Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


I went to the movies with my two middle kids yesterday, (13 and 17) and I really recommend this film! For us who have "lived" in Rowling's magical universe for years, it is A pure joy to watch, but I'm certain it's a great movie also for you who haven't.
I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was!
Beautifully written, filmed, acted, directed, cut etc. I simply enjoyed every minute of it! And, the political message was exactly what we need right now...
J. K. Rowling wrote the script (and the book this film is based on), David Yates is direkctor, the main character Newt is played perfectly by Eddie Redmayne, with Catherine Waterston doing a wonderful job as Tina.
(In Norway the film has 12 years age limit, which I find justified. It's not a movie for young children.)
Var på kino med mine to midterste barn i går. Denne anbefales! For oss som har "bodd" i Rowlings magiske univers i årevis, men også for alle andre. Den står finfint på egne bein, og jeg ble positivt overrasket over hvor bra den var! Nydelig skrevet, filmet, spilt, iscenesatt, klippet osv. Jeg nøt hvert øyeblikk av den. Og det politiske budskapet er nøyaktig hva vi trenger akkurat nå. J. K. Rowling har skrevet manuset (og boken manuset er bygd på), David Yates har regien, og hovedrollen Newt spilles perfekt av Eddie Redmayne, med Catherine Waterston som er svært god i rollen som Tina.
(Filmen har 12 års aldersgrense, og det er riktig, synes jeg. Det er ikke en film for småbarn.)




Monday, August 29, 2016

To be moved by fish. (Finding Dory)



TO BE TOUCHED BY FISH

Great cinema experience yesterday, for the 8-year-old, the 12-year-old, the 17-year-old and the two 45-year-olds. 
One thing is that you laugh out loud many times, but when you also end up getting moved, touched, by fish! Touched by cartoon fish, to be more specific, well, then the movie makers have done a pretty good job. I recommend this movie to everybody. It's about being different. It's about overcoming personal problems. About thinking outside the box, finding solutions. And it's about not judging people by their appearance. And then, with "Unforgettable" during the end credits, one can relax and enjoy thinking about the movie. (And the few of us who actually sat through all the credits, got the bonus: An extra scene at the end.😄)



Å BLI RØRT AV FISK

Flott kinoopplevelse i går, for 8-åringen, 12-åringen, 17-åringen og de to 45-åringene! 
En ting er at man gapskratter mange ganger mens man sitter der i salen, men når man i tillegg blir rørt... av fisk! Blir rørt av tegnefilm-fisk faktisk, da tenker jeg at filmskaperne har gjort en ganske god jobb. 
😊

Anbefaler alle å se "Finding Dory". Det handler om annerledeshet. Om å overkomme personlige problemer. Om tilhørighet og vennskap. Om å ikke dømme folk etter førsteinntrykket. Og med "Unforgettable" mens rulletekstene gikk, satt jeg og koste meg og fordøyde det jeg nettopp så. (Og vi få som satt gjennom absolutt alle rulletekstene fikk bonus: En herlig ekstra scene helt til slutt! 
😄
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Official trailer:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

22-Year-Anniversary

Ok, so it was yesterday, but after posting this picture to Facebbok, I didn't get around to posting it here, as was the original plan, so here goes:

We've been married for 22 years, been hanging out a couple of years more than that, and we have four kids born in three countries. 

Life is an adventure, I'm lucky to be traveling trough it with this man, and it's really true that the road is made by walking..
Looking forward to the next chapter of our story!
❤️

Monday, July 18, 2016

Musk Ox

This musk ox was right outside my car window. I've never before been that close to this strange animal, and it's really something!

The musk oxen were introduced from Greenland to the Dovre mountain area in Norway in 1912. During the WW2, they were hunted and finally extinct, but in 1947, new animals were brought over, and today there are about 300 of them.

Some kind of experiment, to just place a species like that, but this has actually worked, and they don't seem to alter the ecosystem at all, but thrive without harming the nature around them. They look peaceful and friendly, but they are big animals (200 kg) and can be really dangerous, if you get too close. 



Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Day - Rembrandt

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EASTER DAY
One of Rembrandts less known paintings, but one of my favorites and very untraditional!
It is called "The pilgrims of Emmaus", and it shows the awestruck face of the man who just realized it is Jesus sitting there sharing the evening meal with them. The way it is painted, we have the illusion that the light comes from Jesus, lighting up the other man's face. Jesus himself is shown in silhuette, he who is the reason we have all these holidays... (In Norway, both Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays.)
Happy Easter!

PÅSKEDAG
Det er et av Rembrandts mindre kjente bilder, men en av mine favoritter og svært utradisjonelt!
Det heter "Emmausvandrerne" og viser forskrekkelsen til han som akkurat har skjønt at det er Jesus som sitter der på den andre siden av bordet...
Måten bildet er malt på, gjør at det virker som lyset kommer fra Jesus og lyser opp ansiktet på den forskrekkede mannen. Jesus selv er i silhuett, han som er årsaken til at vi har alle disse fridagene...

God påske! 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Eve - Deposition by Raphael



This beautiful and emotional scene is painted by Raphael in 1507.  We see Christ being taken down from the cross.  Mary, his mother, is to the right of the painting, eyes closed, falling into the other women's arms. Mary Magdalene is holding his hand and looking sick with grief. 
The painting is upstairs in the small, but wonderful Galleria Borghese in Rome.

Påskeaften:
"Nedtagelsen fra korset." Malt i 1507, av Rafael. Vi ser Kristus bli tatt ned fra korset. Maria, hans mor er til høyre i bildet, med lukkede øyne, faller sammen i armene på de andre kvinnene. Maria Magdalena holder hånden hans, med et blikk fullt av sorg.
Bildet henger i det lille, men vidunderlige Borghese-galleriet i Roma.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday - El Greco


Good Friday
This was painted over 400 years ago by El Greco and it depicts Christ being stripped of his garments before the crucifixion. It can be seen in the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway, and it's one of those paintings I have to see every time I'm there.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Maundy Thursday - Ghirlandaio

It's Maundy Thursday (Skjærtorsdag, Jeudi Saint) today, and I choose to repost this mural painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio.  It's on the inner wall of the refectory (dining hall) of the Ognissanti Monastery in Florence, Italy. I went there this February, and early one morning, I sat there, all alone in this large empty space which is the refectory.  A long, plain room, with this masterpiece in the far end. It's almost nine metres long and 4 metres tall, and it contains trompe-l'oeuil paintings of archictecture; vaults and columns, painted to give us the illusion that the room stretches out far beyond the actual wall.
Ghirlandaio painted this in 1480, about 10 years before Leonardo da Vinci made his version in Milan.  It is believed that Leonardo was well aquinted with Ghirlandaio's Last Supper, and that he actually was inspired by it.  There is many similarities in the way the two artists have interpreted the scene of Christ's last meal with his friends, the meal were he annunced that one of them would betray him.  On this painting, you see him, Judas Iskariot, sitting on our side of the table...
The disciple John has fallen asleep and is leaning on Jesus, which is sitting a little bit to the side, and not in plain center, as on Leonardo's painting.
"Do this in remembrance of me", was Christ's words, after breaking the bread and passing around the cup of wine."

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our children can make a difference.

It's not our job to 
toughen our children up 
to face a cruel and heartless world. 
It's our job to raise children 
who will make the world 
a little less cruel and heartless.
~ L.R. Knost.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Astrid - My Idol

 

This woman.
If I were to choose an idol, it would have to be her, the stylish single mom in this picture.
She was an environmental and animal rights activits, a feminist (without calling herself that), but most of all, she worked to enhance the life of the world's children.
"Give the children love, more love, still more love, and the common sense will come by itself."
"I believe in every child's need of being comforted."
"The fate of the world is decided in the nurseries."
She took childhood very seriously, all her life.
And, yes, she also wrote wonderful, fantastic stories.
Astrid Lindgren

Denne dama, altså.
Skal jeg velge meg et idol, må det bli henne,
den stilige alenemoren på dette bildet. 
Hun var ivrig miljø- og dyrevernforkjemper, feminist (uten å kalle seg det), men mest av alt jobbet hun for at verdens barn skulle få det bedre.
"Gi barna kjærlighet, mer kjærlighet, enda mer kjærlighet, så kommer fornuften av seg selv."
"Jeg tror på barns behov for trøst."
"Verdens skjebne bestemmes på barneværelsene".
Hun tok barndommen på alvor gjennom hele livet.
Og ja, hun skrev også fantastiske, vidunderlige fortellinger...
Astrid Lindgren

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

En royalists bekjennelser / The Confessions of a Royalist

Foto: Jørgen Gomnæs/Det kongelige hoff



Jeg heter Kristine, og jeg er royalist.
Det har jeg vel alltid visst, men på søndag måtte jeg tenke over det, og selv om jeg har en iboende vegring mot å ta politiske standpunkt, kommer jeg ikke unna dette: Jeg er glad for Kongehuset vårt!

Jeg er så heldig å leve i et land hvor vi kan ha forskjellige meninger om hvordan landet styres, uten at det setter oss i livsfare, så derfor tør jeg si dette, til tross for at mange av mine venner og kjente mener noe helt annet. 

Min kloke (og franske) lærer i Sveits på slutten av 80-tallet trakk fram Norge og vår styreform som den sunneste. Det konstitusjonelle monarkiet, hvor vi har et konge uten reell makt, og ikke et statsoverhode som potensielt kan handle på tvers av det majoriteten ønsker og mener. (Jfr den franske presidenten som gjennomførte atomprøvesprengning selv om folket var imot.) 

Og at kongen, som ikke har partipolitisk tilhørighet, kan virke samlende på oss som nasjon, det vet vi hver gang noe vondt skjer, enten det er naturkatastrofer eller terror. Og vi ser det på festdagene. På 17. mai, på nyttårsaften, i Holmenkollen. I tillegg minner vår konge oss om å ta vare på hverandre, alle, inkludert alle de som kommer som fremmede til landet vårt. 

Så, at det i 2016 kan virke som en merkelig ordning, gammeldags og eventyraktig, det kan i hvert fall jeg leve med.

Gratulerer med 25årsjublieet til vårt fine, gode og dyktige kongepar!

Photo: Fredrik Varfjell/NTB



My name is Kristine, and I'm a royalist.
I guess I've always known, but today I had to think about it, (Our king and queen celebrate 25 years on the throne) and despite my reluctance when it comes to take a stand politically, I have to admit this: I love our royal family.

I'm very fortunate to be living in a country where we can disagree on how the country is governed without this putting our lives in danger, so I dear to say this, even though many of my friends think differently about it.

My wise (and French) teacher in Switzerland in the late 80's used Norway as an example of the most healthy way to run a country. The constitutional monarchy, where we have a king without real power, as opposed to a leader who may potentially act against the wishes of the majority. (Like the French president who did nuclear tests while his people were against it)

And the king, with no political affiliation, has proved to be uniting us as a nation, something we see every time something horrible occurs, but also on days of joy. He connects people, and he openly embraces our new neighbors, the immigrants and refugees, while reminding us that 70 years ago, it was Norway that was ravaged by war and our people who needed to flee.

So, yes, it is a strange thing, old fashioned and may look like something out of a fairy tale, but I can live with that.

Happy anniversary to our fine, good and skillful king and queen!