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We don’t believe in ghosts, buster: Norway court

A court in eastern Norway has found no evidence to support a home buyer’s claim that his new house was a local hotspot for ghosts and ghouls.

We don't believe in ghosts, buster: Norway court
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On learning from locals that the house was reputed to be haunted, the buyer asked for a cancellation of the contract he had just signed and refused to cough up the amount he was bound to pay after having his bid accepted.

But Nord-Gudbrandsdal district court sided with the seller, a woman who sued the man for reneging on his agreement to buy the house in Vinstra, 260 kilometres north of Oslo.

“The court cannot see that sufficient evidence has been presented relating to deficiencies at the property, whether in terms of mysterious happenings or the water and drainage system. As such, the buyer cannot have the agreement annulled or demand a price reduction,” the court said.

Furthermore, the court noted that the case ought never to have landed on its table since ghosts are not widely accepted to exist at all.

“Some people believe in ghosts, others don’t,” the court said.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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