Time for Self Congratulation
Well that is it! My oldest blog has had the most radical re-brand in its six year history. For my own part I am very pleased with myself.
However, the greatest thanks really have to go to my successor at Finnsnes. There is no question that Jon Blamire and his Arctic Organist have really influenced the direction of this English blog. Last year saw the launch of the Norwegian sister blog, which while satisfying my wish to fully use the culture to which I now belong, was at the expense of the original blog that now needed a new purpose for its existence.
Into this comes the Arctic Organist like a breath of Arctic fresh air! Just the name “Arctic Organist”, and the address that went with it – so well thought out and easy to remember! I must confess that I find it compelling reading too. It is over two decades since I was a newcomer in Norway, and it is a strange feeling reading the experiences of those for whom Norway is new today.
So it was that I set about a complete remake, with a new URL to boot. The symbolism is the same (I have always liked using symbols). The older Violet Cross was meant to display my Christian belief and my origin. Adwick’s defunct colours were shown here by the green and black colour bars – the white by implication in the space between. That symbol, described here, was first used on my compositions at Huddersfield Polytechnic, and was until last week my profile picture on Facebook.
The newer symbolism is really quite brazen about the Adwick connection. After all, they are going to be knocking the whole place down soon, so why not? Superimposed over is the same Greek Cross, although green this time (in keeping with the classical green, white, and black colour scheme) and the famous raven of the Vikings…
Needless to say, I am very pleased with my handiwork this time round. I think I just might have a blog now that is worthy of the competition 155 miles further North!
Make sure you visit the Arctic Organist. You won’t be disappointed!