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The World Cup is the real 17th of May for everyone.


[tv] When the leader of the May 17 committee in Sandefjord, the Labor Party's Pournima Singh, wanted to put in a sari on the May 17 train, there was trouble.

The committee's representatives from the Pension Party, the Right and the Progress Party were given collective backwards, and Singh eventually chose to stand in the vestfold bunad to avoid political divisions. The case in Sandefjord shows that the slogan «17. May for all »is still a distance away from becoming reality, so for now, Norway's multicultural must use another solemnity to flag its national identity.

Of course, I'm talking about the World Cup in football, because when else can people with an immigrant background openly and proudly flag background, flag and national feeling without anyone wrinkling their noses? In recent weeks, Ghanaians have been shouting for happiness on the subway, while Brazilians have danced at the courthouse and people from Portugal and Angola toast together without being disturbed by old colonial slag – all dressed from head to toe in national colors. In football pubs and around big screens, the World Cup month has become a collective and global May 17 celebration – a large-scale party that every four years reminds us how many nationalities have settled in Norway. Now the round of XNUMX finals begins and the big and inclusive folk festival is a bit limited, but head to the football pub next week.

Now, the multicultural community is not completely trouble-free during the World Cup, either. One thing is the guy who, in a mix of inclusion and confusion, had fitted himself with the flags of both Angola, the Netherlands and Brazil, another is that the World Cup also tests the loyalty to the breaking point of some. I do not forget the Norwegian Argentine who had placed himself at the Archangelic Oslo Belfry during the 2002 World Cup, to watch the hatred between England and Argentina. The problem was that the guy was primarily a Liverpool supporter, with the club logo tattooed on his chest in front of his heart. That is why he had placed himself in the lion's cave instead of with his Argentine compatriots at The Sportsbar in the next quarter. Next to Liverpool, he was mostly in Argentina and England, in that order, while Manchester United was the hat-trick of numero uno.

Thus, the complicated calculation looked like this: If Liverpool's Michael Owen lowered Argentina, it was great. If Argentina won, it was also good. England victory could also be approved. Unfortunately for our man, the worst thing happened: Manchester United's David Beckham sank Argentina with a penalty kick, and the bottomless despair shone out of his eyes – while the rest of the pub exploded in joy. Fortunately, Norway was not in the World Cup, because it had probably complicated the Norwegian Argentine's calculation even further.

[concert] On Saturday 24 June, a united Wu-Tang Clan, minus the late Ol 'Dirty Bastard, will gather on stage at Frogner Stadium. The nine-man New York group revolutionized hip hop in the mid-1990s, but their planned concert on Kalvøya in 1997 literally went up in smoke. Now we are anxiously awaiting who will show up this time.

[cd] It's a joke for a new Pixies record, despite the successful reunion in 2004. Instead, frontman Frank Black is here with his 11th solo record, the double album Fast Man Raider Man. Get yourself his first two solo albums: Frank Black (1993) and Teenager of the Year (1994).

[dvd] Dive into the sea if the sun is shining. In bad weather you can cheer up with the Coen brothers bowling classic The Big Lebowski, just released in a new edition on DVD. Or take a walk at the nearest bowling alley.

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