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A Longyearbyen School student, top left, holds up the flag she would have designed for Norway if she prevailed in an 1821 competition among the country’s elite. About 20 flags designed by Longyearbyen students will be part of an exhibit of more than 400 flags titled “Utforsking av Norges Flagg” (“Exploration of Norway’s Flag”), which will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Friday at Galleri Svalbard. Included in the exhibit are all variations of the flag, real and fictitious, including the version flown during Germany’s occupation of Norway during World War II, shown at top right. At bottom left, an option for people to design and share their designs is offered at the project’s website. At bottom right, local students learn about the history of Norway’s flag prior to designing their own versions during a workshop at the school last october. The exhibit, part of a project initiated in 2012 and intended to continue until the flag’s 200th anniversary, will be on display in Longyearbyen until Sept. 11.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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