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Ow

So....

I fell over on my moped-scooter, yesterday.

I was on my way home from work, and noticed in the mirror cars approaching from behind. As there was a bus stop a short distance ahead, and an upwards hill (where I'm wont to loose a lot of speed) a few hundred meters beyond, I decided to pull into the bus stop to let them pass.

The bus stop has solid surfacing. On top of the solid surfacing, however, there was gravel. Consequently, when breaking, I slipped sideways, fell and slid. That was not a comfortable experience.

I ended up with quite a lot of abrasions on my left arm/elbow and lower leg - and also a partly broken rib. The doctor gave me the cheerful news that the pain from the rib will just increase for one or two weeks, before letting off again.

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Today I went out guiding again - same tour as yesterday when we almost went off the bridge. I won't deny that there was a tightened feeling in the chest when we got near the place. On the way home I saw that the railing on the bridge had a very prominent dent where we'd hit it.

The bus was a VDL Bova, very similar to this one. The accident itself knocked loose the entire righthand headlight mount and the lower center panel between the headlightmounts (not sure what to call it - it's not a grille, as the engine is rearmounted with side-mounted air-intakes), bent the front door out of shape and jammed it, and knocked loose side panels behind the door. That's from what I could see just by looking around the bus just after the accident - there might be more that I could not see.

Also, when the bus was transported back to the depot, it seems to have gone into the ditch at least once, gaining further damage - weather was still bad, with strong winds and bad surface conditions. Apparently VDL feels the damage is so extensive that they say it should be written off as a constructive total loss (CTL).

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Southwestern Norway seems to be getting a Force 11 to 12 storm/hurricane for Christmas, possibly the strongest one in Norway for several decades. So far extensive material damage is reported - a seven car garage building carried 170 feet away by the winds, various damage to buildings, roads and ferry connections closed, blackouts and phone networks down many places, and one ship somehow sunk in harbour. So far no people are reported injured, although with the amount of airborne debris around, that seems to be purely by luck. There will be more property damage, even as the wind is slowly settling down a bit, because the storm surge will peak in about an hour's time.

We have had storm for Christmas round where I live, too, but nowhere near as strong - Force 10, at the most. There has been a storm surge here, as well.

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Earlier today there was a memorial service in the cathedral in Oslo, for the victims of the terror in Oslo and at Utøya. The King and Queen were present, as was the Prime Minister and other members of government. The P.M spoke at the service. Here is a Collapse )
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