Nobels Peace Prize

11 Oct 2008 – Nobels fredpris & dugnad

Finland’s ex President Martti Ahtisaari is the recipient of the 2008 Nobels Peace Prize. The ceremony will take place in Dec at the Nobel Peace Center. The Peace Prize used to be awarded at the old University from 1947-1990, later the Oslo City Hall and now the Nobel Peace Center which used to be a railway station when I visited in 1967.

Alfred Nobel’s will has 5 prize awards category, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology/Medicine.  He was a Swedish trained chemical engineer, died in 1896 who invented dynamite and ballistic. His will also stated that the Peace Prize should be awarded annually in Oslo by the Norwegian Parliament.

There was a neighbourhood dugnad=voluntary community work (twice yearly, spring & fall). After 23 years of absence, I had to do my part and it was fun meeting up with some of the neighbours again. Pictures of Mette Olsen, directing the clean-up and of Sturla Olsen  chopping the trees for a better view from my terrace. Thank you to the Olsens for all their help and work. This exact day 39 years ago, naively and innocently I signed my name into my first matrimony in Dublin 1969!

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha