Omgangssyke means just that, you have it one day, and then you are well the next day (or atleast much better), and when you have it you really
want to stay with in metres of the bathroom
You have to agree that beeing diagnozed with cancer and having major cergery on desember 8th is good enough reason to not attend the nobel on the 10th
. That was the first time the King missed the ceremony while he has been King. King Olav also missed the ceremony twice due to illness (He died in January 91 so I dont think he attended in 90).
The Queen has missed the ceremony both in 2000 and 2001 both times because of ceregery in her foot I belive.
Last year Märtha went to the ceremony was in 2001, She attende the Concert last year though
I think Maathai is a wonderful woman who has done so much for the invornoment, women, children and democracy in Africa, and I really loved her lecture, nice to see that the prize does not only go to men in suits over 60. Loved her African clothes also, she really stood out.