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The Design Museum Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s Design Museum offers a rich and varied guide around Danish design. From furniture, products, fashion and graphic design, the classic Scandinavian influences and the icons of Danish Design like Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mortensen and Verner Panton feature.

While the world renowned furniture, products and fashion design quite rightly feature strongly, the rich tradition of Danish poster design and logo design is also well represented. Web design is also featured which is great to see the world of the web entering into design history and gaining recognition.

The collection is stunning, with new exhibitions changing regularly. Highly recommended.

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Finding the Design Museum in Copenhagen

Bredgade is just off Kongens Nytorv, the square that contains Magasin and Nyhavn harbour. About ten minutes walk, just past Amalienborg, the Royal Family’s winter residence and the very beautiful Marmor Kirk. If you carry on past the design museum you will eventually come to the Little Mermaid. So no excuse for not visiting.

 

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Roskilde Festival Art

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It’s not all sex, drugs and rock n roll at Roskilde Festival, but it is mainly…

Whether staying for the whole week, camping on site, or a short visit with a one day ticket, The Roskilde Festival is a fantastic experience not to be missed.

The 2016 Roskilde Festival is from the 25th of June to the 2nd of July. Details on the official website. To be honest it doesn’t really matter who is playing, it is the experience that is magical. Go see for yourself.

The art of Roskilde Festival

There are lots of places to read about and see images from the Roskilde Festival. Here is some of the excellent graffiti art that is on display.

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Cycling in Copenhagen

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The best way to travel in Copenhagen is by bike. If you are visiting there are a number of places you can hire you will find via Google. The vast majority of Copenhagen is covered in bike lanes making it considerably more safe than most cities, and the relative lack of hills make for great cycling. The Copenhagen bike lanes are for the most part built on their own kerb. A level above the road, with the pavement a further level above.

Cycling in Copenhagen – the rules.

1. Don’t be a tourist. Seriously, people are in a hurry on their way to stuff. The right hand side of the bike lanes, is the slow lane. Stay in it. If you are going to stop, you do an arm signal, lifting your left arm, but keeping it bent, your left hand flat and upright in a ‘stop’ gesture to signal to the cyclist behind you, you are about to stop. When you stop, unless you are about to start again, get off the bike lane.

2. Overtaking. Before pulling out to overtake, have a quick look over your left shoulder to see if anyone is close behind you, if there isn’t, overtake. The look over the shoulder is also a signal to cyclists behind you, you are about to do something. Watch the cyclists ahead of you, to see if they are about to do something.

3. Cycling two by two on the bike lane. If you do this during rush hour, don’t be surprised if cyclists coming from behind you get a bit tetchy. You will deserve it.

4. Cycling on a Christiania cycle in the snow. Get off the road, and drive your Volvo you carrot munching ecological egomaniac. You block the whole road for everyone coming from behind you and you dare to be smug about it!!

5. The Green Tuborg Game. This game is my own invention*. Green Tuborgs are cycle couriers in Copenhagen. There are a lot less of them now in the internet age, but occasionally you will spot one in the wild. They are professional cycle riders. Incredibly fit, with thighs of steel, in green Tuborg sponsored lycra, often sickingly good looking, and there to be overtaken.

What you have to do is sneak up on them unsuspectingly. They mustn’t know you are there, let alone about to race them. When they are lulled into a false sense of security, and you have your breath back, you sneak up closer and closer to their shoulder, then fly past them at full speed. A couple of hundred metres later you  turn off to the right, or stop at a shop, ever so nonchalantly, safe in the knowledge, you won!

*It may be based on a Billy Connolly routine…

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Stengade

Stengade is a concert venue bar/nightclub Indie joint in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen. It’s a great place, with a bohemian messy style, on three floors with live bands and seriously good music. It’s also non-judgemental and all sorts frequent the venue, with seemingly all welcome. www.stengade.dk/info/in-english/ they are on Facebook www.facebook.com/spillestedetstengade.

This is their front door!

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Stengade Copenhagen

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