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Crazier than Christmas: Is Brexit killing comedy?

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I wrote a show called ‘Killing the Danes’ in which I posed the question that if Danes are so damnably happy, why are there so many unsmiling faces around? Nation at Land’s End To many of my Danish friends, the country that offers the best humour is
'I wrote a show called ‘Killing the Danes’ in which I posed the question that if Danes are so damnably happy, why are there so many unsmiling faces around? Nation at Land’s End To many of my Danish friends, the country that offers the best humour is Britain. Think Monty Python, Eddie Izzard and, for that matter, any joker in the pub. But it’s been a challenge lately. Trump comedy has eclipsed other targets – particularly Brexit. Even the jokes about the Conservative government’s uselessness have dried up. The idea of Brexit is simply too depressing and nobody seems to understand it anyway. Even the word is weird, and it didn’t help when Theresa May explained: “Brexit means Brexit.” It is said that history often repeats itself – the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Britons feel they are living through both as the country navigates its way out of the European Union. Who needs comedians? Many of the mistakes have been tragi-farcical. For example, the government gave a post-Brexit contract to bring in supplies to a company that was discovered to have no ships. And it pledged to replace red European passports with British blue ones and then gave the contract to a Franco-Dutch company. Most laughably of all perhaps, it promised to forge trade deals with 73 countries, but only ten are in place (including one with the Faroe Islands, so there will be lots of Sarah Lund sweaters to go around). Meanwhile, Brits are making their table plans for dinner so that hard and soft Brexiteers do not sit together and ruin the evening. And, as ridiculous as it may sound, Boris Johnson may yet be made prime minister. Taking on Brexit Comedy professionals are uneasy with the subject of breakfast … I mean Brexit. I managed to squeeze one reference into last year’s Crazy Christmas Cabaret, ‘Fogg’s Off’, with a new text to Adele’s song ‘Hello’ (see box). Recently the best comedy about Brexit has come from the public. At the anti-Brexit march in London, the slogans were hilarious, ranging from “Even IKEA makes better cabinets” and “I’m never gonna give EU up” to “The only single market I will give up is Tinder.” British people are a real melting pot, so when one million of them are seen in one day with this kind of humour, it is uplifting. No wonder the EU is sorry to see us go. Not just for the economic and political reasons, but because Britain offers other nations an example of how to laugh at themselves. I have decided this year to take on the Brexit challenge. My Crazy Christmas Cabaret show is called ‘The Three Brexiteers’. I hope it will offer the chance for those ‘happy’ Danes to finally break into a smile because it will be “all for fun, and fun for all”. ‘Hello’ Hello from the No-Brexit side. Our lives have been a bumpy ride. Just months to go, and there’s no end in sight. Hard Deal or Soft, but a No Deal’s not right. Hello, we should have foreseen this.  We’ve lost all our Polish cleaners. Let’s vote again, and we must be hasty. I’m so afraid I won’t eat Danish pastry … anymore.'

Copenhagen Contemporary viser performances fra New York på film

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UDSTILLING/FILM. Copenhagen Contemporary viser fra 19. juni filmede værker fra 2005-2017 – nogle af samtidskunstens […] Mere Indlægget Copenhagen Contemporary viser performances fra New York på film blev først udgivet på minby .
'UDSTILLING/FILM. Copenhagen Contemporary viser fra 19. juni filmede værker fra 2005-2017 – nogle af samtidskunstens mest fremtrædende – fra performance-biennalen Performa i New York Refshaleøen: Udstillingsstedet for samtidskunst i store formater, Copenhagen Contemporary på Refshalevej 173A, åbner 19. juni udstillingen ’Performa Archive’, der giver et sjældent indblik i legendariske værker skabt til og fremført på performancebiennalen Performa i New York. I et ugentligt filmprogram kan et dansk publikum for første gang gå på opdagelse i Performas arkiver, der rummer nogle af samtidskunstens mest fremtrædende performances skabt i tidsrummet 2005-2017. 30 performances filmet Der vises 30 dokumentationer i deres fulde længde fordelt over ugens dage, alle udvalgt fra de over 70 særligt bestilte værker i Performas arkiv. For eksempel Elmgreen og Dragsets humoristiske og mørke institutionskritiske værkHappy Days in the Art World (2011) og Yvonne Rainers danseperformance RoS Indexical (2007), der er en genfortolkning af Igor Stravinskys ballet Forårsofret. Du kan også se og lytte til Ragnar Kjartanssons 12 timer lange opera Bliss (2011) eller den sydafrikanske Kemang Wa Lehuleres omfattende performance, I cut my skin to liberate the splinter, som er et møde mellem lyd og bevægelse inspireret af afrikanske børnelege. ’Værket er efterfølgende blevet indkøbt til samlingen på Tate Modern i London. Hvert andet år i New York Performa blev grundlagt i 2004 af den anerkendte kunsthistoriker RoseLee Goldberg, hvis mangeårige forskning i performancekunst har været epokegørende for genren. Performa beskæftiger sig med kunstformens rolle i det 20. og 21. århundrede. Hjertet i Performa er biennalen med samme navn, der danner ramme om tværdisciplinære værker og ekstraordinære arrangementer, der involverer dans, film, musik og arkitektur. Hvert andet år i november omdannes New York således til ’hovedstaden for performancekunst’, hvor gæster kan gå på opdagelse i byen og biennalens grænsesøgende performances. Udstillingen på CC er blevet til i samarbejde med Performa, New York og Whitechapel Gallery, London. Den kan opleves i perioden 20. juni-10. november. Der er fernisering onsdag 19. juni klokken 18.00-21.00. Umiddelbart inden ferniseringen, klokken 17.00-18.00, gæster Performas grundlægger RoseLee Goldberg Copenhagen Contemporary og giver en talk om sit mangeårige arbejde med Performa, biennalen og forskning i performancekunst. Find billeter til 45 kr. + gebyr på Billetto. Og læs mere om udstillingen og ugeprogrammet på cphco.org     Indlægget Copenhagen Contemporary viser performances fra New York på film blev først udgivet på minby .'

Kendt café i ny udgave: Byt din agurk til en gin & tonic

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RÅDHUSPLADSEN: Fredag 14. juni fejrer Hard Rock Café en radikal nyskabelse af menuen med en […] Mere Indlægget Kendt café i ny udgave: Byt din agurk til en gin & tonic blev først udgivet på minby .
'RÅDHUSPLADSEN: Fredag 14. juni fejrer Hard Rock Café en radikal nyskabelse af menuen med en åbningsfest, og du er inviteret. Det er 48 år siden, at den første Hard Rock Café åbnede i London på Old Park Lane. Her små 50 år efter mener kæden, at det er på tide at lade sig fornye og forbedre: Ja, blive en helt ny udgave af sig selv. Byt agurk ud med G&T Hard Rock Cafés nye menu lanceres fredag 14. juni klokken 10 i caféen ved Rådhuspladsen. Caféen afslører, at menuen afspejler, at de er gået tilbage til rødderne. Der skal flere lækre burgere og søde milkshakes på kortet, og det skal være mere lokalt. Derfor giver Hard Rock Café en gin & tonic at starte weekenden på, hvis du til gengæld medbringer en agurk mellem klokken 16 og 18. Guldbelagte burgere Mange danskere er stadig ikke klar over, at Hard Rock Café har skiftet adresse i København, men det skal den nye menu lave om på. »Med vores nye menu håber vi at nå ud til flere lokale og give dem en oplevelse, som de har lyst til at vende tilbage til. Noget der er nytænkende, men stadig klassisk,« fortæller Nick Pedersen, der er daglig leder af Hard Rock Café på Rådhuspladsen. Han fortæller, at prikken over i’et på menukortet er deres nye burger belagt med bladguld. 184 caféer får ny menu Menuen, der præsenteres fredag 14. juni, er den største nyskabelse, der er sket i kædens historie. Samtlige 184 caféen verden over får helt nyt menukort, der er en hyldest til den allerførste café på Old Park Lane. »Vi var nogle af de første på burger- og milkshakescenen, og så har Hard Rock Café altid været kendt for at have en helt speciel stemning med guitarer og artefakter fra rockens historie hængende på væggen. Et besøg hos os er en unik oplevelse, som man ikke finder andre steder i verden. Men vi savner de lokale, og derfor er det tid til at ryste posen lidt,« fortæller Nick Pedersen. nmb       Indlægget Kendt café i ny udgave: Byt din agurk til en gin & tonic blev først udgivet på minby .'

Business Round-Up: Danish companies flourishing in the US

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In another news, Apple changes its operation plans in Aabenraa, DK chain is named the best in the world, and FCK intends to ban plastic cups at its stadium
'A report has been released by Dansk Industri (DI) and the Danish Embassy in Washington DC that reveals US-based Danish companies are creating employment and investment opportunities across America. Prevalence in the economic landscape The DI report has monitored all Danish business activities in the United States, and the findings indicate a rather positive future for Denmark in the US — and the world. Danish businesses have created approximately 123,000 jobs in the US – primarily in the areas of medicine, health, food, energy and the environment where their core competencies lie. Moreover, they are at the forefront of the cleantech sector. Green energy expertise The importance of renewable energy sources and ‘green technology’ is rising exponentially across the globe, and Danish companies have been quick to demonstrate their expertise in the area. One example is Nature Energy, a biogas plant producer, which the US has a dire demand for in its bid to reduce CO2 emissions and to fulfill its ambitions of creating a sustainable environment. Biogas technology is expected to create jobs for around 20,000 people. Apple’s change of plans costs jobs in Aabenraa Apple has decided against building a data centre in South Jutland. The decision comes as a disappointment to Thomas Anderson, the mayor of Aabenraa municipality, as he was expecting the construction to generate a significant number of jobs for local residents. Apple, which is trying to sell the data centre site, had confirmed it will be going ahead with plans to build a similar data centre in Viborg. Earlier this year, Facebook also dropped plans to build a data hub in Denmark – a project also in Jutland in Esbjerg. Denmark-based retailer named the best in the world The Danish department of the convenience store chain 7-Eleven has been named the ‘World’s best convenience concept’ by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). It won the award last week in London, beating off contenders from Ireland, India and the United States. The 7-Eleven franchisee in Denmark is under the management of Reitan Convenience Denmark A/S, and it has been serving as a model for the 7-Eleven brand around the world. This is the result of a thoughtful transformation of the brand from being just a kiosk to a store selling ready-to-go items such as croissants, sandwiches, wraps, salads, milkshakes and coffee. FC Copenhagen to ban plastic glasses from stadium FC Copenhagen is taking a step towards a more sustainable environment with the implication of its strategy 2019+. Under the new vision, FCK is seeking to find an alternative to the disposable plastic cups Parken visitors use in abundance during football matches and concerts. FCK has joined hands with Dansk Industri, Copenhagen Municipality, Sparta and DBU to find the most suitable solution, and the goal is for it to come into effect at the start of the summer of 2020. Around 1,000,000 litres of beer and soft drinks are consumed every year at Parken.'

News in Digest: Always sunny … in the rich man’s world

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Car owners and top earners tend to benefit, but not the common man on the street
'Some 11 percent more Danes believe it is unacceptable to avoid paying taxes than they did in 1981, according to a recent study, but many are being given a helping hand by the authorities. Great for car owners New figures from the Skattestyrelsen tax authority reveal that 230,000 car owners owe 750 million kroner in unpaid car taxes, and around 100,000 cars are driving around that should have had their number-plates removed. The main culprit appears to be computer systems that just can’t communicate with one another. Robots to the rescue The tax authority is in the process of building a robot system that will be able to automatically send registration numbers to the police. Around 130,000 cases are at present with the Gældsstyrelsen debt-collecting authority, and they are waiting for the new PSRM system to be implemented to enable automatic debt collection. If all goes well, the system should be fully functional in 2021. Rising inequality In Denmark more than most other European countries, car owners tend to be well off – so many might be buoyed to learn that the richest Danes’ share of the country’s total income has risen to 11 percent – from around 7 percent in early 1990. The figures, which were calculated by the think-tank Kraka in conjunction with consultancy firm Deloitte, puts Denmark on a par with the UK and ahead of Norway and Sweden where the figure is around 8 percent. The trend, which has accelerated since the financial crisis, has been driven by top executive wages and increased income from accumulated wealth. Political will Socialdemokratiet would like to reverse the trend by restricting the amount people can deduct on salaries over 10 million kroner and by introducing higher taxes on income from accumulated wealth. “It’s not about envy, but about justice, reasonableness and social cohesion. An equal society is also a more stable one,” Peter Hummelgaard, its political spokesperson, told Jyllands-Posten. However, the finance minister, Kristian Jensen, is not worried. “Of course there is a limit to how unequal a society can become, but I don’t think Denmark is there yet. We shouldn’t fight wealth but poverty,” he said. Shah’s defence In related news, Sanjay Shah, the Dubai-based British businessman at the centre of the biggest tax fraud case in Danish history, has denied all charges. SKAT last year formally brought charges in a London court in an attempt to claw back some of the 12.7 billion kroner that had been paid out to Shah and an international network of investment banks and private individuals based abroad. However, Shah claims he only exploited loopholes in the law that other European countries had managed to close, and he blames the Danish authorities for not being sufficiently awake to their vulnerability to dividend arbitrage, which is based on exploiting such loopholes.'