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I thought my last column would be the easiest. I’d set aside my grandiose verbosity and penchant for sesquipedalianism (sorry) and give you something genuine. Or perhaps not. But I hope to leave you with something of my last two years of existence. Copenhagen is easy to fall in love with. But it’s a detail … Continue reading Fear and Rambling | Many tak and a fond farvel
A single controversy in 2005 put Denmark on the free expression map forever. As the Mohammed Cartoon crisis still ripples through the world, the clumsy and ineffectual blasphemy (§140 of the penal code) and hate speech laws (§266b) are creating new waves, dumping prominent public figures on the shores of scandal. But now it seems … Continue reading Fear and Rambling | A backward education on free expression
You’d almost be forgiven for thinking the gender gap has closed. But thanks to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index, and some deeply embedded cultural and religious traditions, you don’t have to look far to see modern societies still wreaking havoc on 51 percent of their citizens. The survey ranks 136 countries on the relative … Continue reading Fear and Rambling | Roller Derby: Equal Carnage for all
After a couple of years spent in the semi-permanent existence of travel and intercontinental migration, there are only two things I found it impossible to let go of. Books and reality. It’s suggested that literary fiction (as opposed to popular fiction) can actually help an individual understand the complex human emotions forming the basis of … Continue reading Fear and Rambling | Reading into the sons of Denmark
A recent article in The Copenhagen Post on the emerging Chinese tourism market suggests tourists are leaving the nation’s capital wholly unimpressed with what’s on offer. As one of “the more independent tourists” (whatever that could possibly mean in the following context) pointed out: “Copenhagen seems boring. We don’t know what to do or what … Continue reading Fear and Rambling | Discover your other self in Copenhagen
Last year, 55,982 people had a reason to move to Denmark. Let’s assume the majority were work, asylum, family, study and, for lack of a better term, love. For the rest of us, when faced with “Why Denmark?” we’re usually left with the infinitely witty “The weather”. After a year and a half of fumbling … Continue reading Fear and Rambling | Purpose of your stay? Philosophical
Helen Dyrbye is a published author, translator and former scout leader from East Anglia in England who relocated to Denmark a long time ago and loves it here as much as ‘back home’.
Film industry insiders fear a funding system that discourages the Von Triers of the future will end in tears
There’s nothing worse than trying to understand jokes in a language that’s not your own. Hearing laughter without catching the punchline often creates some sort of paranoia that the joke is on us. But at the Copenhagen Anglo Comedy Festival, you can laugh without fear. Presumably, your biggest worry will be arriving late, being forced … Continue reading Comedians from all over
How the EU entered one of the most challenging times in its history, and why ‘solidarity’ and ‘discipline’ will be the buzzwords of this generation