Wednesday, 9 February 2011
When I'm working I'm almost always listening to BBC Radio 4, it somehow makes everything much cosier and it reminds me of my grandmother who always has the Danish equivalent station tuned in on her radio. Yesterday there was a program about immigration in Denmark and it actually made me ashamed of being Danish and I found myself hoping that not many other people were listening to it. Some people can be so narrow minded, selfish and ignorant - of course this is not all Danish people, far from it. Even thinking about it now it makes me angry and I'm happy to be living in a big melting pot like London, where of course there are problems too, but so many people from completely different backgrounds can live here together and make it a vibrant exiting place to be. I have always been made to feel welcome here, as opposed to the Mexican woman who was married to a Dane for 8 years, paying her tax, about to give birth to their son, but could not actually get a residency permit.
Anyway, this was not what this post was meant to be about, I just needed to vent. What I wanted to write about was another program I listened to which was about ice music from Norway. Terje Isungset makes instruments out of ice and performs concerts in carved ice arenas, mostly in Norway. It sounds incredible, unbelievable actually, and there is something so beautiful about the fact that the instrument is constantly changing and will eventually completely melt away. If you're in the UK you can listen to the pod cast here, if not then you can read and listen here.
The images are from Terje's website
If you'd like to listen to the program about Danish immigration, it's available to people in the UK here.