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St.Jørgens plass - English subtitles

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    Medieoperatørene presents
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    A film by Charlotte Thiis-Evensen
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    Perhaps you could play that song you gave me?
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    - Now?
    - Yes.
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    St. Jørgen's Square
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    (NEWS JINGLE)
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    ...riots and general strike in Athens...
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    ...good morning everyone...
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    (MORNING RADIO SHOW JINGLE)
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    Jørgen is head of the equipment storage
    at the NRK for the past ten years.
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    I am going on a shoot today, but I
    forgot the memory cards for the P2-camera.
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    - That’s not exactly my problem, is it?
    - No.
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    - And then there's a collection afterwards.
    - I'll bring them back.
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    You can have one, but there will
    be a collection afterwards,
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    - A collection?
    - I'll hassle you with phonecalls.
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    These cards are just trouble, really.
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    You should shape up, not just
    make a muddle. Don't you agree?
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    - Yes, yes...
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    - An order has been placed?
    - Yes, but things take time.
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    - Must nag, you know.
    - Can't nag. It takes time.
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    They don’t work any faster down there.
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    - In Germany?
    - Yes, they don't.
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    The “I-must-have” people...
    then I get pissed off.
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    They don’t get any particular service.
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    - I need sound.
    - You'll need some mikes, then?
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    All people are different,
    some people you like, some you don't
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    Of course, I offer more
    serviceto people I like.
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    Some people... I instantly
    pick up on a bad vibration.
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    People are very self-absorbed here.
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    No one thinks about the next man.
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    "I need, I need..."
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    - Haven't you completed the smile-program, Jørgen?
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    No, I haven't.
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    - Why should I?
    - Service course...
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    - Should I run around smiling when you come then?
    - Yes.
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    – Yeah, right.
    - You should.
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    I'm not working for an airline, you know.
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    You don’t have to come here, you know.
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    You don’t have to come here.
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    You can stay down in the News-department
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    - That’s going out again tomorrow.
    - Have a nice day!
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    "Chapter 23"
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    "Establishing a power base through terror."
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    "For the next ten years, Mao’s home was on
    the Yellow Earth Plateau in northwestern China,"
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    "near the Yellow River"
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    "the next largest river in
    China after the Yangtze,"
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    "and the cradle of Chinese civilization."
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    The Mao book, "The Unknown Mao"
    is a 78 hours long audio book.
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    I listen to it at work now and then,
    but mostly when I go to bed at night, or after work.
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    The book is very fascinating.
    How crazy it all was.
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    "The advancing communist army
    took over all civil institutions"
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    "recruiting young people with education,
    urban men and women, to fill the positions."
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    I need a camera, I am going on a trip.
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    It's not like a shop here, you know.
    "Need this, need that"
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    - Can I get a camera then?
    - Where are you going?
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    Somalia. Or no, I am going to Kenya.
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    - Then you definitely won’t get one.
    It will get ruined. Sand and shit.
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    I talked to Gunnar Grønlund,
    and we'll bring this air spray.
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    I’m not that keen on it.
    It’s all the same to me where you are going.
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    But I can’t go back to my boss and say
    I can’t go because I can’t get a camera.
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    - Allright, do you need a tripod then?
    - A monopod and a small camera.
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    - Can't you do without a camera stand?
    - Yeah, but the camera is heavy.
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    You get one battery.
    To keep the program short.
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    Good lord, this is like pulling teeth now.
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    Now you owe me a cigarette.
    I had to stub mine.
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    - I don’t smoke anymore.
    - Then you can buy me some duty-free.
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    - Bye. Have a good trip.
    - Thanks!
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    There's something wrong with power people.
    Communism and power is not the same.
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    - But I’m not really a communist.
    - A little?
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    No. Maybe... Aren't we all?
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    Maybe. A hobby communist.
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    "Chapter 14. The Long March, III."
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    "When the two red armies joined forces in June, 1935,"
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    "Mao’s powerbase, the Central Red Army,
    was completely destroyed."
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    "The long march started out with 80,000 soldiers"
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    "Now it was reduced to around 10,000,
    on the verge of collapse."
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    - Have you got it?
    - Just.
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    Replace the transmitter.
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    There.
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    This drives me totally,
    completely crazy, really.
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    Damn, where did it go? There, yes.
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    Jørgen used to be one of
    NRK's best Lighting technicians.
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    Before he became partially sighted.
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    - Are things allright or what?
    - No.
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    - No?
    - No.
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    - It’s absolute hell. Everything is just a fog.
    - Really?
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    I am barely able to make it to work.
    To find the way.
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    I know from memory, but driving...
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    But walking is not bad. I need some exercise.
    And I pass the beer-shop on the way.
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    You drink red wine, right,
    I drink beer. Different tastes.
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    Are you having a new operation now?
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    I was at the hospital,
    then I was at the borderline.
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    But the conclusion is, I can't be
    bothered anymore. It’s over. I can't.
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    Clearly, it's game over if anything happens.
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    - You would like a camera.
    - If you have one tucked away.
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    I do.
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    ... then there's Top 20,
    but does he need sound equipment?
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    ...Isn't that just a kind of streaming thing?
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    (mimicking a Northern dialect).
    - "You should be able to hold it then".
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    "Otherwise you won't be able to film."
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    - We’re talking about a monitor for...
    - Can you pull focus with this?
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    - No...
    - Is it the same one that we used in the sound...?
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    - Yes.
    - Then it won't work.
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    Bad luck if someone cleans up
    around here when I’m on holiday.
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    I wouldn’t find anything when I came back.
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    - You have your own system?
    - It looks like a mess, but it isn't.
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    I know where things are. When people
    ask me, I find it for them right away.
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    I remember I was lighting
    Maria McKee for an interview
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    I wanted to really go for it,
    with lots of lamps and soft lighting.
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    She was pretty, and then I liked
    her in Lone Justice and other stuff.
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    I was a bit anxious if she wanted so much
    lighting, it was really hot in there.
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    It was an awesome,
    big lighting design, but...
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    It’s fun to meet celebrities.
    I’m not that blasé.
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    There is a hierarchy. The interviewer talks
    to them, the lighting people do the lighting.
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    Lighting people don’t talk to celebrities.
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    Hi, this is Jørgen.
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    Huh? This is...? What? Ok.
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    Which DV-camera, the whole set,
    or just the camera, or what?
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    A lot of people have no idea what
    we do down here. It's just a warehouse.
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    But without us, you couldn't make TV-programmes.
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    Some come here just to talk.
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    A daily routine to come down here
    to talk, and to have a smoke and...
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    ...talk rubbish. People like it here.
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    Some places in NRK no bosses
    know about. Important places.
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    - Isn’t that quite nice?
    - Red wine and coke?
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    - It’s refreshing in the summer.
    - I’ve never tried. I mix white wine and seltzer.
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    Are you connected to the program-bank and such?
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    I have managed to create
    a bit of an atmosphere here.
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    Now there are chairs, people sit
    there... it's a gathering point.
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    I was actually going to
    call it King Jørgen's Ramp.
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    But my boss had made a sign with
    St. Jørgen's Square, so he beat me to it.
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    So it is now called St. Jørgen's Square.
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    It was presented to me on my 50th birthday.
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    "He greatly enjoyed a poem from the sixth century called,"
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    “'The withered trees,'”
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    "an elegy about a copse of unique trees"
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    "ending their days dried-up and lifeless."
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    "The poet Yo Xin attributed the trees' sad fate"
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    "to the fact that they had been pulled
    up from the roots and transplanted."
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    It was my... boyhood dream...
    A Harley Davidson Soft Tail custom.
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    It's the closest one gets to the dream of “Easy Rider”.
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    It is very difficult to describe that
    feeling of having wind in your face, and...
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    ...air and smells, and...
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    ...you sit outside, it’s a...
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    ...it’s a bit..."top of the world" feeling in a way.
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    (Private footage from 1994)
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    You can accelerate on the uphill slopes
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    and then you notice a kind of slow pull backwards.
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    Then it’s kind of fun to sing
    “Born to be Wild” driving over the mountain.
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    Just throttle it and head on.
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    The best trip I had, I think was when
    I had been in Western-Norway for work.
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    I had my bike and rode over Valdres plateau
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    in fantastic weather, late summer.
    It was really warm.
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    The mountains lay in the background
    and there was willowherb along the road
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    and you could just stop and lie
    down along the river and sunbathe.
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    "...also outside NRK. It is known that NRK
    wishes to free up about a hundred million kroner..."
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    "...There has been much unrest about
    the plans for NRK’s future these past..."
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    "...and that we, confronted with the rapid changes in media, need"
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    "need to have greater economic flexibility..."
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    "...today, we received word that NRK will
    cut 100 positions in the course of the year..."
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    Perhaps you could play that song that you gave me?
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    - Now?
    - Yes.
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    It must be melodic.
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    I am melancholic and often dream.
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    I am not aggressive at all.
    I don’t have any violent genes at all.
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    No, I am actually pretty kind. Maybe a
    little strange, and a little... individualistic.
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    Music can only be played when
    you’re alone, otherwise it becomes annoying.
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    No one has the same taste,
    so it must be played when you’re alone.
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    But of course I am mostly on my own,
    so then you play it alone.
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    I have become kind of melancholic
    over the years, a bit calmer.
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    So I play more and more calm music.
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    But when in a bad mood, it's better
    to play an intense song and just dance.
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    I grew up with alternative clubs...
    so of course it's the solo dance.
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    Doing the airguitar, and yeah, all that.
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    What the hell should I use my head
    for if I can’t dream and fantasize?
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    Actually, you haven’t been very much alone, have you?
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    No, I have though, really... What the hell
    am I supposed to say to that, then? Alone...
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    The last five years I have lived alone.
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    From when I was 36 and until I was
    almost 50, I was in a long relationship.
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    We had a good time together, and had fun together.
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    Perhaps we were both just
    as strange, and individualistic.
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    We slid away from each other,
    my sight became worse and worse.
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    Our interests changed, both of ours...
    We rode bikes and she started sailing.
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    We just slid away from each other.
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    I can’t decide that other people
    should fancy me. Or fall in love with me.
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    That is not something I can decide.
    Of course, I can fall in love. Theoretically.
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    I am actually.
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    But I don’t think it's realistic really.
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    Hell, who wants to be together with a cripple?
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    I am an old man and a cripple, right?
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    No, I must admit that I don’t have any
    positive aspects right now, really.
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    I have basically given up because of my sight
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    and going home to hang around
    in the fog, and not see a damn shit.
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    It's not often I laugh much anymore,
    or get very excited, really.
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    If you are down of course you dream about
    having another person to lean on, or hold.
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    Someone who thinks about me
    and takes... thinks about me.
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    Not being completely alone here on earth.
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    But that’s not something I can do anything about.
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    But not at all costs. I can happily
    do it a bit... on the weekends and things.
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    Not everyday, right?
    But to live alone all the time...
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    No...
    (There's a knock on the door)
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    There's this superior looking guy
    here. He is taking some batteries.
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    - Who is it?
    - I’m Henrik.
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    - What job is it for?
    - The Children's show. Our camera just eats batteries.
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    - It's the DV-batteries?
    - Yes. Can I take three?
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    - Yes.
    - Brilliant!
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    Just check that I have brought
    the right ones. There should be one 305.
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    - If it is the three... let’s see...
    - Three, zero, five.
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    There are five of those, and then there is one 305 camera.
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    Have you thought about what you
    would do if you didn’t work here?
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    I have. Honestly, when I can’t
    handle it anymore, I’ll call it a day.
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    - Call it a day?
    - When I don’t function anymore, I'll call it a day.
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    That’s just how it is. It’s no
    loss for humanity that I die.
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    It’s a loss for NRK, but not for humanity.
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    So, it’s a loss for NRK?
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    Oh yes.
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    "Zhu De apologised to Zhang Guotao, who was an old friend"
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    "and said that the army had been
    a giant, but now it was just a skeleton."
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    "It can no longer fight."
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    If you want to understand how crazy Mao actually was...
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    ...of course, it is very difficult
    to know, to find out, isn’t it?
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    "But Mao needed Jiang Ching at
    this turning point in his career."
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    "She was, as she said herself,
    his most loyal lieutenant"
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    "Because without Mao she was nothing."
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    It’s OK to stand out as a character,
    during a long life at a workplace.
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    Then at least people know...
    Then you haven’t been a grey mouse.
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    No, that’s for sure.
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    - But it sounds as if you like your job?
    - Yes, I do.
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    Yes, I think it's totally ok,
    because I'm free here, really.
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    I'm a free man... you have to
    be here from half eight to four...
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    ...but then you are in a way free anyway, right?
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    You can choose your own tempo throughout the day.
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    That way it’s a pretty good
    workplace actually. It is.
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    - Can you see me now?
    - No.
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    No. You are a sort of gray,
    or a sort of black mass.
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    You might look pretty,
    I don’t know, but it's possible.
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    That’s straightforward.
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    An advantage for you maybe?
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    The equipment storage is to be moved,
    expanded and reorganized, for better efficiency.
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    I’m very uncertain if I want to move. With my
    eyes I probably have no business being there.
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    But time will tell.
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St.Jørgens plass - English subtitles
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