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.
One of the weird things about living in the north is the light. In the winter part of the year, it’s more about a lack of light, and in the summer part, there is an abundance. The sun disappears from the sky sometime in november, and is back sometime in january. From around march 18th, Bodø gets more daylight than Oslo, and in june, there is daylight all day (and night). After living “down south” for some years, I had forgotten how pleasing it is when the sun finally takes its place on the sky again.
The say that Chicago is “The Windy City”. They also say that Tromsø is the “Paris of the North” (I don’t agree on that one). If we keep going down that road, then Bodø should be “Chicago of the North”. There is never a day without wind in this town, and even if the sea looks still, and the trees aren’t moving when you look through the window, your hair will still be messed up when you go outside. People move to places like Spain, California or Greece because of the weather, and they move to Bodø despite it.
Bodø hosted a small international wrestling tournament between Norway, Hungary and Lithuania. This is the first time an event like this has been hosted outside of Oslo since 1956. The norwegian wrestlers faced harsh competition from the east europeans. For additional images, see the story I created at NRK Nordland.