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This is my last column – for the time being at least. I’ve done it now for two years and am beginning to miss the thrill. It’s getting more difficult to find something to write about that I reckon my readers will find vaguely interesting. That’s different from saying I can’t find anything interesting to … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | All good things …
It’s normal that I leave the writing of this column until almost the last moment, when some sort of miracle usually occurs and I manage to find something fairly interesting to write about. At least, it’s interesting to me; the rest of you can argue over whether it is or not – and of course … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | I mean this most sincerely, folks
It wasn’t until the early 1960s, when I was just about to embark on the third decade of my life, that I was confronted with first-hand evidence of serious social division within the UK. And where else would that be, but in Northern Ireland of course. My fellow botany students and I were on our … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | No-Hopery Here?
I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later: I’ve start getting comments to the effect that my continual banging on about everything that’s wrong about Denmark has worn a bit thin. It reminds me of that 1960s ad for a certain deodorant: “BO [body odour] – what even your best friend won’t tell … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Yup, looks like I was booring you!
As someone who’s lived in Denmark as long as I have, I like to hear newcomers’ impressions of the country and its inhabitants. Thus I was most interested to read Sarita Rajiv’s column a couple of weeks ago. She, with her fresh eye, immediately sensed on arriving in Denmark that something was not as she … Continue reading To be Perfectly Frank | Am I booring you?
Denmark is often described as a society of contradictions, and I put that down to the Danish concept of democracy. It’s apparently not enough to elect a government now and then and devolve decision-making to local authorities and such. That’s quite normal in any democratic country. But here it’s taken further – much further. The … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Mind your own business!
In a few short days I will be 70 years old. There, I’ve said it! This exercise in denial is a regular occurrence; insofar as I am still able to retrieve memories from the black abyss of time, they started when I was 40. Up until then, I was still growing up and exploring this … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Three score years and … ?
As most of the regular readers of these hallowed pages will know, I am what is called in this country a teatermand. This covers a multitude of sins but basically means somebody who is heavily involved in the theatre world in some way or another. However, I am perhaps rather different from my peers in … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Times they are a-changin’
I wonder how many readers have already reached for their smart phones and Google Translate to see what on earth Theakston is drivelling on about now (always assuming they have recognised the headline as being Latin). It’s still the silly season, so what can you expect? Anyway, for those of you, like me, who lack … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Caveat emptor!
Greetings from sunny Paleochora, ‘the bride of the Libyan Sea’ according to the official local website. The site is impressively informative and well put together, though the odd typo did make me initially think that they meant ‘the pride of the Libyan Sea’. Not so: the explanation is that the sun god Apollo, according to … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Happiness … happiness …
When I find myself in that most common of situations, that of trying to explain to newcomers to this country or to my friends and family in England the differences between the British and Danish cultures, I am often wont to tell them that I come from an ‘after you’ society, whereas in Denmark it … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | After you, Søren
´All things cultural were, in many respects, a lot different in Copenhagen in 1979 than they are now. Having been a member of two thriving amateur theatrical groups in Geneva, I came here to find a small bunch of people calling themselves the Copenhagen Theatre Circle (CTC). At the first general meeting I attended, there … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | The play’s the thing …
Those of you who are more-or-less regular readers of The Copenhagen Post cannot have failed to notice the burgeoning of exhortations to learn Danish that now festoon these hallowed pages. There have of course always been ads for Danish lessons, but of late they have mushroomed to the extent that they now appear throughout the … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Lingua Danica or Lingua Franca?
If you were to ask me what I remember most clearly about the early 1980s in Denmark, I’d have to say the bitterly cold winters. But apart from that, something else sticks in my mind: the traffic – or the lack of it – and the orderly way in which it was managed. And I … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | Law and disorder
Last year I bought a Smart car. The reason? Well, out of consideration for the environment of course (when emailing, this is where you enter the smiley face). And perhaps just a little out of consideration for my own pocket. The government had, after all, finally seen the light (or a minute portion of it) … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Frank | The Smart economy