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Friday, August 31, 2007

FAROE ISLANDS--WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES

When U2 sang of a place where the streets had no names, they were obviously speaking of the Faroe Islands, or, more specifically, the town of Tvøroyri.

I was reading about Tvøroyri this week and stumbled upon this sentence, "as yet, streets remain unnamed." I found this most curious because, with a population of about 1,100 people, Tvøroyri is one of the bigger towns on the Faroes. They even have their own football team (I'm guessing they play here) and rowing club. They've also got a grocery store, a heliport, a bank, a car rental agency... all the trappings of civilization. (See a live webcam image of the town here.)

But nobody has gotten around to naming the streets during all the hundreds of years people have been living there.

A note to the people of Tvøroyri: My current work contract ends in a few months. If you need someone to come over and name some streets for you, allow me to offer myself as a candidate. But be warned, at least one of your major roads will likely be called Workman Way.

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3 Comments:

At 6:29 am, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Funny you ended on that note, as I was just about to say that at this rate, they'd probably name the first one after you.

 
At 6:09 am, Blogger Faroe-Man said...

Only in the last couple of years, we've gotten around to naming our streets here on the Islands.

 
At 7:13 am, Blogger Birchsprite said...

another set of islands for you to drool over!

http://birchsprite.blogspot.com/2007/09/radio-scilly.html

 

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