Today is July 22nd. It’s been one year since the terrorist attacks in Norway, and in commemoration of those tragic events last year, this day has served our nation well. I am proud of my country. Proud that we answered hatred and intolerance with love and compassion. I am proud of our government, our Prime Minister and our Royal Family. They have been excellent leaders – both in the aftermath of the event, in the past year and in the many ceremonies and events throughout today. They answer the attack on our democracy with more democracy, more openness, more compassion. I am proud to be Norwegian. I love my country and the people who live here.
I went downtown to attend the charity concert outside the City Hall. Many great artists made this an evening to remember. Great and worthy music – from Bjørn Eidsvåg and Vinni to Karpe Diem, Lillebjørn Nilsen and Laleh.
And while speculations went on whether or not he would appear, Bruce Springsteen entered the stage and did a wonderful take on “We shall overcome”. Big as he is, he didn’t overshadow the essence of the concert. With poets reading and with clips of people giving their views and encouragements, it was an event I will remember as long as I live.
A couple of days ago I had the purpose of writing a special thought provoking blog post that should spark some interesting discussions. But I decided to let that blog post wait till after my vacation. I am off without a PC, but will occasionally check in to see that all is well among the contributors here. The blog post I had in mind will be published on August 6th if life doesn’t take a strange turn. I will be having pure fun with my family, sailing and playing with my kids. We will be having a blast.
While I’m at it, let me extend my thanks to all my readers and the contributors on this blog. The past couple of weeks have seen some business on this blog with interesting discussions and exchange of views. I love you all, and I value your viewpoints – the ones I agree with and the ones I disagree with alike. I learn a lot from all of you. I cherish the fact that you help mold my views and I hope I contribute some value in return.
I’m not leaving until Tuesday morning, so I will still be around for another day to answer questions or to participate in the many ongoing discussions. But after Tuesday, don’t count on me to reply to any communication until I’m back.
So, for now; αντίο.