starship:


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