Friday, September 7, 2007

Daleks 2

The obverse of the Norwegian 100 kroner note shows Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962), a Wagnerian soprano and one of Norway's greatest opera singers. (Hear her debut performance in 1936 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra here). But what is this disturbing image on the reverse of the bank note?

Yes, it is quite clearly a Dalek, perhaps even a Dalek/Cyberman hybrid!

So what is the connection between Flagstad and Daleks? Is it a coincidence that the year she died, 1962, is the exact year before Doctor Who made its debut on BBC? I'll let you connect the dots...

I apologize for including the Dalek song in a previous post. I will make up for this lapse in judgement by offering another Dalek song: I am a Dalek, by the punk bank The Art Attack (1978). I am still searching for an opera-singing Dalek, perhaps the missing piece of this Flagstad-Dalek puzzle.

1 comment:

  1. Bakside
    Arkitektene Morgenstierne og Eide ble i 1929 engasjert til å tegne Folketeaterbygget i Oslo. Bygget stod ferdig i 1935 og fungerte som kino og teaterbygg til Operaen overtok i 1959.

    Det er storsalens grunnriss som danner utgangspunkt for dekorasjonene på baksiden.

    Vignetten i vannmerkefeltet er et smykke fra en Wagneroppsetning.

    Utført av grafiker Arild Yttri.

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