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1054773.  Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:25 am Reply with quote

Reports in Australia said that young giraffe was inbred and it was destroyed for genetic reasons.

1054852.  Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:46 am Reply with quote

This is to do with public perception.

In Denmark they're not as publicly squeemish about animal death as the UK is. Strictly as an outsider observation, it doesn't mean either view is wrong, The Danes follow their cultural view, the Brits theirs.

I don't know enough about giraffe habits, so my initial thought was that this giraffe could have easily been neutered to avoid inbreeding, but it might be that this is either difficult, or could affect behaviour. As a Brit, I don't have too much of a problem with the animal being killed if it was necessary, it's more the commercial display of it's killing that I find unappetising as I thought civilised society had gone beyond the blood lust of such displays.

1055325.  Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:27 am Reply with quote

As the centennary of the outbreak of WWI is upon us, it's worth remember a sad fact that, while Denmark itself remained neutral during the war, many Danes fought and died - on both sides of the conflict.

The Treaty of Versailles would later create a referendum to allow large tracts of lands and thousands of people to come under Denmark, but at the outbreak of WWI thousands of Danes lived in territories captured by Prussia, and claimed by Germany. This led to many Danes fleeing to other countries and eventually volunteering for various armies, including Britain.

However, of those who stayed behind in the occupied territories, many faced conscription into the German army, so that some 90% of all Danes in the German army were conscripted, not volunteers.

This might well have resulted in Danes fighting one another on some fronts, perhaps even killing each other.

1055362.  Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:13 am Reply with quote

The Danish Military Cemetery near Braine, Aisne, France has the graves of Danish conscripts in the German Army killed in action during WW1.

1091274.  Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:58 am Reply with quote

About Danish "warfare" or actually team sport. The only battle in modern history the Danes are proud of, were not supposed to have happened at all.

Even though the national soccer team did not qualify at first, they won European champions in soccer 1992. Yugoslavia won the qualifying group, but where excluded by UEFA, since a civil war was destroying the country from within.
Many of the Danish players, had already begun their vacations and had to be called home from various places, were out of form and no one expected anything from the team, not even themselves.
Michael Laudrup the biggest star (ever) of Danish soccer had a personal disagreement with the coach and had at the time excluded himself from playing for the team.
The player wives and girlfriends were allowed to follow and stay with their husbands/boyfriends, which was not common at the time, but it was given quite a lot of credit from the players and medias, who believed it gave them a needed morale boost (and sex).

1250480.  Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:06 pm Reply with quote

Today, the 24th of september, is statistically the day of the year where most new little Danes are born.

Not surprising. Count back, and you'll find it's exactly a pregnancy after New Years Eve/Day.
Dark evenings, parties, ...

1305184.  Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:55 am Reply with quote

It's advent calendar time.
Royal advent calendar time.

Featuring in this video and available on instagram: Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. There will be 24 stories about forgotten historic royals and the traces they have left behind, told by the elf family looking for the bowl of food that Her Maj is hiding in the castle attic (as seen in the video).

(Setting out food in the attic, outhouse or stable at Christmas was traditional way of placating the elfs ("nisser") so that they did not make mischief during the year)

1311690.  Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:28 am Reply with quote


I'm enjoying the live TV coverage from the official reception in Copenhagen Town Hall. It's a very interesting building with a lot of lovely decorative details and I haven't been in there for ages.

Speeches are mercifully short.

As per tradition, pancakes will be served later.


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