[I have a photograph. It might help.] (for Richard Knight)

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For Richard Knight, who once experienced Constitution Day in Oslo: here's a low-key glimpse of last year's celebrations in Trondheim, Norway.

17th May 2012 © Lise Utne

I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH. IT MIGHT HELP is my new photobook on Blurb. It includes this image among some 70 others. (Click on the name for a full and free preview.)

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  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (17 Apr 2013):

    Well seen and presented!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (17 Apr 2013):

    Wonderful and esp. for the wonderful Richard Knight!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Apr 2013):

    Cool parade of umbrela's. Nice one.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (17 Apr 2013):

    Lise, it is nice to have you back, after an absence of two years (give or take). Constitution Day in Oslo -- It was a grand occasion, and just 17 years after the War when I was there. Looking back over the veil of years, I now realize that the Constitution Day I observed was a celebration of liberty dearly defended and a victory triumphantly won.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne said (17 Apr 2013):

    Thank you, Dick, for the spotlight and comment and link -- I know you have very fond memories of the day! It's still a grand occasion, in Oslo with the royal family greeting all the children from the capital's schools from the balcony of the royal palace; here in Trondheim with three different major parades spaced throughout the day. First the children's parade around ten in the morning (with all the schools), then the parade for all the different associations (sports, Star Wars Followers, firefighters, dance clubs, religious groups... you name it) a couple of hours later, and then the school-leavers' (the 18/19-year-olds') parade later in the afternoon. The celebrations are televised all day, with glimpses from many different parts of the country. And almost everyone is out in their finery (after making sure their flag is flying from the balcony or garden); most of us try to cram into some café or other (charging double of what they normally do) for refreshments and chat and trying to get warm again after a freezing couple of hours outside; and the balloon-sellers make fairly good business. A funfair always sets up shop somewhere in the city centre on that day, which adds to the fun. -- But you are probably absolutely right that the proximity to the war lent more political intensity to the celebrations a few decades ago. There are still speeches, of course, and last year I imagine that the atrocities of 21.7. the previous year were addressed by many speakers in terms of the need to defend a society that is safe and free for all; and wreaths are still laid down at monuments for the victims of the war.

    Anyway, thanks again, Dick!

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

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  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne said (7 Jun 2013):

    Thanks, Marcus!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2013):

    This is a wonderful shot, so interesting for everyone ! Nice to see you back, Lise !

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne said (30 Jun 2013):

    Thank you, Elfi! :-)

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