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EternalOptimist
28th February 2014, 13:35
I heard quite a bit this week about Norway this week, and how the scots could have had a sovereign fund of x billion quid if the English hadnt nicked it all from them.
But would the Scots want to be like the Norwegians ?

I was there a couple of years ago and it cost eight quid for a pint and every other bugger was on strike because they wanted more of that loot. The tourist industry was dead, hotels were closing and there was a run on trolls in the local open air market.
There was an air of despondancy and everyone was sad. As we drove up the country , the sat nav kept telling us to turn right into Sweden

the sat nav wasn't far wrong

Mich the Tester
28th February 2014, 13:43
It's easier to understand what people say in Norway.

tractor
28th February 2014, 13:45
I heard quite a bit this week about Norway this week, and how the scots could have had a sovereign fund of x billion quid if the English hadnt nicked it all from them.
But would the Scots want to be like the Norwegians ?

I was there a couple of years ago and it cost eight quid for a pint and every other bugger was on strike because they wanted more of that loot. The tourist industry was dead, hotels were closing and there was a run on trolls in the local open air market.
There was an air of despondancy and everyone was sad. As we drove up the country , the sat nav kept telling us to turn right into Sweden

the sat nav wasn't far wrong

I spent some time there in 1973 whilst on a survival course - I can't tell you more as I would have to kill you. Back then it was £3 for a pint and smokes were as expensive. Peopel used to sit in pubs drinking orange juice laced with their own booze and puffing on rollies. Cost of living has always been high there.

Ticktock
28th February 2014, 13:46
Peopel used to sit in pubs drinking orange juice laced with their own booze and puffing on rollies.

So, they were ALL students?

DodgyAgent
28th February 2014, 13:47
I spent some time there in 1973 whilst on a survival course - I can't tell you more as I would have to kill you. Back then it was £3 for a pint and smokes were as expensive. Peopel used to sit in pubs drinking orange juice laced with their own booze and puffing on rollies. Cost of living has always been high there.

I never knew you were in the tufty club :laugh

SueEllen
28th February 2014, 13:57
It's easier to understand what people say in Norway.

:laugh

To be fair anyone not from Glasgow is easy to understand.

tractor
28th February 2014, 13:57
I never knew you were in the tufty club :laugh

My claim to fame is that I learned to ski at the same place as Chris Bonington albeit around 15 years later :)

Funny thing is that all the cutting edge mountaineers of the 60s and 70s including Bonington used to drive Volvos because they were safe and spend their nights 15 to a tent halfway up the Bonatti Pillar on a fag paper thin ledge :rollin:

Doggy Styles
28th February 2014, 14:05
My claim to fame is that I learned to ski at the same place as Chris Bonington albeit around 15 years later :)

Funny thing is that all the cutting edge mountaineers of the 60s and 70s including Bonington used to drive Volvos because they were safe and spend their nights 15 to a tent halfway up the Bonatti Pillar on a fag paper thin ledge :rollin:They had a fag-paper-thin ledge? Luxury!

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01906/Cliff-camping-camp_1906707i.jpg

BrilloPad
28th February 2014, 14:08
I was there a couple of years ago and it cost eight quid for a pint

Might stop them drinking. Is it possible to do anything about them being so obese?

lukemg
28th February 2014, 15:20
Can't comment on current conditions BUT in theory, stashing some of the short term bounty from oil in a sovereign fund to benefit future generations is a masterstroke.
Compounded up over the years, this will make the whole country immune from the financial vagaries of the global economy.
Takes a lot of discipline though, always people with their hands out and eventually they will vote in whoever says they will tap it and give it out...

scooterscot
28th February 2014, 15:23
I heard quite a bit this week about Norway this week, and how the scots could have had a sovereign fund of x billion quid if the English hadnt nicked it all from them.
But would the Scots want to be like the Norwegians ?

I was there a couple of years ago and it cost eight quid for a pint and every other bugger was on strike because they wanted more of that loot. The tourist industry was dead, hotels were closing and there was a run on trolls in the local open air market.
There was an air of despondancy and everyone was sad. As we drove up the country , the sat nav kept telling us to turn right into Sweden

the sat nav wasn't far wrong


It rains just as much in Norway as it does in Scotland. Of course people are going to be slightly miserable in either country.

If you drink out at the pub you're going to pay an arm and a leg. Only the tourists drink in pubs. Everyone else buys cheap beer or wine in the government alcohol store to consume wherever.

EternalOptimist
28th February 2014, 15:31
Can't comment on current conditions BUT in theory, stashing some of the short term bounty from oil in a sovereign fund to benefit future generations is a masterstroke.
Compounded up over the years, this will make the whole country immune from the financial vagaries of the global economy.
Takes a lot of discipline though, always people with their hands out and eventually they will vote in whoever says they will tap it and give it out...

I always thought that too. but the strikes...

there was a very clear message - 'you have our dosh and we want some of it right now' all the public sector were at it. it made me rethink