Erling Iversen, a 94-year old man from Saltdal in Nordland. As he was 20 years old he was participating in bringing the Norwegian gold reserves out of the country, before the germans could capture it. The gold counted for around 240 million NOK ( £24.million), which was a huge amount of money in 1940. Their orders were clear, if the germans attacked the fishing vessels that carried the gold, they were to be sunk. Luckily, they all got away from Norway, crossed the Northern Sea, and arrived in the U.K. We met Iversen last week in Saltdal to hear his story.
International workers day, May 1st. It is celebrated in almost every country, except for the United States (and maybe a few others). They decided to be very special and have their own labour day in september, I think. Or maybe october.
This years May 1st. I spent in Bodø, for the first time. The day is marked here, in the same way as everywhere else in the country. But when the demonstrators walk around the downtown area, the route they chose is completely stripped of logic. I mean, how hard can it be to find a long line of people, probably 500 of them, with their own band, walking around in Bodø. Well, it was harder than I thought, as I was walking around with my camera. Their main parole this year you can see printed on this guy’s t-shirt: Mobilize!
Bodø hosts a group of extraordinary individuals. These are people that gladly dress themselves up in military gear, and they run around in the forest, shooting small plastic bullets at each other. The correct term is “airsoft”, and these guys are spending loads of money on military clothes, holsters, replica guns and military gear. Every sunday (almost), they meet where the road ends, at a place out in the woods, and they play kind of realistic war games. I am spending time with these guys to make a feature story for publishing later this year.
Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock ‘n’ roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, primarily from a combination of African-American genres such as blues, jump blues,jazz, and gospel music, together with Western swing and country music. Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in blues records from the 1920s and in country records of the 1930s, the genre did not acquire its name until the 1950s.
When Her Highness Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit travels by rail, she has her own royal rail car. As most royals, she enjoys the privelege of walking on the red carpet almost anywhere. It’s a bit more complicated to keep it tidy in Bodø, where the elements are working against you for most of the time.