Postcard from Oslo, Norway, Aker Brygge 1

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Aker Brygge is known for its strip of restaurants along the boardwalk, but for around 200 years ago (then called Holmen) it looked totally different, with only a few industrial buildings and some houses.

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From 1854 to 1982 Aker Brygge was home to Akers Mekaniske Verksted, a leading company in the Norwegian Shipbuilding and offshore industries. One of the most dramatic events during WWII began with a milk strike at Akers Mekaniske Verksted. The food supplies had worsened more and more during the war, and when milk was no longer delivered to the workplace from Monday the 8th of September 1941,  workers began a strike.  Tuesday the 9th more than 25 000 workers refused to work.  On 10 September, union leaders Rolf Wickstrøm and Viggo Hansteen were executed by the Germans. They were the first Norwegians to be sentenced to death during the occupation on political grounds.

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In 1967, Akers Mekaniske Verksted built the Ocean Viking drilling Platform, this is where the Norwegian oil boom began.  Ocean Viking undertook the first test drilling operations on the Norwegian Shelf.

Norway`s shipping industry was badly affected by the international shipping crisis that began in the seventies. Akers Mekaniske Verksted was closed in 1982 and the quay was transformed into Aker Brygge. The architecture at Aker Brygge is distinctive, with its combination of old, venerable shipyard buildings and modern architecture

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Aker Brygge is teeming with activity round the clock, and it doesn’t cost you anything to wander along the quay and enjoy the fresh sea air.

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Animals of the world, Muskox

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  • The Musk ox  is an Arctic hoofed mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted during the seasonal rut by males
  • Muskoxen primarily lives in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic with small introduced populations in Alaska, Yukon (Canada), the Scandinavian Peninsula and Siberia.
  • Musk oxen are stocky mammals with large heads, short necks, and short, stout legs.
  • Musk oxen stands 1.1 to 1.5 m (4 to 5 ft) high at the shoulder
  • The Musk ox’s coat is of long, dark brown, grey and black hair that reaches nearly to the feet
  • Horns are present in both sexes and are as much as 60 cm (24 inches) long in old males.
  • During the summer, musk oxen live in wet areas, such as river valleys, moving to higher elevations in the winter to avoid deep snow
  • Musk oxen feed on grasses, sedges, and willows. In summer they store large amounts of fat, which they use to supplement the meagre forage in winter
  • Musk oxen live in herds of 12–24 in the winter and 8–20 in the summer. They do not hold territories, but they do mark their trails with preorbital glands
  • Musk oxen have a distinctive defensive behaviour: when the herd is threatened, the bulls and cows will face outward to form a stationary ring  around the calves
  • A musk ox can reach speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph)
  • Their life expectancy is 12–20 years.