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Project 52 – 2013: Week 48

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Mirror (Vaporous)

Vaporous yielded a damp bathroom mirror. Thanks to Lisa Risager for some well-needed inspiration.

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December 1st, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Project 53 – 2013: Week 47

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Offices and Commuting

Busy weeks with work in Odense, Roskilde and – the coming weeks – Vejle. So I have a lot of urgent tasks to deal with and work out of two borrowed offices.

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November 24th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The Wrong Prediction

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The two most notable facts about Tuesday’s local election were 1) the reversal of the trend towards lower turnout in local elections and 2) the complete and utter failure of state broadcaster DR to present a competent and reliable coverage of the election results.

Otherwise the Social Democrats and the Liberals will be able to claim some kind of victory – the Social Democrats are still the largest party at the local level and were able to hold on to all four major cities (Copenhagen, Århus, Ålborg and Odense) while the Liberals made gains and won mayorships in a number of councils, thus surpassing the Social Democrats as the largest mayoral parties. Even the Conservatives were able to hold on to some traditional strongholds and winning mayorships in Hillerød and Køge. The party may be in deep trouble at the national level but it is not dead yet.

Other results were as expected – wins for the Red-Greens, the Social Liberals and the Danish People’s Party and heavy losses for SF. The overall picture of Danish local politics may be a bit more scattered now but the Social Democrats and the Liberals still dominate at the local level. Tuesday night brought us the usual handful of nasty agreements over the distribution of mayorships and chairmanships but all in all, the election looked fairly unsurprising.

We can’t say yet why turnout increased, but Denmark continues to be an interesting exception to the European trend towards lower turnout. The reversal is all the more interesting as 2009 saw the lowest turnout in living memory – many countries would count the measly 65% turnout four years ago as a massive victory for local government.

Finally, the was the complete clustef**k that was DR’s exit poll and election coverage. This merits a special post but suffice it to say that both national networks continued a deplorable tendency to overdo coverage before any reliable results are available (election specials could easily start at 9 pm) and that DR completely bungled the commission and use of the results of the exit poll – or exit prognosis as the network called it.

Occasionally, you make the right mistakes: I called DR a betwork, not a network ;-)

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November 20th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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The Handbook of Social Democracy in the European Union

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What the title said. I write about the Danish Social Democrats. Maybe I’ll make some comments about my interpretations of the fate of the party later.

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November 18th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Project 52 – 2013: Week 46

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Reflections (Therapeutic)

I had to spend four months on sick leave in early 2012 due to stress and the entire experience was a powerful reminder that you need to set up limits to your work and that it is essential to take time off to relax and put your daily routines into perspective. A quiet walk along the river is one of the things that can do the trick for me – and as this week’s theme was “therapeutic”, I offer you the reflections on the quiet surface of the river passing through central Odense.

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November 17th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Project 52 – 2013: Week 45

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Preparations (Scholarly)

Some busy weeks with a lot of teaching ahead of me. Fortunately, I could call in the adjunct professors to help me.

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November 10th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Project 52 – 2013: Week 44

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On top of it all (Recyclable)

“Recyclable” – but the problem is how you recycle your bottles if the basket is covered by a sign? Oh, and the sign is not written in correct Danish: Can you spot the error?

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November 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

A Job Update

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If you visit this page on the web, you will see that I have updated my “About me”-profile to say that I am available for assignments (etc) from February 2014. The reason is that I will be replacing a former colleague at UC Lillebælt who unfortunately has to take a leave for some months for the rest of the autumn semester.

I am off the hook for a couple of months – but the hunt for a new job and/or new assignments goes on!

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October 31st, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Project 52 – 2013: Week 43

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Pot Holders (Quilted)

Lost for ideas? Head for the kitchen! I don’t own many quilted things but I do have two sets of pot holders. (And I’m not really sure if they are quilted in the strict sense, but they will have to do for this week)

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October 28th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Project 52 – 2013: Week 42

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Coffee (Practical)

A bit of a desperation shot but still: When it comes to making coffee, I have opted for the simple and practical. No complicated brewers when a grinder will do.

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October 20th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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