Fast forward one year, to Tromsø, Northern Norway. Stepping out of our apartment, we happened to look up. There it was, the aurora, but this time much brighter. Excited, we rushed over to a clearing in the nearby forest, and stopped and watched as the sky erupted into a beautiful cascade of rapidly dancing green and pink lights, illuminating the city beneath it.
The importance of NRK's progressive production values should not be underestimated too. When Media in most countries is dominated by connections and unhealthy levels of competition, NRK gave "real people" the chance to act. There is none of the usual cosmetic gloss of American TV with perfect looking people living superficially perfect lives.
Hadia Tajik, the Vice President of the largest political party in Norway, was challenged on national radio by Health Minister Bent Høie; would she still punish drug users? Her reaction; being evasive, making a point of being against legalization and saying young people using illegal drugs at a party to 'act cool' should expect to be met with punitive sanctions.
Well, Mr Høie, today is the day I on behalf of over 10.000 of my fellow addicts in Norway finally can and will identify you as a minister of health, also for us, not only working to benefit the health of people with cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. Today we can take in over us the fact that you, as the most powerful health politician, finally, as I did with you in New York, sees us, both as human beings with resources that society can benefit from.