We Are Free To Be Guinea Pigs.

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If you’ve kept an eye on my blog,then maybe you have seen my previous entries about FB. As I said before I’ve had some odd experiences on Social Media, especially last year. Still I have to admit that I was quite surprised when the “scandal” of FB experimenting on their users reached me. The idea of FB deliberately trolling their users is an idea that probably would have had you declared “paranoid” in the past. Which means that if you were one of the users that were targeted in this experiment and you actually realised that something weird was up, there is a 100% chance that no one would have believed you. My news feed was manipulated in 2015, and it was done to such an extent that it came across as some bizarre attempt at communication. I also experienced not seeing my timeline for extended periods of time, was logged out of my account repeatedly without doing so myself, as I’m always logged in. Activity that I did not do such as me liking sites I had not liked and comments being hidden without me doing it also happened among other things. Which is different to other people hiding your comments, because when others do this, you will still see it. Whoever it was that was manipulating my news feed, was also very eager to let me know that my messages were being accessed by someone else. At first I paid no attention to it, then I became suspicious because something felt off, ย then I got convinced that I was hacked due to activity that I wasn’t doing myself, and ultimately I thought that it was someone in the music biz that was pulling my leg or a friend only to finally realise that it was probably a freaking psycho. 5 months! That’s a long time! I don’t know ย who it was that was behind it, as my Yahoo email and Instagram were acting up as well. Was I targeted by a bored lunatic or was I chosen at random to be part of a social media experiment? Whoever it was must have had a field day freaking me out. Below there is a youtube video explaining FB’s experiments and how digital platforms strive to push you in the “right” direction….

And as we speak about experimentation and we are all wearing our tin foil hats…. what about an article about drugs in our drinking waterย or lack of nutrients in ourย food.

In fact speaking of tin foil hats….behold the best conspiracy theory to ever hit the internet…launched by Hillary Clinton of all people….

Goodbye August, Hello September!

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After months of secrecy I just wrapped up a mystery project that I’ve been totally consumed by these last months! Fingers crossed that it won’t remain eternally secret as I’ve really enjoyed it. By far the coolest thing I’ve done I think, at least in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some behind the scenes pic, from the month that was!

Walking around in the countryside trying to think of something else than music ๐Ÿ˜›ย โ†‘

I spotted the pope at my first village showย โ™ฅโ™ฅ hi-hi-hiย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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I’d never attended anything like this. ย I actually won some things, wo-ho!

I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why ๐Ÿ˜›

I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….โ†“

A Musician’s Harvest.

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*round of applause*

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Delicious apples that are red on the inside as well โค

 

Enjoying a little bit of summer โ†“

 

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Out of my cage ๐Ÿ˜› โ†“

 

Dropped by Londonย โ†“

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Classy!ย 

Had to take a picture of these two cute housesย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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Ditching wheat. You don’t notice how much it dominates our diets until you cut it out.

When this happens to youย โ†“

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When you come across a cool picture of your dadย โ†“

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When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for everย โ†“

When you go looking at Barbie dollsย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.

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When you see some serious swagย โ†“

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When you realise that your pet is gone forever.

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Hunting For “Ribbe” in Bedfordshire!

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Norwegians demand “Ribbe” for Christmas. Which is not necessarily that easy to find when you are abroad. I will post pics from our celebrations so you guys can see how it looks like ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I grew up in the South, where butchers are butchers and you see animals hanging from hooks in the backrooms. Here in the UK though, most of the local butchers are only distributors for larger farms. This means that if you want your meat cut in a specific way or you want specific pieces of the animal, you can just forget it. So today Dad and I set out to track down a “proper” butcher and this is what we found!

We couldn’t find our intended destination, but on our way back we ran into a huge Farm shop. We now know where the English find their hats!

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Crocodile Dundee had been there apparently…

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It reminded me of the stereotypical “redneck” shops they portray in Hollywood comedies, only that if this has been the US of A, there would have been guns & ammo in a place like this.

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These guys were not real butchers either…but at least they had this:

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Hmm…this guys has his own candy…

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We travelled far & wide!

See that’s a real butcher. All of it is from animals who grass outside or from wild venison, jumping around in the forest.

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We thought that this Estate was a Sanitarium or something, turns out it is a worship place of some sort for some bizarre Indian religion :/

Estates here and estates there….the GPS took us here:

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I jumped out of the car as I thought that this guy was shot ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Poor thing he was suffering so much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Look at that wound ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

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I might generally suck at cooking, but I know how to cook good burgers ๐Ÿ™‚

Ha-ha! These are venison burgers ๐Ÿ™‚ yum-yum!

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I also saw 2 Hercules Aircrafts today, but didn’t manage to take a pic of those. Just made me think of Johnny English ๐Ÿ˜›

Swimming on a roof, how to cook Mussels and Sogn & Fjordane! Lots of pictures!

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It’s so wild to experience the tube with no people. So surreal.

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The best spot is wherever there is a power outlet. So funny.

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This is the best view ever, btw. Nothing beats seeing the world from the skies.

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Hunting for food, in the middle of the night over at the hotel.

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“Mandatory” make-up selfie.

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When you’ve been living in the UK for way too long, you re-create the “meal-deal” when you are abroad ๐Ÿ˜› See what I mean?

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When my stay was over at the hotel, I had the most amazing host ever. An old family friend of ours called Kjell. A former business man, he told me of all of his adventures from doing business in Africa, to being a ski instructor in California, from being a teacher, to working at a hospital being in charge of a number of exciting things. He told of fist fights with a gang in America, hunting trips to the Balkans next to what would become Tito’s hunting lodge and a scandalous, headline grabbing news story involving a sea plane and a police officer who decided to hang onto one of the floats on said plane, as he was trying to catch the pilot ( a friend of Kjell), who had been shooting whatever deer he could find, which is illegal ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

A very entertaining stay indeed, I had the time of my life. Here you got Kjell, a real life “Indiana Jones” type of character, a proper adventurer \m/

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“The life of the rich & the famous” ๐Ÿ˜›

Swimming on top of the Aker brygge skyline in Oslo. The most exclusive area to live in Norway.

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If you are ever making Mussels….I’ll help you out a little…

First, you gotta sort them out. Any mussel that is open already from the store you gotta throw away.

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Then you gotta “steam” them. Which means that you need a steam cooker!

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If a Mussel doesn’t open up after steaming, you have to dispose of it. Steam them until they open up and have a nice orang-y colour.

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Then you are ready to dive in ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfect dinner for two ๐Ÿ™‚

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The only thing nicer than reading to yourself, is reading aloud.

Especially if the literature of choice is amazing poetry.

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I love Jakob Sande.

I don’t know if you can find his work in English, if you can’t you should learn Norwegian so you can read this ๐Ÿ˜›

Yes, here is a picture of something seriously mundane. A dishwasher. But I had never seen anything like it and loved that you put your cutlery up there in stead. Apparently it makes your forks & knifes cleaner. So there, I learned something new.

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Hmmmm…..no Cecil the Lion? I used to sleep on top of that Canadian Bear when I was a kid, I would sleepover in the room where all the hunting rifles were. It made quite an impression on me as a child.

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Whenever I was in Norway as a child I always felt that there was a Moose head staring at me. Seriously, there was always a moose head or a reindeer head hanging somewhere when you went to a house.

I remember I saw my “uncle” cut up a Moose once, Jesuuus, poor thing.

There was always a spinning wheel to be found somewhere as well….

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Look at that view!

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You will never run out of shrimps in Norway.

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No excuse. If you can’t go online, go for pen & paper.

Here are some pics from Aardal ( Fossenes dal = The Valley of the waterfalls) in Sogn & Fjordane.

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A Norwegian bakery.

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This Ladies & Gentlemen is a proper Norwegian mountain tunnel. I was so fascinated that I took a gazillion pictures and even some films. It’s so tight that only one car can drive at the time, meaning…you got some “pockets” on the side of this…ehm…road..where you can go if you encounter any traffic in the non-existent other lane.

This was very cool though. Notice how you are truly in a cave. Hardly any smooth lines.

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We went for a picturesque drive to check out “Offerdalen” which directly translated, if you were to be creative, sounds more like ” The Valley Of Sacrifice”… sounds very Viking-ish to me!

That is a very Norwegian looking farm btw, that’s the style.

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Here they would cut up trees…or would that be timber? Not quite sure how to explain it, but this is old and out of use obviously. They cut down the trees in the forest and sent the wood down the stream and that eventually led the trees here, where they were cut up. These buildings are a fine example of Norwegian heritage when it comes to old buildings and how things were once upon a time.

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The water is so clean that you could actually drink right out from the stream. I was so tempted but I didn’t dare…I was afraid of catching an infection or something, so silly. If I ever go there again I’ll give it a go.

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Dad & me.

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This Ladies & Gentlemen is a Norwegian “ute do” ( outside toilet)

It’s obviously the ancient version of toilet. But for some strange reason there is this Norwegian tradition that you should keep a cabin up in the mountains, this cabin should preferably have no water ( so you will have to go and pump it out from somewhere or collect rain water) and to stay true to tradition this cabin should also include the “iconic” “outside-toilet”. So when I was a kid, believe it or not, I also had the privilege of experiencing the “ute do”. I don’t think it is that common anymore now. But here you got one.

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More of the lovely panorama.

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Some information…We had an ancient Stabbur when I was little, in fact we had two. And we also had a house where one half was modern and the other half was really, really old, with a “Grue” which is a fireplace you put a cauldron in & stand upright in…and there was also grass on the ceiling. So pretty, so romantic.

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Just a random waterfall…

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Quality time with Grandpa ๐Ÿ™‚

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In Norway, we watch chess tournaments…Here we are watching Magnus Carlsen kicking ass.

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And here is a picture of Grandpa playing chess with his brother. Look at the style. So cool.

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There are some old copper & silver mines in Aardal so we decided to go and take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

Check these pictures out, so cool! I can’t believe I’ve been inside a REAL mine!!!

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You gotta write down your name!

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And here we have reached our destination!

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Check out how awesome this looks like!!!!

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I was almost expecting a Dragon or something.

Aardal by night.

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Yummy. I love Marzipan cake. Yum yum.

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There is no end to how many books Grandpa has. It’s so cool. I love literature and once again as I said previously, reading alone is great but reading together is way more fun.

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Grandpa loves Russian culture. He made the Icon in the middle himself.

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Saying goodbye after a week up in the Norse mountains.

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Suitable reading material. Funny enough I wrote an entry on the 8th of March about badass women where I included a number of female Russian snipers.ย 20 Badass Women!ย It’s so weird for me to read Norwegian these days. I gotta do it more.

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Back home in the UK!

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And back to doing this sort of thing…

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I’ve become addicted to blogging!

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I think it’s a good thing I started writing this blog, it serves as a reminder that there are other things to talk about than just music all the time.

I will try to maintain some mystery though, as this has been a trademark for what I’m doing for so long. Nobody really knows what I’m up to when I’m not working and I’m thinking maybe it’s better that way ๐Ÿ˜‰

In this age where everybody knows everything about everybody, it might be cool with a counterweight.

Those were my thoughts when I started promoting my music, but people change, and I think artist can have a tendency for dramatic image/communication & style changes that can baffle their fans.

I have therefore edited this entry and intend to only show you guys some peeks into my life with these pictures from last week, up to you to draw conclusions.

Helping my brother with school.

Helping my brother with school.

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Super yummy :P

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I don't know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don't you think?

I don’t know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don’t you think?

Hmm.....

Hmm…..

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Tomato allergy sucks :( I got some serious tomato cravings :(

Tomato allergy sucks ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I got some serious tomato cravings ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Mom's stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.

Mom’s stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.