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  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    This is the lost world XVIII.
    A tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.



    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • Book: 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'. The first book from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz. Mature and at times naughty storytelling and explicit events hide behind each page of this sci-fi tale. Less than 40 000 words.




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and explicit events.
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    'Wings of a Raven' By Mike Koontz is the first book in a shared contemporary book universe called 2028AD. Mature and at times even naughty storytelling and explicit events lurk behind each page as we traverse the known familiarities of planet Earth and the uncharted vastness of the universe.
    And if at any point and turn, you feel that you need more from this charming sci-fi universe, reach for the abyss of the dark world wide web and the home of every book and short story that relates to 2028AD right here at anorseview.com.
    The first book in this sci-fi universe, is delivered with a touch of abstract horror, and the pleasure and kink of sensual and sultry naughty love. Mixed with moments of life and death, science, and space exploration, pollution, sex, war, poverty, famine. The man made horror and climate change.
    In the 2028AD universe Earth is a world wrought in chaos. And it is a place where hope and despair tumble and take turn with the trembling steps of colonizing other planets while the oceans on planet Earth keeps rising.
    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    2018, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

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    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    Every person carries with them their own style and touch, in person, clothes, fitness, thoughts, sex, books, movies, passion, music and life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and the boardroom, it is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    Fine art for the living room walls.
    Duvet covers for the continental bed and snugly warm blankets for both autumn nights and the cold winter.

  • Book: "Legend of the Stone Cutter'', is a short fantasy adaptation of a man that wished for ever more . Originally written by the authors Brother Grimm with minor writing by Mike Koontz. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




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    The legend of the stone cutter is often thought of as a Japanese folktale. But there are also seeds of pagan Europe and other parts of Asia in its many origins and crossroads.

    It weaves the tale of a poor man, plagued with unhappiness for his own lot in life. This man worked as a highly skilled but poorly paid stonecutter, and one day he simply came to the conclusion that enough was enough and that he deserved so much more than who he was. His wish for transformative change came to be through the aid of a supernatural being, and with that his greedy appetite for a world of ever more was awoken, until one day he had come full circle and reached a state of peace with himself.
    Written by no one, and everyone.
    Before this slightly altered version, the German authors Brothers Grimm put their thoughts to the pen, but you also had the Scottish author Andrew Lang writing his very own version of the stone cutter. And there have been countless of Asian authors and Nordic ones throughout history, before and after the Brothers Grimm. And as such, I am sure, many others that told their own version of this old folktale, because like the wind, this is an ageless story about life and man, and like the wind I am sure that it will both transform and stay the same for thousands of years to come.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: "The Juniper Tree'', is a short fantasy crime drama about a family murder and rebirth. Written by the authors Brother Grimm . This is an 1 hour long 'monster under the bed' bed time read.




    Kid Friendly but spooky "monster under the bed" read.
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    Juniper tree is one of more then 200 collected fictional fantasy stories from the Brothers Grimm, and like most of those stories they are in turn somewhat based on older myths and lore, and other fairy tales from around the world, and at times the two brothers own previous work.
    The original translation was made by Margaret Taylor
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Moments before the snow and Sekkusu shinai shokogun. The art of human intimacy in society and individually.

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    Moments before the snow & Sekkusu shinai shokogun
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Sekkusu shinai shokogun Is a Japanese term for the flight away from human intimacy.
    But it represents so much more than being a fancy sounding term for the individual flight away from sexual enjoyment and fulfilling love.
    What that phrase truly represent is not just physical sex, however, it is a loss of something fundamentally human in society at large.

    Not surprisingly almost all humans require enjoying life, love, sex, and relationships in a way that is fulfilling towards their own personal needs, emotions, and desires. And when individual life becomes reduced to being nothing more than a slave to be used and abused by endless corporations. The state, a spouse, or simply someone else's selfish and never ending demands.
    Be it monetary, sexual, emotional or otherwise, that person will grow unhappy with such an unbalanced way of life.


    Life fulfillment and enjoyment is simply not measured by the size of your paycheck.
    Nor can it ever be obtained on an endless one-sided road.
    A minority might, of course, find that kind of draining one-way trip a wonderful and fulfilling life that truly makes every cell in their being happy, working away 20 hours per day. Giving time, energy, emotions and life itself to an utterly ungrateful and never ending taker that will never give anything that is even remotely close to being enough in return.

  • Autumn Serenade, October Day II. In the year 4.5 Billion, A healthy body & mind conquers the mountain.

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    Autumn Serenade and my October Hike
    The calming beauty of a fit and healthy Life



    Waking up to a freshly minted Autumn day, a slight touch of frost on the windows and a beautiful sun painting the auburn colored landscape that is waiting. Right there on the other side of the sheets of glass that bends light and offers a surface for water and air, warmth and cold to mix and match and play catch with each other.
    Transforming the same entity from juxtaposing but equally natural and connected states.
    A quick and nourishing breakfast, consisting of black coffee, Greek yogurt, some whole grains, an apple or two, a banana, water and a couple of fresh tomatoes and some protein powder mixed with the yogurt and whole grains. My camera is already fully charged, lenses are waiting in the backpack and a big bottle of fresh tap water.

    And off I go.

  • Our beautiful Planet. Every day is Earth day for all of us. Updated

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    A Mutual symbiosis
     Planet Earth, Animals, and Homo Sapiens
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today is Tuesday, or perhaps it is Wednesday or Monday, or even Friday at your corner of the world. But whatever the day and time, I hope that it is a beautiful day for you. It certainly is such where I am. The sun is shining and the air is as clean as it is healthy to breathe, and behind me, the coffee is brewing as I type these words. Even better still, in a few hours I have a romantic date waiting with my beautiful girlfriend.

    Yes, today is a beautiful day by all accounts.
    But today is also Earth day, or at least it should be.

  • Book: "The five orange pips and KKK'', a short walk down Baker street, adventure 5 in the chronicles of detective Sherlock Holmes life by author Arthur Conan Doyle. One evening read.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Short story (One Evening Bed time read)
    Short story number 5 from the adventures and life of English master detective Sherlock Holmes.
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Equality and superstition: Sangua Mama, a label born in lacking hearts and anger.

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    A label, Sangua mama
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A label, Sangua mama, born in lacking hearts and anger, and my humble, floral sun which is born in smiles and wonder.
    Once, she was a proud girl. Before their superstition and anger stripped her shivering soul bare naked in the streets earlier this year.
    Once, she smiled upon the rays of the sun. Before they cut her skin deep with knives, fueled by hate, fear, and a burning wish to destroy something dear and pretty.
    Once, she enjoyed making love. Before burning hot rods of metal had been inserted inside her genitals, tarnishing, and burning flesh, and destroying her sexual pleasures for all of life.

    Once, she proudly walked these streets of ours and the forest roads nearby. Once her mind jumped in joy as the fluttering birds let their song fly free upon the wind that caressed her hair. Once, was now the remnant memories of a calm reality before they tortured her outside in the burning midday sun, in the open street next to their own homes and quarters, outside in the view of the public eye, a torture meant to steal her life and pride in front of an ocean of cheering children, fearful people, and smug indifferent police.

  • year 5 in the 697 Olympic and our winter solstice. Life amongst snow & flowers.

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    year 5 in the 697 Olympic
    and our winter solstice
    life amongst flowers.

     

    Today we witnessed the sun at its lowest flying point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, a glorious day called winter solstice. It is a juxtaposing day of newborn light and hope as well as the darkest day of the year with the shortest amount of daylight to be seen and felt. Well, in some places there is, of course, no daylight at all.
    Here in the Arctic, in the northern winter realms, the thing we call the polar night is in full swing this time of the year and the sun will not reappear in a real and proper way until 2017 have properly taken hold.

  • Book: 'Tarzan' a contemporary adventure through the wild of all men by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Part 2 of 2.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Take a walk on the wild & adventurous side with Tarzan, the king of the djungle as imagined by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is book 2.
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Tarzan' a contemporary adventure through the wild of all men by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Part 1 of 2.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Take a walk on the wild & adventurous side with Tarzan, the king of the djungle as imagined by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Mommas little boy' A real life bed time story caught inbetween the meeting of a brown bear family and a little boy. By Mike Koontz.




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    This is one of the many short stories that people tell each other countless of times in various of ways.
    And like some of those fictional stories, this one also happens to be based on actual every day event that took place in Sweden, the summer of 1850.

    Like many other such events, real or imaginary, it might change a tiny bit with each generation re telling it in their very own way (this particular event was for instance once made famous as a Swedish children's song, 'Mors lilla Olle', by Alice Tegner, as well as a poem by Wilhelm von Braun).
    But at its core I am sure its every iteration remain quite faithful towards what actually happened that summers day when the little boy named Olle befriended a wild Brown Bear and her two little cubs deep inside that old Swedish forest.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the untamed home of Norse Vikings.

    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    This short bed time story book also includes the original Swedish poem by Swedish poet, Wilhelm von Braum
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: The Wind in the Willows, a fantastical journey through childhood adventures and kingdom of animals by Kenneth Grahame






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    A classic released early 1900 that takes us all on a wonderful journey amongst the magical kingdom of animals. A wind that blows soft and gentle through the fields of willows where the badger walks with his friends, the water rat and the mole.

    But not all is well and peaceful. There is the wicked weasels that makes life a little bit less enjoyable then it should be for our animal friends.

    As a sidenote, Pink Floyd named their very first album, 'The Piper at the gates of dawn' in 1967 after a chapter in this book.

    Photography, web adaptation, and bonus poem by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: The Island of Doctor Moreau takes us on a sci-fi adventure inside a secluded island where a mad scientists conducts experiments on animals and people.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    The Island of Doctor Moreau is the account as it was retold by Edward Prendick, an Englishman who survives a shipwreck in the southern Pacific Ocean. A passing ship takes him aboard, and a man named Montgomery revives him. The ship is however merely transporting a number of animals to an island where gruesome experiments will be carried out on them. As they arrive at the island, the captain demands that Prendick too leave the ship with Montgomery.

    Enjoy!.

    Author: H.G Wells
    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Russet witch' is a mature story with elements of both the supernatural, and the sensuous secrets spoken only between lovers. It was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and events.
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    Another story from Scott Fitzgerald which, in his telltale disillusioned way shows us a life and relation not fully lived and enjoyed. But inside his bleak view of people, love, and life, you can also touch upon a grain of wisdom in that every person alive needs to choose their own way through life. To live a life that they love, to follow their heart, embrace their needs and pleasures and to do it, their very own way. Life doesn't come in repeat, so enjoy it fully and go where you want to go. And understand, and accept with a smile that the same free will and need for fulfillment, applies to everybody else too. And that is the heart of this incarnation of "Russet Witch"

    'Russet Witch' in this alternate take, adapted by Mike Koontz follows the life and choices of Merlin and his wife, their kids and his real love in life, the beautifully alive and open minded 'russet witch'.

    Photography, additional writing and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: Life in reverse is what happens in the strange but lovely tale of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' by F. Scott Fitzgerald




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Weekend read (Two Nights Bed time read)
    The short story of Benjamin Button tells the tale of extraordinary. A man born as if he crawled straight out of the grave and instead of slowly growing older, Benjamin instead finds himself growing backwards through a curious and beautiful life all the way back to the eternal sleep found in the cradle.

    Photography, web adaptation, and minor writing by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Kalevala', Rune 1 to 4. A fictional Norse Adventure, shrouded in a veil of fog and ancient northern pagan times.






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    The origin of the first authors and thus the very first words and ways of the Finnish epic Kalevala remain unknown in todays world. Shrouded in a veil of fog and ancient northern pagan times, words shaping this story that herald from when we northerners walked the Earth as Vikings, Norse men and Scandinavians long before any Nordic man and woman where ever known to the world as Vikings or in any way laid claim to any Christian values in any way shape and form.

    What you are about to set out on is a journey through an epic Finnish tale woven in parts of Beowulf, part Iliad, ballads and poems, but all Nordic heritage, thousands of years in the making through Nordic myths, lives and stories, real blood and history entwined with fiction of the most fantastical kind.

    The origins are unknown since this tale like so many other aspects of past Nordic days and history was passed down oraly instead of in written form.
    But beyond the countless of Nordic story tellers that´s all been a part of shaping, living and telling this story, there´s also a long range of more modern day authors and scholars from other nations that could at least in part be credited for the work and inspiration behind this particular English adaptation. Keep in mind however, that Christian scholars used to be very fond of changing the Norse pagans history and stories, facts and lore, and religion to make it feel and sound either like a christian tale or a historical fact when it was in reality heavilly distorted.

    So if you read something in the Kalevala that feels in any way like a reference to the Christian heaven and myths of that time, that is a sad historical distortion
    Scandinavian society and its various tribes during the time of Kalevala and Beowulf had no Christian prejudice and shortcomings in its daily views on gods, sex, rights and gender equality.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Mike Koontz, a Norse author and visual artist living a fit and healthy active life.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    Life is your art

     

    a Norse View creative director, author and photographer, Mike Koontz.
    A lover of life´s inherent beauty found in every aspect of nature and every day life. The progressive science and wonders of our world and universe, it´s perfectly flawed people and animals alike and the way it all evolve.
    I marvel at the technological advances that seemingly happens at a continually increasing pace. And I find great joy and peace of mind in the daily grind and science of keeping fit, healthy and active, enjoying the cold outdoors at winter as much as killing it hard, all year round in the gym. Eating healthy food and living a sustainable life while enjoying the pleasures and adventures of all the big and small wonders that is our life in the Anthropocene.






    I write fictional books and poetry as well as articles about the factual parts of life, including my daily life and interest in health and fitness, equality, sustainability, science, nature and wildlife. And my Nordic creative photography is of course an ever present and essential part of my creative expression in everything I publish.

  • Book: 'The Christmas tree'. A short story from the magic of the polar night by Dickens






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Dickens dancing around the good ol christmas tree in yet another short little story taking us through the dawn of winter and santas realm

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Chimes' is a ghastly short book read by Dickens, suitable for a few dark winter evenings.






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    Dickens first literary expression on Christmas ended up being "A Christmas Carol", this was later followed by a series of short books, amongst them the book you are currently about to devour. 'The chimes' which is a tale of magic and the cycle of years turning yet another page in the midst of winters grasp.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'A Christmas Carol' by Dickens






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Dickens first literary expression on Christmas ended up being "A Christmas Carol", this was later followed by a series of short books, Thackeray wrote of A Christmas Carol, "Who can listen to objections regarding such a book as this? It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it, a personal kindness."

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Night after xmas, a yule log adventure'. A compilation of short form Winter solstice and Christmas adventures by various authors, including Mike Koontz.






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning. And that is as good a reason to celebrate Christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas or even the origin of xmas.

    What the yule day however always was - is your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and to do so no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    Some of the following short stories are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Yule Log Adventures - Christmas stories for all






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Short stories collection (Weekend read)
    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning, a Christian thing and nothing more according to some. And that is as good a reason to celebrate christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas, or even the origin of xmas.

    It´s simply your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    So have a good one, without grief, without concern, without bickering and stress. Because you enjoying a pleasant day of giving and recieving. You enjoying life by yourself or with the people you love, that is truly what christmas is about, a celebration of life and the circle of night and day, dark and light. Winter and Summer, solstice, ice and snow and all.

    The Yule log Adventures is simply a collection of xmas stories reflecting that myriad of reasons as to why you should and could celebrate christmas.

    Some are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Kalevala, the final runes and departure: Rune 41 to 50






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    The Kalevala herald from when we northerners walked the Earth as Vikings, Norse men and Scandinavians long before any Nordic man and woman where ever known to the world as Vikings or in any way laid claim to any Christian values in any way shape and form.

    Part Beowulf, part Iliad, ballads and poems, but all Nordic heritage.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Kalevala, Rune 31 to 40






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    The Kalevala herald from when we northerners walked the Earth as Vikings, Norse men and Scandinavians long before any Nordic man and woman where ever known to the world as Vikings or in any way laid claim to any Christian values in any way shape and form.

    Part Beowulf, part Iliad, ballads and poems, but all Nordic heritage.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Kalevala, Rune 21 to 30






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    The Kalevala herald from when we northerners walked the Earth as Vikings, Norse men and Scandinavians long before any Nordic man and woman where ever known to the world as Vikings or in any way laid claim to any Christian values in any way shape and form.

    Part Beowulf, part Iliad, ballads and poems, but all Nordic heritage.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The little mouse in our wall', a cute read and short love story by Mike Koontz




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    A romantic love story, short and sweet about the wonders of life and love, and a happy little mouse that lived in our walls.

    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Kalevala, Norse adventures, chapter 13 to 20






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    The Kalevala herald from when we northerners walked the Earth as Vikings, Norse men and Scandinavians long before any Nordic man and woman where ever known to the world as Vikings or in any way laid claim to any Christian values in any way shape and form.

    Part Beowulf, part Iliad, ballads and poems, but all Nordic heritage.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Narcissus and Potentilla, a childrens story about unfit kings and crooked enchanters




    Kid friendly
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    Life amongst the kings and queens, and the many lessons one could learn.

    Photography, and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Fairy gifts by Comte - A short Childrens bedtime story




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    Fairy gifts is a short little childrens read about a tiny little fairy sprinkling happy days all around her.

    Photography, and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: Kalevala Rune 9 to 12






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    This is Book 3 in the Finnish epic "Kalevala" which covers runes 9 to 12 in this long and complex Norse/Viking adventure.
    Enjoy the read and dive right inside the adventures of Wainamoinen, viking, northerner and enchanter.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: Kalevala Runes 5 to 8






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    This is Book 2 in the Finnish epic "Kalevala" which covers runes 5 to 8 in this long and complex Norse/Viking adventure.
    One of the many modern day authors that have tried their own hand at the Kalevala is J.R.R Tolkien, whom of course was generally inspired by the lore and history of Vikings and Scandinavia.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Diary from the French Court, Book VII




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    This is book 7 from the personal diary of Fannys own life and experience at the time of the French Revolution

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Diary from the French Court, Book VI




    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    This is book 6 from the personal diary of Fannys own life and experience at the time of the French Revolution

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Diary from the French Court, Book 5




    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    This is book 5 from the personal diary of Fannys own life and experience at the French Court. Taking us on a midnight walk through he madness of kings and the life and death, agony and pain, joy and wonders of life in England and France during the time of the French Revolution.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Diary from the French Court, Book IV




    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    This is book 4 in the series depicting the personal diary of Fannys own life and experience at the French Court, the madness of kings and the life and death, agony and pain, joy and wonders of the French Revolution.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Diary from the French Court, Book III




    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    This is book 3 in the series depicting the personal diary of Fannys own life and experience at the French Court, the madness of kings and the life and death, agony and pain, joy and wonders of the French Revolution.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • two friends, thick as thieves




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the deep rabbit hole

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • in the land of Faries




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from old days.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • a Watch, a Snake, dog and Cat




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from the land of fairies and magical things.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • A tale of the Caliph




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from the middle east.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Of fairies and lore




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from Spain.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • of blood and bones




    One mans thoughts went in circles upon his solitary journey, well that is one way to describe this short story about a small group of shipwrecked and solitary living people. Two couples from afar, whome for a short time touched each other. from Sherlock Holmes author Conan Doyle.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Between Science and lore




    Two scientists embark on the "impossible" and manages in an experiment like nothing before it switch bodies with each other.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • A cursed ship




    Another fictional story from Conan that deals with the mysteries at sea. An abandoned ship found floating around the open sea, without a living soul onboard.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Secret Agent(s)




    A story of Secret Agents, meetings in hiding and the murky waters of shadowy societies as seeb through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Tragic Love Story





    Red hot blooded and a feud amongst the wildest of mountains, a short story courtesy of Scott Fitzgerald.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Whimsical vintage youth





    A short story from the maze of Fitzgerald´s mind that dripping with irony and dry humour in its rear view mirror look on society, takes us for a whimsical little trip down a few moments in young Bernice´s life.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Ghostly or not?





    A short story from the icy North to the Dixie South, ghastly gouls and home sweet home.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Almost like Orlando Bloom





    In this piracy themed love story we find something as rare as a happy ending, pure love and romance thingy from F Scott Fitzgerald. And to boot, as always, he provides a good read and enjoyable writing. Just not with any negative and disillusioned vibes this time.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Three voices' a short poem by Lewis Carroll






    Kid Friendly Stories
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story (coffee break bite)
    Another poetic duo perfectly made for a coffee break bite by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Phantasmagoria' a not so short poem by Lewis Carroll.






    Kid Friendly Stories
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story (One Evening Bed time read)
    A ghastly coffee break bite poem x 2, by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • indy before Spielberg





    A genuine adventurer story from Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle that tells the tale of alpha male Professor Challenger, as hulking fit and strong as clever and smart. Yet for all his brilliance and physical capacity, he is every bit as headstrong and short tempered too and not one to back down from going all bareknuckled with his adversaries. A classic adventurer every bit the equal of Sherlock, yet entirely his own.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Fluid Lovers





    A short story from Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle that tells the tale of a beautiful and sensuous woman that followed her mind and heart and came for a time, to be the wife of two men, and who can ever blame someone else for following the truth of their own little road.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Conan Doyle and a Druid





    A short story from Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle that takes us for a short walk through an adventurous mountain hike that ends with a pagan blood sacrifice at the hands of a druid.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Featured Fiction

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    Manually curated books by a Norse View



    a Norse View is a global library featuring a slowly and carefully growing selection of curated books which we try our best to publish in a way that will allow you the most pleasant and enjoyable reader experience there is.
    Our intent is to create a global library that give you the peace of mind to safely invest time reading each book we chose to publish, providing you with a well-written quality story as well as a visually and emotionally pleasing experience awaiting your page turning mind.



    If you are looking for more books you can always visit our global library section for a complete and up to date view of all the books we have published in our beautiful and visually rich, streaming, 4k Ultra HD book format. Or why not reach out over at g+ if you would like to have your own books and short stories published here at our global library, get in touch and we will absolutely take a look at your work.

  • Victorian England





    This book tells the romantic tale and life of Emma Woodhouse in Victorian England, as rich a girl as pretty, witty and sensual in body, mind and ways. We have opted to publish Emma in three volumes here at 'a Norse View'.

    Emma, Volume 1 And

    'Emma' by Jane Austen, Volume 2



    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Middle Earth before Tolkien





    a classic fictional book created by Jules Verne in 1864. Published in two parts here at a Norse View

    In this book we follow a German professor who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, and his nephew and their guide descends into an extinct Icelandic volcano, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals before eventually resurfacing in southern Italy.
    Journey to the center of Earth, Book 1

    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • To hike inside a Volcano





    a classic fictional book created by Jules Verne in 1864. Published in two parts here at a Norse View

    In this book we follow a German professor who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, and his nephew and their guide descends into an extinct Icelandic volcano, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals before eventually resurfacing in southern Italy.
    Journey to the center of Earth, Part II

    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Little Snow, without the prejudice



    'Little Snow' is based on the original story by The Brothers Grimm

    Together the Grimms wrote more than 200 stories under their moniker "Brothers Grimm" and we aim to publish the best ones, either in its original and slightly crude form. Or as enhanced stories that we ourselves have rewritten like with this more fleshed out and adult version of "Little Snow".

    Original translation by Margaret Taylor (1884)

    Photography, web adaptation, and additional writing by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Prejudice and wayward England


    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, is today considered a classic work depicting life in the Victorian Era. This book was first published in 1813. And it follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters living in a fictional town near London. It is a book that 200 years after it´s making still remains one of the most beloved fictional novels the world over.
    Web adaptation and photography, Michael A Koontz, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The war of the worlds' is a sci-fi story by H. G. Wells at his very finest. Part 1 of 2.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Long read book (days)
    Take a walk through one of the finest sci-fi stories ever created as martians invade planet Earth. This book was written by HG Wells. Book 1 of 2.
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Dick takes a walk through self driving





    The variable man was first published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, January 1953 and is one of many Sci.Fi stories from the American Author, perhaps best known for his short stories that ended up being the inspiration for the Hollywood movie "Minority Report". But worth mentioning is also "Blade Runner", Total Recall and the recent "Adjustment Bureau".
    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Can I travel





    The variable man was first published in Space Science Fiction magazine, in September 1953.
    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • I wonder, said the A.I





    From the mind that gave us "the man in the high castle" and "Screamers", comes another influential science fiction story which was first published in Space Science Fiction magazine, in May 1953.
    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Whimsical poetry by me



    Tales of Winters Realm, 2014 Edition

    The first book of 'Tales of Winters Realm' was published in 2014

    Photography and writing by Michael A Koontz. 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

    Published by

    a Norse View Imaging and Publishing


    To the daisy that is my sun and inspiration
  • the brush strokes of immortality



    The picture of Dorian Gray.

    This book was first published in 1890 as a part of Lippincott's Monthly magazine. Written by it´s author Oscar Wilde.

    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz. 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

    Originally published by

    Lippincott´s Monthly Magazine

    By Oscar Wilde

    to the daisy that is my sun and inspiration
  • 2028 AD - Departure Earth



    to the daisy that is my sun and inspiration


  • Daisy and the Wolf cub



    to the daisy that is my sun and inspiration


  • Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup - Part 3


    Twelve Years a Slave, was written by Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, that was kidnapped in Washington city ano 1841, and later rescued from slavery in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, Edited by David Wilson; 1859; C.M. Saxton, New York.


  • Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup - Part 2


    Twelve Years a Slave, was written by Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, that was kidnapped in Washington city ano 1841, and later rescued from slavery in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, Edited by David Wilson; 1859; C.M. Saxton, New York.


  • Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup


    Twelve Years a Slave, was written by Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, that was kidnapped in Washington city ano 1841, and later rescued from slavery in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, Edited by David Wilson; 1859; C.M. Saxton, New York.


  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2

    Photography Michael A Koontz
    a Norse View Imaging and publishing


    Author
    The original adventures of Sherlock Holmes where written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    2014
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Photography Michael A Koontz
    a Norse View Imaging and publishing


    Author
    The original adventures of Sherlock Holmes where written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    2014
  • Planet Earth: Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world & our apex predators.

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    Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

    Or so the story would go if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on their carefully crafted story as well as their choice of words, or perhaps they secretly love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, likewise, feel an utmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the countryside and deep forests. as well as continually tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles.

  • Early bird Book Excerpt: 'The departure', Rough excerpt from the sci-fi book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz

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    'The departure'
    Early bird excerpt
    chapter 1, 2028AD

     

    A Serene, Monday evening spent outdoors together with you. And like the dotted i we all knew, it was in every way there is a perfectly solemn Indian summer day that kept lingering on as if we had all been forever caught in the basking light of the setting sun.




    Our departure impatiently growled and towered in the backs of both our mind. One part auspicious and eager to open the doors to this exciting, new, and uncharted chapter waiting for us to unfold and explore it all.

    The other part took the shape of a more ominous and hulking silence, waiting to swallow us whole from within the shadows of the corner of this one last evening spent in Earth's familiar hold. It´s scent, of dew and soil. The lasting humidity that played across our skin and senses even as the soothing autumn winds drifted ashore from the turning sea.

  • Dew and Kisses, the infinite weave of reality. A small case for the global need of sustainable thinking, Snow leopards vs Cashmere.

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    Snow Leopard
    these species will become our failed victims of fashion





    A study for the journal, *Conservation Biology* found that 95% of all forage across the vast, Tibetan plateau in Mongolia and Northern India is now consumed by goats and other livestock owned by farmers.
    Leaving only 5% to the regions vast number of wild animals.

    Creating a situation, that is best described by one of the researchers with the following words.
    "Rather then serving as symbols of success, these species will become victims of fashion"

  • History: Our island of dryads in the winter of 1610, simply called 'starving time' in Jamestown, Virginia.

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    Winter of 1610
    Jamestown, Virginia USA
    Life in the Anthropocene



    We are all moments in time - like flowing tears in rain.
    So why don't you take a few precious moments to slow down. View the day around you with wide open eyes and mind, breathe it all in and inhale the calming air and enjoy that taste of life which is unique for this one moment.
      
    Make yourself a cup of java and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb down on your knees and let it taste your lips and tongue.

    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats provide.

    And while you are at it, bring with you a glass of water too, before you place your behind rightly deserved in your most comfy place of choice and get all snugly as we take a trawl down this history lane of rewind and fast forward. embarking on a mutually traversing journey across the fleeting vistas of our mind, from lost days to the present and the pathways leading..
    Somewhere and everywhere .. That you´d like yourself to wander.

    But if you come with me today, I will take you on a journey back to the winter of 1610.
    To a place in time of the cold and the forgotten, in a place called Jamestown, Virginia USA.

  • The Lost World, Take 74 From the chronicles of the birth of Life and Death on Earth. Origins of Photosynthesis.

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    The birth .. of death and life
    Photosynthesis.
    The Science of a healthy life



    I wrote this short little science blurb a little more then two years ago, so, to celebrate spring cleaning, open waters, the chirping birds and lustful people that all blossom like little flowers in the warming sun and bare legs season :).
    A road down memory lane together with the heathen horde of vile bacteria gunning for our mutual throats.

  • Born in light - 4k Wallpaper from a Norse View

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  • Page 10 and the silent slumber. Just some random thoughts on life, and a few Norse views.

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     Page 10 and the silent slumber
    Life & Photography
    Life in the Anthropocene

     

    Page 10.

    If a photo is a thousand words or more, then there could in truth be an endless stream of emotional responses to every photo ever taken.
    Doors opening, worlds colliding, emotional responses, memories triggered, feelings left forgotten resurfacing, or new impressions formed.



    Perhaps as such, a photograph is not just a frozen moment captured in time.
    Perhaps it also carries that moment in time within itself, the sensory balance of what we felt, what we feel and see, the memories we create and associate to every little day and moment in the flesh.
    Perhaps, even in the colors and the tonality, the way the highlights merge with the shadows and darker shades.
    Perhaps it is a bit like the stars.

    One man´s sky is a black velvet upon which blinking stars traverse.

  • the soul of leaves and natures wind... it lives in you

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    In the words of myself from the up and coming photography book 'Soft love letters from earth' which is due out at the end of a still undecided future day ( it´s a lifelong project with no end or set publishing date ).

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  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

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    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

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    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

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    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

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    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    A tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat ( Omega 3 mainly ), iron, B12, Iodine and creatine going plant-based is very easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

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    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.



    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
    And in that spirit, this ultramarathon is not just about bringing together runners from all around the world, it is also a marathon to save the endangered Rhino from going extinct, and to better the entire world.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 21, will the health benefits from my fitness life suffer in air polluted cities?.

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    Question number 21 in our School of Fitness.
    Doing the daily grind behind a healthy fit life will always continue to do wonders for our well being and physical health in body and mind.
    But air pollution is another key factor that is greatly influencing our wellbeing and longterm health. And how do these two modern-day pillars clash and collide?
    Will living in heavy air polluted cities flat out destroy all the health benefits you should be reaping thanks to your daily fitness regime?.

  • The day before xmas brings with it another round of winter poetry and Scandinavian photography as we spend this perfect day 'Between the stars and dead waters'.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    The day before xmas.
    Is spent 'Between the stars and dead waters'.



    And is there any other way to enjoy the beauty that is a proper Scandinavian winter.
    Thick snow and ice dressing up the entire world as we dive into the freshness of sub-zero temperatures and the dark of winters daylight.
    Inside at the gym, and outdoors as we walk and hike deep in snowy dark forests and mountain valleys, winter is a gift of raw life and health & beauty at its very finest.
    Enjoy the read and the rest of your winter.

  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

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