22 December 2009
Long days at work and Christmas preparations have made little time for blogging lately. I promise to come back with new contributions after the holidays.
I just want to thank everyone for visiting my blog! Thanks for your patience!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
9 December 2009
Coakley vs. Brown in senate race
US Representative Michael E. Capuano came second with 28 percent, while City Year cofounder Alan Khazei and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen G. Pagliluca got 13 and 12 percent of the votes respectively.
Coakley will face the Republican State Senator Scott P. Brown in the special election that will take place on 19 January 2010. The Kennedy family has in a statement said that they are confident that Coakley will win the election. The family chose not to endorse any of the Democratic candidates before the primary election, but is now 100% behind the Coakley candidature.
- The 2010 Massachusetts Senate Race (The Boston Globe)
- United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2010 (Wikipedia)
7 December 2009
Arthur Egeli Paintings and other blogs
Arthur's first cousin Lisa from Maryland, who like Arthur is also my third cousin, doesn't have a blog, but she has a great website, and she is on Facebook and Twitter as well. For more on the Egeli artists, please go to my Ekeli page.
Some times it is funny to just click on "Next blog" (at least Blogspot.com has that option) and see what happens. There are some talented artists and bloggers out there, like Drawman, Karen Thumm, Bill Guffey and Elephant Art.
If you are into genealogy, you might want to check out Arnfrid Mæland's blog Fjellsiden (The Mountain Side), where you can among read about the Norwegian ancestry of Arlene Carol Dahl and Joni Mitchell. You need to understand some Norwegian though. But the Joni Mitchell article has a link to another Mithell article written in English.
And if you have realized how much history and genealogy you can learn from visiting a cemetery, then maybe A Morbid Fascination is a blog to visit?
6 December 2009
Cimetière de Thiais, Paris, France
King Zog's elder sister Princess Adile (1890-1966) and her son Salih Doshishti (1913-1983) are also buried at Cimetière de Thiais.
Le cimetière parisien de Thiais (Cimetière de Thiais) in Paris can be reached by taking the metro line no. 7 to Villejuif-Louis-Aragon (end of line 7) and then bus no. 185 or 285 (six stops). When you enter the cemetery you will find a big sign with a map of the various sections. King Zog's grave is pointed out. See also the map (in pdf) at the official website.
- The Offical Website
- Genealogy of the Royal Family of Albania (The Royal Ark)
26 November 2009
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Canada
We don't have mausoleums like this one in Norway. It is interesting to see how different burial traditions are from country to country.
L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph in the background. You can also spot one of the transmission towers at the park of Mount Royal.
Thomas George Shaughnessy
First Baron Shaughnessy of Montreal Canada and Ashford County Limerick
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England
D.C.I. Trinity College Dublin and Dartmouth College Hanover USA
LL.D. McGill University Montreal
President Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1899-1918
and Chairman of the Board of Directors 1911-1923
Born October 6th 1853 Died December 10th 1923
and his wife
Elizabeth Bridget Nagle
Born August 15th 1853 Died May 8th 1937
Captain Hon. Alfred T. Shaughnessy
60th Batallion C.E.F.
Killed in action 31st March 1916
Buried in Maple Copse, Belgium
I am not sure who this gentleman - Pierre-Alexandre Gerbaux - was, but it was an interesting memorial.
Last resting place of Maurice Richard (1921-2000), one of the greatest Canadian ice hockey players of all times, and his wife Lucille Norchet (1924-1994).
Grave of Fernand Rinfret (1883-1939), Secretary of State of Canada 1926-1930, 1935-1939. Mayor of Montreal 1932-1934.
The Catholic cemetery of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is located at 4601 Côte-des-Neiges Road in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and can be reached among others by metro to Côte-des-Neiges or by foot from Mount Royal (entrance Camilien-Houde Road). Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Canada and the third-largest in North America. See Wikipedia or the official website for a list of notable internments. Unfortunately I still have a lot to learn about the history of Canada ant its most prominent citizens of the past, so I surely missed many resting places of famous people. I just walked around, looking at interesting and artistic gravestones. Absolutely worth a visit, but maybe not in the middle of the day in July - the temperatures can easily pass 30
Mount Royal Cemetery is located not far from Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, but I didn't find time to visit it. Maybe another time...
- Official Website of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, Montreal, Canada.
- Wikipedia article.
20 November 2009
Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada
Notre Dame Cemetery is located at 455 Montreal Road just south of Beechwood Cemetery and can be reached by bus 12 from Queen and Metcalfe downtown. Directions.
- Grave site of Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada)
- Notre Dame Cemetery Ottawa
Scandinavian heirs write about their polar cruising
The Scandinavian royal heirs - Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden – visited Svalbard and the Arctic Sea in 2008 and this summer Greenland. They brought with them leading Scandinavian polar explorers.
Now the Scandinavian heirs have published a book about their impressions of their polar cruising, «Kongelig Polartokt» («Royal Polar Expedition» - or rather «Royal Polar Cruising»). The publisher, Cappelen Damm, gives the following description:
«Join three committed royal heirs on an unforgettable journey in the Arctic Sea, to Svalbard and Greenland. Through their own texts they pass on their own impressions and, not least, their commitment for the areas in the north and the climate challenges we are confronted with.
With them on their journey they had invited three researchers, who help us to understand the climate changes and what consequences they may have.»
The preamble is written by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who describes the book as «bemerkelsesverdig» («remarkable»).
(Photo: Veronica Melå, The Royal Court)
I have not read the book, but the Norwegian national newspaper Aftenposten published its review today, written by Ole Mathismoen. He describes the book as more than «jippo» («PR gimmick»): The book is easy to read, where difficult words are replaced by good explanations. It is far from pretentious. With this book the three royals’ Arctic trips have become something very different from what it looked liked when they took place, an expensive «jippo» with a royalty-fixated press corps following them. With this book the two-part journey has become some of the most important they have done. The book will reach a totally different audience than the politicians, environmentalists and journalists normally establish contact with when the climate threat is on the agenda. Some people might be criticizing the royals for taking such a clear viewpoint on a topic which still, at least to some extent, is politically controversial.» The rather biased journalist concludes with the pompous line «I’d rather have brave royal heirs than vague and evasive politicians».
Well, it might be a good thing – at least occasionally – that royals dare to take a clear viewpoint. But many could as easily criticize them for once again being «politically correct». One wonders what the public would have said if the royal heirs had made a more critical view of «the established truths» about climate change and its causes?
12 November 2009
Barry B. White formally accredited U.S. Ambassador to Norway
You can read more about Mr. White's first day as US Ambassador at the Embassy's website. More photos can be found at the Embassy's photo album on Facebook.
The Royal Court has so far not published any photos from the event.
- US Embassy, Oslo
- Views and News from Norway 5 November 2009
9 November 2009
Serbian royals visit the grave of King Peter II
His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of North Western America led the prayers for the king.
The court confirmed again that the reburial of King Peter II at the Royal Family's Mausoleum at Oplenac, where other members of the Royal Family are buried, is under planning. It is not known at present how far the process of planning has come and when the remains will be brought back to Serbia.
5 November 2009
Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada
Updated on Thursday 7 May 2015 at 10 p.m. (correcting the misinformation that Karen Gerda Hnatshyn was of Norwegian ancestry - according to an e-mail from The Hnatshyn Foundation's administration 7 May 2015, both her parents and grandparents were Danish).
Bunhill Fields Cemetery, London
Bunhill Fields is located in the London Borough of Islington and is a short walk from the Old Street tube station (Northern Line).