Pedersen’s Last Dream – Ten

FOLLOWING MY RUN IN with the gorilla at the Aker brygge shopping mall, Kari called a taxi and told the driver to take us to Majorstua. If only my arm hadn’t been in a sling I would’ve knocked the gorilla’s block off. Nobody messes with Knut Pedersen and walks away with his body intact, I […]

Do you Dream? – Dream

NO BLOG entitled Pedersen’s Last Dream would be complete without including the song Do You Dream? by Norwegian progressive rock band Dream. Comprised of Christian Reim, Hans-Marius Stormoen, Terje Rypdal and Tom Karlsen, Dream recorded only one album entitled Get Dreamy on Polydor in 1967. The rock scene in Norway in was fairly small during the Flower Power years […]

Pedersen’s Last Dream – Nine

I’M ON A TRAIN. It’s late at night. Or perhaps it’s midday and the train is an underground train. Sometimes, in dreams, you can never tell. “Look at our friend over there,” I say to someone, who suddenly appears at my side, while pointing to a drunk talking to himself further up the train, “I […]

Pedersen’s Last Dream – Eight

THERE IS A SECRET island far beyond the Arctic Circle where people don’t lock their doors at night for there is no fear and there are no thieves. An island where small children play on homemade rafts in sparkling waters on summer days that last forever. A secret island where sea-mist clouds roll lazily over mountain tops […]

Pedersen’s Last Dream – Seven

AFTER MY HORRIBLY disturbing consultation with Dr Finkel, I felt very disorientated, so I went to the Deichmanske library where I knew I could relax. Apart from that, my main motive was to read English newspapers without having to buy them. That they were often a couple of days out of date was of little importance. […]

Pedersen’s Last Dream – Five

“LAST NIGHT I DREAMED I’d fallen onto a railway track just as a train was pulling into a station.” Glancing towards Dr Finkel I saw he was staring at his fingernails like a man who’d never seen fingernails before. He grunted for me to continue. “It was in London. There was nothing scary about it. […]

The Scream – Edvard Munch’s Oslo

NO PAINTING SUMS UP the alienation and isolation of 21st century existence as does The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. After Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it is the second most recognised painting in the world. The idea came to Munch while walking in the wooded hills above old Oslo more than a century ago, following […]

In the steps of Knut Hamsun – A walk through Oslo

THE OLD boarding house at Number 11 Tomtegaten no longer stands. Neither does the street. Most of the immediate  area was demolished decades ago, leaving no trace of scenes Norwegian writer, and Nobel Prize winner, Knut Hamsun, describes in his semi-autobiographical novel Hunger. Opened in 1882, eight years before the book was published, only the original, yellow […]

Pedersen’s Last Dream – Two

“I’M SURROUNDED BY PYGMIES,” Dr Finkel informed me, “And you are the biggest pygmy of all.” Was there the hint of a compliment? “Ever since  I can remember I longed to be a concert violinist. The idea I’d end up being a bloody psychiatrist never even entered my head.” He was pacing up and down the […]