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    #61
    Sea-Troll has asked me to send CONGRATULATIONS to Lookchin on the achievement of having his very own album on Mainpage
    . . . and Berns is absolutely ecstatic to see all the wonderful new photos of Lookchin here on the forum (after sulking when he eventually realised that it is a bit too far for him to swim to Trondheim for Christmas).

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      #62
      Lookchin insisted I post this close up of himself:

      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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        #63
        Lookchin was playing around at the floor this afternoon with Teddy, stomping the floor and playing buffalos during a fight of their life... IN THE MIDDLE OF MY AFTERNOON NAP-TIME!!! ....

        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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          #64
          Originally posted by pakarang View Post
          Lookchin was playing around at the floor this afternoon with Teddy ....
          Phew, such goings on . . .I'll have to have to ban Berns from the computer or lock him in the bathroom or something . . .

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            #65
            Aunty E must send some books or arts and crafts or something QUIET to do for the early afternoon so you can get your rest!!!!!!

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              #66
              Originally posted by ehp View Post
              Aunty E must send some books or arts and crafts or something QUIET to do for the early afternoon so you can get your rest!!!!!!
              I gave him some magazines to read today, - which he actually did read. For about 4 minutes. Then he came a cross the activity tourist guide of the town and started asking - eh, begging - to see ALL the sights....

              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                #67
                Lookchin at home this afternoon, relaxing in front of the TV after a hard Saturday night:

                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                  #68
                  Lookchin doing his morning bathroom routine:

                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                    #69
                    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                    Lookchin doing his morning bathroom routine...
                    Good Morning Lookchin!
                    You even look adorable first thing in the morning (unlike your Aunt C !!!).
                    Enjoy a Happy Day dear

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                      #70
                      Lookchin has been complaining that he did not receive the New Year Annual from “Bears’ Own Weekly” magazine with his Christmas presents this year. Perhaps Jan-Olav thinks he’s now too grown up for such a book. But Lookchin thinks his Aunts are definitely not too grown up to enjoy it, even though for various reasons Aunt C didn’t manage to post the traditional bear adventure story in CVF this year. (How can it be a CVF tradition after only one year anyway????)

                      But Lookchin is so adorable, and has finally got what he wanted . . .

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                        #71
                        The Further Adventures of Wild-Bear

                        There was no doubt about it . . .Wild-Bear was simply not living up to his name anymore.
                        “Wild Bear Wild Bear Wild Bear” he chanted in mantra-like fashion – as if just hearing the words out loud in a BOLD and POSITIVE sort of tone would somehow make a difference to THE SITUATION.

                        Yes, that was how he thought of it – The Situation.
                        “I miss Norway” he sobbed pathetically.



                        He’d wandered off into the forest for the New Year celebrations but neither the she-bears or any of his former friends were anywhere to be found.
                        “Surely they must be here somewhere . . . hiding probably, just to tease me” he reasoned.
                        Wild-Bear continued walking in as optimistic a manner as he could muster, though there seemed less and less to be seasonally cheerful about. After what seemed like a very long time indeed, he found himself in an open snow-covered area. It was a frozen river! There were some cottages . . . and a blue and yellow flag fluttering on a flag pole
                        . . . and that was when he realised to his horror that he was completely lost and had ended up in SWEDEN!




                        Now there is only one thing more pathetic than a no-longer-wild Wild-Bear, and that is a lost, lonely and homesick one. Feeling totally depressed and miserable, he stumbled back into the forest. There was remarkably little snow there, and he sat down to rest on a mossy bank beneath the trees, weary and exhausted.




                        Now many miles away in Norway there lived a cat named Thai-ger who wanted to get in touch with Wild-Bear, and had become concerned when he didn’t turn up for the New Year parties. So the following week she mobilised a search party of Forest Cats who set out to find the missing bear and escort him back to Rørvik.

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                          #72


                          Just as the little procession of cats and bear were crossing the Nærøysund Bridge heading for Marøy, the northbound hurtigrute Nordstjernen passed beneath them. A few tourists rushed out on deck, hardly able to believe their eyes. But there was no time to stop and wave at them or pose for photos, for there was Thai-ger running towards the bridge.

                          They shook paws in a polite proper manner, but Wild-Bear was unable to hide his disappointment when he was told that Lookchin Bear had moved to Trondheim with Jan-Olav.
                          “But that’s no problem at all” explained Thai-ger comfortingly.
                          “I have the Hurtigruten timetable all worked out. That’s why I came to tell you to head back to the quay right away. The southbound ship, Midnatsol, is already there, and you’ll be in Trondheim tomorrow morning.”

                          This was starting to be embarrassing, for clearly Thai-ger hadn’t heard quite all the details of the bears’ escapade the previous New Year, which had resulted in a total bear ban on most Hurtigruten ships during the festive period ! (Except Finnmarken that is, but what self-respecting Bear would want to go to Australia with all those Koala thingies who aren’t even real bears biologically speaking and sleep most of the time . . . )




                          It was just at that moment that Wild-Bear spotted a ship in the distance, bearing a certain resemblance to 'Shtandart'! Perhaps it was a pirate ship, and bear-friendly!

                          So Wild-Bear set sail with the pirates, and though they were so very friendly, it was all too obvious that lack of a common language might result in some sort of misunderstanding. It had eventually dawned on Wild-Bear that he had no idea where the pirates were heading, and whether he would be any nearer to reaching Trondheim. As an HSC speeded past, easily overtaking them, the pirate ship no longer seemed the obvious ship of choice.

                          His doubts became deeper when one of the crew struggled to explain something he had read on CaptainsVoyage Forum when his off-duty break and an intermittent internet connection briefly coincided.
                          “Everything ready for us . . . Big S arranged . . . Welcome arrival…”

                          Wild-Bear had no idea what the pirate was struggling to say. He did know that New York had the nickname the Big Apple . . . so could this “Big S” be their destination? And could it be in America too? If only he knew which way was west. He was sure Lookchin would have known which direction the ship was heading – he was an intelligent bear, and would have learnt everything about navigation from Jan-Olav. He would certainly have known where west was.

                          But then Lookchin reads CaptainsVoyage Forum, and would also have known the ship was heading for the fine city of Kristiansund and the welcome Sterkoder had done so much to arrange.

                          Panic set in, as did the increasing swell in Folla’s open waters, and at that moment Wild-Bear would actually have preferred to be in Sweden, sitting in that cosy cottage! So much better than risking ending up in America – or that was how it seemed to the bear who also didn’t know that Lookchin actually had an Aunt in America who lives with a charming bear called J.B. named after one of her ancestors, and makes him the most tasty waffles and kransekake.

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                            #73


                            Fortunately Wild-Bear wasn’t thinking about food, or he would certainly have been sea-sick all over the deck. He was thinking that as the wind and waves increased, so did the possibility of being shipwrecked - for wasn’t that some land that was just about visible perilously close by? The decision was made. Naturally he couldn’t take the lifeboat (even he had heard about the SOLAS regulations), but he’d found what appeared to be a Greenlandic kayak lying around . . .

                            The next thing Wild-Bear was aware of was that his head was very sore and he was clinging desperately to the upturned kayak. For a moment he even thought he might have reached Greenland, for the water had icy sheets floating on the surface.




                            The pirate ship must have continued safely on her way, but clearly another ship had run aground and not all had survived. For stranded on that icy sheet was the most horrific and terrifying sight you could ever imagine – the white bloated body of a bear who had not survived.

                            “That black one over there is still alive” shouted the skipper of the Redningsselskapet Rescue Vessel number 1001, the “Teddy Bear” (sister ship of “Polar Bear” and “Grizzly Bear”, all surprisingly omitted from the otherwise definitive list on CaptainsVoyage).
                            As “Teddy Bear” sped along the Trondheim Fjord, and Wild-Bear’s fur was beginning to dry as he sat huddled in a blanket with a comforting mug of hot chocolate, the crew were deciding where they should take him.

                            “We can’t just leave a wild bear roaming the streets of Trondheim” declared the skipper.

                            They slowed down to let the car ferry pass, contacting “Fosen” on the radio to explain what was happening. It was the ferry’s Chief Officer who suggested the solution to the bear problem –why not take him to Munkholmen where he would be out of everyone’s way? –at least until the tourist boat trips resumed in May.




                            Everyone agreed with this excellent suggestion. The “Teddy Bear” made a quick circle around the island before speeding away, leaving behind the terrified Wild-Bear who did not realise that Munkholmen is no longer a prison. Not that one would expect a prison officer’s uniform to consist of a colourful hand-knitted Norwegian sweater . . .

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                              #74
                              “Lookchin, what on earth are you doing here???????????” shouted Wild-Bear in total amazement and relief. He had never ever been so pleased to see his dear friend.

                              Lookchin replied that having persuaded the summer boatman to take him in wintertime, he was enjoying a day out taking photos for his next project which would be entitled “Munkholmen White Island”.
                              “It’s for Rookie and Pro” he added by way of explanation.
                              This was all too much for a bewildered bear to take in all at once.


                              “C’mon, Wild-Bear, hurry up, we only have the apartment to ourselves while Jan-Olav is at work”.
                              Back at Ranheim, Lookchin explained that he had been studying photography and has secretly been doing a 365 project to surprise Jan-Olav! Wild-Bear watched in total admiration of his friend’s superb achievement as the final image was taken –a self portrait of Lookchin reclining in Jan-Olav’s chair.



                              “Now that you’ve completed your project, could you take one of me too?” Wild-Bear begged.

                              It seemed to take Lookchin a while to fiddle with the settings of the camera –bears’ paws can be awkward in that respect, and surprisingly not even Canon have taken account of this aspect of user-friendliness in their camera design. Unsurprisingly Wild-Bear fell asleep . . .

                              . . . only to wake with a sudden start to find it had all been a dream, and he had actually been asleep lying under a tree somewhere deep in the forest, ever since New Year’s Eve!
                              But as he rubbed the fur around his sleepy eyes he saw a cottage with a red, blue and white flag fluttering on a flag pole.

                              “NORWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “
                              Last edited by Seagull; January 17th, 2010, 19:05. Reason: LookChin would like to thank pakarang for allowing use of three photos – or maybe, if he’d known about it!

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                                #75
                                Oh, Seagull--this is TOO brilliant! I can't WAIT until the Captain reads this!!!

                                So wonderful--and I get a mention, too!!!!

                                I don't know how you do it...but you are too clever for words!!!

                                Enchanting!!!!!

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