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Peter Madsen formally charged with murder of Kim Wall on submarine 
16-01-2018

Danish prosecutor says inventor cut Swedish journalist?s throat or strangled her on board vessel

The Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been formally charged with the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a public prosecutor has said.

Jakob Buch-Jepsen said the 46-year-old either cut Wall?s throat or strangled her after she boarded his self-built submarine for an interview in August last year.

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A Copenhagen killing: the story behind the submarine murder 
07-01-2018

Peter Madsen was a central figure in Copenhagen?s alternative art and music community. But then he was accused of murdering journalist Kim Wall. Richard Orange reports on the shock waves of the crime

A bearded Icelander in a boiler suit starts pounding the exposed strings of the disembowelled piano in front of him, and the space below deck begins pulsating with distorted, echoing rhythms.

To transform the sound, the man?s plucking and palming is being run through a laptop, an iPad and other electronics by Andreas Wetterberg, a member of Illutron, a floating art collective moored off the Copenhagen peninsula of Refshaleøen. But the piano is just the beginning. ?Things are only going to get crazier now that we can play around with rocket engines and all that stuff,? he says of the experimental music scene on this former bridge-laying barge. ?There?s a group of us doing stuff with old pulsejet engines ? it?s basically a very primitive jet engine ? but imagine it being used as a musical instrument: it has a tone to it which is really wild.?

It?s like you have a small village and the fool in the village did something that can never be forgiven

Madsen enjoyed talking about group sex and swingers? parties. He was promiscuous and said he was a sadist

I didn?t want to have anything to do with him. He was getting increasingly megalomaniacal. He was just too much

Continue reading...

We need Labour?s big beasts to reverse Brexit ? but not Tony Blair | Letters 
18-12-2017
Christopher Rainger, Willy McCourt, Rose Levinson and Paula Lanning respond to an interview with the former prime minister, while Nigel de Gruchy warns against a second referendum and Philip Astley suggests the government should follow the Danish example of parliamentary consultation

Why does it have to be left to Tony Blair (Interview, 16 December) to state the obvious ? that Brexit is a delusion and is doing enormous damage to our country while distracting attention from the huge need for political, social, economic and tax reform? Even the self-promoting Boris Johnson can see that options like a Canada-plus agreement turn us into a ?vassal state? (Labour the key to soft Brexit, rebels tell May, 18 December), giving us none of the benefits of remaining and reforming the EU, with stupendous cost and drastic loss of influence.

Where are the big beasts of the Labour party? Why are they wasting political energy arguing that they could make a better fist of Brexit, when they know it?s impossible? As Blair so cogently argues, Brexit won?t solve the problems facing the people who voted for it. Brexit can only impoverish us and make these problems worse.

Related: After this week, I refuse to believe that Brexit is unstoppable | Martin Kettle

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Gender equality should be at the heart of all policy | Jane Dudman 
05-12-2017
The OECD wants all countries to think about how policies will impact on women. Let?s take our cue from Sweden, where even snow-clearing considers gender

When people think of gender equality, they probably don?t immediately think of snow. But the small Swedish city of Karlskoga did just that, when, five years ago, the city reviewed the way it cleared its streets.

Related: UK gender inequality as bad as 10 years ago, EU league table shows

Since 2010, the UK government?s austerity policies, including welfare cuts, have impacted massively on women

Continue reading...

My childhood Christmas by Conchita Wurst, Carlos Acosta, Oti Mabuse and more 
04-12-2017

Forget turkey, crackers and carols. Oti Mabuse has a barbecue on the beach, Alma hits the sauna, Sofie Hagen hunts for a marzipan pig and Conchita Wurst hides from Krampus the horned monster

Continue reading...

Mother who left baby outside New York restaurant in 1997 says arrest was unjust 
26-11-2017

Anette Sørensen of Denmark says American parents ?live in fear?, 20 years after case that shocked people in US and Denmark ? for opposite reasons

A Danish mother whose 1997 arrest for leaving her baby outside a New York restaurant sparked an international debate about parenting styles ? and led to her arrest and strip-search and the temporary loss of her daughter ? says she still feels she was unjustly vilified.

?[My] case that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today,? Anette Sørensen told the New York Post for a story published on Saturday.

Related: Is contact with parents always best? Child mental health study challenges convention

Continue reading...

Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
17-11-2017

The share of trips taken by bike in Denmark?s capital has fallen. With ever more cars on the road and a new metro line about to open, can Copenhagen reach its target to have half of all journeys made by bike?

It?s 8am on a rainy weekday morning on Copenhagen?s Nørrebrogade street and the stream of cyclists making their way into city centre is already getting jammed.

Cyclists often have to wait through two or three rounds of green lights before they can get past. At Dronning Louise Bridge ? one of the busiest cycle routes in the world, with 48,400 bikes crossing each day ? newly installed information boards remind riders to pas på hinanden, or be aware of each other.

Related: Build it and they will come? Why Britain's 1960s cycling revolution flopped

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Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
13-11-2017

Investigation follows allegations made by nine women against production firm, which CEO says do ?not match the Zentropa I know?. Von Trier not named in claims

Danish authorities are investigating allegations of ?sexual harassment, degradation and bullying? at Zentropa, the film studio co-founded by director Lars Von Trier.

The investigation comes in response of a report by the Danish newspaper Politiken, in which nine women ? all former employees at Zentropa ? spoke of an ?ingrained? culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether.

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Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
10-11-2017

If your dreams involve a workplace in which your skills are in demand, and you still want to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the EU, we?re just a cheap flight away

Dear EU citizens in the UK, Dear Britons,

Please know we support you and we can imagine the uncertainty the divorce from EU is causing in your everyday lives. Uncertainty about your housing opportunities, living and working conditions, and future life in general in the UK. It must be horrifying not to know what to expect.

We promise you that plenty of Danish businesses are ready to give you a warm and hyggelig welcome

Related: Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark

Continue reading...

Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 
30-10-2017

Danish police say Peter Madsen has changed his story, but still maintains Kim Wall died in an accident while on board his submarine

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering the body of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine.

In initial police questioning, Peter Madsen, who is suspected of her murder, denied cutting up her body and said she died when a heavy submarine hatch accidentally fell on her head.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

Continue reading...

Peter Madsen formally charged with murder of Kim Wall on submarine 
A Copenhagen killing: the story behind the submarine murder 
We need Labour?s big beasts to reverse Brexit ? but not Tony Blair | Letters 
Gender equality should be at the heart of all policy | Jane Dudman 
My childhood Christmas by Conchita Wurst, Carlos Acosta, Oti Mabuse and more 
Mother who left baby outside New York restaurant in 1997 says arrest was unjust 
Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 

Peter Madsen formally charged with murder of Kim Wall on submarine 
16-01-2018

Danish prosecutor says inventor cut Swedish journalist?s throat or strangled her on board vessel

The Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been formally charged with the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a public prosecutor has said.

Jakob Buch-Jepsen said the 46-year-old either cut Wall?s throat or strangled her after she boarded his self-built submarine for an interview in August last year.

Continue reading...

A Copenhagen killing: the story behind the submarine murder 
07-01-2018

Peter Madsen was a central figure in Copenhagen?s alternative art and music community. But then he was accused of murdering journalist Kim Wall. Richard Orange reports on the shock waves of the crime

A bearded Icelander in a boiler suit starts pounding the exposed strings of the disembowelled piano in front of him, and the space below deck begins pulsating with distorted, echoing rhythms.

To transform the sound, the man?s plucking and palming is being run through a laptop, an iPad and other electronics by Andreas Wetterberg, a member of Illutron, a floating art collective moored off the Copenhagen peninsula of Refshaleøen. But the piano is just the beginning. ?Things are only going to get crazier now that we can play around with rocket engines and all that stuff,? he says of the experimental music scene on this former bridge-laying barge. ?There?s a group of us doing stuff with old pulsejet engines ? it?s basically a very primitive jet engine ? but imagine it being used as a musical instrument: it has a tone to it which is really wild.?

It?s like you have a small village and the fool in the village did something that can never be forgiven

Madsen enjoyed talking about group sex and swingers? parties. He was promiscuous and said he was a sadist

I didn?t want to have anything to do with him. He was getting increasingly megalomaniacal. He was just too much

Continue reading...

We need Labour?s big beasts to reverse Brexit ? but not Tony Blair | Letters 
18-12-2017
Christopher Rainger, Willy McCourt, Rose Levinson and Paula Lanning respond to an interview with the former prime minister, while Nigel de Gruchy warns against a second referendum and Philip Astley suggests the government should follow the Danish example of parliamentary consultation

Why does it have to be left to Tony Blair (Interview, 16 December) to state the obvious ? that Brexit is a delusion and is doing enormous damage to our country while distracting attention from the huge need for political, social, economic and tax reform? Even the self-promoting Boris Johnson can see that options like a Canada-plus agreement turn us into a ?vassal state? (Labour the key to soft Brexit, rebels tell May, 18 December), giving us none of the benefits of remaining and reforming the EU, with stupendous cost and drastic loss of influence.

Where are the big beasts of the Labour party? Why are they wasting political energy arguing that they could make a better fist of Brexit, when they know it?s impossible? As Blair so cogently argues, Brexit won?t solve the problems facing the people who voted for it. Brexit can only impoverish us and make these problems worse.

Related: After this week, I refuse to believe that Brexit is unstoppable | Martin Kettle

Continue reading...

Gender equality should be at the heart of all policy | Jane Dudman 
05-12-2017
The OECD wants all countries to think about how policies will impact on women. Let?s take our cue from Sweden, where even snow-clearing considers gender

When people think of gender equality, they probably don?t immediately think of snow. But the small Swedish city of Karlskoga did just that, when, five years ago, the city reviewed the way it cleared its streets.

Related: UK gender inequality as bad as 10 years ago, EU league table shows

Since 2010, the UK government?s austerity policies, including welfare cuts, have impacted massively on women

Continue reading...

My childhood Christmas by Conchita Wurst, Carlos Acosta, Oti Mabuse and more 
04-12-2017

Forget turkey, crackers and carols. Oti Mabuse has a barbecue on the beach, Alma hits the sauna, Sofie Hagen hunts for a marzipan pig and Conchita Wurst hides from Krampus the horned monster

Continue reading...

Mother who left baby outside New York restaurant in 1997 says arrest was unjust 
26-11-2017

Anette Sørensen of Denmark says American parents ?live in fear?, 20 years after case that shocked people in US and Denmark ? for opposite reasons

A Danish mother whose 1997 arrest for leaving her baby outside a New York restaurant sparked an international debate about parenting styles ? and led to her arrest and strip-search and the temporary loss of her daughter ? says she still feels she was unjustly vilified.

?[My] case that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today,? Anette Sørensen told the New York Post for a story published on Saturday.

Related: Is contact with parents always best? Child mental health study challenges convention

Continue reading...

Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
17-11-2017

The share of trips taken by bike in Denmark?s capital has fallen. With ever more cars on the road and a new metro line about to open, can Copenhagen reach its target to have half of all journeys made by bike?

It?s 8am on a rainy weekday morning on Copenhagen?s Nørrebrogade street and the stream of cyclists making their way into city centre is already getting jammed.

Cyclists often have to wait through two or three rounds of green lights before they can get past. At Dronning Louise Bridge ? one of the busiest cycle routes in the world, with 48,400 bikes crossing each day ? newly installed information boards remind riders to pas på hinanden, or be aware of each other.

Related: Build it and they will come? Why Britain's 1960s cycling revolution flopped

Continue reading...

Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
13-11-2017

Investigation follows allegations made by nine women against production firm, which CEO says do ?not match the Zentropa I know?. Von Trier not named in claims

Danish authorities are investigating allegations of ?sexual harassment, degradation and bullying? at Zentropa, the film studio co-founded by director Lars Von Trier.

The investigation comes in response of a report by the Danish newspaper Politiken, in which nine women ? all former employees at Zentropa ? spoke of an ?ingrained? culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether.

Continue reading...

Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
10-11-2017

If your dreams involve a workplace in which your skills are in demand, and you still want to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the EU, we?re just a cheap flight away

Dear EU citizens in the UK, Dear Britons,

Please know we support you and we can imagine the uncertainty the divorce from EU is causing in your everyday lives. Uncertainty about your housing opportunities, living and working conditions, and future life in general in the UK. It must be horrifying not to know what to expect.

We promise you that plenty of Danish businesses are ready to give you a warm and hyggelig welcome

Related: Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark

Continue reading...

Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 
30-10-2017

Danish police say Peter Madsen has changed his story, but still maintains Kim Wall died in an accident while on board his submarine

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering the body of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine.

In initial police questioning, Peter Madsen, who is suspected of her murder, denied cutting up her body and said she died when a heavy submarine hatch accidentally fell on her head.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

Continue reading...

Peter Madsen formally charged with murder of Kim Wall on submarine 
16-01-2018

Danish prosecutor says inventor cut Swedish journalist?s throat or strangled her on board vessel

The Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been formally charged with the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a public prosecutor has said.

Jakob Buch-Jepsen said the 46-year-old either cut Wall?s throat or strangled her after she boarded his self-built submarine for an interview in August last year.

Continue reading...

A Copenhagen killing: the story behind the submarine murder 
07-01-2018

Peter Madsen was a central figure in Copenhagen?s alternative art and music community. But then he was accused of murdering journalist Kim Wall. Richard Orange reports on the shock waves of the crime

A bearded Icelander in a boiler suit starts pounding the exposed strings of the disembowelled piano in front of him, and the space below deck begins pulsating with distorted, echoing rhythms.

To transform the sound, the man?s plucking and palming is being run through a laptop, an iPad and other electronics by Andreas Wetterberg, a member of Illutron, a floating art collective moored off the Copenhagen peninsula of Refshaleøen. But the piano is just the beginning. ?Things are only going to get crazier now that we can play around with rocket engines and all that stuff,? he says of the experimental music scene on this former bridge-laying barge. ?There?s a group of us doing stuff with old pulsejet engines ? it?s basically a very primitive jet engine ? but imagine it being used as a musical instrument: it has a tone to it which is really wild.?

It?s like you have a small village and the fool in the village did something that can never be forgiven

Madsen enjoyed talking about group sex and swingers? parties. He was promiscuous and said he was a sadist

I didn?t want to have anything to do with him. He was getting increasingly megalomaniacal. He was just too much

Continue reading...

We need Labour?s big beasts to reverse Brexit ? but not Tony Blair | Letters 
18-12-2017
Christopher Rainger, Willy McCourt, Rose Levinson and Paula Lanning respond to an interview with the former prime minister, while Nigel de Gruchy warns against a second referendum and Philip Astley suggests the government should follow the Danish example of parliamentary consultation

Why does it have to be left to Tony Blair (Interview, 16 December) to state the obvious ? that Brexit is a delusion and is doing enormous damage to our country while distracting attention from the huge need for political, social, economic and tax reform? Even the self-promoting Boris Johnson can see that options like a Canada-plus agreement turn us into a ?vassal state? (Labour the key to soft Brexit, rebels tell May, 18 December), giving us none of the benefits of remaining and reforming the EU, with stupendous cost and drastic loss of influence.

Where are the big beasts of the Labour party? Why are they wasting political energy arguing that they could make a better fist of Brexit, when they know it?s impossible? As Blair so cogently argues, Brexit won?t solve the problems facing the people who voted for it. Brexit can only impoverish us and make these problems worse.

Related: After this week, I refuse to believe that Brexit is unstoppable | Martin Kettle

Continue reading...

Gender equality should be at the heart of all policy | Jane Dudman 
05-12-2017
The OECD wants all countries to think about how policies will impact on women. Let?s take our cue from Sweden, where even snow-clearing considers gender

When people think of gender equality, they probably don?t immediately think of snow. But the small Swedish city of Karlskoga did just that, when, five years ago, the city reviewed the way it cleared its streets.

Related: UK gender inequality as bad as 10 years ago, EU league table shows

Since 2010, the UK government?s austerity policies, including welfare cuts, have impacted massively on women

Continue reading...

My childhood Christmas by Conchita Wurst, Carlos Acosta, Oti Mabuse and more 
04-12-2017

Forget turkey, crackers and carols. Oti Mabuse has a barbecue on the beach, Alma hits the sauna, Sofie Hagen hunts for a marzipan pig and Conchita Wurst hides from Krampus the horned monster

Continue reading...

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