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Anglo-Norse Society Newsletter 2/2017


“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays”
From The Vision of Sir Lauriful by James Russel Lowell

Well, I hope that your summer days were perfect and if the weather was not always true to us, that at least you enjoyed pleasure filled times with friends and relatives. And so to Autumn.

The tell tale signs  are upon us, for with the schools opening the beaches and hills are cleared of the young,  and the shadows grow longer a little earlier each day. But we, in Anglo Norse, know the end of summer presages the opening of the second half of the annual program. A time to renew friendships, have fun and be enlightnened and entertained by our speakers. As is now our tradition we open the Autumn with our social Wine and Cheese evening. I have been working on that Quiz again, and have a veritable list of teasers and dead easy questions to put you to the test and get those minds up and working again after the long summer of ideleness. Don’t forget that we will have our raffle, and donations on the evening to the prizes are always welcome, as indeed are friends to swell the numbers. Who knows, with a taste of our company, they may even join up!

On page 2 (overleaf or scroll down depending on how modem you are when reading this) there is the program for the rest of the year. Display it somewhere prominent. The fridge door comes to mind. I would draw your attention to the visit to the Cunard cruise vessel Queen Mary, in November . There are limited places, and it does cost, but lunch on board after a tour is well worth it. So, if this is for you , please respond to our Deputy Chairman Elisabeth Solem ( you will find the details and sign up letter in a separate file in this e-mail).

So much for the future. How went the Spring?. For those who find the AGM not the most exciting event of the year, you missed a treat for immediatley following was a fascinating talk on the devlopment of the English language. Of course we all speak it (some better than  others), but how it became the rich and culturally diverse language that it is, borrowing, stealing and adapting from whatever source available was delivered in a talk both erudite and entertaining by Professor Kristin Bech from Oslo University. Exciting too was Eirik Brazier, historian and advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, who spoke of “Mad British Generals”. Luckily they were all the dead ones, so no risk of slander arose from his presentation. Outside, we enjoyed a tour of Gamlebyen with Iori Roberts revealing just how ignorant many of us are of the city we call home. Still, now we can all show off our new  found knowledge to the next batch of visitors we have, and  be thought truly educated. I hope that is not a novel for any of you!.  To round off the season, Cunard invited us to their office to regale us with a history of that great shipping line. With canapes  and wine we experienced just a little of the hospitality that made the company a by word for luxury travel. Ryanair it was not! See you all soon.

Michael Brooks, Chairman, Anglo-Norse Society, Oslo


SEPTEMBER * Tuesday 5th at Frogner Kirkestue 7 pm.  Cheese/ Wine/Quiz/Raffle
The immensely popular event opens the Autumn/Winter season. Donations to the raffle, large or small, new or old will be gratefully appreciated, as will the buying of lots of raffle tickets. The cheese and wine are free of charge.

OCTOBER *   Tuesday 17th at Frogner Kirkestue 7pm
Berit Nøkleby “Hitlers Norge”. Berit Nøkleby is an historian, author and specialist in the history of Norway during the German occupation years-1940-1945. Berit has worked in collaboration with the Norwegian Resistance Museum and has written over 10 books on the subject including a biography on Karl.A.Martinsen and Josef Terboven in addition to two volumes in the series “Norway at War”. Berit will give a talk on her latest book “Hitler i Norge- med urett og diktatur”. The book was published by Cappelen Damm in 2016.

NOVEMBER Tuesday 7th at Frogner Kirkestue 7 pm
The earlier announced November event: Einar Berle’s The History of Medicine depicted in Art” has unfortunately had to be postponed until 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances for Einar and his family.

NOVEMBER / Remembrance Day
Notice of this event will not appear before late Autumn.

NOVEMBER/ The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree felling
As always the notice for this event will not be disclosed by the Oslo Municipal Council before approximately  one week in advance. Information as to the whereabouts of the tree location (map), date and time of the felling  will be sent out immediately by e-mail. Our post members will receive information by regular mail. We are grateful to hear from any of our members who have room for others in their car. Please contact Sybil 41510840.

DECEMBER Tuesday 5th. 7 pm ( arriving by 18.45) Christmas Party at the Ambassador’s Residence, Drammensveien entrance.
This is as always the most popular event of the year for our members and is a sign-up event. Payment and deadline information will be sent shortly. The entertainment this year will be a concert to celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s 1ooth Birthday which took place on March 20th when, in appreciation and gratitude Great Britain lit up the White Cliffs of Dover with a portrait of Dame Vera. Sybil Richardson will present her critic acclaimed “We’ll Meet Again” programme which has been on tour all over Norway. Tales from Vera Lynn’s life and all her top hit songs, especially those from the Second World War. The popular pianist Bill Spade will also be joining us. Our Chairman Michael will – as always – be “Suprising us with bumper hidden Christmas presents. The concert will be followed by the serving of English Christmas fare, mince pies, etc., and drinks and the traditional sing song of Christmas carols around the piano will round off the evening. A wonderful way to enter the spirit of Christmas! Guests are most welcome !

Any change of dates or programmes for 2017 will be notified immediately.


For any questions concerning the program please don’t hesitate to contact our secretary: / 41510840

2017 Subscription Payment details:

Family Subscription NOK 500,- individual membership NOK 350,-

Please pay to: Norsk- britisk forening, c/o Michael Brooks, Nils Collett Vogts vei  7, 0766 Oslo

DnB Account no. 7020.20.02143

Membership cards will not be distributed. Your payment will be registered automatically.



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