nobel peace prize 2006

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today at the Oslo City Hall to economist Muhammad Yusun for founding Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which helps people rise above poverty by giving them microcredit.

What’s so special about this event is that I saw the flowers we made for the ceremony on national television, and on a grander scale, beamed across the globe.

The Royal Family and rows of carnations and roses
Nobel Peace Prize Lauriate delivering his speech and arrangements of anthuriums, orchids and berries
We had three import florists from Spain, Sweden and Germany, my boss and another colleague working on the flowers at the City Hall this whole week. While there were three of us back in the flowershop doing preparatory stuff – from cleaning and cutting the flowers, filling 80 vases with water, bringing out pillars and light boxes, and packaging dried flowers which I treated many weeks earlier among other little things. I saw bits and pieces of my labour for this week and it felt good.


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