had to wait a week to reveal my big news because I didn’t want to upstage anyone, but here it is:
I did of course borrow this from my namesister Ellen DeGeneres, and it was, as always, brilliant!
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a press release:
“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars. As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”
THIS is it! The book is written, the designers have done their job, the publisher’s job is done, and the book is here.
THE press has been notified, and some journalists have asked for the book, two of them have interviewed me, and hopefully several will join in this week.
BOOKSTORES have said they are going to buy my book, but so far I haven’t seen it any place.
I’VE asked all my Facebook friends to ask for my book in their local bookstores.
THE book is good. It’s even great. The cover is an eye-candy and should catch attention on the shelves.
I KNOW. It’s only been four days. But I’m waiting. I’m waiting for people to start buying my book.
BECAUSE I’m selling my words.
I wonder if the talented gentlemen Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden knew what they were starting, when they founded Skype in 2003. I mean, I just had a three way conversation with my sister in France and my dad in Norway, and the fact that we can speak and see each other, really prolonged the talk, without making it more interesting….No, I’m not being serious, but there is something to this.
Sometimes when we interact in our family, people overhearing tense to think about the Walkers in “Brothers & Sisters”. Tonight’s conversation was no exception, at one point I do believe the three of us kept five conversations alive at the same time…
My sister became a grandmother yesterday, and it was great to hear about the little new-born princess. At the same time, my dad had a lot of news, because of everybody who had called him in felicity of his new title as great grandfather. Me, I had maybe some news on my own, but I realized that I had to leave the main conversation to the two who had earned new titles.
Skype has really created a way of keeping family ties close, even when we live far away from each other. My sister sees my dad often and she is normally the one to tell him to get a haircut, even though she lives in the south of France. My dad on the other hand, thinks he speaks to his whole family, even though only one of us responds. There is no question about it; Skype is a great way to keep contact and to interact.
The days I don’t like skype as much, are the days when I don’t feel like sitting down talking to my computer for a long time. I mean, I’m a multi-tasking person, and when I talk to family members using my cell phone, I do the dishes and some cleaning around the house, or I play packman, feeding the cats…. You get the picture… Not focusing on every detail during the conversation makes it easier to keep the conversation on, but when they see me leave their screen from time to time, it’s a bit revealing.
So the question remains, to Skype or not to Skype…
The Norwegian Royal Order of St. Olav is awarded for distinguished services for Norway and mankind. Each of the three members of a-ha, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar Savoy will, after a proposition by Music Export Norway, receive this Royal Order for their outstanding musical contribution.
a-ha has a unique position in Norway, with an unprecedented international success. The group has sold 35 million albums worldwide and is the first and still remains the only Norwegian band that has topped the U.S. Billboard list. This happened with “Take On Me” in 1985. They have had 15 singles in the top ten list in the UK, received eight Norwegian Grammy Awards and been nominated for, and won, a number of others.
In addition, a-ha obtained an entry in the Guinness World Records after a concert in Rio de Janeiro in 1991, where they performed in front of nearly 200 000 people.
Aha has also a unique position in my personal memory of early youth hood. I had my first real big concert debut at age 14, when a-ha played in my hometown Kristiansand. I still remember my friends and I planning our concert outfits for weeks, and leaving home six hours prior to get in a scene close position during the concert.
The group has also been an inspiration for several generations of artists, both at home and abroad. The a-ha members have on several occasions contributed to charity. They have played charity concerts for both Mercy Ships and Live 8, and the they have been involved in bringing attention to the situation in Haiti and East Timor.
In 2010 the group wanted to support Norwegian talent with International potential. This resulted in the artists Casiokids, Moddi, Shining and Susanne Sundfør receiveing a grant of one million Norwegian kroner each, paid solely by a-ha.
The official ceremony will take place on November 6th.
Photos: Universal Music and Historic Photograps