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
I regret that the much neglected language, Esperanto did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize. At least nine British MP’s nominated this global language, for the Prize.
Within a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now placed within the top 100 languages, out of 6,000 worldwide according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language by Wikipedia, and it is in active use by Facebook and Skype.
Solid arguments for Esperanto can be seen on the Youtube video, by Professor Piron, a former translator at the United Nations.
If you have time please check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LV9XU
Think of it this way.. now you have 2 lovely daughters.