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UNESCO World Heritage Bucket List

After reading an article about the 25 new inscriptions to the UNESCO World Heritage List I decided to visit the places on the list that seems the most interesting before I die, so here it goes, my UNESCO World Heritage Bucket List:

Afghanistan
– Minaret and Remains of Jam

Algeria
– Djémelia
– Tassili n’Ajjer

Argentina
– Iguazu National Park
– Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
– Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks

Australia
– Great Barrier Reef
– Lord Howe Island Group
– Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
– Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
– Fraser Island
– Sydney Opera House

Austria
– Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps

Azerbaijan
– Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

Bangladesh
– The Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur

Barbados
– Bridgetown and its Garrison

Bolivia
– Fuerte de Samaipata
– Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Botswana
– Tsodilo

Brazil
– Serra da Capivara National Park

Cambodia
– Angkor

Canada
– Canadian Rocky Mountains

Chile
– Rapa Nui Island

China
– The Forbidden City
– Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
– The Great Wall
– Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
– Leshan Giant Buddha
– Longmen Grottoes
– Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains (Giant Panda sanctuaries)

Columbia
– Los Katíos National Park

Croatia
– Palace of Diocletian (check)

Egypt
– Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
– Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

Ethiopia
– Tiya
– Fasil Ghebbi
– Aksum

France
– Chartres Cathedral
– Caves of the Vézère Valley
– Cathedral of Notre-Dame
– Fortified City of Carcassonne

Gambia
– Kunta Kinteh Island

Greece
– Acropolis
– Meteora
– Olympia

Guatemala
– Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

Honduras
– Maya Site of Copan

India
– Taj Mahal

Indonesia
– Prambanan Temple Compounds
– Sangiran Early Man Site

Iran
– Persepolis
– Tchogha Zanbil
– The Persian Garden

Italy
– Piazza del Duomo
Venice (check)
– Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

Japan
– Himeji-jo
– Yakushima
– Genbaku Dome
– Shrines and Temples of Nikko
– Hiraizumi
– Ogasawara Islands

Jordan
– Petra
– Quseir Amra

Kazakhstan
– Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

Korea, North (Democratic People´s Republic of Korea)
– Complex of Koguryo Tombs

Korea, South (Republic of Korea)
– Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
– Hwaseong Fortress
– Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
– Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
– Hahoe and Yangdong

Lao People´s Democratic Republic
– Town of Luan Prabang
– Vat Phou

Lebanon
– Anjar
– Baalbek
– Tyre
– Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
– Archaeological Site of Cyrene
– Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna
– Archaeological Site of Sabratha

Luxembourg
– City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

Madagascar
– Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve
– Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
– Rainforests of the Atsinanana

Mali
– Old Towns of Djenné
– Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)
– Timbuktu

Malta
– Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
– Megalithic Temples of Malta

Marshall Islands
– Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site

Mauritania
– Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Mexico
– Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
– Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque
– Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
– Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
– El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City
– Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco
– Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche
– Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
– Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila
– Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
– Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Morocco
– Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
– Archaeological Site of Volubilis

Namibia
– Twyfelfontein

Nepal
– Kathmandu Valley
– Sagarmatha National Park
– Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

New Zealand
– Tongariro National Park
– New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

Nicaragua
– Ruins of León Viejo

Nigeria
– Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

Norway
– Bryggen in Bergen (check)
– Urnes Stave Church
– Røros Mining Town (check)
– Vegaøyan
– Geirangerfjord (check)
– Nærøyfjord

Oman
– Bahla Fort

Pakistan
– Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
– Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
– Taxila
– Rohtas Fort

Peru
– Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
– Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
– Sacred City of Caral-Supe

Poland
– Auschwitz Birkenau

Romania
– Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

Russian Federation
– Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

Saint Kitts and Nevis
– Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

San Marino
– San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano

Saudi Arabia
– Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)
– At-Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah

Senegal
– Island of Gorée
– Saloum Delta

Seychelles
– Aldabra Atoll
– Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

South Africa
– Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
– Robben Island

Spain
– Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid
– Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe
– Pyrénées – Mont Perdu
– Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture
– Teide National Park (check)
– Tower of Hercules

Sri Lanka
– Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
– Ancient City of Sigiriya
– Golden Temple of Dambulla

Sudan
– Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region
– Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe

Switzerland
– Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

Syrian Arab Republic
– Ancient City of Damascus
– Ancient City of Bosra
– Site of Palmyra
– Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din

Tajikistan
– Proto-urban site of Sarazm

Tanzania, United Republic of
– Serengeti National Park
– Kilimanjaro National Park
– Kondoa Rock-Art Sites

Thailand
– Historic City of Ayutthaya
– Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
– Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

Tunisia
– Amphitheatre of El Jem
– Archaeological Site of Carthage
– Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis
– Dougga / Thugga

Turkey
–  Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği
– Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
– Nemrut Dağ
– Hierapolis-Pamukkale
– Xanthos-Letoon
– Archaeological Site of Troy
– Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex

Turkmenistan
– State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”
– Kunya-Urgench
– Parthian Fortresses of Nisa

Uganda
– Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi

Ukraine
– Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
– Durham Castle and Cathedral
– St Kilda
– Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
– Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey
– City of Bath
– Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church
– Tower of London

United States of America
– Mesa Verde National Park
– Yellowstone National Park
– Everglades National Park
– Grand Canyon National Park
– Independence Hall
– Redwood National and State Parks
– Mammoth Cave National Park
– Great Smoky Mountains National Park
– Statue of Liberty (check)
– Yosemite National Park
– Chaco Culture
– Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
– Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Uzbekistan
– Itchan Kala

Vanuatu
– Chief Roi Mata’s Domain

Vietnam
– Complex of Hué Monuments
– My Son Sanctuary

Zambia
– Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe
– Great Zimbabwe National Monument
– Khami Ruins National Monument
– Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
– Matobo Hill

Queer World: Norway

Through history…

The 20th of May 1950 Norway’s first LGBT organisation was established, called The Federal of 1948 – Norwegian Section of The Danish Federal of 1948. Rolf Løvaas was elected as chairman. The 29th of November 1952 there are demands to pull out of the Danish Federal and form an independent Norwegian organisation. The board stepped down, and a new board was formed. David Meyer – a pseudonym – was elected chairman of the board. Then on the 1st of February 1953 the name of the organisation changed to The Norwegian Federal of 1948.

The next step in LGBT history in Norway is the broadcast of the first radio show about homosexuality the 15th of June 1965. The broadcast was led by Liv Haavik and lasted for 80 minutes. Producer Torlof Elster considered it an important theme and gave her as much broadcast time she wanted.

Homosexuality was illegal until 1972 when it was removed from the Penal Code. Gay and straight age of consent was made equal. Even though it now was legal it was considered and mental disorder until the Norwegian Psychiatric Association removed it from the list of mental illnesses in 1977.

In 1978 openly gay teachers get full rights and protection from discrimination guaranteed by the Department of Church and Education. Then in 1979 equal rights was introduced to the military – no D.A.D.T in Norway 🙂

In 1982 The Department of Social Affairs removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.

1992, and The Norwegian Federal of 1948 and other organisations became LLH, The National Association for lesbians and gays. In 1993 the Partnership Act is written into law. This gives gays the same rights and duties as married couples when in civil partnerships. With the exception of the right to adopt and to have the ceremony in a religious setting. In 1998 gays are included in a special anti discrimination act of the Work Environment Act – with the exception of positions in religious settings.

Marriage equality is written into law in 2008 and effective from the 1st of January 2009.

LGBT people in politics

Jon Reidar Øyan, Norwegian Labour Party
Håkon Haugli, Norwegian Labour Party
André Oktay Dahl, Conservative Party of Norway
Anette Trettebergstuen, Norwegian Labour Party
Erling Lae, Conservative Party of Norway
Bent Høie, Conservative Party of Norway
Wenche Lowzow, Conservative Party of Norway
Per-Kristian Foss, Conservative Party of Norway

Links point to their norwegian Wikipedia page.

Other famous LGBT people

Anne Holt, writer – lawyer – ex-politician
Karen-Christine “Kim” Friele, gay rights activist – writer
Sven Elvestad, writer
Trygve Hjorth-Johansen, journalist
Gudmund Vindland, writer
Anne Aasheim, journalist
Mia Hundvin, professional handballplayer
Anne Grete Preus, musician
Gro Hammerseng, professional handballplayer
Vibeke Skofterud, professional cross-country skiier
Sara Azmeh Rasmussen, writer
Frank Rossavik, news editor
Arnfinn Nordbø, writer
Sturla Berg-Johansen, comedian
Christen Sveaas, business mogul
Per Sundnes, tv-host
Arve Juritzen, tv-host – producer – publishing editor
Jan Thomas Mørch Husby, stylist
Karen Pinholt, leader LLH
Christine Koht, tv-host

Links point to their norwegian Wikipedia page.

Some statistics

Most statistics indicate that 3-5% of the norwegian population is gay. That´s somewhere between 150 – 250 000 people. That´s 1 in 20. These statistics are supported by surveys done in high schools, which shows that on average there is 1-2 – in each class –  seeing themselves as gay or bisexual.

As in most other countries some surveys tackling the issue of suicide, suspected gay or people with suppressed gay feelings are at a slight higher risk of actually committing suicide.

Homosexual relationships are widely accepted and protected by law in Norway. The last 10 years or so the coming out age have dropped dramatically. It´s now more or less normal to come out around 16, while in the 90´s it was more likely to be in the in the early 20´s while going to university.

But there are still problems surrounding the LGBT community in Norway. Homophobia is live and well, unfortunately. It´s bullying in schools, in the workplace and unprovoked acts of violence. But that’s a small ignorant part of the general public.

Why don´t they just air the UK version?

I´m a huge fan of the UK TV series “Skins” about a group of young partyloving, wild acting british teens. And now MTV is airing an remake of the show – and there are NO upside to it. Usually when a british hip show gets an american remake they recast the characters with more TV friendly faces. This isn´t the case here. And the fact that the US version is censored and still getting called kiddie porn baffles me.

Anyway – I´m going to give the remake a few more episodes, but I´m not impressed.

Maria Amelie – send her home, or let her stay?

Thousands of people gathered outside the office of the Justicedepartment in Oslo demonstrating the decision to send the illegal immigrant Marie Amelie from Caucasus back home. Over and over again she have got denied asylum and residence permissions.

She got arrested after she held a presentation in Lillehammer, and when she was finished eight police officers waited for her. The reason she got arrested is the fact that she is in Norway ILLEGALLY, and she told her story in a book, and after that she been the face of paperless immigrants. It is a complicated case, because she has been her all her life, speaks the language and even studied here – how she got into a school without an ID I have no idea.

So the demonstrators is of the opinion that she deserves to stay – she is more of less an norwegian girl. But the case have been through the justicesystem over and over again – with the same result. She has no right to be here.

So I wonder, is it just because she is a media favourite?

We need equality for the law, and she is here illegally, so she should be sent home. If she get to stay, we set a precedence that if you just hide long enough – you automatically get to stay. That won´t work.

Just throw away the key…

I wouldn´t say I´m all for the death penalty, not even life in prison – but in some cases I just can´t help wanting the perps either dead or locked away forever, just dump them in a hole, seal it and throw away the key. These feelings are usually linked to crimes against children, but also sexual abuse/rape.

And this week a case came up that actually made me sick – the kind of sick Josef Fritzl made me. It´s the gruesome tale of some children, under the age of 14, who have been sexually abused and taken compromising photos of by their own mother. She didn´t act alone though, their stepfather and a couple of neighbours also joined in once in a while.

As if that wasn´t enough the mother wanted her boyfriend to empragnent her youngest daughter when she turned 16, and this was – according to the stepfather – just another step to get a new child to abuse.

They also told the police that on of the victims is autistic so they didn´t think she would mind it – she didn´t express any discomfort – that´s just crazy!

And due to the fact that the norwegian legal system is a joke, they won´t get prosecuted to the full extent of the law, wich in these types of crimes is 21 years in prison – same as murder – they´ll end up with spending maybe 12-15 years – tops – at the so-called prisons we have here. Some would call it a holiday resort.

Well thats enough ranting for one post. I just can´t help not understanding their motives. They say they get turned on by children, but that doesn´t meen you shold rape them? I mean, WHY??!, do people rape in general? I just don´t see what motivates them. It´s not like most murders for instance, I don´t like murder either, but at least I can wrap my head around that primal switch that clicks in some people. And the motivations is usually more obvious. Like love, hate, jealousy, betrayl – these are things I sort of understand why people can kill over.

I JUST DON´T GET IT!