Me & The Olympics: Mind the Gap

This week, WordPress has been asking us whether social media has changed the way we view the Olympics. My initial response was that it hasn’t. To be honest, the title they provided in theit blogpost acutally illustrated my relationship with the Olympics (and for most parts also sports in general): “Mind the Gap”. There is a huge gap between me on one side, sports on the other.

But starting to write this blogpost, I suddenly thought of how a friend tweeted about the sponsors of the Olympics. I then realized that they are the big shots who can easily get away with mistreating their employees, exploiting the communities they work in, and crushing local companies with equally good products by covering it up by actually producing excellent products and appear to do good deeds.

I do find that sports can be of and for the better. Some people might be saved by their interest in sports just as I and some of my friends have had our youth (and possibly the rest of our lives) saved by attending dramaschool. I believe that it is stuff like this that can make world peace a reality. When listening to Brian Laudrup speak of why he started the soccer school he started, it sounded just like the reason why I think that the dramaschool I attended was a success in my and my fellow student’s lives, among the reasons being the sense of community, teamwork, and discipline being developed.

But having the magnitude it has, the Olympics seem to be able to ruin a few things. I have heard so much about how overshadowing it was when being held in China; seemingly everything related to breaking what they may have broken of Western laws of human rights has been forgotten when it came to the Olympics. That’s not what I appreciate when I think of sports. That doesn’t seem like a decent interhuman team spirit to me.

I think that what I’m trying to say is that there are these huge organisations, be it in the shape of firms or countries, which can get away with too much by being associated to something perceived as good on the surface. And although I think I was aware of that as it was, I don’t think I would have been thinking too much of it if actions and opinions against it hadn’t been mentioned on the news or over the social media.

In conclusion to my opinion/viewing of the Olympics changing through the social media, I would have to say that I think it has. But not in the way that WordPress might have thought of; they spoke of speaking about the Olympics through social media. They spoke about viewing it, as in following it. I haven’t spoken of it because I don’t follow them (though I’m happy when hearing that Denmark won something), so I still stand by what I responded in their poll: That I haven’t spoken of it through my channels.

Or, word by word: “Not at all, the two are completely unrelated for me.” And so are I and sports in general. Even if I was in London this summer, I would probably be sitting in a theater instead of in a stadium. So please: mind the gap.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

An advent calendar spiderweb candle burning in August.

I think I partially forgot about it last year, so it didn’t burn all the way down, and I didn’t have the heart to toss it. Now, on the other hand, I would like to have my home as Christmas free as possible so I can truly appreciate the season when it comes around (this is also the reason why I don’t listen to Christmas music for most of the year). But I still don’t want to toss it. It’s just too perdy, and there’s too much “unburned” to toss it in my opinion (it was stuck between the 16th and 17th when I started earlier today).

Having an advent calendar candle is a tradition in Denmark – and it being a spiderweb candle is a special tradition I have had for a few years by now. But more about that in due time.

This is part of The Daily Post at WordPress.com. Waddya think – is this something I should be doing more of?

♥ Priviledges

I have just been posting four posts in not much more than 24 hours on one of my other blogs, Stage Takeoff – and it suddenly struck me how privileged I have been when thinking back on some of the things I have been reporting on through Stage Takeoff, both the blog and the matching Twitter account. The reason why I have been so active on that blog this time around is that I have been lousy at updating it to correspond to the tweets.

Just having published a post on “Artaxerxes” by Ludvig Holberg and watching Josh Groban’s latest vlog just now reminded me that I attended both the original production of a Holberg play as well as Groban’s first full concert in Denmark. And, of course, there are all the other productions I attended for the past year.

“Artaxerxes” is a play by Holberg that was never produced in Holberg’s lifetime, but came to life for the very first time with the help of Teaterselskabet Pulchra Semper Veritas earlier this year. But I have to admit that the concert back in September left a deeper impression.

Other productions leaving a big impression in the past year are “Hamlet” at Aarhus Teater (don’t get me started), “Oliver med et Twist” at Nørrebro Teater (I want more of this), “Chess” at Aarhus Teater (I dare you to shut me up) – and of course it hasn’t been much more than a year since I saw “Hamlet” at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (I dare you to hold me back). When speaking of “Hamlet”, one certainly shouldn’t forget Kenneth Branagh’s cinematic version that had me surviving two term papers revolving around that very play in one semester. One last thing was the performance of Tue Lindholt in the title role of “Erasmus Montanus” in The Old Town this summer.

I can’t wait to go on seeing more.

As for now, I have one more blogpost and a bit of editing left for Stage Takeoff for today, then I’ll let it be for the weekend.

RE-BLOG: Caffeinated Ambrosia: Or How This Blog Runs on Coffee

Found this among the Freshly Pressed when I logged onto WordPress. Couldn’t have said it better myself, and the comments are huh-LA-rious!

Been on a decaffeination quest mysef, but became too grumpy to exist. So back on the wagon I was – and stil am!

ROAM ABOUT MIKE

My proclivity for drinking coffee stems from an innate hatred of mornings. I like the nightlife; I like to boogie – so while most people are bounding out of bed yipping about sunshine and lollipops in  super-chipper voices, I’m calling the alarm clock a filthy name, hoping I don’t break yet another snooze button. 

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Randomness Recharged

Hey all,

I was talking to a fellow student over the Facebook chat the other night. She needed more pictures for her own blog, and I wanted to update this one. But I think we both felt a bit out of blogging mojo – in spite of myself having a bunch of drafts lying around (some of them from when I started here on WordPress a couple of years ago).

One of the reasons why I started blogging more regularly often was that I wanted to get into a proper rythm and get a bit of practice – and most important: “speak” (write) my mind and communicate various things to the rest of the world. I wanted communication through writing to be part of my professional life as well as wanting a place to share aforementioned various things.

But then something went… wrong. Or maybe not wrong, but not how it should have gone. I came up with other blogs.

One blog was Eksilkøbenhavneren, where I wanted to share the process of moving from Copenhagen to Aarhus in order to study dramaturgy at Aarhus University. It still holds its validity as it is written for my Danish friends and family, and thus it’s written in Danish. But many of my personal reflections moved away from this present blog when creating Eksilkøbenhavneren.

Another blog is Stage Takeoff. Initially having a drive for travel that is about as dominating as the drive to do theater, it didn’t take much inspiration to start a blog that would be based on the combination of the two. But what happened was that I took everything theater up on that blog – although that wasn’t the initial plan with neither ye olde present blog nor Stage Takeoff.

Suddenly the themes that were important to me were outsourced to the aforementioned blogs (I even made a blog specific for travel updates, but it was barely updated, and in retrospect really vague and barely worth the time) – and it is as if focus was removed from here instead of using the blog as a centering unit.

The only thing happening to Eksilkøbenhavneren will probably be no more than just start blogging on it again. But both this, my personal blog, and Stage Takeoff will have a minor overhaul each. I will be taking a look at all of my blogs and collect evrything possible right here on my personal blog. Stage Takeoff will go back to be the combination of theater and travel (occasional stints will be rare and/or limited to the matching Twitteraccount).

As for the future – I don’t know where I will be going with writing, but as it is it doesn’t seem as if I have the basis to create something new to write about theater (or anything else for that matter) from a personal perspective on. If I have anything to say on theater, it will either have to be from here, from Stage Takeoff, or from the platform of those I write for (and in the case of the latter, I will to my best to either retreive permission to re-post it, digitally scrapbook it, or link it from here). The day I have the basis to start a professional blog on theater, I will. Until then I see no need not to “exploid” my own personal corner of the Interwebs for the cause.

Yours truly.

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Where’d My Teeth Go?!

I was just watching TV earlier today – something which is becoming a new favorite of mine: “Markante Meninger” on TV2 OJ (the regional part of TV2 Denmark in Eastern Jutland, including Aarhus and its greater area where I live and study). “Markante meninger” means something like “significant opinions”. Two individuals are invited to discuss a small handful of current subjects – and I find that this is usually done in a pleasent manner. A favorite repeat individual of mine is Lotte Heise, an author and lecturer who is famous for saying a lot in a short amount of time (and being hilariously good at that).

One of the subjects that came up were children’s and teenagers’ teeth being severely damaged from acid which soda and fruit juice contains. There were some explicit photos from Tandplejen (dentists attached to primary schools in Denmark – and let me remind you again that the primary school in Denmark is up to the 9th and optional 10th form), showing teeth damaged by acid, from drinking soda and juice.

Honestly, this is the first time it occurred to me what happened to a specific trade of my teeth. I used to take lessons in horseback riding which included being thrown off by a horse every now and then. At some point, I chipped my tooth in the fall. That can’t be seen today. Granted, it was not much more than a tiny splinter – definitely not as obvious as Jim Carrey in “Dumb and Dumber” – and it has been a few years since then to say the least, but it does squeal about how “good” I have been at choosing water all by myself as a youngster (it didn’t get better until recent years).

The question for debate was what was to be done to avoid these sort of damages to children’s teeth.
I remember the first time I was in secondary school (gymnasiet), I remember there being a vending machine from Coca-Cola in the hallway, and the cafeteria selling sodas from Pepsi. Luckily, as it was pointed out in the program, most schools have removed this sort of vending machines. And Lotte Heise had a good point of giving her children some lemonade for lunch, but then have them drink water the rest of the day (and for that reason, the school cafeteria shouldn’t sell sodas, juice, etc.). She also had a point (as I understood it) with a bottle with a screw cap becoming sort of a nursing bottle (or as I would put it: a sippy cup – but her imagery is better!); you just automatically and mindlessly drink from it – and that not being a problem as long as the contents of the bottle is water; the problem occurs when the contents is soda, juice, etc.

Her opponent had an excellent point in each individual having a responsability for oneself, and I do agree on that part; but I have to agree with Heise that at primary school age, the parents have a responsability as well. Adults know right from wrong, good from bad, and healthy from unhealthy. They have to pass that on to the kids – and no, I don’t think that is done by putting wrong, bad, and unhealthy right there in front of the children’s noses. Then it’s too easy to react to the impulses from one’s reptile brain (lust = “I want”).

I’m not saying that removing these beverages from school compound will stop the students completely – no beverages were sold at my primary school, and as we grew older and had signed consent forms from our parents saying that we could leave school compounds on our own, we could just go to the convenient stores and supermarkets nearby in the longer breaks if we really wanted it – but it’s a start.

Speaking from experience, it’s easy to choose water instead of soda when being used to drinking water. But that’s the thing, you have to be used to it. It has to be a habit. Being an addict of caffeine and lover of sweets myself I know how difficult it can be to make that choice sometimes – and luckily I’m a fan of coffee with access to a coffee machine, places to buy and grind my coffee, and the money to buy coffee. Thus I’m able to kill my desire for caffeine with a cup or two and drink water when thirsty on a daily basis. And again, an addiction is related to habits in my humble opinion – something I don’t really need, but has been incorporated thoughout life.

When Heise spoke of the explicit warnings on packs of cigarettes and suggested that dentists came to the schools to show off the explicit images of what happens when teeth collide with too much acidy matter, I came to think that it might not be a bad idea. Not only do we have school nurses who I remember speaking of overweight with a boy in my class, but we also have sexual education – so why not learn about what bad stuff do to our bodies? I remember the boy being pretty open about his weight (we went to regular chats with the nurse in pairs), people actually being interested, and even the boys engaged in sex ed and saying things properly (like asking serious questions using the word penis instead of bad or everyday words for it), so why not?

Just my two cents.

Edit: Watch the show right here. Just know that it’s in Danish.

Norway

It’s been a week since the tragedy in Norway – and finally, I think I’m able to think somewhere in the area of clear about it, let alone have an overview of it. During the weekend I was quickly filled with the constant breaking news of bombing, shooting, shock, death numbers, the list goes on, and soon I was unable to contain much more. I’m not sure whether or not I would have been able to attend any of the events supporting Norway and those affected by the tragedy, but rest assured that I was there in spirit (and even watched the live transmission of the memorial service from the Cathedral of Copenhagen, Our Lady’s Church, on Wednesday) and that I do include all of this in my prayers.

I have to admit that one of my first thoughts when I heard that someone was doing a massacre was whether he was Muslim or not. If that would have been the case, I wouldn’t have been surprised, only ever so disappointed that there would be yet another reason for people to point fingers at Muslims – so granted, I was initially relieved when I heard that he was described as an ethnic Norwegian Christian (as I would if he was more generally described as Scandinavian or Caucasian Christian, for that matter).

But my relief didn’t last long. Bombings and massacres are nothing to be relieved about, nor is the identity of a bomber/murderer, no matter his/her background. Bombing and murdering is wrong, no matter the magnitude of it. What has been shocking me the most is that this has been planned for so long, so many people died, and that so many of the people who died were so young. And it only enhances it that their political orientation is so close to mine (I’m not a Social Democrat; I’m further on the left on the political scale – but the party I’m currently a member of is the “neighbor” to Arbeiterpartiet’s Danish sister party).

As I have previously pondered with other terrorist attacks, I can’t help but wonder what the people behind it was/were thinking; if they truly are of an Abramic faith (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and, as many do, speak of having to follow the rules of their faith, then why is it that they insist on breaking one of the Ten Commandments so thoroughly: “Thou shalt not kill” (the sixth commandment, Ex. 20:13)? That, to me, is one of the commandments that hurts people the most when broken. As a Christian one should also remember the Greatest Commandment (Matt. 22:34-40), which I have heard interpreted as having respect for your fellow human beings. Killing other people, their friends, their family members isn’t very respectful now, is it? I’m no angel and I do understand how it feels to thoroughly disagree with your government (doi, understanding since 2001!), but I know democracy and to wait my turn until the next election. I’m not saying that I would sit on my butt while waiting my turn or stay quiet if I see injustice from a governmental entity, but I do do democracy.

What I do enjoy in this entire mess is that I finally agree with people like PM Løkke and PM Cameron on something: the necessesity of staying together, uniting, through this and never to seize exercising our rights and freedoms as citizens of a democratic society (and I’m sure I could go on – I do remember hearing them both speak after the tragedy, and I generally agreed).

I’m not sure of how to end this. We’re lucky here in Denmark; although we had attempts of terrorism around here, but those have predominantly been averted (the worst case coming to mind is a bomb going off in a toilet at a hotel in Copenhagen). Hopefully we will stay as safe as that in the future.

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