Whale song could help turn an old surveillance station into a tourist attraction
英格兰豆蔻梢头座小岛上的居住者筹划购销地点生机勃勃幢在冷战时期被用来做监视观看的办公大楼礼堂旅舍和应接所并将其改换成供游客聆听鲸鱼歌声的景观。以下是 科林 Blane 的电视发表。
Written in the early twentieth century, a time when the modernization of society was occurring at a highly extensive rate, with Growth of the Soil Knut Hamsun encapsulates his reverence towards traditional life, as well as his worry that the rapid changes around him would encroach upon this way of life and eventually drive it out of existence.
Centred around a small rural community of settlers in the wilderness on the outskirts of a Norwegian town, the novel takes us through the life of Isak Sellanraa, whose perseverance and daring allowed him to conquer and shape the unexplored wilderness, yet whose virtues as a pioneer go largely unappreciated by his wife and firstborn son, who have spent time in town and only have minds for luxuries and extravagance.
When the top secret radio and radar station was established on the headland at Aird Uig 60 years ago， it was part of Nato’s early warning system against Soviet submarines and aircraft。 Now the Ministry of Defence has no further use for the derelict buildings and the windswept clifftop site。
The expanding influence of modernity has a major impact on Isak’s family, with the prime example of this being his wife Inger.
But local people are convinced the old base could help transform the economy of the area。 Where Aird Uig once listened out for possible enemy attack， it’s hoped a hydrophone could be placed in the sea to pick up the sound of whales。
Inger initially came to Isak after he had been asking passing strangers to spred the words around the village for a woman to help him on his farm. Nobody was willing to go except her. She was modest, plain, and not particularly attractive in her appearance, with her large build and cleft palate. Isak found her to be a perfect match for him, as she likely would not have come were it not for her disfiguration, and he was not particularly attractive himself, resembling “a man seen through the flaw of a window-pane”. She was awed by Isak’s farm and constantly praised him while he was working, and while she spent most of her time in the hut, she was eager to assist him.
There are plans for a visitor centre， with a dark skies night observatory。 Other attractions include unexplored sea caves and cliff climbs which have never been tackled。
If it goes ahead， it will be one of Scotland’s smallest and most unusual community buy-outs。
She had two sons with Isak, named Eleseus and Sivert. Isak taught them much about life in the wilderness, disregarding more sophisticated education as he “apparently thought it better for men to grow up without book-knowledge”.
This rather idyllic lifestyle was briefly interrupted when Geissler, the sheriff, came over to tell Isak to pay for his land, though he was very generous to Isak and the matter was ultimately of little consequence, other than serving as an introduction for Isak to the world outside, including concepts he had never thought of previously such as land ownership and the State.
The first major disruption came from Inger; after she gave birth to her third child, she saw that she had a cleft palate and killed her on the spot, not wanting her daughter to suffer as she did in her childhood due to the same deformity. Her infanticide was discovered, and she was sent to the city of Trondhjem (now Trondheim) to serve her prison sentence, which was cut down from life to eight years due to Geissler negotiating with authorities on Isak’s behalf. When she returned to the village, she brought back a new daughter named Leopoldine, with whom she had been pregnant before being sent off, but most importantly, she had become accustomed to urban life. She had been treated well during her prison sentence, and when she returned, Isak could hardly recognize her. She and Leopoldine were dressed in expensive clothing, and she had her cleft palate sewn up.
Inger’s time in Trondhjem was the cause of her “corruption”.
Her jailers were very kind and lenient to her because of her good behaviour, and she was allowed to go around town, enabling her to experience the modern, bourgeois lifestyle, with all its lavishness, its lack of physical labour, and its emphasis on image. By the time she returned home, she kept these things with her, which had a major effect on family life.
She became far more prideful and uncaring. Instead of merely being Isak’s humble wife, she attracted all the girls from the village to show them around her home. Instead of helping Isak with farm work, she demanded that he should hire a servant girl. She became very eager to show off to other women, which was very much unlike her old self.
have never been tackled未有被占领、被攀爬
As winter comes, however, Inger herself takes note of these changes, realizing that they are for the worse. Faced with the hardships of winter and plagued by her conscience, she attempts to become the way she was before her prison sentence, dressing as modestly as she can and forcing herself to do physical labour. Isak pities her and thinks she works too hard, but she insists and he lets her go on with it.