Svein Åge Mathisen Larvik 20/11/1960 Solveig Mathisen Cape Town 20/10/1961 Father: Åge Oskar Mathisen. Norwegian seaman. Twice married and divorced, five children, his life ended alone in Spain some years ago. Never got to know him, spent a week together on the ship. That was when he came to get me in South Africa at the age of nineteen. He … (Les mer...) omInto a world 1960’s
As a young boy we were forced into the Roman Catholic system, catechism on saturday mornings and church every sunday. Catechism at the monastery some saturdays, was a kind of sunday school. Where there were nuns and priests clothed in black, and a cold erie feeling in the buildings. We were forced into church on sundays, the services were long enough to bake a chicken in the … (Les mer...) omFaith as a child.
Destructive The government started building a new highway just up the road from us, through the boundary dividing the whites from the coloureds. During construction where they excavated a huge ditch for the new highway, the winter rains had filled it to make a lake. Here we made rafts with polystyrene sheets and played pirates, the coloureds were our enemies. We fought with … (Les mer...) omReckless, bad boy.
In my teens there was suddenly also other denominations, completely different than what we were used to. And we were allowed to go with friends to youth camp and visit other church youth groups. Like the Methodists and Baptists. Youth camps were just a way to meet new friends, never got involved in the evangelical side of things. Good place to meet girls, and make new … (Les mer...) omA new start.
After my grandfathers funeral, and coming back to this place that had so many ghosts. Life seemed meaningless, my glory days were over. Started school at Norman Henshilwoods, to get away from the locals that I grew up with. A school with a little more free reputation, where I could start over anonymous. It was now half way through the first year of high school, and all seemed … (Les mer...) omWrong choices.