tirsdag den 4. januar 2011

Dronningens Nytårstale 2010

Queen's New Year speech 2010

New Year's Eve it is customary to look back at the past year. Although I can not do it without first and foremost to say thank you when I remember all the kindness and attention that I received, not least in connection with my 70th day in April. The day has put a light and a joy over the whole year, which has warmed and touched me more than I can say. This happened not only here in Copenhagen on the day itself but I also met around the country wherever I went, alone or with my family and it also came to dominate our visit to the Faroes.

Although we all each one may find much to rejoice in the past year, it has nevertheless been a year dominated by the economic crisis that has hit the world community and thereby the Danish society.

It is worrying, because many have lost their jobs, stores earn less money when customers have less to spend, and crisis global scale means that companies are hit by lower sales both home and away.

Nevertheless, Denmark is among the nations that the crisis has hit less hard.

Throughout the crisis has helped us that we in Denmark have had wealth and savings to eat out. But what we have to resist with is not only our robust material wealth. We are also rich in other ways. We have an entrenched community that we are proud of. It goes far, far back in our history, back to the free constitution, yes, even longer, because the Constitution of 1849 can just be seen as a confirmation of a community that already existed.

Community is a strong quality that we must estimate and which we need when times are less favorable. Together we must use our ingenuity, our hard work and creative power. These are characteristics we can draw on when we seek to pry us out of crisis grips.

When we see how others are becoming better, we must not let ourselves be intimidated by it, but let it be a spur for us. We must not content ourselves with what we once were proficient, but still use the mix of individualism and unity that has brought us far.

Crises and difficult times, Denmark has known many over the years, but we got through them together, and all have been involved.

But is there in these years indicate that we have become more selfish, that we have been prone to first and foremost to call in and make sure that we each get what we ourselves believe to be entitled to? Are we becoming distrustful towards each other and give each other less benign motives?

So it is not only an economic crisis we find ourselves, then it is our attitudes that is about to get slippage. It is a crisis coming stealthy and can poison our relationships with each other. So we are putting something at risk, which may be irreparable.

The crisis, so to speak, can be measured and weighed, as one can quantify and graph curves are not nearly as serious as if it is our values and attitudes that falters. The economic crisis we now face in, we'll find our way out of the short or longer term, but we need out of it with decency intact and without putting the community at risk.

Over the past few generations, society has evolved such that we can live more safely, economically and socially. We have become accustomed to freely pick and choose the size of the fine print. We've got it so well that we almost forgot that our choices also have consequences and that not all of life's conditions can be selected on or off.

We human beings live in mutual dependence. It is true today, as yesterday, and at all times. Earlier, it was perhaps more evident when people lived in small villages, where many tasks had to be solved jointly, and when several generations often lived under the same roof, and all had their tasks to perform for each other. It was a relationship that was obvious to everyone. Today we left for society to cope with many of the obligations that were once each individual task. Often it goes so far that we completely forget or overlook the fact that the society is really ourselves, and that it does not work if we do not each make an effort and feel a commitment to both our loved ones, as for those we do not run on a daily basis.

We have achieved a freedom to shape our own life that previous generations have never known similar, and we estimate at. But we should also remember that no one can fend for themselves alone. Therefore, we must also beware of the society which we know as a safe setting for personal development, and having eyes and ears and hearts open to our fellow man.

On the last evening when so many gather with family and friends, we must not forget those who may celebrate the New Year far from here. Particularly I think of our soldiers in Afghanistan. They are placed on a task that is extremely difficult and dangerous, but they perform the targeted and responsible and with great courage. Both they and their relatives at home must be in our thoughts tonight. It can be hard to sit at home while your girlfriend is far away in dangerous environments. From the Crown Prince, who shortly before Christmas has visited our soldiers, I know that they go to their tasks with both seriousness and boldness, and that they are aware that the powers them.

Nevertheless, our efforts in Afghanistan, a high price: many young Danes have been killed this year. Let us remember them tonight and think of their relatives, their friends and comrades who are now sitting back with the missing.

Some of our soldiers have returned home badly wounded, and others are labeled mentally by their experiences. For all of them that they deserve all our care and recognition. In the fall I had the opportunity to meet some of our wounded soldiers during their rehabilitation at University Hospital. They all show a spirit and an incredible will to overcome their disabilities, which made a big impression on me, and which can only arouse admiration.

I send my New Year greetings to all Danish men and women working for our safety and security within the Armed Forces, Fire Brigades and Police. I want a good new year for all of you at home and abroad, wherever you are.

By New Year my thoughts, as always, to the Danish south of the border. They are part of our Danish community. The band has never been broken, we are proud.

Each year it is a pleasure for Prince Consort and me to come visit around the country. This year we went also to the Faroe Islands, and this summer we are planning a longer visit to Greenland with the Danish flag. It seems we pay much attention to, and when tonight I send my New Year wishes to the Faroe Islands and Greenland, I also thank you for the confidence placed in me and my family in both Greenland and the Faroe Islands and the heat tape, which I feel bind us together.

For my family and myself, 2010 was a good year with many pleasures. Now we look forward to the new year with great anticipation, not least for the growing family, which we expect in January. It warms and welcomes us all to feel the warm interest which meets us from all sides, wherever we go.

In good times, we must remember that prosperity is not a foregone conclusion and that there are always some for whom everyday life can be cramped. When times are bad, we must not forget our good mood and that a smile helps to carry us through everyday, even when it is gray.

So let's meet the new year with confidence and let's show each other confidence in its level in the fine print. It must be my wish for year 2011.


mandag den 6. september 2010

the julekalender 1991 - The afsnit (1 - 24)

The Julekalender was a Danish TV series that ran at Christmas 1991 . It was written and performed almost entirely by a trio of Danish comedy musicians called De Nattergale with financial and technical assistance from TV2, a Danish television company. It was hugely successful at the time, causing many invented phrases from the series to enter popular culture (at least for a while) and was later released on VHS, and recently, DVD.

It had 24 episodes (one for each day of December until Christmas Eve), as has been typical of other TV "calendars" before and since The Julekalender.

Each of the three actors had two roles. One role was as a Nisse, a type of gnome or elf associated with Christmas in Danish tradition but not to be confused with Norse mythology. The other role is as a normal, if overly stereotyped, Dane.

The premise of the film is fairly simple: long, long ago, the race of Nisser lived happily with Father Christmas in Greenland, getting up to mischief with the humans, drinking, and making merry. Then the "Nå-såere" came - evil, vampire-esque creatures with an unhealthy obsession for money and counting, and almost eradicated the Nisser. A few Nisser survived, among them good old Gammelnok (literally, "old enough", the one character not to be played by a member of De Nattergale), who is now on the brink of death, as the music box that plays his life tune needs to be wound up. Gammelnok gathers three of the remaining Nisser (Hansi, Gunther, and Fritz) and sends them off to Denmark, to find the old Nisse cave where the key to wind up the music box is. He gives them The Book to take with them, an ancient tome that contains the answer to any and all questions, warning them to take great care that it does not fall into the hands of a Nå-såer. If this were to happen, all would be lost. They are also warned to take care, as the Nå-såers nowadays have come to look like normal humans, but when they drink alcohol, they come to look like they did in the old days, with fangs, and thick-rimmed glasses. The three merrily set off, and this is where the first episode begins.

One of the quirks of the series, and one which made up a good share of its appeal, is the strange language that the Nisser speak. They themselves call it English, but it is an odd mixture of both Danish and English vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, leading to some very humorous phrases and structures (at least, to anyone who speaks both English and Danish). This was likely a good-natured jest at the heavy Danish accent that many Danes speak with, and the (back then) fairly low level of English proficiency of Danes, especially outside of large cities. Examples of particularly interesting, odd, or funny phrases are listed here (without an understanding of Danish, the humour will likely be lost):

"He who first gets to the mill is he who first gets painted" "Think you da lige a little about" "Let us straks try to smake it!"

Additionally, key characters, events, or items are also called by odd hybrid names: the music box, for example, is a play dåse, Father Christmas is the Christmas man and the act of wood-carving is called "snitting". Since De Nattergale are actually musicians (albeit comedy musicians), the Nisser often burst into song, or find excuses to work music into each episode.

Another large part of the appeal are the highly stereotypical Danes that the same three actors also play: Oluf and Gertrud Sand, a country bumpkin couple that live and work on a potato farm, and Benny Jensen, a travelling salesman (or so he claims) from Copenhagen (who turns out to be a Nå-såer). Oluf and Gertrud speak with a broad country dialect, often leading to Benny misunderstanding what they say. There is also a large clash between the two different ways of life (as Benny comes to move in with Oluf and Gertrud in an early episode, as his car runs out of petrol, punctures, breaks down completely, and then gets stolen, supposedly by the "Polish Mafia"). Benny also think Oluf's fathers name is funny, because it's Anders Sand, and that sounds like Anders And, which is the Danish name for Donald Duck.

onsdag den 12. maj 2010

Wer Liebe lebt: Der lange Weg zum Grand Prix (NDR Fernsehen Sonntag, 10. Mai 2009 02:55 Uhr)

Am 12. Mai 2001 präsentierte Schlagersängerin Michelle beim Eurovision Song Contest in Kopenhagen das Lied für Deutschland. Die Fans hofften natürlich, dass sie beim internationalen Finale siegen würde.

Ihren größten Triumph feierte Michelle aber schon am 2. März, als sie den ersten Platz beim deutschen Vorentscheid belegte. Gegen den Rat von Manager und Plattenfirma hatte sich die damals erfolgreichste deutsche Schlagersängerin eine Teilnahme am Wettbewerb förmlich erkämpft - und mit "Wer Liebe lebt" gewonnen.

Die Geschichte von Michelle ist eine moderne Variante des Aschenputtelmärchens: Schon das kleine Mädchen Tanja träumte von einer Karriere als Schlagersängerin.
In ärmlichen Verhältnissen lebend, von der Stiefmutter misshandelt, verfolgte sie gegen alle Widerstände ihr großes Ziel. Diese Erfolgsgeschichte wäre nicht denkbar ohne das leidenschaftliche Engagament der deutschen Fans. Und ganz sicher nicht ohne das Kult-Ereignis Grand Prix.

Peter Moers und Jörg Daniel Hissen haben für diesen Film Sängerin Michelle, Fans und Organisatoren über Monate hinweg begleitet, von den ersten Proben bis kurz vor die Tore des Parken-Stadions in Kopenhagen, dem Austragungsort des Eurovision Song Contest im Jahr 2001.

Sonntag, 10. Mai 2009 02:55 bis 03:40 Uhr (VPS 02:55), Reportage + Dokumentation

torsdag den 15. april 2010

TV2 - Margrethe II, Hele Danmarks Dronning: Gallamiddag (13.04.2010)

VIDEO: Rune Klan conjured the queen

One of tonight's highlights at Queen Margrethe's big gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle, was then stand-up-comedian and magician Rune Klan conjured for His Majesty.

Deck was in honor of the occasion replaced with a stack of ham into slices. Rune Klan asked the Queen to choose a piece of ham, which she had to write his name on. The queen was in the hall great enthusiasm, with the joke and signed ham.

After some trickery conjured Rune Klan queen ham slice out of a piece of bread as he picked up from his shoes.


VIDEO: Rune Klan tryllede for dronningen

En af aftenens højdepunkter ved dronning Margrethes store gallamiddag på Christiansborg Slot, var da stand up-komikeren og tryllekunstneren Rune Klan tryllede for majestæten.

Kortspillet var i dagens anledning skiftet ud med en stak skinke i skiver. Rune Klan bad dronningen vælge et stykke skinke, som hun skulle skrive sit navn på. Dronningen var, til salens store begejstring, med på joken og signerede skinken.

Efter lidt fiksfakserier tryllede Rune Klan dronningens skinkeskive ud af et stykke brød, som han hentede frem fra sin sko.

onsdag den 14. april 2010

TV2 - Margrethe II, Hele Danmarks Dronning: Gallamiddag (13.04.2010)

VIDEO: Gavflaben sang for the Queen

Two people dear Danes stood face to face as Kim evening song of Queen Margrethe of his big gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle on the occasion of His Majesty's 70th birthday Friday.

Kim has previously said no thanks nice to perform for the Queen and even have no thanks to a Knight's Cross, because he believes "an old street urchin to keep themselves up with crosses and ribbons and stars."

"The royal tells me not so much. But now that the lady turns 70, it would be rude not to act," said Kim, shortly before he went on stage.

Lune anecdotes from Larsen
Lune Larsen began his small one-man show "by saying that he has known the Queen for life.

"I have known the Queen forever. Not personally, but through magazines, photo magazines or something. First as a daddy's girl, so as Inuit girl dressed in Greenland's national costume, then student girl digging girl, Henry's daughter, wife and now a passport majesty at once 70 years , "came from Larsen.

He continued with yet another anecdote:

"Then in the 70s when I was doing songs with my poetic mentor Mogens Mogensen, so it might happen that we came to a halt. So we started talking about the ladies, we would like ourselves. When I had mentioned mine, then said Mogens Mogensen, who was an old sailor of Captain Haddock-type "


"The Queen", I asked.

"Yes," said Mogensen.

"He did not, ladies and gentlemen, but he would," said Larsen before he broke out into song "Come Again" from his upcoming album.

VIDEO: Gavflaben sang for dronningen

To folkekære danskere stod ansigt til ansigt, da Kim Larsen til aften sang for dronning Margrethe ved dennes store gallamiddag på Christiansborg Slot i anledning af majestætens 70 års fødselsdag fredag.

Kim Larsen har tidligere sagt pænt nej tak til at optræde for dronningen og har endda takket nej til et ridderkors, fordi han ikke mener "en gammel gadedreng skal føre sig frem med kors og bånd og stjerner".

"Det royale siger mig ikke så meget. Men når nu damen fylder 70 ville det være uforskammet ikke at optræde," sagde Kim Larsen kort inden han gik på scenen.

Lune anekdoter fra Larsen
Lune Larsen indledte sit lille "one man show" med at sige, at han har kendt dronningen hele livet.

"Jeg har kendt dronningen altid. Ikke personligt, men gennem magasiner, billedblade og sådan noget. Først som fars pige, så som eskimopige forklædt i Grønlands nationaldragt, Så studenterpige, udgravningspige, Henriks pige, dronning og nu en vellignende majestæt på snart 70 år," lød det fra Larsen.

Han fortsatte med endnu en anekdote:

"Dengang i 70'erne, da jeg sad og lavede sange med min poetiske læremester Mogens Mogensen, så kunne det godt ske, at vi gik i stå. Så begyndte vi at snakke om de damer, vi godt kunne tænke os. Når jeg havde nævnt mine, så sagde Mogens Mogensen, som var en gammel sømand af Kaptajn Haddock-typen:"


"Dronningen", spurgte jeg.

"Ja", svarede Mogensen.

"Han gjorde det ikke, mine damer og herrer, men han ville," sagde Larsen inden han brød ud i sangen "Kom igen" fra hans kommende album.

TV2 - Margrethe II, Hele Danmarks Dronning: Gallamiddag (13.04.2010)

Occupies Queen 45 or is it something to do with 80?

Listen to students from zeroth class at church Bakkeskolen in Vejle and Frederiksberg Friskole answer some sometimes hard questions about Denmark's queen.

When a queen's 70th birthday, it should be celebrated. And Denmark's Queen Margrethe the second is largely celebrated for its round birthday on Friday.

And she was not content just with the obligatory trip to the Amalienborg Palace balcony, which certainly overlook a castle room filled with large and small with flags and cheers, shouts.

There will be banquets, entertainment, coach trips and then there will be guaranteed a sea of Danes who will send their greetings to the Queen.

But when Margaret is not just the birthday, what is she doing so, and how old is she really. This and much more with TV 2 News asked a bunch of nursery school pupils from Church Bakkeskolen in Vejle and Frederiksberg free school in Copenhagen and entertaining answers to the sometimes tricky questions, you can see here.


Fylder dronningen 45 eller er det noget med 80?

Hør eleverne fra nulte klasse på Kirkebakkeskolen i Vejle og Frederiksberg Friskole svare på nogle til tider svære spørgsmål om Danmarks dronning.

Når en dronning fylder 70 år skal det fejres. Og Danmarks dronning Margrethe den anden bliver i høj grad fejret i forbindelse med sin runde fødselsdag på fredag.


Og hun nøjes ikke bare med den obligatoriske tur ud på Amalienborgs balkon, der med sikkerhed har udsigt ud over en slotsplads fyldt med store og små med flag og hurra-råb.


Der bliver festmiddage, underholdning, karetture og så bliver der med garanti et hav af danskere, der vil sende deres lykønskninger til dronningen.

Men når Margrethe ikke lige holder fødselsdag, hvad laver hun så, og hvor gammel bliver hun egentlig. Det og meget mere har TV 2 Nyhederne spurgt en flok børnehaveklasseelever fra Kirkebakkeskolen i Vejle og Frederiksberg Friskole i København om, og de underholdende svar på de til tider besværlige spørgsmål kan du se her på siden.


TV2 - Margrethe II, Hele Danmarks Dronning: Gallamiddag (13.04.2010)

Telløk with æ fødselsdaw, Queen

Ears, hat and saying has not changed a familiar with the nightingales, since they last appeared together in 1993.

On the occasion of Queen Margrethe's birthday dinner Tuesday evening, they had let themselves reunite to celebrate the Queen, who turns 70 years on Friday.

"Tilløk with æ fødselsdaw, queen. You through your life with many spoken. But at night we will hold a speech for you," said elves Frederick, Hansi and Günther to the Queen and threw a cubit long speech, from the inside pocket.

Erupted in laughter
The queen did not hide how much entertainment value they reunited The nightingales had. Several times she broke out into laughter and lifted the glass to toast with elves.

"We were very pleased to see how much the queen amused by our appearance," said Viggo summer after their show.

Back in 1993 the then popular trio on a country tour, but decided shortly after pausing for a few years. Later elected Uffe Rørbæk however to stop completely because of tinnitus.

Tilløk with a fødselsdaw
Only in 2001 was the public again pleased to see a reunited The nightingales as they did CWC Canal Wild Card, where they made a parody of a clumsy local television station.

But Tuesday evening to the public so again quite extraordinary gain a reunion with the group when they performed for the Queen.

With its characteristic blend of English and Danish joined the group with a common dish for the Queen.

Travel you up and overtake your glases. And then we say in unison: Tilløk with a fødselsdaw. Everybody clear?


Telløk med æ fødselsdaw, dronning

Ørerne, hatten og talemåden har ikke ændret sig en kende hos De Nattergale, siden de sidst optrådte sammen i 1993.

I anledningen af dronning Margrethes fødselsdagsmiddag tirsdag aften havde de lade sig genforene for at hylde dronningen, der fylder 70 år på fredag.

"Tilløk med æ fødselsdaw, dronning. De har through dit life holdt mange tales. Men i night vil we hold en tale for Dem," sagde nisserne Frits, Hansi og Günther til dronningen og hev en alen lang tale frem fra inderlommen.

Brød ud i latter
Dronningen lagde ikke skjul på, hvor stor underholdningsværdi de genforenede De Nattergale havde. Flere gange brød hun ud i latter og løftede glasset for at skåle med nisserne.

"Det glædede os meget at se, hvor meget dronningen morede sig over vores optræden," sagde Viggo Sommer efter deres show.

Tilbage i 1993 var den dengang populære trio på en landsturné, men besluttede sig kort tid efter at holde pause i et par år. Senere valgte Uffe Rørbæk dog at stoppe helt på grund af tinnitus.

Tilløk med a fødselsdaw
Først i 2001 fik offentligheden igen glæde af at se et genforenet De Nattergale, da de lavede CWC Canal Wild Card, hvor de lavede en parodi over en kikset lokal tv-station.

Men tirsdag aften kunne offentligheden altså igen helt ekstra ordinært få et gensyn med gruppen, da de optrådte for dronningen.

Med den karakteristiske blanding af engelsk og dansk sluttede gruppen af med en fælles skål for dronningen.

Travel you up and hale your glases. And then we say i kor: Tilløk med a fødselsdaw. Everybody clear?