Bikes and music – Events in Oslo spring/summer/fall 2011

April
– 29.: Critical Mass

May

– 14.: Sykkelens dag (arr: SLF)
– 17.: National Day, 17. mai for alle @ Kubaparken
– 27.: Critical Mass

June
– 4.: Oslo Miljøfestival (arr: Grønn Hverdag)
– 4.: Musikkens dag
– 9.-13.: Norwegian Wood
– 24.: Critical Mass

August 
– 9.-13.: Øyafestivalen
– 15.-20.: Oslo Jazzfestival
– 26.: Critical Mass

September 
– 30.: Critical Mass

October 
– 28.: Critical Mass

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Bill Murray steals a bike

For more movie stars and their self-propelled vehicles, go to ridesabike.tumblr.com.

Oslo is finally emerging… – Best city – Wallpaper*

Oslo is finally emerging from the long design shadow left by its illustrious neighbours, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

Wallpaper lists Oslo among the 5 best cities in its Design Awards 2011! Better late than never :)
The magazine is pointing out the gentrification of Grünerløkka which has made it the hippest neighbourhood in the city. So far, so true.

Meanwhile, gentrification of the district of Grünerløkka has turned it into the city’s hot ‘hood, full of delis, boutiques, bars, clubs and restaurants.

Even so, I’m guessing we’ll always be behind the rest when it comes to continental design and lifestyles…  That’s what makes it Oslo. – A city trying to be a part of Europe, but still the capital of the not so European Norway.

Oslo’s setting between a fjord and a national park, and its manageable size, only add to its appeal, while its ecological vision makes it one of the most environmentally friendly capitals in the world.

Cyclists of the day: Wildbirds & Peacedrums

They’ll play at Blå in Oslo on October 2nd …probably without the pretty bicycles.

(Listen to Wildbirds & Peacedrums here)

Inner City Out – Bicycle art in Berlin

Click the picture for more photos from the exhibition

Innen Stadt Außen (Inner City Out) – An art exhibition by Olafur Eliasson in Berlin.

29 April – 9 August 2010

http://www.innenstadtaussen.de/

Sykle Rundt i Gata

Just stumbled upon this quite annoying, but clever made Norwegian video about biking in the streets (sykle rundt i gata).

– We just ride bicycles everywhere…

Originally posted as a comment, but I figured it deserved a post for itself. Mainly because of this wonderful comment.

“…there are a lot of really hot girls that just ride bicycles everywhere.”

Pretty music & bicycles – Can you help me find more videos containing both?

Sun is shining in Oslo, and I start to remember how spring feels like. And to make this feeling even stronger, I’m looking for music videos containing great music and the wonderful movement of bicycles. Just like this one by The Smiths. I love it, and I’d like to see more of the same genre….if there are any.

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Sykkelstimen

I won’t translate this poem by the Norwegian poet Rudolf Nilsen, but in short it describes the morning atmosphere in the streets of Copenhagen. Rudolf Nilsen died only 29 years old in 1929, but his work made history in Oslo. You can hear some of his beautiful songs here.

Rudolf Nilsen:
Sykkelstimen

(Snapshot fra Kjøbenhavn.)

Et sus av sykler på Rådhusplass!
Trafikk—konstablen — den Urias
—går rundt og rundt som en snurrebass!

For klokken nærmer sig stygt mot ni,
og alle piker må henge i
så sjefen ikke får no å si!

Kontorer venter sal alvorsfullt
med bøker, skrivemaskin og pult
de tusener templer for mammonkult.

Og alle mammons prestinner skal
gi møte hver i sin tempelhall
og telle penger og skrive tall.

ja gid, de har det så travelt, så!
Men skjønt det gjelder å trå og trå,
så er det mangt som må passes på.

For vinden tar ofte skjørtet med
og viser frem — ikke kun et kne,
men mer enn mannfolk bør få se!

Og er enn brystene bare kart,
så vipper de i den hårde fart —
og likevel må det kjøres hardt!

Ja, alle syklende blomster små
har mangt og meget å tenke på.
Og snart vil rådhusets klokker slå!

Det smiler atter en morgenstund
med store tenner av gull i munn:
pesetas, dollar og franc og pund!

Kilde: På gjensyn

How to avoid conflicts…

Allowing all to move in the speed of desire.