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The World Cup has started, and for many people it’s a bit like Christmas. I’m one of those people. If you think about it, there are lots of similarities. More people put their faith in God(s) than they do the rest of the year. It’s a four-week warm-up for that one big day, when many … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | Anyone but the southern Europeans!
The Eurovision Song Contest was a big deal for my family – I’ve always been a fan. It was the only televised show in Beirut with a hint of something Danish, making it a favourite of ours. When we couldn’t leave our apartment for days because of the fighting, old ESC shows were one of … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | Not as homophobic as you might think
Spring is here. At least that’s what most Danes would like you to think. No matter what the thermometer says, Danes will tell you that spring begins in March including all things normally associated with spring like long evenings outside with almost no clothes on. If you think about it, the Danes’ infatuation with the … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | Spring is in the air
A friend of mine recently lost her mother to cancer. It took less than a year from when she was diagnosed until she passed away. My friend has been very open about her thoughts and feelings throughout the entire process, crying out her own inner pain as her mother’s physical pain grew stronger. It was … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | Grief, death and moving on
It’s December. The traditional time of year when you’re supposed to look back on the past 12 months, and ahead at what you hope the new year will bring. Normally I’m not one who gets all nostalgic come December 31. I’ve never really felt the need to throw wild parties or stand in the middle … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | A Heck of a Year
Every summer, when schools shut down, parliament closes and all Danes really have to complain about is the lack of sun (or burning sun/wind/rain/heat – really any kind of weather is the type to complain about here), one topic is certain to come up: immigrants! Whether it’s their refusal to eat pork or insistence on … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | Roses are red, violets are blue, sorry Yahya, I don’t agree with you
When my parents were deciding what to name me, they had to take a lot of things into consideration. First off, this was before people were told the sex of their child in advance, so my parents had to think of names for both a boy and a girl. When naming my two brothers, they … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | What’s in a name?
We all have them. For some it’s weird food combinations like remoulade and pålægschokolade (that should keep you non-Danish food eaters wondering) or ice cream with popcorn. For others it’s a certain song or artist. For me it’s TV. Not just any kind of TV, but the worst kinds of reality shows out there. I … Continue reading Halfway Thoughts | Guilty pleasures
The historic Rag Oak’s days as a source of rebirth may be over, but it’s still in the laundry trade
The beginning of spring comes late to Denmark. As I write these words, the weather app on my smartphone tells me that there is a 10 degree difference between the temperature here in Copenhagen and the thermometer level in my former home town of Dublin. The weather forecast also warns me against returning the snow … Continue reading ‘Mere te’ Vicar: Begin again
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