Community, Danmark

What a Happy Interactive Wall Tells Us WPC

Wall – Weekly Photo Challange

In Denmark, a wall spoke to the world, and the world spoke on the wall!

2000 wooden boards were used to create an interesting visual barrier, around a construction zone, in the center of the city. The purpose was to create an interactive pixel screen that could be personalized, by each member of the public, in an artistic way.

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The so called “Happy Wall” is made up of colored recycled card that would change colour by reversing the card. One could then leave one’s mark, on the wall, using statements or words, even a personal message. Or you could simply create a pattern using color.

IMG_0135 (Small)The only limit was one’s imagination

IMG_0134 (Small)How many scaffolds can claim to raise awareness of public issues, and boast they they are recycling materials, adding to public awareness and creating a public interactive art installation?  Add the social media aspect of the Happy Wall, and art has meshed with technology!**

The wall was the concept of Thomas Dambo, who used materials from the 2013 Roskilde Music festival in a creative way. His artwork is amazing!!!!

Something really inspirational to ponder about.

**Postscript: The Wall will be there until around April 2015

Sønder Felding Denmark
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Photo 101 – Home, Homeland, Hjem

Home, Hjem, Homeland

It’s not my home,  yet I would call it mine.

I am not the owner, yet family lived there some time.

I’ve never been inside this ancestral home,

It’s my essence, my roots, and in my dreams I’ll roam.

I don’t know the new residents, they were out when I called.,

It’s the history, what went before, that has me enthralled.

I am ‘of ‘ this place, and it is so much ‘of ‘ me,

this continuing story of my family tree.

Home – Something to Ponder About

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Danmark, History & Traditions

Photo 101 – Bliss, captions and Solitude -Rule of thirds

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There’s a new photographic challenge on the WordPress Blogging University, explore the tag photo101 to find out more. This photo addresses four days beautifully. This photo was taken way before the photo challenge existed and it seems I followed the rule of thirds.

For me, most of Denmark and lots of Scandinavia is embodied in the word “Bliss”  and scenes like this encapsulate the atmosphere I feel in the Danish countryside.

This is the place where my great grandfather was born. There is a salmon ladder here and the red building is a water mill that dates back to a time in the nineteenth century when a ‘fabrik’ or cloth factory was located here. The factory was run by the Larsens and made uniforms for Danish soldiers battling their southern neighbours!

Those days are long gone and the factory building is now a teacher’s convention centre, and the grounds are used for picnics and recreation. I think great grandfather and his family would find some bliss here!

Day 2 – Street and Establishment Shots

Day 3 Water Orientation

Day 4 Bliss

Day 5 Solitude and Rule of Thirds

Something to Ponder About

Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Still in My Heart

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Still in My Heart

Home Sweet Home afar from me,
At least 20 hours over sky and sea,

A fairy tale land of red and white,
of rain, and wind, and winter nights.

Yet still you send my heart a flutter,
And here, I can but get your butter.

Cos’ when I’m sad and feeling down,
You can lift my spirits like a children’s clown.

What is this strange longing and connection,
I feel for such warm and fuzzy introspection?

Of land and family long dead and passed,
Would they think me to be completely daft?

Yet I am of them, and they are of me,
This continual spreading of the family tree.

The branches are the ancient Birch
Resilient, pervasive til one drops off the Perch.

If only I could stay or visit more often,
But my responsibilities and circumstances rarely soften.

So I must dream, wish and be ever so frugal,
And if I can’t afford to travel there, there is always Google!

Something to Ponder About

Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Travel theme: Yellow

Ailsa at the always interesting Where’s My Backpack has given us the travel theme of Yellow. Immediately, it reminded me of the yellow houses one sees in Denmark. “Skagen” yellow to be precise.

103_0337 - CopySkagen is a town in the very northern tip of Denmark, a  favourite place for 19th century Scandinavian artists due to the light found there. Read more about Skagen’s yellow quarter here

103_0343 - CopyThe old classrooms also were painted skagen yellow it seems.

Click on the above images to enlarge.

Skagen yellow, my subject for Ailsa’s travel theme for this week.

Pondering whether to join in? Here is how:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Yellow
  • Post a comment here so I can find your link
  • Include a link on Where’s my Backpack – Yellow in your post so others can find it too
Community, Danmark, History & Traditions, Painting

Cee’s Which Way Challenge No.16

 Cee’s Which Way Challenge

Radhuset, København, Danmark

This photo was taken inside the Town Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a beautiful example of the romantic architecture of public buildings from 1888. The 107 metres high tower is equipped with a carillon that chimes its familiar tune all over the capital every day.

To join in with this challenge:

  1. Create a post and then add a link to your blog in Cee’s comment box.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos and post, title your blog post “Cee’s Which Way Challenge” tag.
  3. Remember to Follow Cee’s Blog to get your weekly reminders.

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 Up the stairs or turn left….

Something to ponder about.

Community, Danmark, Food, History & Traditions

Ese’s Weekly Shoot; Quote Challenge – Desire

Ese’s challenge is to post a photo you have taken and a quote, attributed to its author, and of course related to your image. Every week on Sunday she posts a new prompt.

Prompt 6 – DESIRE

Swiss Sweets,

These sweets in a Zurich shop window at Christmas, certainly initiate a feeling of desire: for sweetness.

But then, my desire is to return to Denmark one day, and thus my second photo. However, as a H. C. Andersen story reminded us, I must also remember:

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
―Epicurus

Sønder Felding

The house Færgebo, which our family owned, in Sønder Felding, Denmark, dating back to 1801. The oldest house in the village.

If you would like to join in with the challenge, click here.

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Learning Danish – useful expressions for beginners

When one starts to learn Danish, the easiest things to remember are the basic greetings on special occasions.

Farvel – Farewell Har det godt – Goodbye, literally “Have it good”, whilst   Norwegians say Har det bra in the same way.

Tilykke – Congratulations!Viking carving, Jelling, Denmark

Tillykke med fødselsdagen – Happy Birthday

Glædelig jul – Merry Christmas ( silent D)  God jul – Norwegian or Swedish for Merry Christmas

Glad Påske – Happy Easter

Undskyld – Excuse me, said in the usual circumstances one would use this expression in English. Notwithstanding the fact that in Denmark, this expression is not heard, as often,when pushing past someone in a crowded place.

Det er jeg ked af. – I’m sorry .

Ked has a soft ‘d’ so ked af it sounds a bit like ‘kil(soft d) ay!’

Some things to ponder about if you are wanting to learn Danish.

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Learning Danish: forskrækket – frightened; spændende – exciting

 Haderslev, Denmark - Historic homes

Dagens chok: Går lige om hjørnet på huset, og dér står et stort rådyr – jeg ved snart ikke, hvem der blev mest forskrækket.
Today’s shock: Going around the corner of the house, and there stands a large deer – I know soon not know who was most frightened
Pronounciation tip:   lige – soft or silent ‘g’
 The next phrase comes from a danskursus online ( Danish course online) where you can hear audio links to some words and work on your pronounciation.
spændende – exciting, thrilling
spænding     –  excitement
spændstig (adj) – elastic! supple
Er det rigtigt?/ Hvor spændende!
Hvor længe har du været i Danmark?
Really? How exciting!
How long have you been in Denmark?
Spændende is very commonly used in Denmark, even for things less exciting.
Pronounciation tip: Hvor spændende!  – Hvor – silent ‘h’ ;  spændende – silent ‘d’ – so it sounds a bit like the english word ‘spinner or spanner’, pronounced with a broad Australian accent!  ” Spinning is exciting” is a good meme to remember the correct pronounciation of this adjective.
Pondering what it sounds like with other accents…
Photograph is from the Town Square, Haderslev, Denmark, with houses dating back to 16th Century

History

Haderslev is a market town that is more than 700 years old and which used to be a centre for trade between western and eastern Denmark. Goods were transported across land from Ribe in the west and shipped further east from the harbour in Haderslev. Even today, the roads in Haderslev – from Ribe Landevej in the west, across the town square and down to the harbour by Møllestrømmen – are the same as when the town was founded in the 12th Century.

Life in the old town

The long history has left it’s mark on the town centre of Haderslev. The old part of town with the Cathedral and square in the heart is – in spite of violent fires in 1627 and 1759 – wellpreserved and includes houses that dates all the way back to the 16th Century.

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Learning Danish – Improving Vocabulary – “passe”

PASSE

 passe: verb, to nurse,  take care of (passe på), look after, attend, fit well, suit.

Common uses:Danish Immigration to the New Worlds - Bronx, Danish settlements in USA

1.  passe sin lillesøster – look after one’s sister

2. passe can also mean “fits well” or “convenient.” Skoene passer godt – the shoes fit well

3. passe mit arbejde – attend to one’s work

 

Other examples phrases:

4. passe tiden – mind ( or keep a check on) the time

5. Det passer mig fint – It suits me fine

6. Pas på – Be careful. Look out!

7. passe sammen med – Det passe sammen med blå – It goes well with blue (that colour)

8. passe en op – waylay somebody

Setninger ( Sentences) Examples:

1. Jeg kan ikke gå i biografen fordi jeg skal passe min lillesøster

2. Skoene passer godt – The shoes fit well ( are a good fit )

3. Jeg gider ikke være syg – jeg skal jo passe mit arbejde! – I do not want to be sick – I gotta do my job!

This week’s word ‘ passer mig fint!’ Ponder its wide and various meaning if you want to improve your dansk!