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In September and October I lived in Skedsmokorset northeast of Oslo, with a view to Gjelleråsen and Nittedal; the Tryvann tower lies to the southwest.

Native American Scout :: The indian in me will soon be let loose after years of being looking for a chance

Roads

The Skedsmo Crossroads used to be a landscape of large farms. Today this landscape—with traces of pre-historic farming—is nothing much but covered with roads, crossings, dwellings and institutions. Densly populated, new suburban areas cover previously unfarmed land, while shopping malls, gas stations and other service facilities have been placed on former cropland. The six-lane highway E6 divides Skedsmo and is the main road to northern Norway. I've driven there quite often myself, but never really thought about how the noise fills the landscape.

Stylish Duck Head :: If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. Douglas Noel Adams, 1952-2001, in 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', 1987

Airways (duh)

Down at Kjeller F-16 fighter jets are being maintained. One saturday, as I was in the yard, one of these titanium birds came down from the skies. It circled the valley for some 20 minutes before landing at the fields by the river Nitelva. Two days later there were two jets circling the valley. The noise was extreme, as if the air was being ripped apart—I've never been to a concert or done sound engineering with such a sound pressure.

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Castles in the Sand :: No politically correct link in this picture. Have another day!

I live in the corridor of planes approaching Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, from the south, some seven hundred ± meters below the planes. Each time a jet comes in for landing I'm reminded of the emotional impact of 9/11 and the plane crash in the Opera Mountain near Longyearbyen in September 1996, where 141 Ukranian and Russian lives were lost. With at least a hundred planes each day this is quite tiresome.

But it's quite all right to be in an airplane. During the last month I've been to Tromsø, Stavanger and Haugesund for interviews. And I do live in a beautiful country—from above it's even better than reading maps.

Sometimes it is quiet here in Brånåsen. But the municipality lives up to its motto: Skedsmo, Crossroads of Romerike. A strange place to live...

The jets reminded me of an experience some years ago north of Hamburg. I'd been to Osnabrück to do the sound for the art rock band Tremulators. On our way back home we were exhausted and were listening to some brand new pop blasting through the weak loudspeakers of the car. Suddenly there was a terrible sound coming in from the right (channel) and disappearing to our left. It was not until the second encore we realized that it was die Luftwaffe practising low altitude flights just south of the border to Denmark.

* Merely an illustration

Cohen...

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