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So it’s June 2019 and Skat, the last of the government agencies, announces all their tax information is finally available in both Arabic and English. It’s been five years since Denmark faced the European Court for Human Rights over its unwelcoming attitude and discrimination towards foreigners and asylum seekers. After the Danish state accepted negligence … Continue reading Pernickety Dicky | I have a Danish dream
I hate having to make big decisions, but after five glorious years of living in Copenhagen, I have hit a brick wall. So this could be my penultimate column, as I am thinking of heading back to London. Then I might finally be able to answer my own question: Can a foreigner ever become a … Continue reading Pernickety Dicky | Dear Copenhagen
I recently met a lovely Asian cleaning lady who has lived in Copenhagen for 17 years now. She originally comes from Pakistan, speaks fluent Danish and is married to a Danish man, yet still describes herself as a foreigner. She believes that because of the colour of her skin and her different cultural customs, she … Continue reading Pernickety Dicky | Can a foreigner ever become a Dane?
Back in the 1980s, when I was a young man, I somehow had a good ‘gaydar’ and was able to spot whether a man was gay or not. Many who later became my friends had, as my dad said, “a touch of lavender about them”. Somehow they were different, whether it was due to their … Continue reading Pernickety Dicky | Metrosexual Copenhagen
Before Christmas, I had planned this column to be a wonderful homage to living here in Copenhagen, entitled ‘12 things I loved about this city’. But having just returned from a short trip to London, I have had a rethink. The colour, diversity and eccentricity of London has made me realise I’ve actually returned to … Continue reading Pernickety Dicky | Is Copenhagen boring?
At a friend’s recent birthday party, I had the pleasure of being told by an intoxicated teenager that young Danes hold the record for drinking to excess in Europe. His face lit up as he bragged that his generation drank even more than the Brits and that this was an achievement to celebrate. Declining another … Continue reading Pernickety Dicky | Drunken Danes
Last month, the City Council voted 39-9 in favour of a proposal to legalise marijuana use. The proposal, if it gains parliamentÂ’s backing, would establish state-run shops for the sale of cannabis. Despite the councilÂ’s overwhelming vote, several national politicians immediately went on the record in predictably reactionary ways, throwing out the same tired arguments … Continue reading Still Adjusting | Legalise the safer choice