Nobel Prize Memories

Ye Olde Facebooke has reminded me that  on 10th December 2006, ie exactly ten years ago today, I was in the lovely city of Stockholm for that year’s Nobel Prize celebrations.

I was bit taken aback when I got the invitation from the Nobel Foundation, partly because I didn’t expect to be invited in the first place and partly because there wasn’t and never has been a ‘Mrs Peter Coles’:

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In the absence of an actual Mrs Coles I went with a colleague from the University of Nottingham, where I was working at the time.

As guests of the Nobel Foundation, we  attended the award ceremony but also the sumptuous banquet afterwards (both of which are traditionally held on a Sunday 10th December):

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I found this old selfie taken as I was trying on the gear for the occasion in the room we were given in Stockholm’s very swanky Grand Hotel:

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They even gave us each a Nobel Prize of our own, though only made of chocolate!

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I’ve kept quite a lot of souvenirs from that weekend because I knew it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but looking at them thus morning it just struck me what a lot has happened in the decade since. I had no inkling at the time of the Nobel celebrations that I would be moving to Cardiff the following summer (2007) nor that I would move to Sussex and back to Cardiff.

I wonder what the next ten years will bring?

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6 Responses to “Nobel Prize Memories”

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  2. “I was bit taken aback when I got the invitation from the Nobel Foundation, partly because I didn’t expect to be invited in the first place and partly because there wasn’t and never has been a ‘Mrs Peter Coles’:”

    Why didn’t you bring your mum?

  3. “In the absence of an actual Mrs Coles I went with a colleague from the University of Nottingham, where I was working at the time.”

    Abdus Salam made up for it by showing up with two wives. I think this was quite a challenge for the Royal Chief of Protocol. 🙂

  4. As guests of the Nobel Foundation, we attended the award ceremony but also the sumptuous banquet afterwards (both of which are traditionally held on a Sunday)

    Wrong, should read as “both of which are traditionally held on the 10th of December.”

    Nevertheless, I can confirm that it was on a Sunday in 2006. Due to the leap year in 2012, the next time on Sunday will be only be next year, 2017.

    • Oh! I stand corrected. I’m sure someone told me they were always on a Sunday. Obviously not.

      • It’s the day when Alfred Nobel died in 1896. And, it is the one and only day in the year when Mr. and Mrs. Jensen watch Royalties live in TV and are discussing fashion and science at the same time 🙂

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