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Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Call For Danes...

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You know what? In a weird, twisted kind of way (I'm addicted to this sentence!), this whole Danish cartoons debacle had some very good side effects.
The most obvious for me as a blogger was the surge in the number of Danish and Norwegian readers of my blog. I am sure that the same happened to a lot of mid-eastern bloggers.
I think this enabled some Danish readers to understand a little bit more about us as real people, and not abstracted media characters, which I'm sure would lead them to realize that not all of us are embassy-torching, foreigners-beating bunch of lunatics. So, in a way what happened was a good thing.
I, however, feel envious because their attempts at connecting with us and reading about us is not equally repaid.
So for all my newly found Danish, and Scandinavians friends (Denmark isn't Scandinavia, right?), can you please provide me with links to good blogs of yours! I want to start understanding more about you, but I don't know where to start; be my guide!

P.S.: Wow, I have a reader from Estonia! Feel free to contribute, but I guess I will need some information which are more on the, what should I say?, basic stuff. Like, what's up with the flag colors? (well intentioned!)

Moved on!

8 Comments:

Toman, how do you make links in this comment section?

By Blogger Seneferu, at February 23, 2006 8:08 PM  

Since we're family and have now licked each other's orange fingers*, I feel obligated to point out:

Scandinavia= Norway, Sweden, Denmark

And my Norwegian friends are quick to point out that Finland is not Scandinavian.

* cheetos reference

By Blogger Kickers, at February 23, 2006 8:11 PM  

I thought that it was finland, sweden, and norway...because, you know, denmark isn't on the same peninsula all together...anyhow..who I am to say?...
(and about licking each other fingers...glad you mentioned that it is a cheetos refrence!!)

By Blogger Tomanbay, at February 23, 2006 8:17 PM  

Yeah, Denmark isn't on the peninsula. But apparently, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes can communicate with each other and read each other's texts- same language family. Finnish is not intelligible to them.

By Blogger Kickers, at February 23, 2006 8:22 PM  

Hi TomanBay.
Glad to have found u (via sandmonkey) Would like to tell you, that as a dane I feel very
much in tune with u guys ;-)
Am going away for a week, but will just respond to your request for danish blogs with a few, that I enjoy. Mostly in Danish, but it
may still give you a taste of what
is going on there.
Let me know if there is anything, u want me to translate for you.

http://www.polemiken.net/
http://dansk-svensk.blogspot.com/
http://www.filtrat.dk/
http://www.sappho.dk/
http://www.brusselsjournal.com/
http://www.spectator.se/stambord/index.php?cat=2

Love from Denmark

By Blogger tom, at February 24, 2006 12:09 AM  

Thanks to all the Egyptian (Sandmonkey, Big Pharaoh, Freedom for Egyptians and yourself) and other Middle East bloggers for your support. Without your satirical spotlight on the cartoon issue, the situation would have been all too depressing. Most of the good Danish blogs are in Danish, which probably wouldn’t do you any good. I too believe that some good can come of this conflict. Maybe we could set up a Egyptian-Danish forum, where critical issues of national and international politics are debated, but most importantly severely mocked? Anyway I feel great because I know I have more in common with several people from the Middle East, than I do with several Danish voters.

Ps: I have been reading the Brussels Journal for a couple of weeks and it is too right winged for my taste. Their comment section is awful and pretty racist (not Brussels Journals fault), not like the semi-serious comments that we sometimes enjoy here.

By Blogger jelsted, at February 24, 2006 12:45 AM  

As kickers points out people from Norway, Sweden and Denmark speak languages with the same root. If the languages are spoken slowly then with some effort it is understood by people from the other countries. Reading the languages is easier because the words have the same root.

All three languages sounds like little dogs barking and are notoriously difficult to learn. We disagree about which one is worst.

The majority af people speak english.

Spanking children is against the law in all three countries.
School, college and university are free.
Questioning any authority is considered positive.
Illiteracy is very low. There is compulsary education and if parents keep their children from going to school the authorities will interfere.
Admission to hospital is free.
Women are among the most liberated in the world.
Religion is considered private.
For a politician (or any other public person) lying is political suicide and not even your friends will support you.

In general we dislike fundamentalism, nazism, fascism and other oppressors intensely.

We are monarchies where the royal families are without any political influence other than signing the laws the governments have passed.

We are among the biggest spenders of money to less fortunate countries.

We laugh at the same things as you, The Sandmonkey and The Pharao.
We just say the same things in public.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 26, 2006 12:47 AM  

Here s a nice Danish blog in english:

http://agora.blogsome.com/

Remember to read this about Danish-Syrian politician Naser Khader.

By Blogger patsgirl, at February 26, 2006 3:11 AM  

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