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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Janteloven - Law of Jante

Aksel Sandemose

Janteloven - Law of Jante

There are 11 principles or commandments that form the "Jante's Shield" of the Scandinavian people.

In a novel by Aksel Sandemose, he defined 10 different rules in the law, all expressive of variations on a single theme... You are not to think you're anyone special or that you're better than us.

-Sandemose's novel portrays the small Danish town 'Jante' - he settled in Norway in 1930.

The ten rules state:

1.  You are not to think you're anything special.
2.  You are not to think you're as good as us.
3.  You are not to think you're smarter than us.
4.  You are not to convince yourself that you're better than us.
5.  You are not to think you know more than us.
6.  You are not to think you are more important than us.
7.  You are not to think you are good at anything.
8.  You are not to laugh at us.
9.  You are not to think anyone cares about you.
10. You are not to think you can teach us anything.

An eleventh rule recognized in the novel is:

11. You are not to think that there aren't a few things we know about you.


Janteloven lyder slik:

Du skal ikke tro at du er noe.
Du skal ikke tro at du er like så meget som oss.
Du skal ikke tro du er klokere enn oss.
Du skal ikke innbille deg du er bedre enn oss.
Du skal ikke tro du vet mere enn oss.
Du skal ikke tro du er mere enn oss.
Du skal ikke tro at du duger til noe.
Du skal ikke le av oss.
Du skal ikke tro at noen bryr seg om deg.
Du skal ikke tro at du kan lære oss noe.

Senere i boken kommer Sandemose opp med et 11. bud: Du tror kanskje ikke at jeg vet noe om deg?

What do you think of these rules?

Are they conducive to an advancing, progressive society?

Do these rules portray or produce self dignity,
self respect and the desire to excel... or?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shakespeare’s World – Free 10 Week Course

Shakespeare and his World

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

This Free  10 week course begins 20 Match 2017

2016 marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the University of Warwick, together with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, will explore Shakespeare’s cultural background and influences and why his works have endured.
Shakespearean academic Professor Jonathan Bate will be exploring the acclaimed collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, including an in-depth proactive study of eight of Shakespeare's plays.

Short video HERE

This course involves 5 hours per week, but the extras could take you on an endlessly exciting journey with which you'll possible wish would never end.

From the FutureLearn site:

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in Shakespeare; you might be a high school student or a university student, or a regular play-goer who wishes to learn more about Shakespeare. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare life, theatre and world is assumed: that is what you will learn from the course. The only pre-requisite is a willingness to read and watch the plays.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Guinea Pig Detective Bureau

The Cat’s Collar
The Guinea Pig Detective Bureau

Attention all junior detectives!

Guinea Pig brothers, Cinnamon & Spicy, are the two finest and greatest detectives known throughout the entire world in the animal kingdom. Join them as they investigate the case of ‘The Cat’s Collar’.

In a place known as The Big City live two twin brothers named Cinnamon and Spicy. They do not look exactly alike, but they are twins none the less.

Detective Superintendent Cinnamon and Detective Superintendent Spicy are from the Scotland’s Yard; actually, they live with the Scotland family and are often out in their yard.  It is a beautiful yard, with trees, shrubs, flowers, a statue next to the pond, and lots of green grass.

Cinnamon and Spicy have many friends, Harry the Hedgehog, Crimson the Cat, Polly the Parrot, to name just a few, but they really enjoy the time they spent with Daisy Fields the Pet Store owner. They lived in her store until that wonderful day when the Scotland family came to her little pet shop, adopted the two boys, and then took them to their new home. The two little fellows also enjoyed the many tasty guinea pig treats that Miss Fields used to give them on occasion.

These two brothers started the Guinea Pig Detective Bureau to help with any matter, any subject, and any problem that anyone would ask them to investigate...

Parents: This important case, The Cat’s Collar, highlights the skill of retracing one’s steps in order to find a lost item. Written for the young detective and animal pet lover, this short tale of investigation offers suspense, intrigue, excitement, and just plain old literary fun for the young child and the young at heart.

A great bedtime story for easy reading!

- Kindle Edition -

Universal Link HERE