Tagged: M. Michael Brady

garden cities - Ullevål Hageby

Norway’s own home: Garden Cities

Signs of the 19th-century urban-rural housing phenomenon still mark Norwegian cities M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway At the age of 21 in 1871, London-born Ebenezer Howard left England to take up farming as an...

Pentecost: Hvitasunnudagr, painting by Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval

Pentecost or Pinse?

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Pentecost is the name of a Christian festival that linguistically is both simple and complex. It’s simple because it designates a specific day. It’s complex because...

Bouvetøya

Bouvetøya, world’s most remote island

This speck of land between South Africa and Antarctica is, shockingly, part of Norway M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is an uninhabited 19-square-mile sub-antarctic island. It’s the world’s most remote island,...

Amerikabrev

Letters home tell an immigrant’s story

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Amerikabrev offers a new view of the great emigration from Norway, when from 1832 through 1930 more than 900,000 Norwegians left their homeland to live and work...

Norwegian satcom

50th anniversary of Norwegian satcom

Norway’s era of satellite communications began on May 17, 1968, with a ping from ESRO M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway A maxim in economic history holds that “Never in history has man successfully invented...

An ode to panegyric

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Words are means of expression that often are classified in registers, spectrums of usage reflecting factors such as social occasion, purpose, and audience. Panegyric is a...

Norwegian taxes

Tax time in Norway

If all you know about Norwegian taxes is that they’re high, how they’re prepared—and who can see them—may surprise you M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Just as in the United States, taxable residents in...

Marit Lund Bødtker

The chronicle of a condemned man

A Norwegian penpal’s book about the Texas prisoner she came to know over 10 years M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway An early 1993 Amnesty International Norwegian branch member news bulletin included an appeal that...

Bonanza of tequila

A bonanza of tequila?

Two Mexican Spanish words that ambled through English into Norsk vocabulary M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In the 1840s, two Mexican Spanish words, bonanza and tequila, found their way into English, and thereby, 50...