THE PRIME MINISTER’S NEW HELICOPTER

October 5, 2008

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, will from now on be flying in this very trendy helicopter. It is a two-engine Eurocopter EC-135 which apparently is designed by none other than Hermès, according to the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. Before it came to Norway the helicopter reportedly used to be owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. Jens flies with class, I’ll give him that.

Advertisements

ARABIC LOUVRE BY JEAN NOUVEL

October 3, 2008

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will function as a shielding parasol from the scorching sun, as an oasis, when its completed by 2012. The web-patterned dome creates a beautiful play of light as the sunlight filters as through branches and leaves on a tree. Natural light like no one has seen anywhere but in nature. The space will house art from France’s the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles. Voilà.

The architect is the famous and of course French, Jean Nouvel. If I was to build a house tomorrow, I definitely would incorporate this kind of lighting either inside or outside the building even though l’m living in Scandinavia. While dreaming, why not install an organic focal point in the ceiling by John Carpner Design AB. The cost of living outside inside? $2.800 (20.000 SEK).

Funny fact: Jean Nouvel is a favorite of architect buff Brad Pitt’s who named a child after him, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

FOR SALE: HIGH LIFE ACROSS THE STREET OF THE KING’S

October 2, 2008

Yes, that’s right. At the top left of the flight photo above, you can see Their Majesties’ gatehouse to the King and Queen’s privately owned Royal Lodge. The house for sale is located in the middle of the lower part of the photo at the end of a private street at Voksenlia, a hilly area in Holmenkollen in Oslo, an exclusive part of town which mainly consists of villas.

Built in a classic style in 2006 as a modern home. With an asking price at $2.5 million (14.750.000,- NOK) at 5,200-square-feet with living rooms, dining room, 4-5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a gym. Also it features a double garage with direct entrance to the house. The closeness to nature is supported by several balconies and a large terrace.

The immediate environment is great for hiking and skiing with trails starting literally from your doorstep, but also sightseeing. As you can see below, with the house in the middle of the photo, when the tourists has been to the famous ski jump they come up to Kragstøtten (Statue of Krag) for the best view of the forest, fjord and lake before going back to the city centre. Definitely a view fit for a King.

Sources: Sem & Johnsen, Blom

 

NORTH WAY

October 1, 2008

“You gentlemen aren’t REALLY trying to kill my son, are you?”

Alfred Hitchcock’s movie North by Northwest (1959) is one of his greatest, with three Academy Award nominations to prove it. Roger O. Thornhill, played entertainingly with suave by Cary Grant, is an advertising executive in New York, who by chance is mistaken for a man named George Kaplan by a group of spies led by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) with his right hand man, Leonard (Martin Landau).

With the help of pretty Eve Kendall, brilliantly performed by Eva Marie Saint, Roger Thornhill ends up being pursued across the country, but who can he really trust? The professor, actor Leo G. Carroll, is a man of government who allows the events to unfold for the greater good. Carroll has been in more Hitchcock movies than any other actor. Another casting worth noticing is role of the mother, Clara Thornhill, played by Jessie Royce Landis though she only had seven years on her “son”, Cary Grant.

The movie takes us to places like the then-new United Nations building which is photographed originally, to another quite interesting building, the house on top of Mount Rushmore. After finding Frank Lloyd Wright to be too expensive to work with, just like the people making The Fountainhead in 1949 did, MGM constructed a Lloyd Wright-inspired house for the movie as the villain’s lair.

The famous crop dusting scene where Grant is being chased by a plane is nothing less than cinema history.

Funny fact: Eva Marie Saint also plays the role of Martha Kent in Superman Returns (2006).

PAUL NEWMAN: 1925-2008

September 27, 2008

Paul Newman was a great Hollywood actor. Reportedly, even greater in life. He and his wife Joanne Woodward was happily married for a whole 50 years. Throughout his life he donated more than $250 million to charities through earnings from his food company, Newman’s Own.

As a man of simplicity who once burned his tuxedo, he always looked good both on and off screen. Newman first got an Oscar nomination in 1959 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and most recently in 2003 for Road to Perdition. He won an Oscar for his role in The Color of Money in 1987 and his four movies The Sting (1973), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Hustler (1961) is rated among the top 250 movies in The Internet Movie Database. Last year he retired from the movie business, and yesterday, the 26 September 2008, he died at the age of 83 surrounded by family and close friends.

THE END OF AN ERA

September 27, 2008
It really is the end of an era. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Oslo has, soon to be had, the Holmenkollen ski jump. In about a months time the ski jump will be torn down. The Holmenkollen skiing arena has hosted competitions since 1892. The ski jump has been renovated 18 times, and the current one dates back to 1939. The tower stands as a national and international symbol of skiing after being the heart of Norwegian winter sports in over a 100 years.

 

Source: Skiforeningen, Oslo Kommune