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MacCarthy’s World | Manhattan mayhem: a reminder of what really matters
Nov 23, 2012 11:59 am| by admin

For some unknown reason the television feed to most of Gentofte went AWOL today. The husband and kids thought this a disaster until I reminded them to cast their minds back to Sandy – the superstorm that recently spread havoc from the Caribbean to New Hampshire and beyond. It robbed scores of people of their … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Manhattan mayhem: a reminder of what really matters

MacCarthy’s World | Food for thought
Oct 19, 2012 4:42 pm| by admin

A chance request a few years ago caused me to wander off my usual business and politics beat into an area I had previously ignored: food writing. It was the spring of 2009 and the relatively unknown restaurant Noma had shocked the foodie world by leaping from anonymity to the title of third best restaurant … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Food for thought

MacCarthy’s World | Battle of the sexes
Sep 15, 2012 8:07 am| by admin

Sub-editors here, there and everywhere are set to go on a headline punning spree should Denmark’s ongoing leadership changes at the political parties follow the most probable course. Pia Kjærsgaard announced some weeks ago that she was stepping down and named a young man as her chosen successor to lead Dansk Folkeparti. On the opposite … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Battle of the sexes

MacCarthy’s World | Process over content
Jul 1, 2012 7:00 am| by admin

True to its tabloid spirit, Ekstra Bladet pulled no punches when it delivered judgement on the taxation reform package that Denmark’s government agreed with the centre-right opposition late last Friday evening. “Fools” ran the one-word banner headline above photographs of an unhappy looking prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and her foreign minister, Villy Søvndahl. While the … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Process over content

MacCarthy’s World | Film folly
May 27, 2012 7:08 am| by admin

During the last decade or so in Denmark the name ‘Morten Korch’ has become shorthand for overblown sentimentality and an unrealistic longing for a return to bygone days. Morten Korch, who penned no less than 123 novels and died at an advanced age in 1954, was the most widely read Danish author of his day and was eventually knighted … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Film folly

MacCarthy’s World | Terrorism retold
Apr 22, 2012 12:41 am| by admin

I’m writing this from Oslo where my seventh-floor hotel room desk has a panoramic view of the city courthouse. Having spent most of the week corralled within its corridors, it’s good to have an exterior view. But for all the architectural finesse of the building (it’s modern and quirky), I’m not enjoying the view one … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Terrorism retold

MacCarthy’s World | Green lighting
Mar 18, 2012 7:26 am| by admin

One of my favourite time-wasting activities is a game called ‘Where on Earth?’ The only equipment necessary for this is a television tuned to CNN. After a wait of 20 minutes or less, you’ll find yourself viewing a cheesy commercial for a country or city region you might never have heard of before.   You … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Green lighting

MacCarthy’s World | Those fine Finns
Feb 11, 2012 11:00 pm| by admin

Finland’s recent presidential election was an admirably civilised affair. Just before the first round of voting myself and a bunch of other foreign correspondents dropped by the MTV3 studios in Helsinki to eavesdrop on a live television debate between the eight candidates. Much talk focused on weighty issues such as the sovereign debt crisis, the … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Those fine Finns

MacCarthy’s World | Getting the accent right
Jan 8, 2012 7:43 am| by admin

What’s wrong with a Dane having a Danish accent? Nothing whatsoever is the sensible response. It’s a rather silly question and one that wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s printed on were it not for the tizzy that politicians, commentators and the hoi polloi have worked themselves into these past several weeks over Villy Søvndal’s … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Getting the accent right

MacCarthy’s World | Corresponding to fact
Nov 27, 2011 12:00 am| by admin

A revealing survey this week of 66 Denmark-based foreign correspondents by Politiken probed the state of this countryÂ’s reputation abroad over the last ten years. In an age where reputation often seems to be all, where image is carefully managed and soft power of all hues plays an increasingly important role, this was a timely … Continue reading MacCarthy’s World | Corresponding to fact

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