in Stavanger, Norway
|(Me, myself and I :-)
I am born in 1958, male, in a relationship with Ingrid, no kids, and I live in Stavanger, Norway. I lived the first 19 years of my life in Egersund, on the southwestern coast of Norway.
I am a Civil Engineer and work with pipeline technology. Presently, I work for Statoil in Stavanger, Norway in a position as advisor within pipeline design.
In 1983, I graduated from the University of Trondheim - The Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH, today NTNU), with a M.Sc. degree in soil mechanics and foundation engineering. I have formerly worked for NTH, NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute), Sokndal Municipality, Kværner (now part of Aker Solutions) and JP Kenny.
I am a Rotarian since 1989, and a member of Gandsfjord Rotary Club, one of the six Rotary clubs in Stavanger. I was President of Gandsfjord Rotary Club in 1999-2000, and in 1992-93, I was President of Sokndal Rotary Club. Read more about Rotary International.
My main hobby is stamp collecting, where I specialize in Scouts on stamps. I have collected stamps for more than 30 years. There are no Scout stamp clubs in Norway, but I am member of several foreign clubs. I am also fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL), and I am their overseas representative for Norway. I was director of the Federation of Norwegian Philatelists 1997-2003. I also serve as juror at all levels of stamp exhibitions, and I was accredited as FIP Juror for Thematic Philately in 2010. The Stavanger area has several stamp collectors clubs, among them Stavanger Philatelic Society, of which I was President 1996-1999.
- Scouts on Stamps, that is boy scout and girl guide / girl scout philately, all world. I have exhibited "World Scouting" at several world stamp exhibitions from 1994 onwards. I have won three FIP gold medals for this exhibit 2001-2006, and in 2009, I won a Large Gold medal at the FIP exhibition in Luoyang, China. In 2012 I was invited to exhibit in the Court of Honour at Indonesia 2012, truly a rare treat for a thematic exhibit.
- Local postal history from Dalane; the southern part of Rogaland county in southwestern Norway. At the Nordic (Scandinavian) stamp exhibition Nordia 99 in Finland, I won a vermeil (silver-gilt) medal for my Dalane exhibit.
- Another collecting interest is Interrupted mail of Scandinavia. The scope of the exhibit is to document interruptions and damages to the mails through explanatory cachets, labels, notes and excuse letters. Included are all aspects of mail which for various reasons was delayed, damaged or interrupted. It was in many cases possible to recover some or even all of the mail being carried. The authorities would then typically apply a postal marking explaining the delay and damage to the recipient; enclose the letter in an ambulance cover if it was badly damaged, then send it along to the addressee or return it to the sender. Gold medal at IBRA '09.
- I also collect Zeppelin - the Norway Connection; mail related to the postal connections between the German Zeppelin airships and Norway. The flights over Norway in 1930 with mail drops over Hammerfest and Bergen, and mail sent to or from Norway and carried by these airships 1928-1939. Vermeil medal at Halden 2009.
- Norway in America, immigration to North America from Norway documented through post office names of Norwegian origin.
- Yet another little collection is Denmark - the morning after, Danish Sunday letters which are not delivered on Sunday!
- In addition, I collect used stamps from Norway and US Bureau precancels.
Please note that I don't keep the stamps in my house,
so there is no reason to break in for stealing my stamps!
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