Shootings In Canada: Soldier killed and Ottawa on lockdown

BBC News Story – Ottawa, Canada

I have just seen in the news that there has been gunman on the rampage, with a Soldier at the War Memorial. This happened immediately after Canada had raised the Threat Level for terrorism after another Soldier was killed in a ‘hit and run’ attack from a converted Muslim.

I have had the privilege of working with some fine Canadian people from Her Majesties Canadian Armed Forces, and my heart and prayers go out to their families, their friends, to Ottawa and Canada has a whole.

We all have our separate identities, but all within the Armed Forces in NATO, and in the Commonwealth, are part of an extended family.

As such, I want everyone in Canada to know, that as a Brit, I know that we share your pain, and I know as a Nation that we will be by your side.

Atheist, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, ……. Whatever religion, we must remember that it is not these religions that teach or preach these heinous crimes, that it is elements of human society that have warped the meanings of these beautiful texts, for their own personal gain, or their own personal grievances.

They are bigots, and do not represent any religion, any race, or any people, other than that of mad men, and of cowards.

I know this poem is traditionally said on the Remembrance Sunday, but feel that is apt to be said today, because its one paragraph that should be ingrained in every part of our society.

For Canada, The The Fallen, And for their Service.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

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Five Days To Go!

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Soon, On my way to Sunny Cambridge! Well, thats a sentence I never thought I would write… “Sunny Cambridge”. Still, compared to Bergen……

As is tradition, I’ve decided to be ill on my last week before I depart. Between bouts of sweating, and then freezing myself to death, I thought I’d write this and say… To all my friends in Norway.. you better come and visit me in Cambridge :-p

Mum, put the kettle on, I’ll be there in a minute….. Tea, White, No sugar :-p

To everyone else, the message I gave at the start, is the message I give at the end.

Keep Calm & Be Awesome!

Norwegian style Pancakes…. and Bacon

God I love bacon.

I mean, seriously love Bacon. If there was a pile of Bacon 6 foot tall, I would marry it, move in together, and take long walks into the country together.

Of course, all men generally love Bacon. But Norway is up there with Britain in its adoration of the stuff.

However, Norwegian thin pancakes with Bacon? And Jam? That is the food of the God’s my friend.

Personally, I’ve never really been too fond of the American style pancakes, and I’ve only ever had them with Bacon before, and that isn’t my cup of tea. Norwegian one’s, however…. just pure bliss!

So, here is how to make them!

Norwegian Pancakes (six servings)

3 eggs (medium)
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 cup Plain Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Beat the eggs and milk in the container of a blender.
Add the flour, salt and sugar, and blend until smooth.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and coat with cooking spray or butter. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet, and tilt the pan to coat the bottom. Cook until the top looks dry, about 30 seconds. Carefully slide a spatula under the pancake and flip. Cook for a few seconds on the other side, just until browned. Remove to a plate, and repeat with remaining batter.

Add Fried Bacon.

Add More Bacon.

Add Jam to taste.

Norwegian Hytta / Cabin Retreat

Well, ever approaching comes the day when I will be leaving Norway, and returning to ‘the Shire’, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

So, before I depart, I’m spending a great weekend in the Mountains. Whilst I maybe typing this now, there is no mobile, no internet, no Television, just a fireplace, a cabin, and as a life “cheatcode”, my BlackBerry Playbook loaded with some classics books, and I have just finished a mavelous tome at that – John Buchan’s ‘The Gap in the Curtain’ – So you’ll get this blog a lot later than I composed it.

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As feelings go, there is nothing better than being next to a roaring fireplace, the crackling and poping of wood, with a Steaming hot coffee, reading a book that just completely aborbs you. John Buchan does just that for me. One of favourate authors, and I have only recently become acquainted with his work, my first being ‘The 39 steps’. If you’ve not read it, do. You’ll love it!

I’ve always been called an ‘Old Soul’ by my family. I was born mature, and then grew into immaturity. The Navy played a vital role in that (for which I am forever greatful for). Despite this, it is simple creature comforts that make me feel truly happy. Never one for wanting the world, just wanting the world we have to be a bit better for all.

However, I digress. I have said it before, but again I will state, for anyone coming to Norway, make sure that you get out of the Cities. Bergen and Oslo are just that – Cities, Norway is in its countryside and coasts.

If you get the chance to do a Cabin trip, do it. It’s a peace that is hard to ever come across in this modern, hyper connected world.

On that high note, time to crack open another book, a fresh pot of coffee on the stove, another log on the fire, and settle down for another classic adventure…. ‘White Fang’, by Jack London. A Perfect novel in a Perfect place.

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Mountains, Waterfalls, and Fjords gallor!

Well, this weekend, and one of the few I have remaining left in this Country, was spent in Hardanger, Norway.

An amazing place, with breathtaking views at every turn. Not that this posting will ever do it any justice, have a look at the video below for a taster.

First, was a trek up the mountains, to which I saw my first rainbow below my feet, and then hear the roar of a waterfall plummeting down below me.

Then, off to a place where I was told would have amazing pancakes…. but that was shut :) But then off to see the town, and then to some viking graves in the forest.

Words can not describe it. So, just go and visit it

That’s an order :)

British Media, the European Union & Why I support the EU

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The news has, in the typical bipartisan way of Rupert Murdocks, I mean, the “British Free media”, exploded on the idea of a possible EU exit from Britain. As a fellow Brit, I thought about writing my thoughts, and getting across how this idea, backed by ‘News Internationals’ misinformation, UKIP’s scare tatics, and the political infighting of the Tory party, can make Britain sleepwalk its way into economic suicide.

I come from Cambridge, a small rural University town of old, now one of the IT powerhouses of Europe. We have attracted IT businesses and research centres from across the globe, as well as producing home grown talent. The reason this massive expansion has happened is due to the Common Market, and the ability to easily gain award willing talent and investment from abroad. In my lifetime, Cambridge has transformed from its place as a “University town”, to a Science and IT technology Mecca.

We owe this due to the fact we have, and can attract, the skills needed, to trade freely in the EU block, and research funding that is available from both UK and EU funds.

So, it is rather confusing that the Conservative party are even thinking about a British exit. These are the staples of Conservatism. Free Market, Capitalism, Private investment. So why the change?

It makes it even more confusing when the CBI and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research says leaving will reduce our GDP by 2.25%, and the London School of Economics has said it will even more, if we leave.

When the Subject Matter Experts start saying that, I stand up and listen.

So, why the shift? One word, I’m afraid. “Loonies”.

The Conversative party, fuelled by UKIP, has always had this problem. The party, whilst being one union, truly isn’t. There are some very good, sensible members in the UK Conservative Party. One of my favourates, and often underated members, is Ken Clark. However, his party also contains the right wing fringe, that are remarkably similiar to the American Tea Party.

David Cameron is trying to find a midway point between his moderates, and his Eurosceptic loonies.

Unfortantly, you can’t argue with a lunatic.

The don’t conceed, they don’t debate, they just shout.

My opinion is that David Cameron should be focused on the Economy, and the only way he can do that is by supporting small to medium sized businesses. This will be better served “In” the world largest training block, not out, shouting like a crazy man at a bus station at the sane passers by from the sidelines.

I’m currently in Norway, the Country always quoted as being out of the EU, and held as a shinning example of what Britain should aim for. Shame their PM has told the British PM that it was a mistake for them not to join. Norwegian industry is Oil and Fish, and nothing else. 40% of the population work for the state. The economy is based soley on Oil. I personally would rather we didn’t put all our eggs into one basket.

Being in the Armed Forces, I have learned that only by cooperation, teamwork, and using all of your members assets, can a mission be a success. Stronger Together, Weaker Apart. Funny the same arguments I use for Europe, are the same arguments the Conservatives use for Scotland. The same reasoning applies to both.

I will be voting for a party that has my Country’s best interests.

I will be voting Liberal Democrat.

New ICQ Android running on BlackBerry 10

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Hello! Over the last week, I’ve been running the new ICQ android on my BlackBerry 10 handset, and I can say it is absolutely fantastic.

Although the App isn’t designed for the BlackBerry 10 OS, it works just like a native app. The only thing is that, because it is an Android app running under the BlackBerry OS, the notifications are not instant unless the App is running in the background. However, it runs like a charm, and doesn’t slow your phone down whilst running idly, and has no drain on the Battery.

First of all, you need to download an Android App store to download it. I use 1mobile Market, directly off the BlackBerry handset. However, before you can install it, go to Settings > App Manager > Installing Apps > And check “Install Apps from other Sources to ‘ON’.

One installed, you can search for ICQ, or any other Android App, and install it just like from BlackBerry World.

For those of you that don’t know what ICQ is, its a chat client from November 1996. Its changed a lot since then, now being not only on PC and Mac, but also on iphone, Android, WebOS, BlackBerry Classic, and now, BlackBerry 10.

With Instant Messenging, Voice and Video chat, and free SMS, combined with the new ‘Stickers’ feature (Like BBM stickers, but better…. and also Free), this generation of the App has really come into it’s own. It has come along way, and in my opinion knocks the socks off ‘Whatsapp’ and ‘Line’.

So, go on! Give it a try!

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So long & Thanks for all the Fish (Party)

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Sorry for the late delay guys, but just wanted to say thanks for a Great leaving party! I know its two months until I go, but really wanted Rolf to be there before he went back to his new life in the UK and, additionally, we could celebrate his “Freedom Freedom FREEDOM!” day, and it worked out really well. Meant a lot to me, so thank you very much indeed.

Bjørn, you were there in spirit. Gin to be exact. Wine and Crank at your place soon!

The thing I will miss the most from leaving Bergen will be my mavelous friends. Real friends never leave though, no matter how far you are apart. The weather, beer prices, and supermarkets however, I will not pine for.

Stay awesome! The “Royal Norwegian Naval Alcohol Disposal Team” did a fine job.

Better Call Saul: Second teaser trailer sees nod to Breaking Bad’s Walt and Jesse

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Ohhhhh, I am really looking forward to this. One of the best series I have seen in a long time.

The trailer is, so far, looking like it will deliver!

Let’s hope this spin off is a ‘Fraiser’, and not a ‘Joey’

See the latest trailer by clicking the link below.

http://tpt.to/a4Jdnvj

What do you think?