Slow-burning drama on Norwegian TV

Norwegian public television (NRK) plans to broadcast a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours from Friday evening, with firewood specialists providing colour commentary, expert advice and a bit of cultural tutoring. "It will be very slow but noble television," said producer Rune Moeklebust, who got the idea for the show from the wild success of a firewood book by Lars Mytting. NRK is not new to quirky programming. In 2011, it broadcast 134 hours non-stop of a cruise ship going up the Norwegian coast to the Arctic - more than 60 per cent of the population, glued to the screen at one point. And an earlier broadcast of an eight-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen was so popular, NRK had to repeat it. "People in Norway have a spiritual relationship with fire," Moeklebust said. "Fire is the reason we're here. If there was no firewood, we couldn't live in Norway, we'd freeze." (Via Reuters)

Not so happy end to Valentine's Day

A reader writes: "At 17.15 on February 14 (Valentine's Day) a large bus crashed into a newish car (MPV) in Alpers Ave, Auckland. The bus driver did not stop to help and drove off." If you are the victim or know the victim's details, contact Ana at Sideswipe for more info.


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