Sitting in my hotel room channel surfing for some background noise while I catch up on e-duties this afternoon, I stumbled upon a surprising bit of vintage entertainment. The 1942 film The Day Will Dawn, which IMDB neatly classifies as a ‘British WW2 flag-waver’, where posh journalist of sorts Colin Metcalfe grapples with the Germans – in Norway.
Amusing to see how Norway and the Norwegians are portrayed, and to hear some accurate language from time to time. A real piece of overblown emotional celluloid history, and an entertaining part of the body of work covering wartime Norway at the cinema. Deborah Kerr is the Norwegian heroine and romantic interest.
I’m still in London cramming as much stand-up comedy as possible into a short stay, and had a very unusual evening watching neophyte comics getting experience at a Cambridge College. Not the kind of thing usually available to tourists, and another new type of comedy experience, which I hope will be discussed at least in part on the relevant blog.
A quick check on the news at home reveals a shocker going on, shots being fired on the home of mullah Krekar, probably the most notorious man in the country. Krekar, is widely considered a terrorist. An Iraqi citizen, Krekar, born Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, was the leader of the Kurdish guerilla group Ansar al-Islam in Northern Iraq. After a series of lengthy legal battles, Krekar is considered a risk to national security and more clearly, deemed to have violated the terms of his residency here. Norwegian authorities will not deport him, considering him to be at risk if returned to his home country.
Krekar’s son-in-law was slightly wounded in the incident, and the investigation is just getting underway. There is naturally suspicion that the mullah was the target of the shooting, but police are not working from a definite theory yet. A pictorial of the crime scene can be seen on VG‘s web site.
A more upbeat example of Norwegian immigration can be spotted on the sports pages today. The English Premier League’s richest club, Manchester City, had a Norwegian teenager in their line-up for their Sunday cup tie against Scunthorpe.
Abdisalam “Abdi” Ibrahim, 18, from Fjellhamar outside of Oslo, won the praise of manager Roberto Mancini, according to daily VG. The Somali-born Norwegian told the paper that his boss had said he had played well and to keep it up. The midfielder, who played all 90 minutes and nearly got onto the scoring list in the 4-2 win, said he was satisfied with his full debut for the A-team.