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The exciting collective of Danish film makers at CphShorts


CphShorts are an exciting collective of young Danish film makers. As the name suggests they are based in Copenhagen, and make primarily short films.

Their Facebook page at www.www.facebook.com/CphShorts is a great page to like as about every two weeks they post a new short film. Featuring young upcoming Danish actors, and film crew, these people are going places. Their work can also be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/CphShorts. At least up until some content provider like Netflix or HBO Nordic cotton on to what they are creating here, and buy it all up.

One of the group members Jesper Sichlau is a good friend of mine, and features on my Partner page.

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Don’t worry, the radioactive bucket is empty…

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I was visiting a client in Cobis, the Copenhagen Bio Science Park situated between Rigshospital and Copenhagen University, and was coming down in an elevator.

On spotting I was travelling with a radioactive bucket, I asked the man (who’s name may or may not have been Homer Simpson) if it was okay to take a photo of the bucket.

And the nice man answered, ‘yes no problem, and don’t worry, it’s empty’. So I’ll probably be fine then.

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Swan lake in Copenhagen for Valentines Day

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As it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m very romantic, I thought I’d add this photo of the swans at the Lakes in Copenhagen.

Don’t for a second think I’m a typical football loving, heterosexual bloke who couldn’t care less about the ridiculously commercial, sentimental, sickly day that is Valentine’s Day, and I’m just adding this photo because while looking at the photos I took last week I discovered these two swans had accidentally made a heart shape, and I thought I wonder how I can use this… because you’d be wrong.

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A Copenhagen burger illustration at Cafe Staalvand in Brønshøj

Out for lunch with my good friend Pedro at Staalvand Cafe in Brønshøj on the outskirts of Copenhagen. I took some photos of my burger and felt inspired to do an illustration.

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Staalvand Cafe Brønshøj – great burgers, great beers and a great atmosphere

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Staalvand Cafe is situated a few metres from Brønshøj Torv. They serve fantastic home made burgers, Nørrebro Bryghus beers (The New York Lager is to die for), the staff are friendly and polite, and all in a relaxed cafe with great atmosphere. There’s also a good wifi connection. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Staalvand Cafe Brønshøj offers a full cafe menu

They serve other food (I think) but once you’ve tried the burgers there’s no going back. The one above is the Murder Burger, which is probably named after what it does to my arteries…

Staalvand doesn’t have a website (COUGH) but you can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staalvand for opening times, special offers etc.

More on Nørrebro Bryghus and their beers here.

Find Staalvand on the map below

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Illustrations for F.C Copenhagen

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Sibusiso Zuma, the South African international footballer while playing for F.C. Copenhagen

I had the great privilege of working for F.C Copenhagen as an illustrator a few years back. The Copenhagen based Danish Superliga football team known as F.C. København, or just F.C.K in Danish, play at and own Parken the Danish National stadium.

I had a few caricatures in their match programme, and an assortment of other merchandising work. It was a ridiculously childish thrill to go into Parken for meetings. The prospect of  bumping into a footballer in the lift, or even the then manager, Roy Hodgson. Sadly Roy appears to have drifted out of football altogether now, and manages England.

You can take the man out of Scotland…

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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Nørrebro architecture

The Copenhagen district of Nørrebro has an enormous variety of fantastic architecture. Residential and business. The cosmopolitan mix of the district plus the relatively young average age makes a wonderfully diverse, vibrant place to be.

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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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Hellerup

Hellerup is a lovely place to visit from Copenhagen. A cycle trip out on a beautiful day is a great way to spend an afternoon. Cycling from the centre of Copenhagen wouldn’t take more than a half hour.

North of Copenhagen, and adjoining the city, this is a beautiful coastal town, and one of the most expensive areas of Denmark to live. It is also known for being part of the ‘Whisky Belt’, which defines the area where the elite/wealthy live in Denmark. There is fantastic modern and classic architecture in this coastal beach resort. If you are in Copenhagen, hire yourself a bike, it’s the best way to experience the city, and build up an appetite and thirst!

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