Basse Anderson from Norway has become a YouTube hit after his colleagues caught on video his startled reactions to their office-based pranks. Deemed the “most easily scared guy in the world,” poor Basse is frightened by even the tamest of tricks.
Cold, clinical and sane: The only thing Anders Breivik’s terrorist attack must change is far-right racism
Anders Breivik is a far-right terrorist, not a madman. It is a difficult verdict for some to process: here is a man who methodically shot dead dozens of idealistic teenagers, either as they ran hyperventilating or stood paralysed with terror.
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Early doors, the ITV boys were inevitably harking back to 1981, when Norway beat Ron Greenwood’s England 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier, and digging out that dreary old “Maggie Thatcher, your boys took a hell of a beating” thing.
There was a big do at the Norwegian Embassy last night. Ambassador Kim Traavik had invited a motley collection of beer worthies – brewers, writers, serious drinkers – to Palace Green in London to celebrate the official British launch of Nogne O’s beers. It was a convivial occasion, and a sign of the impact craft [...]
Talk about a glutton for punishment. Having battled for years against one of the most restrictive, conservative beer cultures in northern Europe, Norwegian beer-maker Kjetil Jikiun has made an impressive success of his brewery, Nøgne Ø. Time, then, to catch his breath? Not a bit of it. Remarkably, last year Jikiun decided instead to become [...]
“The central question still remains,” Jeremy Paxman began on BBC Newsnight last night, “was this the action of a solitary, deranged individual, or do his actions reflect a wider unease both in Norway and perhaps beyond, about immigration and asylum seekers, which people like Brehvik can exploit?” The third, and most obvious answer is left ignored; that Brehvik was a white supremacist emboldened by the right-wing, Islamophobic rhetoric of European governments.
A bomb goes off at the office of the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office. Hours later, a lone gunman goes on a killing spree on the island of Utoya. The news are quick to pin the blame to Al-Qa’ida, or in fact, any Muslims. Kurdish organisations, Muammer Gaddafi and Afghanis are mentioned. All without a shred of evidence. Another terrorist attack. Or as Murdoch’s Sun newspaper ran with the following morning, “Norway’s 9/11”.
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