»Raamar« TS.E-sü nimenes

An vor te programates, et.

Wen me wä int Norwég int Septembü 2005, me fotografta te raamar TS.E-s eri pozirts temtü nimenes. »C!« klenk lauk »Se!«, wist int Norwégaz méyan »Visyë!« »D!« jist te klér necht stap.

Oberbimerk e.y.w. tes »D!« optchand strak: »Veln NOK 22« (by. €3). Dorogi...

Und zo, wényë meü jolressin wen me vista t'TS.E eri int te Färeys, nimeni »Ð«. Maltzas... te Färeyaz stef Ð jist tstil.

When I was in Norway last year, I snapped these celebrity-gossip magazines (top photo) because my warped hacker sense of humour thought their titles were amusing, in combination. ("C!" is pronounced the same as the Norwegian word for "Look!" I don't get why the other magazine was called "D!" -- "It!" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.)

Imagine my surprise when a few months later I saw this slightly more provocative magazine (lower photo) in the Faroe Islands, called "Ð". Such a cool name for a magazine, especially as the Faroese letter Ð is silent.

Räiz ï Islant

Bláa Lónið
Za int Febrar, ven alta ï Islant ohn vakansa wïl vour däis. Islant jist an tsohni un géologits aktivi lant, fulli ew barges, vulkaanes und tsrati bröntes. T’Islantazes paptts an tsohni und elddhomlauk Germanits langui, tes jist bi és maltzas és Jameld. Nanförtunlauk iğé int Islant jist äldorogi.

Bitallin wrun te Färeys / Faroes trip

Te Färeys: na veln wilddiurnas. Bi, no na äl.

"Hmm," said my travelling companion Paul thoughtfully as our plane came into land at Vágar airport, "tundra."

Looking out of the window at the partly fog-shrouded wilderness that was our first glimpse of the Faroe Islands, I had to agree to some extent.

It turns out, though, that the Faroes have much more to offer the visitor than windblown emptiness. There are sheep to crash into, for instance, and wherever you go you will be accompanied by the peeping of oystercatchers, even up a mountain pass. And when the sun comes out, the islands are green jewels. Their beauty is, admittedly, mainly of the stark, brutal kind, and thus not to all tastes, but there is no doubt this is a special place.

As you can see from the photo, the Faroese are very thoughtful when it comes to collecting leftover toddler food.