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FLEA FOR CLEANER PLACES: Annual flea market to benefit national fundraiser, which this year is devoted to reducing ocean trash, taking place this weekend at dorms next to UNIS

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It’s not the traditional annual flea market for charity at The University Centre in Svalbard, which was called off due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it’s literally the next-best thing as the event will take place Saturday and Sunday at the student housing building across the street.

The market is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Donations of items are being accepted Friday at the complex, and volunteers are being sought to sort items and help with the sale all three days (contact Anne Lise Klungseth Sandvik at 9171 3163 or via Facebook).

The flea market is typically among the earlier events during a month of fundraising activities leading up to a national TV auction that is the featured event of the annual campaign. But the pandemic has resulted in the adjustment or cancellation of some local activities, which are largely responsible for Svalbard raising the most per-person nationally for many years.

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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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