OK, so I know I posted this back in February, but you know … All things considered.

And in case you wondered. Yes:

Gott mit uns
German military belt-buckle of WW2, with old Prussian GOTT MIT UNS slogan. Photographer: StromBer/Wikimedia Commons.

Top image: Blogger’s illustration.

Putin calendar 2018 already for sale

Jacqueline Taïeb: 7 heures du matin, 1967

Radio Tysnes International is live

About a week ago the local “radio station” RTI (Radio Tysnes Int’l) went live over at Anchor (make sure to find it at anchor.fm/radiotysnes), bringing news and events from the local Tysnes community, as well as Tysnesfest, to the world, in part also based on short snippets of news from local news sites Bladet Tysnes and Tysnesingen.

After a mere week in operation the station ranks among Anchor’s Top 500 internationally, attracting listeners from all over the world.

Also available as podcast

Today also saw the launch of its podcast over at iTunes, found here, in addition to:

There’s a Facebook page, too, should you be inclined to follow.

For yours truly this is a mere experiment, and an attempt at pitching in, as a concerned citizen, of course, even if concerns aren’t really called for.

Late edit:

A quick logo make-over yesterday yielded the following (Ssshhhhh, don’t tell the BBC!):

RTI – Radio Tysnes International

Glen Campbell: Guess I’m Dumb, 1965

Onra: Hope, 2008

Bo Hansson: De svarta ryttarna – Flykten från vadstället, 1970

Reciprocation is terrorism, too

Last night’s attack on a Finsbury Park Mosque would appear to be an act of retaliation, but make no mistake about it: Any action carried out as an act of revenge is every bit as terroristic as the act it was intended to retaliate, although I notice how easily I’m provoked by muslims using the incident as proof that Christians/European/white people are every bit as bad as Isil.

Having said that, retaliation is not the way to go about this. Au contraire it is exactly what the terrorists want: An all out clash of civilisations (as pointed out on numerous occasions).

The situation calls for calm composure, even if chances are we’ll have just the opposite.

Local summer exhibition 2017

A quick visit to the local gallery Elisabeth G today, shot in a hurry, en route to the ferry – which accounts for the scant selection, consisting of only three.

Sadly data are equally sparse (I didn’t have the time to look for the gallerist’s catalogue, if such a thing indeed exists).

I should, of course, mention that all images are clickable for larger views.

France beware

A huge fan of France’s newly elected and instated president Emmanuel Macron I remain a staunch supporter of his policy and – up until now – suggested measures, saluting his landslide win in the two stages of the recent presidential election.

A victory in today’s legislative election wouldn’t go amiss either, but there’s every reason to sound the alarm should that victory, too, turn out to be overwhelming.

While I lean more in the direction of Macron’s beliefs than in that of any other candidate, I have always been wary of excessive concentration of power.

Before long my French favourite could emerge an absolute and despotic leader (remember, we do seem particularly susceptible to “strong men” these days).

Certainly I salute the French for taking a firm stand against the nationalists, but feel an urge to remind them that dictators come in many shapes and colours – even in the gentlest of appearances.

There’s something very, very scary about democracies with no real opposition.

Photo: France’s president and En Marche! party leader Emmanuel Macron. Photograph from Business France/Flickr