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1338795.  Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:01 am Reply with quote

Meanwhile in Sweden someone in the traffic department has Christmassed-up a pedestrian crossing.
Santa for red, tree for green, with accompanying appropriate music instead of the usual bleeps.

1359543.  Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:54 am Reply with quote

Dipping back into the Swedish news, there is quite a good video collection today. A very unusual fungus spotted (looks like a tree trunk has stolen Boris' hair), Sweden's first electrically powered plane, cow-calls in the wood (quite beatiful), a giant shark got stuck in the archipelago off Sweden and had to be freed, and this year's first snow has been ski'ed on.

Unfortunately they're rubbish for doing direct links. If anyone is interested the videos are on the main page, quite a while down.

1368107.  Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:41 pm Reply with quote

Fancy a bit of not-quite-amber?
275 kg of fossilized resin, 20.000 years old but still some millions of years away from being transformed into amber. It's still got the resin scent.
It is being auctioned off; expect to fork out at least 20K.

Web site doesn't take kindly to direct links to images, but worth a look if you're into that kind of thing.

Edit: well, not nearly as not-quite-amber as advertised.
It turns out that the fairly well-known auction house lied through their teeth when they said that they'd had it verified by an expert from so-and-so university. This isn't fossilised at all. It's industrial resin, manufactured recently. It's been traced back to a fisherman who sold it for peanuts to someone as exactly that. Then it went through several other buyers, increasing in "value" and presumably age every time.
The reason for the melted look (if you took the time to look at it) is that somewhere along that route it was left out in the sun.

1375458.  Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Sort of in the news..........

1383681.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:53 pm Reply with quote

Is this some kind of record?
Nearly one percent of nation graduated on Saturday

1383682.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:39 pm Reply with quote

I guess it depends how many are Icelandic compared to foreign. It suggests that Icelandic people get degrees at a pretty high rate.

1383684.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:14 pm Reply with quote

And how does that compare with other countries?

1383689.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:36 pm Reply with quote

There are only seven universities in Iceland, and it so happens that three of them - including the two largest - held their graduation events on the same day.

There are around 150 universities in the UK. If they all held their graduation events on the same day, that day would see around 650,000 degrees conferred. (slightly dated source, I'm only counting "Postgraduate research", "Masters taught", and "First degree" as being degrees within the meaning of the act).

That's actually fairly close to 1% of the population as well, so the figure may be fairly similar throughout the developed world excluding Germany. (For cultural reasons, going to university has never been as popular a choice in Germany as in most other developed nations.)

1383693.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:42 pm Reply with quote

A university named Bifrost?
Speciality in bridge-building, presumably?

1385120.  Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:48 pm Reply with quote

In case you need a bit of variation on shark attack stories:
Boy attacked by pike
(in Swedish, but there are photos)

Short version: don't dangle your legs in the water when sitting on a bathing platform in a Swedish lake.

1386730.  Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:51 am Reply with quote

Man saves young owl from being drowned by aggressive seagulls in harbour
(Sorry can't link directly to the photo I wanted, so you'll have to put up with the full news article in Danish. At least there isn't a paywall.)

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1387650.  Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:41 am Reply with quote

This one is for Crissdee
Locals boycott Greenwich chippy named 'Jack the Chipper'

1387710.  Tue Aug 17, 2021 4:02 pm Reply with quote

Makes me wish I still lived in London. I would go there just for the moral support. The Brick Lane one must have opened after I left, or at least after I stopped working, because I would hardly have forgotten seeing it, and I have no memory of passing it.


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