As you can imagine, the horror of Friday’s shooting and bombing was particularly difficult for our family. As many of you know, my wife is Norwegian but her pain was heightened by the fact that the shootings took place just about 20 miles from her home.
Indeed Lake Tyrifjorden, (where the shootings occurred), is a beautiful tranquil sight that I've driven past several hundred times on the way to visit family and the hotel Sundvolden, which overlooks the area, is where my wife and I along with Alan Olley (Kathy Taylor's husband) sat and had lunch after he had taken photos of us for an OK magazine shoot.
I still cannot believe that something like this can have happened in a country like Norway and I'm sure that many Norwegians are thinking the same. Norway is a peaceful, lovely, very open country which welcomes all and has a very tolerant and family-centred culture that's envied around the world.
The fact that the shooting killed so many young people is particularly distressing, as I know my family will know, very personally, many people who have been affected by this.
I will be visiting the country soon and am dreading having to drive by this most terrible scene. My deepest condolences to the whole of Norway.