Tags: drugs, heroin
According to Berlingske Tidende political parties representing a large majority in the Danish parliament have agreed to spend 70 million Danish crowns (9,39 million €) in two years to pay for heroin to hopeless addicts. The purpose of the two year program is to help out addicts judged by physicians as too hopeless cases for any other supportive measure. The idea is to keep them out of committing crimes to get hold of drugs.
Berlingske Tidende writes about a confused 84 year old German gentleman who had visited his 88 year old cousin somewhere near Bremen and took a wrong turn on his way home to Moers (marked A on the map) close to Duisburg. He was subsequently discovered on a field by a farmer in Nibe (marked B on the map) west of Aalborg in Denmark. That is a good 800 kilometers off home.
The grandpa firmly thought he was still in Germany and it took the farmer and local police some convincing to make him believe he was in Denmark. The senior was unable to give account of most recent events but he remembered more than well having served in German forces somewhere around Leningrad during the war and being wounded for three times. He is spending the night in a nursing home while the police are trying to figure out how to safely get both him and the car back to Moers.
Tags: communicating, danish, humor, language
If this video is to be believed, Danes are unable to communicate with each other because their langauge seems to have collapsed.
Tags: marketing, sex
Tabooboo sex toy vending machines have turned out to be enormously popular in Copenhagen discos and hotels, Jyllands-Posten writes. Several establishments in Copenhagen and Århus are reported to stand in line to get the slot machines installed.
Typical customets interested in the machines are reported to be women between their early twenties and late forties. A peek at the Tabooboo toy selection confirms that the market seems to be targetted at ladies. According to Jesper Johansen, the bar manager at Hotel 27, Friday and Saturday nights are busy at the slots.
Steffen Curran, the man behind importing the franchise to Denmark, says that the market is saturated by 500 sex shops in Denmark which prompts demand on new marketing channels. According to Curran, most Danish women have a sex toy under their bed.
A Danish judge through out evidence obtained by the police by hacking in to a password protected web forum, Berlingske Tidende writes. The police and prosecutor have not much above the banned evidence to back their charges against nine alleged football hooligans. They are charged for having planned a fight in Enghave S-train station in Copenhagen.
A group of FC København supporters calling themselves Copenhagen Casuals have a password protected forum. The police admitted having obtained a password through a security hole in the system. They then followed the forum discussions and used the contents of the site as evidence.
The judge said that peeking in to the site was equal to other intrusions of privacy, such as telephone ease-dropping. Hence, the police needed a court order which they did not seek. The judge also pointed out that a court would not have allowed the hack because the crime was not serious enough to justify intrusion of privacy according to Danish law.
As tough anti smoking legislation takes effect in Denmark on 1st April 2007, Danish smokers take action to build a political party, Berlingske Tidende writes. The initiative is sponsored by 56 year old Ole Gilberg. According to Mr. Gilberg, the constituting meeting of the Smokers’ Party will take place on 31st March which is the last day when smoking in public places is legal in Denmark. Mr. Gilberg says the party intends to run for the Danish parliament and work for abolishing the restrictions of smoking.
The new legislation bans smoking indoors in public places, among others pubs and bars. As I wrote in July, most Danish universities already banned smoking indoors as from start of this autumn term.
Jyllands-Posten writes that the police in Varde, Denmark made a preventive arrest on Sunday. A 60 year old man was taken in custody on his way to the local church and was let free immediately after the church services.
The man is reportedly desperately in love with a local female parish priest. He is told to have embarassed the priest on many occasions during services and he has been banned in all the three churches where she appears.
The man was only a few kilometers from the church when he was stopped by the police. He had been driving 30 kilometers from his home in Esbjerg.
Regin Torbensen from the local police force says that this was the first time they arrested somebody in a preventive purpose. Mr. Torbensen fears the police may have an endless job ahead unless the love sick parishioner is going to cool down his hot feelings.
Tags: chat, Children, pedophilia, teenagers
Berlingske Tidende writes that two teenagers in Denmark took each other for adult pedophiles. One of them told his mother about his suspicions. The mother alerted the police.
Two 13 year olds, a boy and a girl, had gotten to know each other through a popular Danish chat site for teenagers. Having chatted with each other over a time they exchanged phone numbers. At one point he received an SMS message from her calling him a “pervert pig” and suggesting him to purge his profile. She apparently thought for some reason that he was an adult pedophile. The boy concluded the same about the girl and showed the message to his mother who went to the police.
Sounds funny, of course, but baring in mind that there actually are loads of pedophiles allover the web, I guess it is better to be safe than sorry. It may be frustrating for the police to investigate unfounded suspicions but that is no doubt better than leaving founded suspicions uninvestigated.
Tags: greenland, monetary
Berlingske Tidende writes that Greenland is going to get banknotes of their own in 2008. The Greenlandic banknotes were announced as a part of the Danish government’s legislative agenda in the opening of Denmark’s parliament today.
In monetary terms, the Greenlandic money is not a separate currency but the same Danish crown which is being used elsewhere in Denmark. The value and denominations of the banknotes are the same. The banknotes will have print in the Greenlandic language and local motives.
The government also announced that a new series of Danish crown banknotes will be designed and introduced from 2009. Which seems to suggest, that the Danish government has no intention of introducing euro as the Danish currency.
Tags: bill clinton
According to Berlingske Tidende, Frederikshavn used to be a flourishing ship yard town in the northern parts of the peninsular of Jylland in Denmark. That was untill Danyard closed their docks in town in 1999. Since then the town has been associated with unemployment and other social problems. People used to be ashamed of telling where they came from.
As from last weekend, that is all history, though. Mayor Erik Sørensen says that everybody is proud of their town again. The town is planning to build lots of tourist attractions and their future prospects are nothing but bright.
So what happened last weekend? Bill Clinton came to town for a lecture. Thousands of people from allover Denmark came to see and hear him.
If his appearence has such a stimulating effect on prospects of industrial towns whose glory was yesterday’s news, I could think of quite a few places he could visit. Berlingske does not even write what Clinton actually said in Frederikshavn. Perhaps it does not matter. Just the fact that he was there seems to make the trick.
I can also smell a boom in a few years if Hillary gets elected and takes her husband with her on her visits all around the World. A gold finger from a place called Hope, perhaps?
Tags: danish, english
John Le Carré’s new book The Mission Song will be published the 21st September. But there is a chance you may get to read it already on 28th August. That is if you read Danish.
John Le Carré is very popular in Denmark. His books sell more than 50.000 copies which is a very high figure, baring in mind that the population of Denmark is 5,4 million. According to Berlingske Tidende, the author is happy with the popularity of his books, so much so that he finds it an exellent idea that the Danish translation will be published weeks before the English original.
Maybe as a token of appriciation of his Danish audience, Le Carré has written a part of the plot to take place on a Danish island. But the real appriciation is to be seen in the fact that when the rest of the World will get hold of John Le Carré’s latest novel, it is already yesterday’s news for those who read it in Danish.
According to Jyllands-Posten, Danish courts must provide members of the press an opportunity to express their views on the public interest on court cases before they rule on closed proceedings or mouth gag on the proceedings or trial parties. Denmark’s Supreme Court made the ruling in connection with a high profile murder case of Ghazala Khan. Nine of her relatives and family friends were convicted to long prison sentences for organizing an honor killing.
The president of the High Court of Eastern Denmark says that the court now has to figure out the practical terms under which the press is going to be heard in cases involving restrictions of publicity.
Tags: iceland, spain
When Spain meets Iceland in football, you could expect ugly numbers to appear on the score board. To put it politely, the Icelandic national team is not quite at the same level with the Spaniards. Much to my surprise, I read in Berlingske Tidende that the teams played a goalless score in a friendly in Reykjavik on Tuesday.
The paper notes that both Spain and Iceland are in the same qualifying group as Denmark for the Euro-2008 tournament which is to take place in Austria. I guess the Danes should still not conclude that Spain would be a piece of cake for them. The Danish team is to play against Iceland on 6th September and against Spain on 24th March, 2007.
The game in Reykjavik was Real Madrid forward Raul’s 100th appearence in the Spanish national team. Maybe all of the team were celebrating on the field. So much so that they just forgot to score?
Jyllands-Posten writes that the paper’s web site was down most of Tuesday as a result of a massive denial of service attack. This was not the first time Jyllands-Posten was exposed to attacks. It was very heavily attacked for several times in February in the aftermath of the Mohammed cartoon issue.
I must confess that I did not experience anything special on Tuesday. I have always felt that Jyllands-Posten’s RSS feeds are a bit slow to update so I did not notice that something would have been out of the ordinary.
Jyllands-Posten writes that customers in Erik Jacobsen’s barber’s shop in Århus are served beer both in the shop itself and outside. Just like in bars and cafés in the area. Jacobsen, who runs an old fashioned barber’s shop, is the first barber in Denmark who has been granted a license to serve alcoholic beverages.
Eric Jacobsen opened his shop in 2002 and thought he could boost his business by offering his customers a beer which was included in the price of a haircut. He thought it would be OK since he did not get paid for the beverage. But licensing officials told him otherwise: serving beer without a license was illegal.
The officials were nevertheless friendly enough to advice Mr. Jacobsen to apply for a license. Now he is officially and legally allowed to serve alcoholic beverages in his establishment till 2 a.m. each day.
Hmm, I think I need a haircut. Time to travel to Denmark, perhaps.