Welcome to Dumpville.

Welcome to Dumpville. Citizens: you.

Welcome to Dumpville. Population: you.


16 thoughts on “Welcome to Dumpville.

    • This is an area called Bjørvika in Oslo. The tall buildings have been named the Barcode and in the background on the right side you can vaguely see the back of the opera house.

    • That’s correct. The title and subtitle is a quote from Homer Simpson.

      Homer: «Step aside everyone. Sensitive love letters are my specialty.
      ‘Dear Baby. Welcome to Dumpville. Population: you.’»

      (at 13:20) in this clip:

      • 😆 Thank you for this clip, CG :). It features a few things I am fond of … like one of my fav songs (The Age of Aquarius) and a yoyo (btw yoyo is a nick I gave to myself years ago, but only hubby knows I call myself that, yoyo philosophy : it is the journey, not the destination that fills us with happiness ;). Here comes the part you’ve mentioned – it is actually at min 13:34 – 😀 😀 😀 Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Not quite, but still not too far off:
      The water you see is a fake lake that represents approximately where the sea used to be (it actually used to be much higher than the fake lake). The water in the fake lake is dirty and you can’t swim there (it’s the same place where I go ice skating during winter).
      The area in the background is Bjørvika with the Barcode (the tall buildings) and Oslo’s main river, Akerselva, reaches it’s end in that bay. Historically ther was a lot of factories along the river and they used to dump their waste/poison (like PCB etc.) into it and it all ended up in this bay.
      When the new opera house was built, the sea bottom was dug up and dumped 4 kilometers further out in the fjord, then covered with sand.

      So, the area used to be very toxic, but is it still today..?
      I surely don’t want to swim in the fake lake or the nearby sea, nor do I eat fish that has been caught in the inner parts of the Oslo Fjord. I don’t trust the government when they say that sand is a great material for keeping toxic waste from moving with the stream in the fjord.

      Way before that, back when one of Oslo’s biggest export articles was oak trees for ship building, the area was used for loading oak trees onto ships that came from other European countries such as Holland and for building the fleet of the Danish Marine.

      • Fascinating stuff. Our Millennium Dome (built to celebrate the new Millennium (surprisingly) was built on what was supposed to be a cleaned up toxic dump. Amazing rubbish our governments come out with. As if capital and building projects can produce magic wands to get rid of this stuff. When I was growing up there was a case of a block of flats being built on top of a disused refuse dump. It had been up a few years when it seemed to demolish itself – the planners had forgotten about methane.

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