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‘I’m itching for Norwegian sweaters’

US comedian Margaret Cho is touching down in Oslo as part of her European 'Mother' tour. She tells The Local about Norwegian lovers, sweaters and what the audience should expect from her latest show.

'I'm itching for Norwegian sweaters'
Margaret Cho says she can't wait to perform in Oslo. Photo: Austin Young

Billed as “an untraditional look at motherhood and how we see maternal figures and strong women in queer culture, Cho’s European ‘Mother’ tour will come to Oslo on Sunday December 15th.

This will be Cho’s first trip to Norway, a country which she describes as “very mysterious”.

“I have not been to Norway yet but I am really looking forward to it,” she tells The Local. “I hear Oslo is a very good time and I can’t wait to meet it for myself.”

Not even the cold has discouraged the San Francisco native.

“I am going to buy so many sweaters, I can feel them already. It’s like I am itching for these sweaters. I bet the sweaters are going to be the best in the world.”

Norwegian members of the audience can even expect to hear a few jokes in their mother tongue as she plans on learning some Norwegian in time for the tour. “I need to learn a bit of Norwegian so that I can tell some Norway-themed jokes.”

While Norway is as yet uncharted territory for the comedienne, she admits to having had her fair share of Norwegian lovers.

“I have had a number of Norwegian lovers and remember them fondly – so maybe if I can picture them in one room that would be about the same size as my audience in Oslo,” she muses.

According to the comedienne, ‘Mother’, which toured the US earlier this year, is her edgiest show to date, touching on race issues, drugs, and sexuality.

The Local has one pair of tickets to win to Margaret Cho’s show in Oslo.

The Oslo show is on Sunday December 15th at the Latter Theatre. The show starts at 8pm.

To win, email [email protected] explaining in no more than one sentence the reason(s) why you should win the tickets.

Click here for tour dates and tickets for December

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TEEN

Norway mum charged for teen’s starving death

A 13-year-old girl who was found dead on New Year’s Eve in a cottage in Beitostølen most likely died from emaciation, according to an autopsy report.

Norway mum charged for teen's starving death
Police investigate the cottage where a 13-year-old girl was found dead. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix
The girl’s mother is being charged with gross neglect resulting in death and for failing to help her daughter. According to police, the mother’s negligent care has been going on for quite some time. 
 
“Public Health cannot come up with a definite cause of death yet, but it is likely that the death is related to emaciation,” police prosecutor Julie Dalsveen from the Innlandet precinct said at a press conference in Gjøvik on Monday afternoon. 
 
Several media outlets have spoken with family acquaintances who said that the girl struggled with an eating disorder. Central to the police investigation is determining the extent to which the girl's health problems were noticed by public authorities. 
 
“The essential thing for police now is to clarify why the girl died and whether anything could have been done differently in order to avoid the death,” Dalsveen said. 
 
The girl and her mother were originally from Bærum but moved into the family cottage at Beitostolen in the autumn. A new address was reported to the National Register on November 4th, but just twelve days later the girl’s mother submitted a new change of address – this time to Oslo. 
 
Mother arrested
After the teenager was found dead on New Year’s Eve, the mother was taken in by the national health service. On Monday, she was released from hospital and then arrested and put in police custody in Oslo. 
 
Police believe that the mother’s neglect of the child had been going on for quite some time before the 13-year-old’s death. 
 
The mother’s lawyer, Håvard Fremstad, told broadcaster NRK that he was surprised that his client was released from hospital. 
 
“I had a conversation with her earlier today. To me, she seemed ill. She was not able to talk to me about the case,” Fremstad said. 
 
He said that he was unable to discuss the daughter’s death because the mother seemed too ill to communicate. 
 
The Chief County Medical Officer in Oppland is attempting to find out what happened to the 13-year-old, VG reported. 
 
“We became familiar with the matter through the media and we are going to file an inspection order to gain insight into the case. Our first step is to contact the municipality,” medical officer Erlend Assland said, adding that there was no record of the case before the girl’s death. 
 
Child Protection Service involved
Councilman Øyvind Langseth from Øystre Slidre Municipality confirmed that the circumstances surrounding the case led the municipality to send a worried message to Child Protection Service (Barnevernet – CPS) in November after the mother reported the move to Oslo. 
 
Police were asked to assist in finding out if anyone lived in the cottage. An officer drove to the location but could not see from the road if anyone was there and turned his vehicle around and reported back to CPS. 
 
Dalsveen said that there was no information at that time to indicate that the police should take action, but she added that this is one of the things that will be clarified by the ensuing investigation.