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Getting tired of the constant coverage of elections? From Denmark’s Europol veto in November 2015, to Brexit last June, and President Donald Trump’s rise to power, the campaigning never ends – and the most important issue is always the subtext. Forget about the policies, elections are increasingly an opportunity to voice a protest, and to … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: The political bias that never ends
I couldn’t vote in Brexit because I’ve lived outside the UK for more than 15 years. And today I sit here in a state of shock and dismay wondering how many of my fellow Brits have a nagging sense of “What have I done?” The UK is now officially in a state of flux. By … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Oh flux! What have we done?
Tax evasion, whether it’s illegal or immoral, remains rife amongst the rich, but given the current climate, there’s hope emerging that its days might be numbered. Or at least that’s what we’re being led to believe. Offshore trade winds Sixty-five individuals identified in the Panama Papers are being investigated by SKAT. Meanwhile, British PM David … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Legalise corruption
2016 belongs to Shakespeare – and death, murder, greed, corruption, brutality and apathy, but not necessarily in that order. For whom the bell tolls If you listen to the midnight peals of the town hall clock in Copenhagen, you might notice that their volume is rather quiet. They get toned down rather discreetly after 8pm, … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: A world of extremes
The answer to the question ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ in ‘The Life of Brian’ barely scraped the barrel. One notable omission was their ability to operate on cataracts, which was two millennia ahead of its time. And another was its extension of citizenship rights to its outlying regions – an area … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Another thing the Romans did for us!
Maybe like me, you’re probably thinking that 2015 went by in a flash! Time is not actually speeding up, it just feels like it. I’m told it’s a question of ratio. Namely, the shorter a year feels is related to your entire life as a whole. Anyway, it’s good we’ve made it to see another … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Poetic Justice
I grew up for the most part of my life in Luton, a town just north of London, and read with interest that the Bedfordshire police commissioner, Olly Martins, is upset with the British Tory government’s determination to stick fast, no matter what the cost, to its rigid austerity plans. It’s a feeling a certain … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Euro-bobbies
When That Theatre’s production of ‘Marathon’ starts its one-month run later this month, I will be watching from the sidelines as director, but that wasn’t the case during my schooldays, as I once had ambitions to be part of the British Olympic track and field team. Tartan of the track It started when I was … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Choices
Trying to understand the plight of the refugee crisis in Europe is a thorny subject, dear reader. Life’s precious I responded to an impassioned post on Facebook about the ad placed in the Guardian newspaper by a group of liberal-minded Danes saying they would welcome refugees in Denmark. I ticked the ‘like’ box and commented … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: A prioritisation of preciousness
Hot on the heels of the election in the UK, it’s election fever here in Denmark, where we’re in the midst of hearing the pledges and promises from the many and varied political parties. Beware of the nationalists! The next Danish prime minister will either be Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a Social Democrat, or Lars Løkke Rasmussen … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Blighted in the name of democracy
It’s hard to imagine the Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, getting flummoxed by a question about which football team she supports (it’s Brøndby by the way), just in case she put off some voters. Danish politicians don’t really go in for ingratiation. They have spin doctors – that’s true – but to advise them on … Continue reading An Actor’s Life: Will the Villain take a hammering at the polls?
We have finished our run of ‘Shakespeare’s Women’ at Krudttønden – the theatre now infamous around the world after the fatal shooting. We had to cancel eight performances following police advice and eventually opened on February 25, a whole week later than planned. A part of history now The National Museum has taken the window … Continue reading An actor’s Life: The show must go on
Why do we dislike whistle-blowers so much, I wonder? There seems to be a general misplaced feeling that whistle-blowers are somehow being disloyal to their masters: of biting the hand that feeds them. We need whistle-blowers to wake us up to dreadful things being done. Without them, people in positions of power can … Continue reading An Actor’s Life | Respecting the whistle-blowers
You can’t actually make this stuff up. Fact is stranger than fiction. British supermarket chains Tesco and Asda have withdrawn several Halloween outfits from sale due to concerns they made light of mental health issues. Asda’s ‘mental patient fancy dress costume’ is no longer available, and Tesco followed suit by removing its ‘psycho ward’ outfit. … Continue reading An Actor’s Life | Mind over matter
One of the most feisty football fixtures in the world is that between England and Scotland. The word ‘friendly’ when attached to this match is as fictitious as the unicorn on the front of the British passport. One day many moons ago whilst waiting at passport control leaving England, I was asked by my daughter, … Continue reading An Actor’s Life | England vs Scotland: a friendly fairy tale