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Type: Paperbook
Authors: Heini Olsen
Categories: Memoirs
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Making up: Sonja Kjølbro
ISBN: 978-99918-76-74-0
Date of publication : 1. December 2013
Pages: 394
Cover: Heilbind

Trý túsund nætur og trinnar

Heini Olsen

Our English superiors were all “veterans of the upper class” who insisted on changing their attire before settling down for dinner, even if the food at times almost disappeared in gusts of sand, or rather clouds of powder, for it wiggled its way into everything and almost hid it, even if every slit was covered.  

Tenting was simple and yet, at times, tough, such as when we were snowed in on the highlands in winter or when, in the summer heat of the deserts of the lowlands, our engines failed and we almost died of thirst and were attacked.  

My last book Meg minnist og ørminnist 2 concluded with a question, when I was about to depart for Eastern lands: “And what lies ahead for me?”  

And with that question, finally reached what I originally had planned to write about, my years in the Middle East, 1956-62. In this volume I begin my answer, covering the years 1956-57, when I was employed by the English consultants, John Mowlem & Co., Ltd., which covers the years 1956-57. I worked in a tent camp with Nigel Smith from New Zealand and Robert – Bob – Hind from Britain. We were three, newly hatched engineers in foreign, unknown lands.

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About the author Heini Olsen

was born in Vestmanna in 1930. He studied engineering in Norway and Denmark and has worked as an engineer in the Department for Transportation. Early in his career, he worked in Persia for 7 years and 2 years in Denmark. He was also contracted out as a road construction engineer to Afghanistan (1 year), Nigeria (1/2 year), and Zanzibar and Tanzania (4 years). He is one of the founders of the Faroese Engineers Union and IRF. He has also written and produced 40-50 articles, reviews and radio programmes.

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