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Saturday, 30-Sep-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Arhangel'sk: Places II

Chapel on construction site
The "Kirha" - Formerly a Protestant church, now a concert hall
Vysotka - A main landmark in Arhangel'sk
All pictures between coming home to Arhangel'sk and Christmas in Seattle are posted between 26.12.06 and ........ (to be filled in )

Friday, 29-Sep-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Arhangel'sk: Places

The market place
Sushi boat
Troickiy Passazh Mall
I've got too many places to feel homesick about: Between Tromsø, Arhangel'sk, Sankt Peterburg, Oslo and Helgeland there's always some place it's way too long since I've been. But I suppose it's a good thing too, feeling at home in many places.

I'm starting to really pine for Arhangel'sk, though.

Wednesday, 28-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Going back


The computers in Arhangel'sk Norwegian Centre decided they didn't like fotopages, so I haven't been able to update until now - 19.12, back in Norway. Below are all the pictures from China. Now, only the ones from Arhangel'sk and Murmansk remain.

But that's for later.

Thursday, 8-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Beijing/ punk

This is a typical depiction of early Chinese punks listening to music in an imperial park. Chinese punk was born during the Ming-dynasty and reached the heights of its popularity during the reign of empress Cixi, who even temporarily patronized the punk sect/political group known as "the Boxers". The last emperor, Henry Pu Yi, is also known to have had an active interest in punk.

Punk was originally nothing but a martial art utilizing agressiveness and abrupt, extremly forceful movements - a radical break from the "peace of mind" and "steady flowing movements" associated with traditional Kung Fu. The word punk originally comes from the word pao kan - "explosive heads", referring to the punk combat tecnique of killing your opponent with one single blow by smashing your head into his. The traditional haircuts, showing much head-skin, is a symbol for having mastered this tecnique. In accordance with an ideal of practicing martial art no matter what you are doing, various "punk" ways of doing nearly everything started to appear, for example punk eating or punk dancing - the latter is known in the West as "mosh pit".

Punk music originated when a young apprentice tried to find a punk way of making food, and resulted in destroying half the kitchen of the Forbidden City. While not finding the resulting dish all that tasteful (it contained rather too much human blood, shrapnel and MSG) the master of the imperial Pao Kan College found exquisite pleasure in the rythms produced by his apprentice's throwing of cauldrons, plates and glasses, not to mention the shrieks of one of the cooks as he was stabbed repeatedly up the nose with chopsticks. For the rest of his lifetime, the old master would start every morning by having selected apprentices use their tecniques on different kinds of metal and glass, while he indicated the desired speed of the destruction by playing a traditional harp faster and faster until a climax was reached. The pure exhaustion following such a session, he felt, was the optimal starting point for good meditation.

Though punk became less popular in China after the Boxers' surpressed rebellion against the Brits, this event also led to its globalization. Some Brits who had witnessed the rebellion became fascinated enough to study the subject, and brought with them the art of punk to the United Kingdom. There, it was kept alive first and foremost at the universities, where groups led by orientalists flourished. Only later, starting in the late 1970s/ early 1980s was punk popularized as a result of the general interest in things Asian. Thus, punk is sometimes referred to as "the younger brother of the Hippie movement".

Wednesday, 7-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Old Dragon Head
downtown Shanhaiguan
railway station
Old Dragon Head is the place where the Great Wall meets the Pacific Ocean. It is said that in earlier times, the wall ended in the shape of a gigantic dragon's head facing the sea. They'll probably rebuild it soon. In blue and turqoise, with pink and yellow eyes.

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