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Few people frustrate me more than those who hold beliefs that are easily contradicted by science. Topping the list are the climate change deniers who wilfully misinterpret the evidence to suit their own needs. Referring to the record low temperatures hitting the US, Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has … Continue reading Danglish for beginners | When madness has no method
The local election is over and power has once again been redivided. Around a quarter of councils will have a new mayor take charge, but life for the average citizen probably won’t change dramatically. And that’s okay. If we’re all going to get along, we have to compromise. We need roads but also cycle paths … Continue reading Danglish for beginners | Tax cuts make us all poorer
The 18-year-old poet Yahya Hassan reignited the immigration debate a few weeks ago when he told Politiken newspaper that he was “fucking angry” at his parents’ generation. “As soon our parents landed in Kastrup, their role as parents ended. We watched as they passively rotted on the sofa with the remote in their hand while … Continue reading Danglish for beginners | Immigration debate has a powerful new voice
Three couples were recently married on a TV show. Their first meeting was in the church, minutes before exchanging vows. These six Danes had applied to public broadcaster DR to be on a reality show and allow a panel of experts to match them with a partner and marry them off sight unseen. Their relationships … Continue reading Danglish for beginners | Be existential and let someone else decide
I’m British, but didn’t live in the UK until I was 18. At university in Sheffield I was called ‘Danish Pete’ and I developed a reputation for being rude. “Hey Geoff, pass the ashtray” I would ask. Geoff would reply offended: “Aren’t you going to say ‘please’?” I thought I had asked nicely, so … Continue reading Danglish for Beginners | An insider’s view with an outsider’s eye