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  • Adventures of LOOKCHIN : The story of a very good friend

    Adventures of LOOKCHIN : The story of a very good friend.

    The Adventures of Lookchin started at our old forum ( http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/...pic.php?t=1216 ) but we continue here...
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
    Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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  • #2
    Its really a nice story here. Thanks for posting.

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    • #3
      Jan-Olav--what did Lookchin do for New Year's Eve?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ehp View Post
        Jan-Olav--what did Lookchin do for New Year's Eve?
        He was at home alone... (in his favorite sweater).
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pakarang View Post
          He was at home alone
          If you were on Trollfjord, how do you know he was home...ALONE?????

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ehp View Post
            If you were on Trollfjord, how do you know he was home...ALONE?????
            Chains and pink fluffy handcuffs
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              Chains and pink fluffy handcuffs
              So THAT'S where my pink handcuffs went..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ehp View Post
                So THAT'S where my pink handcuffs went..
                It was my intention to have them returned to you but LC kept on insisting to keep them 'just a while more'....
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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                • #9
                  I don’t believe a word of all this pink fluffy stuff!
                  Sea-troll has found out what really happened at New Year –
                  He read all about it in “Bears’ Own Weekly” magazine!!!!



                  New Year’s Eve had become a problem for Wild-Bear. He knew he ought to invite Lookchin to the party, especially as it was his first New Year in Norway . . .

                  “If I don’t invite Lookchin, Jan-Olav will think I’m not a suitable friend for him, and I won’t be welcome in Rørvik any more. But if I do invite him, the She-Bears will meet Lookchin and they are bound to be seduced by his exotic tales of a far off land, and won’t like me any more.”

                  After much deliberation, Wild-Bear decided to spend the evening with Lookchin – there was then a strong chance he would be able to have the She-Bears all to himself in January. It was clearly the best long-term solution to the dilemma.



                  “Hi Lookchin, I thought we might go out to watch the fireworks tonight.”
                  “Jan-Olav said I was to stay indoors this evening.”
                  “I’m sure he didn’t mean you should miss the fireworks. C’mon.”

                  The two bears left the house and wandered off. After what seemed like a terribly long time, Lookchin was starting to get really worried.
                  “Where are we going, Wild-Bear? I was only intending to see the fireworks from just outside the house. I haven’t even got my warm cosy sweater on and is’s sooooo cold.”
                  “ The Hurtigruten quay is the place to be” chanted Wild-Bear, already in celebratory mood. “We can watch Trollfjord arrive. Fortunately she is a bit late so we will just get there in time.”
                  Lookchin was absolutely horrified. Jan-Olav was going aboard Trollfjord and would be bound to see them.
                  Wild-Bear looked dubiously at his companion who was indeed shivering, and had actually started to cry. The evening was turning into a nightmare. Fortunately he had no idea that things were about to get worse; a very lot worse.

                  Time for PLAN V . . .

                  “Problem solved” declared Wild-Bear confidently as the two friends stood on the deck of Vesterålen.



                  But once Trollfjord had docked, Lookchin still had doubts.
                  “Didn’t you read that description of Trollfjord with all the photos that Seagull posted on CaptainsVoyage old forum? – She said you can walk all round outside on Deck 6. If Jan-Olav does that he will be able to see us standing out here. And we will be seen on Trollfjord’s webcam too. And I feel so very COLD” he whined.

                  Indeed Lookchin looked really pathetic and, without his sweater on, was shivering uncontrollably. But as always, Wild-Bear had a plan for every problem.
                  “I know a She-Bear who used to work as a chambermaid on Vesterålen” he declared. “She gave me a key-card for Cabin number 537. We will have exactly the same view from there, but it will be easier to hide if Jan-Olav shows up, and so much warmer.

                  On the way to the cabin, Wild-Bear discovered some drinks which were actually intended for the passengers’ Neptune Ceremony when they have crossed the Arctic Circle. Just the thing to warm up his cold companion.



                  “Nice . . . more . . . more . . .”
                  and in no time at all, Lookchin fell fast asleep.

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                  • #10
                    Midnight, and as the fireworks lit up the sky all over Rørvik, not even the simultaneous hooting from the two ships could rouse Lookchin Bear.

                    2 hours later . . .
                    Lookchin slowly started to open his eyes. Then he rubbed them with his paws, but it didn’t make any difference. It remained as dark in the cabin as it was outside, although the foamy wake could be clearly seen out of their aft-facing window.
                    “Stop tipping my bunk over like that!”
                    And then the realisation that it was the ship that was moving. Indeed it had left Rørvik far behind and was speeding southwards. Whether from the after effects of the drink, Folla’s swell, or the seriousness of their predicament, Lookchin felt distinctly sick.
                    “Oh do stop moaning” retorted Wild-Bear. “You can’t possibly feel sick. Didn’t you know that Vesterålen had stabilisers fitted when she was in the shipyard at Fredericia in Denmark last February?
                    And we are already making up time for the late departure due to the celebrations, so will dock in Trondheim at 06:30 in the morning as usual, with lots of time before the departure of the northbound hurtigrute at noon. That will be the Kong Harald by the way. We will be back in Rørvik at 21:15. ”

                    Lookchin was totally bewildered by all these facts and figures. “How do you know all this geeky stuff? – Why should I believe what you say anymore when it’s you that’s got us into all this trouble?” he sobbed.

                    Wild-Bear puffed himself up to his full height, paused for effect, and pronounced proudly:
                    “When I was just a Bear-Cub, they used to call me The Bear who Loved Hurtigruten”.

                    And he added that he had even been interviewed for a newspaper at the time. There simply isn’t an answer to such maritime erudition – Lookchin would just have to rely on such a bear to get him home safely.






                    And indeed it all fell into place exactly as Wild-Bear had promised. In no time at all they were in Trondheim. They sensibly agreed to abstain from heading for the town centre, lest anything should happen to delay their return to the quay, and instead immediately embarked aboard Kong Harald.


                    As Lookchin stood on Deck 4 looking along the starboard Coast Arcade he felt completely overwhelmed – perhaps this ship was rather too grand for him, or maybe all the experiences of the last twelve hours had finally taken their toll. But by the time the ship set a course along the sheltered fjord, he had contentedly settled down in a comfy corner of the cafe with a very large comforting mug of hot chocolate. Yes, he knew now, 2009 was going to be a very good year indeed.



                    Of course there was still the little matter of what awaited Lookchin back in Rørvik.
                    Outside the house, Lissi-Cat was waiting for Lookchin, purring with delight as the two bears approached. A conspiratorial wink explained everything – the Captain had not realised Lookchin had ever been away! Absolutely no need then to worry him with the events of the last 24 hours.
                    Lissi started mewing loudly, out came Jan-Olav to investigate, “Quick. . . Now’s your chance . . . run inside, and by the way . . . Happy New Year!” whispered Wild-Bear to his friend.
                    “Phew!” exclaimed Wild-Bear to himself as he moved swiftly away. “That’s one adventure Lookchin could probably have done without.
                    Now, where are those She-Bears!”

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                    • #11
                      Seagull...

                      I'm speechless.... those posts were hilarious, simply hilarious! I won't be finished laughing for a long while: I enjoyed those posts and tales so increadibly much!

                      WAOW... you have such a great talent!

                      Now, I go back reading it one more time: just for the fun of it!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                      Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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                      • #12
                        Seagull- How hilarious!! You have missed your calling (or should I say "cawing??") -you should have been a storywriter for Disney!! Or an Animator--TOO BRILLIANT!!

                        What an imagination!! Thanks so much for the tale!

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                        • #13
                          Excellent story! Especially the photographic proofs! Hard days for Jan-Olav. The spotters are everywhere! And your bear is growing up.
                          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          • #14
                            The Adventures of Lookchin continues - finally - with some new images. They will also serve as teasers of the images from my trip last week to the west coast of Norway. Please enjoy these new images in the story of Lookchin:

                            January 20th 2009 Lookchin visited a place dear to his step-father, a place which is best viewed on stormy days, a place called Havgapet near the town of Krisitansund: unfortunately, on this day the weather was nice and the sea was flat calm:



                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                            Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                            Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                            • #15
                              Later the same day, the trip took us all out to a small place called BUD (not Bud as in the beer brand: Bud with a long u-sound it is):





                              On Bud there is also a big fortress and lots of bunkers to visit: here trying out the big guns at display:

                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                              Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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