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NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 ● April 2011

Film Evening Friday April 15th, at 7.30pm

Come and watch another comedy

Parterapi

(Couple Therapy) 2010 Synopsis: Anders and Puk have bought a new house. A house that needs lots of work. To be able to afford all the renovations they have to rent out the downstairs. A tenant is moving in. He is a marriage counsellor and the story begins.

Coffee/cake and a hyggelig aften Movie is served with coffee and cake. Members $5 Non-members $7 Still a cheap night out

Wednesday Morning Group Wednesday, April 27th

Wednesday, April 20th, 8pm

Doors open at 7.30pm. Cash bar available. Tickets on sale at the door ($20) Call Kim on 473 6455 evenings or 021 502 690 before 4th April to confirm numbers

A superb combination of unbelievable musicianship and humour merge to produce intense violin solos, crack guitar playing and spirited, charming vocals, double bass, crisp harmonica and musical saw. The Dixieland Gipsy Band deliver a fascinating, bold and seductive musical experience.

Come to the

Open House

Sunday, April 3rd from 2pm 10.30am Coffee and chat 11am Erik the Red: The Road to the West

A stimulating morning awaits you Bring your lunch to eat following the meeting – All Welcome Focus of group “Friendship and Danish life and culture”

followed by Danish Church Service with pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen at 4pm.

Come and meet your friends or get some new ones – Everyone is welcome!

Coffee & cake from $2.50 (Next Open House – May 1st)


THE DANISH SOCIETY (INC)

SUBSCRIPTIONS (2011 Financial Year – 1st Oct 2010 to 30th Sept 2011)

P. O. BOX 12 279 - PENROSE 1642 6 Rockridge Ave., Penrose, Auckland Phone 580 3103 www.danishsocietynz.com

Member: Senior rate: (65 & over) Youth rate: (18 to 25) Children under 18 Family discount: Less

Contact phone numbers

The Danish House Valhalla, Leigh

580 3103 09 422 6194

REGULAR EVENTS

Committee

PRESIDENT Inger Mortensen 443 5105 Email: president@danishsocietynz.com VICE-PRESIDENT Marion Stewart 480 8282 Email: vicepresident@danishsocietynz.com TREASURER Roger Knights 021 858 248 Email: treasurer@danishsocietynz.com SECRETARY Pam Logan 480 9883 Email: secretary@danishsocietynz.com COMMITTEE MEMBERS Antony Barrett 444 0939 Kim Basse 473 6455 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Louise Robertson 410 0108 EDITOR “NEWS MAGAZINE” John Stewart 480 8282 88c Coronation Road, Hillcrest, North Shore 0627 E-mail: editor@danishsocietynz.com MAILOUT Helle Scott 521 2844 CHANGE OF ADDRESS Kurt Marquart 476 0244 E-mail: membership@danishsocietynz.com

Other Addresses

ROYAL DANISH CONSULATE GENERAL P.O. Box 619, Auckland 1 Fax 537 3067 Phone 537 3099 www.danishconsulatesnz.org.nz THE TRADE COMMISSION OF DENMARK P.O. Box 2154, Auckland 1 Fax 307 5207 Phone 379 3119 www.dtcauckland.um.dk THE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Harris Rd (P O Box 85-014) Mt Wellington Phone 579 4490 DANISH CHURCH NEW ZEALAND INC. Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen www.danishchurchnz.org Ph 03 464 0218

RATES FOR VALHALLA

Peak Members Guests Adults $18 $30 Children $9 $20 Off-Peak Adults $12 $30 Children $6 $20 Whole house daily rate Off-peak $120 Peak rate $270 Christmas season $320 Functions $320 Off-peak = Mid-week only excluding Christmas season and school holidays Peak = All school holidays, Christmas season and all weekends. Christmas season = Christmas Eve to the end of Anniversary weekend. The house can only be hired for 7 days at any one time. Call the Booking Officer: Marion Stewart, 88c Coronation Road, Hillcrest, NSC P: 480 8282 E: valhalla@danishsocietynz.com 2

$60 per member $50 per member $50 per member Free $30 per couple

DANISH HOUSE

An Open House is held on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

DANISH MOTHERS’ GROUP

meets every 2nd Tuesday. Call Christina on 021 161 3159 for venue.

are held on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm

FOLKDANCERS

VALHALLA WORKING BEES

meet at 7.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

CARDPLAYERS

WEDNESDAY MORNING GROUP

Working bees are usually held on the weekend of the second Saturday of the month. meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month - 11am to 3pm

Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10.30am.

QUICK CHECK CALENDAR April Sun 3rd Sat 9th Mon 11th Fri 15th Wed 20th May Sun 1st Mon 9th Sat 14th June Sun 5th

Open house & Danish Church Service Valhalla working bee Committee meeting Film evening Jazz evening, Dixieland Gipsy Band Penrose working bee & Open house Committee meeting Valhalla working bee Open House

Danish Classes Wednesdays

Beginners 6.30-7.30pm Intermediate 7.30-8.30pm Private lessons are available on Saturday mornings.

For more information call

Connie Kristensen

0274 757 565

Sat 11th Mon 13th Fri 17th Sun 19th Sat 25th July Sun 3rd Sat 9th Mon 11th Fri 15th Sun 17th

Valhalla working bee Committee meeting Film evening Skt Hans Mid-Winter Christmas party (Smœrrebrœds) Open house & Danish Church Service Valhalla working bee Committee meeting Film evening Bingo

Danish House Hall Hire Rates

Members rates for hiring the hall for the whole day at the Danish House, Penrose. Sunday to Friday inclusive $100 Saturday: $150 Half a day is $25 less. Funerals – no charge. The bond is $150.00 per booking. The booking/holding fee of $50.00 is deducted from the total cost.

Call the Booking Officer: Antony Barrett, Phone 444 0939

Committee Contacts & Convenors for Working Groups Committee Contact Working Group Cultural Card Players Danish lessons Danish Mothers’ group Films Folk dancing Library / Videos Society history Welfare (Cards & Flowers) Danish House Bookings Maintenance Members Membership Communication Editor Webmaster Socials Bar Socials Valhalla Bookings & Maintenance Working Bees

Convenor Phone Oluf Basse 534 2798 0274 757 565 Connie Kristensen Christina Bengtson 021 161 3159 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Helle Gilderdale 478 7016 Karen Yates 524 6016 Vibeke Courtney 576 3150 Antony Barrett 444 0939 Kim Basse 473 6455 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 email: membership@danishsocietynz.com John Stewart 480 8282 Gitte Abildgaard Nielsen 360 1110 email: webmaster@danishsocietynz.com Finn Nielsen, 625 5533 Annette Jorna 630 8722 email: socials@danishsocietynz.com Marion Stewart 480 8282 Palle Olsen 09 426 6840

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From the President’s Desk - March 2011 Kære Alle, I was very thrilled with how busy February turned out to be. It wasn’t quite planned like that, but a few last-minute approaches from various groups and some stellar efforts from committee members and others saw us celebrating several fantastic “F’s” of Danish culture: Film, folk dancing, folk music and Fastelavn. Brilliant. On the other hand, it was with great disappointment that we had to cancel the Summer BBQ on 19th of March due to lack of interest. It is often hard to know what type of event will work, so we are always keen to hear from members with ideas for events. We thought the BBQ would work well considering the time of year and also because it would mean a lot less work for the relatively few who usually end up helping out in the kitchen, setting the tables etc. Please mark your calendars already now for some of our upcoming events (have a look at the updated quickcheck calendar), among them Family Dinner and Film on May 20th, and the Mid-Winter Christmas Party on June 25th. These should be great events with lots of entertainment and delicious food. Louise Robertson, who joined the committee at the AGM in November, has unfortunately resigned from the committee due to work commitments. One of our suppleants was Pam Logan, who is now our secretary, and the other was Lise Elowsson. Lise has kindly declined coming onto the committee at this time, so the committee will continue until the next AGM with eight members. It is not too early to start thinking about whether you would like to be elected onto the committee at the next AGM – or whether you have nominations. Please let us know if you do – you could come along to our meetings and get a feel for what we do already now. We work hard, but we also have a lot of fun.

Movie & Dinner

Family Dinner followed by Family movie 20th May Lovely dinner cooked by Dorte Soelmark and her team followed by an entertaining movie for the whole family. Mark your calendars.

Full details in May magazine.

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Since last time I wrote, we have had the bad news of two major earth quakes wrecking havoc and devastation - one of them right here in New Zealand. I have thought a lot about these events and felt very sad for all the people who have lost so much. I found it was a very unreal feeling, in those first few days especially, going about my usual business: Getting up, emptying the dishwasher, sending kids off to school, going off to work, getting stuck in traffic etc etc - all the while knowing that elsewhere in our country people’s lives were changed forever, and nothing was normal anymore. Many of them didn’t even have a home, or water, or a job . . . I have been in contact with Danes in Christchurch and offered our willingness as a society to help out in any way possible. If you know of anyone in Christchurch who could do with some help, please encourage them to read the letter posted on our website: www. danishsocietynz.com . I look forward to seeing you at the club one day soon. Med kærlig hilsen Inger Mortensen

Penrose Working Bee Our lovely house at Penrose is the heart of our Society and like any heart it needs a bit of tender loving care (TLC). We are planning a working bee on the 1st May at 9am. This will be followed by the open day at the house. We will be doing all the usual working bee activities such as tidying the garden, cleaning the kitchen and pantry house and doing the windows. It would be great if you could contribute a couple of hours of your time just to give the place a tidy up. Bring some cleaning equipment and enjoy the occasion. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kim Basse on 021 502 690 or 472 6455 for catering purposes. All welcome. 3


15th SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL I have been to many Scandinavian Festivals (Gatherings in the past), but the Festival this year was something rather special. For me, it was experiencing history in action , that, made it special. The Festival was shared between Dannevirke, the town established by Danish immigrants in the 1870s; and Norsewood, with its distinctive Norwegian influence, some fifteen minutes drive away. The Festival’s format is well known but this year there were some changes. The Opening Ceremony, was held on Friday evening in the ornate Dannevirke Town Hall. Here the Governor General, The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand and his wife Lady Susan, were the VIP dignitaries, opening the Festival. It was an honour to have this recognition. As always, the flags, when presented, created a very moving ceremony. Saturday events took place in Norsewood. I wondered how it would work out as it was hard to see from the programme what was going to happen, apart from the street Parade at 10am followed by the flag raising and some spots of folk dancing. I was the one to be surprised. The whole of the Norsewood village, a shopping street, with a café, a clothing shop known as the Gap, a dairy, the Museum,

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Information Centre and School and church had been turned into a Market and fair ground. There was spinning, dancing, films, books and history, genealogy specialists, market stalls, with a great variety of goods for sale: food, coffee, jewellery, plants, souvenirs, clothing, bags, Norsewear socks, wooden furniture and much more. Four music and dance specialists from Norway entertained as did a large folk dancing group from Denmark. For children, there were car rides, draught horse rides and more to keep them occupied. The School had a vital part to play. They had given us a Maori welcome on the Friday afternoon, followed by a well executed display of Scandinavian dancing. The school teaches a Scandinavian cultural and heritage programme and all the children are involved. Each classroom displayed children’s art and activities of a different Scandinavian country and the NZ links. There was a Danish room beautifully displaying the Danish Flags and a Swedish room and so forth. These children are taught the history of the district they live in. On the outskirts of Norsewood the museum village of “Johanna’s World”. This is a replica of a simple Norwegian mountain village built by the author of the book by the same name, ØM Andresen. The story

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25th 26th & 27th February, 2011 at Norsewood

is well told of Johanna’s very impoverished life in her held at the Norsewood School in brilliant weather, beloved Norway and her journey to New Zealand in the Keynote speaker, Roger Clausen QSM, spoke most 1873. Here she marries her boyfriend Christian and eloquently of his life as a second generation New settle on a piece of land which they have to clear. It Zealander and the influence of his grandparents and is a moving story and the author has �������������������� put his life and their values, on his life. soul into not only the story but this little Norwegian It was very heartfelt story of immigrants making ������������� ����� ���a�������� museum. Sadly Andresen is not well, but when he �������������������� good and leaving the next generation and the ������� ����� ��� ���� ��������� ��� ������ �� ������� ��� � leaves this world he will leave a wonderful legacy in ������������� ����� ��� ��������one after that committed to the new country and �������������������������������������������������� Norsewood and in������� New����� Zealand. ���������������������������������������������������� ��� ���� ��������� ��� ������ �� ������� ��� �contributing to the continued development of ���������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������� New Zealand. There was a lot to see and do in Norsewood that ���������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ Saturday; it was a meeting with the world of the Somehow in this setting the Scandinavian Festival ���������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������� early Scandinavian������������������������������������������������������������ pioneers and their���hard life,���now ������� ����� ��� �������� ������������� ������ ����� was not about showing made sense. This Festival, �������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������ preserved in this little village. Soon it was 4pm and the ��� ������� ��� ����� ��� �������� ������������� ������ �����Scandinavian present day culture, but to honour the market closed. The������������������������������������������������������ next event was the����������������������������������� dinner dance at history of the early Scandinavian immigrants and their ����������������������������������� 6pm back in the town hall in Dannevirke. To the great influence on the present day. It is a Kiwi story that was ����������������������������������������������������������� credit and effort of����������������������������������������������������������� the committees, the entree was ������������������������������������������������������� told and lived out. ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� “sild” and snaps, followed by a Kiwi meal. All very fitting. We all ����� have ��� to get to become familiar with our ������������������������������������������������� ��������� ��� ����� ��������� ������� ��� ���� ��� ����� ��������� ������� ����� ���is ��� ����collective New Zealand /Danish history of the 1870’s What many of us��������� will remember from the evening �������������������������������������������������� the band. We were�������������������������������������������������� treated to a great�������������������������������������������������������� “country dance“. and beyond and in the Wairarapa and Manawatu �������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������� The floor was constantly full with people enjoying ����������������������������������������������������� it is all around you. This is where the Scandinavian ���������������������������������������������������������� themselves with or���������������������������������������������������������� without partners.���������������������������������������������������� It was a lot of fun Gatherings first began����������������������� in order to honour their ����������������������� ���������������������������������������������������� for the Auckland people who stayed ���������������������������������������������������� to the very end, forefathers. No wonder it was an ����������� ���������������������������������������������������� ������������ �������������������������������������������������������� swinging away. �������������������������������������������������������� interesting experience. �������� �������� ������������������������������������ ������������������������������������ �������������������������� After the Thanksgiving service on Sunday morning, Karen Andersen Yates�� ��� ����� ��������������

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Mark this date in your diary now and keep watching for more information in the News Magazines For historic information and programmes of events in Wellington and Palmerston North see the websites: www.monrad.org.nz; http://monrad.info.org.nz Contact person: Karen Andersen Yates Ph: 524 6016 April 2011 ● Danish Society News Magazine

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Obituary - Yvonne du Fresne Yvonne du Fresne, a long-time member, died on Saturday 12th March 2011. She was 81. She lived in Makara, Wellington. Her Danish ancestors arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century. A fiction writer whose works, set in the DanishFrench Huguenot community, are among the finest literary examinations of non-British European cultures in New Zealand. Born in Takaka, du Fresne moved to the North Island at age three and was brought up in the Danish-French Huguenot settlement of the Manawatu. Her writing shows a strong affinity with the region’s landscape. Du Fresne trained as a teacher in Christchurch, qualifying in classroom music and voice teaching, and specialised in teaching music. As a teacher, she worked in Primary Schools, at Wellington Teachers’ College, and at the Correspondence School, for which she was also a drama scriptwriter. Three radio plays have been broadcast on National Radio, ‘The Spring’, ‘The Ship’, ‘A Little Talk About Our Winter District’. Her collection of short fiction, Farvel and other stories (1980) won the PEN Best First Book Award and was read over the radio as ‘Astrid of the Limberlost’. At this time du Fresne travelled to writers conferences at Aarhus and Kiel Universities on a travel award from the Danish Ministry of Culture. This debut was followed by a novel, The Book of Ester (1982), and a collection of linked stories The Growing of Astrid Westergaard (1985). Astrid Westergaard features the same Danish New Zealand protagonist as Farvel and was also adapted for radio. Both collections, writes Nina Nola in the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature ‘attempt to establish a connection between the nonBritish European migrants and Maori.’ The Womens Press published a selection of the stories as The Bear from the North (1989) with the subtitle ‘Tales of a New Zealand Childhood’. The Book of Ester also has a Hugenot protagonist, whom critics have described as a grown up Astrid Westergaard. After the death of her Danish husband, Ester traces the course her forbears took to arrive in 6

New Zealand, and finds consolation in the arms of a fellow Dane. Frederique (1987) is deeply engaged with European history and the mythical world of Danish folklore. While visiting Denmark in 1980, du Fresne discovered an entry in her family records about a young woman - the Frederique of the title - who was wounded during the assassination of her parents by French Catholic agents in 1723. This story was the seed for the novel, set in 19th century New Zealand. In Motherland (1996), Astrid Westergaard, returns to Denmark and has a reunion with her Danish relatives. ‘As romance flourishes,’ writes Janet Wilson in NZ Listener, ‘du Fresne brings into suggestive parallel the deeper exploration of Astrids psyche that love urges with the rediscovery of her roots in Jutland.’ ‘Interweaving Astrid’s story with an underlying enquiry about nationality, and brilliantly controlling the surface elements of mystery and romance, she has written more than a moving and believable story.’ Over her publishing career Yvonne du Fresne received a number of literary awards and scholarships in New Zealand and Denmark. After winning the best first book award for Farvel, she was twice runner-up in the New Zealand Book Awards for The Growing of Astrid Westergaard and The Book of Ester. While on a Writers Residence at Aarhus University Jutland, Denmark in 1999, du Fresne established future writers residencies for New Zealand writers at that university. In reviewing Motherland in New Zealand Books, Heather Murray could as easily be describing du Fresne’s oeuvre when she writes: ‘Yes, it is a story of coming to terms with one’s heritage but du Fresne avoids the pitfalls of the well done-over topic. She writes so beautifully and puts such a new edge on it all, that the reader finds everything to enjoy.’ Retrieved from: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/dufresneyvonne.html

Missing Family! In advance of death in my family I’ve just been told that I have family in New Zealand. My aunt named Carla died 20 years ago but came to New Zealand as a child and had children. If you know Carla from the past or her children, I would be very happy with an email address or a telephone number. Sincerely, Peter Engelhof Jørgensen Email: pjpeterej@gmail.com Danish Society News Magazine ● April 2011


We need your help! at the next Valhalla Working Bees 9th-10th April 14th-15th May

We are seeking your support to carry out a whole range of jobs, both indoors and outdoors. There is always house-cleaning to do as well as weeding etc. Any help is welcome. Lunch is supplied by the society, therefore we need to know the number of participants by Wednesday 6th April.

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Palle Olsen on 09 426 6840, 021 255 0911 or palle@olsens.co.nz

The Mark of Denmark The Danish astronomer, Ole Christensen Rømer was born in Aarhus on 25th September 1644 and died in Copenhagen on 19th September 1710. He was the son of merchant Christian Pedersen, who originated from Roemoe and changed his surname to Rømer to distinguished himself from other people with the very common name of Christian Pedersen, and his mother was Anna Olufsdatter. He studied at the University of Copenhagen under his mentor Rasmus Bartholin. Rømer was given every opportunity to learn mathematics and astronomy using Tycho Brahe`s observations. He was employed by the French government of Louis XIV, and in 1681 he returned to Denmark where he was appointed professor of astronomy at the University of Copenhagen and became involved at the Observatory at Rundetaarn using improved instruments of his own construction. Unfortunately, his observations have not survived, they were lost in the great Copenhagen fire of 1728. In 1700, Rømer managed to introduce the Gregorian calander into Denmark and Norway, which was something Tycho Brahe had argued for, but in vain, a hundred years earlier. He also developed one of the first temperature scales. Fahrenheit visited him in 1708 and together they improved on the Rømer scale, with the result being the now familiar Fahrenheit scale used today in some countries. April 2011 ● Danish Society News Magazine

After studies in Copenhagen, Rømer went to the observatory on Uraniborg in 1671, on the island of Hven between Denmark and Sweden. Here he observed over 140 eclipses of Jupiter`s moon Io, while at the same time in Paris Giovanni Cassini observed the same eclipses. By trial and error over an eight year period, Rømer worked out the retardation of light. He calculated the delay as a portion of the angle corresponding to a given position of the Earth with respect to Jupiter. When the angle is 180 degrees the delay becomes 22 minutes, which is interpreted as the time needed for the light to cross a distance equal to the diameter of the Earth`s orbit. This, in part, is the basis for calculating the speed of light. A plaque at the Observatory of Paris where Rømer was working for a time commemorates his work which, in effect, was the first measurement of a universal quantity made on this planet. Sent in by Carlo Mikkelsen

Danish home stay family Hi, my name is Lars-Bjørn and I am a 24 year old NZ-born Dane. I have a Danish citizenship and I plan on going back to Denmark soon to work, study and maybe relocate there permanently. Before I go I would like to improve my Danish and my girlfriend who is Chinese would also like to learn Danish. If you can help me, I would like to find a Danish homestay family who is willing for my girlfriend and I to live with for a few months before we go to Denmark. Thank you and regards, Lars-Bjørn Email: electriclarz@gmail.com 7


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Super Liquor, 13 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park, ph 09 537 0360

now stock Danish Aquavit

The brand is Bornholmer and it comes in “Akvavit” and “Traditions Akvavit”. They charge $59 per 700ml bottle, but are willing to reduce the price to $52 if customers buy six bottles at a time (can be mixed).

e-mail hld_wine@ihug.co.nz

Foreningsnyt Congratulations to all the members who have birthdays and the couple who have an anniversary in April especially Ib Meldgaard som fylder 64 år d. 3.4.2011 Mary Irene Brindle som fylder 66 år d. 5.4.2011 Helle Scott som fylder 45 år d. 7.4.2011 Elin V. Jensen som fylder 68 år d. 11.4.2011 Helen Scott som fylder 84 år d. 12.4.2011 Inger Mortensen som fylder 44 år d. 13.4.2011 Bjarke Byllemos som fylder 47 år d. 14.4.2011 Otto Larsen som fylder 78 år d. 22.4.2011 Alistair Brian Johnston som fylder 51 år d. 23.4.2011 Paul Hopley som fylder 64 år d. 24.4.2011 Jan Jensen som fylder 49 år d. 24.4.2011 Vibeke Munch Hopley som fylder 66 år d. 25.4.2011 Peter Futterup som fylder 25 år d. 29.4.2011 Kurt Marquart som fylder 70 år d. 29.4.2011 Fanny and Graham Wright fejrer deres guldbryllup den 15.4.2011

The next magazine deadline is Apr 18

All contributions welcome – in English or Danish (with a short summary in English). The magazine can also be read (in full colour) online at www.danishsocietynz.com. Note: ads for events must be in a calendar month before the event. John Stewart (Editor) editor@danishsocietynz.com 8

Bier’s ‘Better World’ wins Oscar Director Susanne Bier thrilled to add statuette to her Golden Globe. A Danish film has won the Oscar for best film in a foreign language for only the third time in the history of the awards. Susanne Bier’s ‘Hævnen’ (‘In a Better World’) upset the even-money favourite, the Mexican/Spanish entry ‘Biutiful’, to cap a fantastic double following on from its triumph in the Golden Globes in January. Referring to her statuette backstage, the film’s director Bier, whose 2006 film ‘After the Wedding’ was also Oscar-nominated, said: “I didn’t know it would be this huge!” Bier’s rehearsed winner’s speech at the Golden Globes didn’t go according to plan, and this time she took a different approach. “I had my speech ready but I didn’t say one sentence from it!” she revealed. ‘Hævnen’, which will be released in the US on April 1 by Sony Classics, is the third Danish film to win the award, following on from ‘Babette’s Feast’ (1987) and ‘Pelle the Conqueror’ (1988).

Book review of a Danish best seller A former member of the Danish “Jaegerkorps” (Army Special Forces) has written an autobiography “Jaeger, i krig med eliten“ about his time in the elite military unit and his deployment to the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a well documented and easy to read work, and the reader need not have any knowledge of military matters to understand and follow the events. The author, Thomas Rathsack, starts by explaining his overwhelming ambition as a young man to become a soldier, and follows through by describing requirements to be accepted as a member in the elite “Jaegerkorps.“ He gives full details about the various deployments, and the tasks he was given when at war in Afghanistan and Iraq, some of this has never been revealed to the public before. The author is a friend of mine, and has sent me a hard cover edition of his book, which is written in Danish and has sold more than 70,000 copies, asking that it be gifted to the library at Danish House. This I am very pleased to have done. The book is now available and can be taken out by Society members. by Carlo Mikkelsen Danish Society News Magazine ● April 2011

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