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The true Viking spirit emerges when a Dane sits in his car or on the saddle of his bicycle. And on a bike, he even wears a helmet (albeit without the horns). They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle. For a Dane, it’s his car. From his upholstered seat, the Viking lords his … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Vikings at the wheel
Vivienne McKee, Denmark’s best-known English entertainer, is this country’s most beloved foreign import. Over the last 30 years, hundreds of thousands of Copenhageners have enjoyed her annual Crazy Christmas Cabaret show at Tivoli, marvelling at her unique, wry Anglo wit and charm.
It’s Crazy Christmas time again – and I am back! I have written, directed and appeared in the show every year since 1982, but last year I felt that I needed a break from being on stage. I did not expect to receive so many distressed mails from people who missed my alter-ego, Dr van … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Doctor Danglish
I went to New York this summer to check out the Fringe Theatre Festival. It was haphazard, haywire, messy, fun, funky and very friendly. A reflection of the city itself. The direct, in ‘your’ face, friendliness of the New Yorkers took me by surprise. I began to realise how Danish I had become. Swept off … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | A New York state of mind
How happy are you on a scale of 1-10? I asked this as part of my stand-up comedy show ‘Killing the Danes’, which I performed in London this summer, and told audiences to base their decision on the same criteria used by the UN Happiness Report – factors like income, health benefits, lack of corruption, … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Oh happy Danes!
When I came to live in Copenhagen in 1980, it was a shock for a city girl like myself. I suddenly had to adjust to life in a tiny, well-ordered city where the shops closed at 2pm on Saturdays. Where the citizens waited patiently for the green light to cross a road even when there … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Too pensive about going on the charm offensive
What would you like?” a voice said in my ear over the hubbub of noise. “A danskvand please.” “Water! What are you talking about? It’s Christmas!” A huge glass of white wine was thrust into my hand, which I estimated to be at least three units – a woman’s daily quota in one glass. Since … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Juleland rules!
Last Sunday, I went to the annual meeting of my new union which, in true Danish style, started at 5pm relatively formally, albeit with drinks. This was followed by dinner with drinks and ended at midnight with dancing and more drinks. An increasingly hyggelig time was enjoyed by everyone and it demonstrated yet again how … Continue reading Crazier Than Christmas | Too pensive about going on the charm offensive
While I was searching for songs to include in my Crazy Christmas Show this year, I came across the craziest one I’ve heard in a long time. ‘The Fox Song’, otherwise known as ‘What Does the Fox Say’, was written and performed by a Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis. Within weeks of being on YouTube, the … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | What does the fox say?
When do the Danes say no? When it comes to their men, the answer is: never! They are up for anything. But before you think I am about to write ‘Fifty Shades of Gregers’, I had better explain what I mean. Danish men, in my experience, will do anything for a laugh. They are … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | When do the Danes say no?
I arrived in 1980 with the advantage of being British and blonde. Nevertheless, when my husband called the ‘Foreign Police’ (as they were then called) and said that he was planning to live in Denmark with his English wife, they asked if she was a “natural English person”. Realising what they meant, he said: “Yes, … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | The joy of fitting in, or at least trying to
The song ‘Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ soared to number two in the British charts following the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death as many of her devoted supporters were shocked by the display of hostility and disrespect unleashed by a large section of the British public. Even a former … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Ding Dong! The witch is dead!
In celebration of International Women’s Day, I decided to write something about feminism, sexual discrimination and misogyny. I picked up my pen and chewed the end nervously. Where to begin? How can I break the image of feminists as a bunch of humourless, self-righteous, boring lesbians who stomp around in Doc Martens drawing trousers on … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Sisters! Burn your bra and break your Bic today!
It is famously difficult to make idle chat with Danes. Have you tried? Give it a go. Stand in a queue in a supermarket and say something like: “Cold today, isn’t it?” And watch their reaction. First they will look alarmed, and then they will either ignore you or, if they decide you are … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Weather you like it or not
I am probably one of thousands of women around the globe who received the erotic bestseller ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as a present at Christmas. It has now been translated into 37 languages and labelled “the fastest-selling novel for adults of all time”. I got it from an enthusiastic English girlfriend who admits to having … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas | Fifty shades of ‘gab’