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Stealing ukuleles seem to have been a world occupation this week as it made the news both in New-Zealand and in Norway.

The Dominion Post in New-Zealand reports how a youth smashed his way into a Wellington music shop only to steal a ukulele worth $200.

On the other side of the world, Siri Nilsen from Norway reported that she had been assaulted in the centre of Oslo yesterday and that her precious Kala thin body ukulele was stolen.

Lillebjørn Nilsen‘s (Siri Nilsen‘s father) pictures of the stolen ukulele and its case.

And now for this week’s musical world tour…

Country: France / Language: French

This video has to come first in this post as it provides an excellent transition with my previous post on the international language of swearing, if only because of the sense of humour of a French ukulele band who have called themselves Le CUL (the arse).

Le CUL (Collectif d’Ukulélé Lillois) performing Le Museau Qui Tremble .

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I am not sure whether it is the fact that temperatures have been unusually low this week or rather my reading a fascinating book about Norse Mythology but this week’s Ukulele World Tour will be exclusively Scandinavian.

On the menu, a favourite of mine, Svavar Knútur from Iceland, Siri Nilsen singing in Norwegian, some punk uke with Swedish Elvira Bira, a ukulele composition from Denmark by Carsten Knudsen , and a fishy Danish children song by the Kapitalen Klash.

1. Country: Iceland / Language: Icelandic

Most of Svavar Knútur‘s latest videos are guitar videos so I was well pleased to find one featuring the ukulele and even more pleased by the fact that he was singing in Icelandic, a language that really ravishes my ears.

Svavar Knútur is a talented Icelandic folk singer songwriter with a wonderful melancholy voice often singing about Icelandic myths and legends. Read an interview of Svavar Knútur here.

Svavar Knútur singing Mamma at the Melodica Acoustic Festival in Iceland.

2. Country: Norway / Language: Norwegian

Another pleasant find this week is this video of Siri Nilsen and her ukulele

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Voici une petite anecdote qui montre qu’il est important d’apprendre des langues afin d’éviter des incidents diplomatiques.

La semaine dernière une amie norvégienne était de passage pour le week-end.
Au petit déjeuner elle a beaucoup apprécié la confiture de mirabelles.
Je lui ai expliqué que je l’avais faite moi-même.

Voulant me complimenter elle me dit : “du har vært veldig heldig med den ! ” ce qui, si je traduis directement pourrait donner : “Tu as eu beaucoup de chance” …

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