Amphibious Trilogies

Correspondences

‘Correspondences’ are generally short snippets, Such as writing a postcard or a scribbled down note. A reference link. Something to follow up on. A shadowy photo of a whale caller with a horn made out of kelp in Kalk Bay, South Africa.

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Silence, keeping quite and love

Having an authors’ talk in Stavanger with the author and poet Helge Torvund about my book with the above title (published in Norwegian). It is quite a contradiction talking about silence and using water and ice as images – pond passage – in winter water landscapes with no amphibious life – only seals and walrus – fish and polar bears. Torvund is a famous poet of the coastline of the south – a man of wind and currents.

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Octopus and Medusa

Yesterday I had an unexpected encounter with the multidisciplinary artist Assaad Awad while he was leading a workshop at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO). Enamoured by the beautiful tattoos on his arms, an octopus and jellyfish, I asked him if he could tell me why he had chosen these creatures of the sea. In the process he showed a third tattoo that was hidden from sight. Without giving the game away I really do think he is amphibious at heart. Very cool!

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Changes in the Arctic are driving more tourists to visit

The phenomenon known as “last-chance tourism,” has been identified for at least the past decade. It has inspired people to visit climate-imperiled sites like Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Barrier Reef and the Florida Everglades, experts say, and it has been promoted, at times, to bring tourists to the Arctic. But there is more to the surging Arctic tourism business than climate concerns or morbid curiosity, officials say.

Read more on Arctic Now

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First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker’s Russian owners.

Source: bbc.com

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Chinese icebreaker navigates across central Arctic

On Monday, the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long was conducting research in the Norwegian Sea, sailing a back-and-forth path half-way between Bjørnøya and Jan Mayen. It is not known what specific research the vessel is doing in the Norwegian Sea.

Source: arcticnow.com

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What it’s like to ride a 6,000-ton icebreaker through Arctic waters

VICTORIA STRAIT, Northwest Passage — When the CCGS Amundsen breaks through a 10-foot (or thicker) piece of ice, it rides on top of it first, the whole front of the ship sliding onto the sheet as the boat comes to a stop. Then the ship, 100 yards long and weighing 6,000 tons, crushes down, and its sharp hull splits the ice and pushes the fragments to either side.

Source: arcticnow.com

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Russia’s new Arctic super-tanker brings Norwegian LNG to Asia

Loaded with liquefied gas from Norway’s Snøhvit field, the ice-breaking LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie is making an unescorted voyage across the Northern Sea Route to South Korea.

Source: Arctic Now, Jul 28, 2017
Photo attribution: kremlin.ru website team CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0

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