31 July 2012

Ring ring

This is not so much a post, as it is a sign of life. I'm here, but somewhat defeated by the weather. Not summer, in case you were wondering. More like fall. Stop me if you think you've heard this one before...

Ring ring

Ring ring

Hello?

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I'm sorry, Sandra can't come to the phone right now, can I take a message?


29 July 2012

Yellow

Smiley

I ♥ Skjern

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25 July 2012

The staycation

It sort of dawned on me the other day that having a good summer is essential to getting through the coming eight months in the dungeon. Going somewhere exotic is not an option for me at the moment, and living in Copenhagen you can't count on the weather to help you out. So I have declared this time, as in the next couple of weeks, a staycation. I am a tourist in my own city, with some obvious benefits. It is about doing something different and using all means necessary to evoke the summer time feeling.

By some miracle the last couple of days have been like real summer, hot and sunny with blue skies and a nice breeze. Today for the first time in years, I went to the city beach, the spacious Amager strand (de lazy luxe version: take your bike on the metro out, and ride it home), and tomorrow I will try out another city beach. It is almost like being in a different country.

And I finally caught up with the international Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Festival on Ofelia Beach, on the harbour side by the Royal Playhouse. Something I have been meaning to do ever since they created it back in May. Being my first sand sculpture experience, I didn't know what to expect, but that was part of the attraction. It did not disappoint:

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My absolute favorite, I still can't get it out of my mind. Solo sculpture by Pavel Mylnikov (Russia).

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And the modernistic creature, turning up his sandy nose.

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Solo sculpture by Lena Tempich (Germany).

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It really appeals to me how he is mirrored by the "real life" in the background. I wish he didn't have to go.

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Copenhagen in sand, with a compilation of all our most famous towers. I am geeking out about the fact that you get the dome of the Marble Church in both versions on the same picture. The sculpture is a collaborative effort by Johannes Weckl (Germany) and Majken Schultz, Frederikke Lange, Mette Mai Langer, Maiken Thorsen, Gorm Maar Hansen, Sidse Kordt, Marie Berh and Martin Tulinius (Denmark).

Ah, I wish I could show you everything. Anyway, I can't leave you without a sample of the prehistoric animals:

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I am so into him...

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...and he is so on to you.

If you are visiting or having a staycation in Copenhagen of your own, the sand festival have just been extended to September 1st 2012.

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22 July 2012

Lake porn

Living by the lakes, I have learned that when the light on very rare occasions turn a warm and all consuming yellow/pink/orange, you grab your camera and run for the bridge. It happens out of the blue: on a seemingly ordinary day, cold, rainy and grey, the sky decides you have had enough, and ends it with a show that will sweep the blues away.

July 19th

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Lake porn

Lake porn. It never gets old.


19 July 2012

Big news!

If you are really exhausted with the Test Tubes, I suggest you skip this post, because I have some big news: Monday the second edition hit the streets of Copenhagen. For those of you unfamiliar with the the Test Tubes, here is a recap, including the recent development:

We have a big coffee cup litter problem in targeted areas of Copenhagen. I live in one of those areas, and was getting really tired of the mess. Mostly the cups would get dumped next to the trashcans, as they were already full with other cups, taking up space that should be used for sticky stuff and smaller litter. In an attempt to solve the problem, I came up with a tube bolted to the trashcan, suggesting removing the lids and stacking the cups. How it all began, back in March:

The solution?

The tube is attached to the trashcan at the top with a single bolt. The stick in the bottom keeps them in, and for emptying you just pull it out, and flip the tube. Slide the cups out, reposition the tube and plug the pin back in. Easy.

And people got it right away. The tubes stayed up for a week, before being removed by the city. My countless emails were not answered. Nevertheless I planned to follow up with a sturdier version, but it moved to my procrastinating pile for a while, until the media around the world picked up on them. The Copenhagen Post, a newspaper in English, even came up with the title Rubbish Vigilante. Haha, that's me. Finally, the city of Copenhagen got in touch, saying they would like to hear more about the project.

We met and decided to do a test run with sixteen tubes in aluminum, looking like a really sexy version of the humble cardboard tube. Hello.

Test tubes v 0.2

Test Tube detail

I was in charge of decorating them, and the paint dried just in time to get them up on my birthday. 

Mounting day of the Test Tubes

July 16, mounting day. In a way we now share a birthday. I tell you it was a happy one!

Tadaaaa:

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Tomme kopper - låg / Empty cups - lids

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Twelve of them have the message in writing (empty cups minus lids), and four have the pictogram. Already I can tell it should have been the other way around, the easy read is by far the winner!

The tubes will stay up until October, and if they turn out to work, it is safe to say you can expect more Test Tube spam. They are scattered around Nørrebro (Sankt Hans Torv, Elmegade, Ravnsborggade, Nørrebrogade and Fælledvej), with a heavy presence at Queen Louises Bridge, where most of the cup litter action takes place. It has pretty much been raining ever since, not attracting the coffee cup crowd, but even so the tubes were already in use the next day.

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July 17.

And today one was half full. It makes me so happy, I can't even begin to describe it.

Tube half full

July 19 (yes: boots, Danish summer 2012).

From the very start you have been so supportive, if it were not for you and the amazing internet, this might never have happened. Thank you so much for keeping me going, and for sticking it out with me.


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12 July 2012

Peekaboo

A little something I spotted from the bike lane today that cracked me up. How would you react if this was your window? 

Peekaboo

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Hahaha.


09 July 2012

Rainbows

The proposal to allow gays to be married in the Danish church, was recently approved by a large majority of the parliament. Last time I brought it up, I received a toxic email from a freak demanding (!) that I delete anything and all relating to homosexuality, comparing it to pedophilia. I mean.. come on?

What is the big deal? Live and let live. Unless we are in a relationship, and as long as it is between consenting adults, I really don't care who you sleep with. It is none of my business. But I do care when people deny others basic human rights, based on their sexuality/gender/religion.

Gay couples can now legally get married in the Danish church

The Nørrebro church Stefanskirken, possibly the coolest church in Copenhagen.

And another rainbow, left on the empty lot of the Youth House.

Rainbow shopping cart

The rainbow shopping cart sculpture.

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Hugs and rainbows for everybody!

♥ 

Link fest:
Stefanskirken (Danish)
Stefanskirkens Homopakke (The Stefan Church Homopackage) (Danish)


07 July 2012

Sound: off

All I have for you right now is pictures:

Nikolaj Church

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Tied up

Life is such an act



03 July 2012

In da house

To be fair, Copenhagen is not only about mocking birds, most of us have only love for our winged friends. Lately I have been spotting more birdhouses than usual, in a wide variety going from the artsy to the more subtle ones hidden in backyards and trees. And, at the kindergarten flea market I spotted these:

Feeding station

Milk carton recycled

Bird feeding stations made from milk cartons and painted to match the surrounding houses. 

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It makes me feel good inside knowing that children are taught to care for animals at an early age.

Birdhouses

Cool little Nørrebro birdhouses by Queen Louises Bridge. Although I somehow doubt that any bird would set up shop in the busiest street of Copenhagen?

Fancy birdhouses

 Vesterbro edition.

I'd say this just about makes up for pigeongate.