Berit Haugen Keyes

Halloween. All Hallows Eve – the day between years.

Friday, October 1st, 2004

&ldquoWe had no pumpkins for Halloween when I was a kid, so my dad used to make a lantern out of a turnip.&ldquo Lots of Irish adults tell their children the same story – usually to illustrate how much poorer everyone was back then. However the real reason is very different. Halloween may be a […]

Everything is illuminated? Jonathan Safran Foer in interview.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Jonathan Safron Foer says he was never particularly interested in family history, and did not give much thought to his Jewishness. Then he went to the Ukraine with an old photograph, and found himself writing a book steeped in Jewish culture. “ One of the great things about writing is that you get a chance […]

A pure escape – summer in the Norwegian mountains

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

I am sipping my morning coffee as I gaze at a panorama of brilliant colours all around me. A slight breeze, fresh as the sea, brings the scent of thousands of wild flowers. The green hillside is dewy and glitters in the pale early sunshine. White clouds still shroud black mountains, which form a wild […]

Kragero, pearl of coastal towns

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

A stretch of coastline littered with rocky islands and skerries, hidden bays and coves, shimmering, clear water. No “Private” signs. Free access to your own piece of sun drenched rock and blue-green lagoon. Newly picked strawberries. Fresh shellfish. Lush forests, green meadows and carpets of wild flowers. A small town with beautiful, old whitewashed wooden […]

Chronicling Catastrophes – an interview with Åsne Seierstad, journalist and author of The Bookseller of Kabul

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

“I just hope they will not burn the school. The Taliban is back, and in recent months they have burnt down a dozen girls' schools.” Åsne Seierstad knows what she is talking about. The school she is concerned with is the one they are building in Afghanistan with the proceeds from her best-selling book, The […]

From the outside looking in – Norway and the EU

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Non-EU nations in Europe are an increasingly rare breed. Norwegians twice rejected membership in referenda which saw the grassroots triumph over the political establishment, rejecting the advice of governments and mass media. It is now ten years since they last said No. What has it meant for the country? Do Norwegians feel they have suffered […]