Monthly Archives: October 2011
I am going to commit blasphemy right now. As you all know, my recent posts have been somewhat affected by developments going on back where I grew up. I have now seen what they propose to do….
I am really sorry, to all who wanted to save our old school – but frankly, the plans are fantastic! If anything, once the old school buildings are destroyed, there will be more green space than there is now. The new school is to be built, a very impressive school at that, adjacent to the Great North Road.
So I wish them well. As for those who yet have some wistful longing for what now passes into history, a record of that shall also be made, in accordance with and as a condition of the selfsame planning permission that authorises the new facilities (I use the word “shall” quite deliberately, by the way, as opposed to the ordinary and usual auxiliary “will”).
You can read the entire proposal here http://tinyurl.com/6d73maz
I have only one word for this. It is this: WOW!
This Tuesday was twenty years to the day I arrived in Norway! If information reported in the media be correct, developers arrived at my former school – either on the same day or the day before. When they are finished, of course, what was Adwick School will be completely demolished.
As if it were not a curious coincidence in itself that this anniversary, whether of my flight to Norway or else my last day in England, this Tuesday also began the house selling process. In a little over a month, I shall be moving (back) to the seaside town of Lødingen. I lived there between 1994 and 1998, and I shall now be returning.
Past, present, and future seemed therefore to come together this Tuesday. So many thoughts for me to take in! After only two years, I am leaving Lenvik, and I decided to make a journey in my car to the neighbouring parish of Målselv in order to mentally digest them.
I had played for a wedding here immediately after I had started in Lenvik. So even the recent past joined in with this mish mash of impressions and memories on this very strange anniversary. That was in the middle of Summer; today the trees were bare.
My school tie – the genuine article – has fared well for its age. I decided to use it for this little video. The hardest part was getting in on, since it is of course extremely small. The only way it could be done without looking ridiculously tiny, was by tying the knot right at the very end of the tie’s small end.
Then it was time to muse upon my thoughts. The video is much better on Facebook than YouTube. For some reason, the sound on YouTube lags a little behind the picture. Fortunately most of you won’t be able to understand that anyway, given I chose to do my musings in Norwegian (showing contrast also between the past in English, and present in Norwegian)!
At least you now know what I was talking about, this being the point of my blog entry here.