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Culture News in Brief: Old porn book sheds light on the ‘lengths’ they went to

In other news, the latest Department Q film is smashing records, while a town in Colorado is smashing up a Danish sculpture

The book is pretty humourous in a school-boyish kind of way (photo: bornholmskebilleder.brk.dk)
November 23rd, 2018 12:11 pm| by Ben Hamilton
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Pornography has come a long way since its legalisation in Denmark in 1969, and a recent discovery in Bornholm has revealed the  ‘lengths’ people would go to back in the old days for a quick thrill on their own.

An innocent-looking school text-book, compiled sometime between 1934 and 1960, was found to contain erotic drawings and illustrations, along with some hardcore photos.

Published in full
The 1934 book ‘Skolealderens Sjæleliv’ (school age’s soul life) also included some humorous verse, including the lines “Men nonnen hun skreg i det hellige kor / for ridderens pik var en tomme for stor” (but the nun screamed out in the holy choir / for the knight’s cock was an inch too big).

Historians are said to be thrilled by the discovery, bought for just 50 kroner at a second-hand store on the Danish island.

The book has now been published in full at bornholmskebilleder.brk.dk.


Latest Department Q instalment smashes box office record for Danish film
The latest Jussi Adler-Olsen cinematic adaptation has smashed the all-time record for the most money taken by a Danish film at the box office. ‘Journal 64’ (‘The Purity of Vengeance’), the fourth instalment in the Department Q series, has taken 72.5 million kroner so far. It means  the Department Q series accounts for four of the top five. However, the list is not adjusted for inflation, and the top ten consists entirely of films made in the last decade. Two more million kroner will see ‘Journal 64’ enter the all-time top ten, although it is some way short of being the top Nordic noir film, as the 2009 Swedish film ‘Män som hatar kvinnor’ (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’) took 88.1 million kroner in Denmark.

Sofie Gråbøl to play Danish queen in HBO miniseries about revered feminist
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Robyn signed up by Roskilde
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Dane’s wooden sculpture dismantled in Colorado following complaints
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