29 mars 2006

Controversial statements

I have been looking for some reactions to the film, controversial at best, here is "la creme de la creme": From America, left wing From America, right wing Blog post by average you and me
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29 mars 2006

Grizzly Man

AT LAST I saw that documentary. I heard of it for the first time in Alaska and it took me nearly 6 months to be able to get to a cinema. P.S. They only showed it today in groningen so we had one shot. My impressions are mingled with awe at the landscape, my heart went litterrally numb as I watched it, recalls of my stay last summer, and an aching that I cannot explain. Alaska seems in my case to have hit a very sensitive spot, right in the middle of my chest (ah it's called a heart right), on the way home the city landscape was filled... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2005


Kenai Peninsula going aerial...My flight in a small aircraft last week in pics... Glacial waters Kenai River meanders Skilak Lake Kenai River Exit Glacier
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01 octobre 2005

Grizzly maze-2

What is all this fuss about? First and foremost when I heard this story for the first time I was dismayed and in awe at the impact it was having in the media.The hot talks it generated amongst the local community here in Solodtna was on a scale of 9 on the richter scale. Gossip and more was intertwinned in those talks and underneath layed a deep concern for their safety and judgement facing such an "irresponsible action". This incident took place 2 years ago and the locals are still talking about it. It has become a... [Lire la suite]
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29 septembre 2005

Grizzly Maze from Nick Jans-1

I  come back from a book reading down at one of the coffee/bookstore. Nick Jans was presenting his book grizzly maze. This book his a true account (not like the so called grizzly man movie which has to be taken with a pinch of salt) of Timothy Treadwell's obsession with bears. He was killed by one of them on the 5th october 2003 while camping out amongst them with no pepper spray or electrical fence. Timothy was originally from california and had lived with bears for 13 years, living in their maze, the midst of their... [Lire la suite]
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12 septembre 2005

Hobo Jim or night life of small town Alaska

We just received, straight from London, a guy named Michael, originally from New-Zealand. Mandy drove him down 2 days ago and we went out last night to BJ's to listen to Hobo Jim, a local artist who has been round for years and plays the guitar, sings and makes jokes. It was his last concert in the area. I got noticed straight away has he asked if anyone in the bar was from France, mmmm... why did I raise my arm? ... he kept dropping french words into country songs, such as "j'en ai marre" etc... I understood... [Lire la suite]
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12 septembre 2005

Mushroom identification class

We spent the first half of the day from 9 til 12, collecting mushrooms, and the second half was used to align them up on a long table to classify them. This workshop was organised by us, KWF, and Dominique, a belgium mushroom expert that moved to Alaska 25 years ago. We were so lucky with the weather I was simply ecstatic. It rained cats and dogs non-stop for the 2 previous days and it didn't make it easy for us to find young mushrooms but we managed. Basically here are the ones that are safe to collect and eat, and not too... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2005

Land's End

As I, at last, got a car; in this forsaken country without one you're simply stranded. I drove down towards the southern point of Kenai peninsula: Homer. Homer is a cosy, 4000 inhabitant town, that is closed down in the winter and a world craze in the summer. Homer spit extends for a few hundred meters and is a stretch of sand surrounded by the pacific ocean and a fjord. It used to be 7 kilometers square larger but sunk down during the earthquake in 1964. As you reach Homer which is on a hill, you get an overview of the spit;... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2005

Fire Weed

In Alaska, the south part, it seems autumn is already there. For the past 2 weeks it has been raining and temperature have dropped. This is, I have been told, the usual summer weather. Mushrooms are growing all over the forest and smells remind me of Norway in the fall... The surrounding fields are covered in purply/pink flowers, fire weeds, and it is said that as soon as the tip of the flower blooms we have 6 weeks left before the first frost appears. Mmm I am observing them everyday…Hope they don’t open up too fast… ... [Lire la suite]
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