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Festivals not fear

Festivals Not Fear

What a few days it's been here in Norway. First of all, the three-year anniversary of the terror attacks of Oslo and Utøya, which I'm ashamed to say I forgot all about until I saw a...
Lillebjørn Nilsen

Discovering Norwegian Music – Lillebjørn Nilsen

At last weekend's memorial concert, the rather difficult task of following the unscheduled appearance of Bruce Springsteen was handed to Lillebjørn Nilsen. There was no better person for it. An Oslo Folk Hero Not widely known...
Aftenposten newspaper cover

One Year On – Oslo Remembers

This morning, I travelled down the hill into Oslo to watch events at the Cathedral. A memorial service was held for the 77 victims of last year's attacks on Oslo and Utøya. When I arrived there...
Memorial for the dead outside Oslo Cathedral

One Year On – Time To Remember Oslo & Utøya

I can't quite believe a year has passed since the twin terror attacks on Oslo and Utøya. Oslo, Norway, and the world will come together on Sunday to remember the 77 lives taken on 22nd July...
Rebuilding work in Oslo

Nine Months On: The Breivik Trial Begins

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik finally gets underway on Monday. It's hard to believe almost nine months have passed since the Oslo terrorist attacks. Life in the capital has long since returned to normal, although...

Valg 2011 – Norway Goes To The Polls

Today and tomorrow Norway votes in local and regional elections. With my political background it's been an interesting experience to be in another country during an election campaign. It is of course the first election here...

Moving On

One week ago, Norwegian life was turned upside down by the actions of one man. It's not an exaggeration to say the last seven days have been some of the most traumatic and emotional of my...

A Nation Mourns, Words Not Required

Oslo Bomb & Shooting – The Day After

This morning, Oslo awoke to a new reality. I can't be the only one who was awoken at 4am by a massive thunderstorm, thinking another bomb had gone off. When I eventually gave up getting back...
My small tribute to the victims of the Oslo bombing

Oslo Bomb & Shooting – The Day That Will Change Norway Forever

It's taken me hours to gather my thoughts enough to be able to put them into words and I'm still shaken now, so forgive me if this is all a little “raw”. I can't get my...