Monday, 30 June 2008

Big Robert in Copenhagen

Height: 72.5 metres.

Weight:1,800 tons.

Price: € 27 mio.

These are the hard facts of the huge sculpture, which the family of the late world famous Danish artist Robert Jacobsen and a number of private foundations and companies are ready to present to the city of Copenhagen, writes Berlingske Tidende.

The sculpture’s name is Store Robert (big Robert) and it was recently officially presented by “The Society of Creating Store Robert”, which is a group of business people and lovers of Robert Jacobsen’s art.

“Store Robert may become not only Copenhagen’s new landmark – but a landmark of Denmark and the Nordic countries,” says Frank Jensen, one ot the promotors of raising Store Robert.

Berlingske Tidende has written earlier that the sculpture is to be placed in the water outside the Port of Copenhagen and according to the plan little boats will shuttle between the harbour and the sculpture making it possible to get very close to Store Robert, which will be ready at the end of 2010.

The sculpture has been on the way for 20 years. Back in the 1980s Robert Jacobsen made a small model af the sculpture, which was intended a place at Langelinie at the harbour front.

A majority of Copenhagen City Council is in favour of Store Robert, and the promotors hope that the sculpture may be created at the Lindøværft (shipyard), where the main part of Robert Jacobsen’s larger works were made throughout the years. However, Kristine Jensen from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts doubted if there was a need for this sculpture in the same way as the Statue of Liberty in New York. She said that the Statue of Liberty symbolised a gateway of freedom in the US, but it was hard to see what the 'Store Robert' sculpture symbolised.

Should the sculpture get the go-ahead, its 1800 tonne frame will stand in place by 2010.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Scandic capitals, nice to live in and pretty girls

Monocle has rated 3 Nordic capitals in its top 20 liveable cities article.
Months of good-natured, frequently late-night and jetlagged debate have produced Monocle's definitive (and just a little subjective) guide to the world's most liveable cities.

In second place they have Copenhagen
"There's no shame coming second, particularly when phase two of your new metro is about to go live, your airport is a joy, you can bike safely through the city and you have so many stunning residents."

In Sixth place they have Helsinki
"The fastest flying times from Europe to Asia's hubs make Helsinki more than Nokia-town."

In Eighth place comes Stockholm
"An eye for detail, good street style and strong public services make this a pleasant place to build a nest ."

In addition to the Monocle feature, Magazine Travelers Digest has recently unveiled a list of the top ten cities with the most beautiful women in the eyes of male tourists.

The Top Ten Cities with the Most Beautiful Women:

10. Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
9. Tel Aviv (Israel)
8. Montreal (Canada)
7. Caracas (Venezuela)
6. Moscow (Russia)
5. Los Angeles (California, the U.S.)
4. Varna (Bulgaria)
3. Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2. Copenhagen (Denmark)
1. Stockholm (Sweden)

P.S. Have a look at this comparison of Swedish Vs British nightlife.

Friday, 6 June 2008

DFDS stops Newcastle Norway

It has been announced that DFDS Seaways with effect from 1 September 2008 will no longer be sailing between Newcastle and Bergen-Haugesund-Stavanger in Norway.

John Crummie, UK Managing Director, commented 'the result in 2007 fell well short of expectation and as reported in last weeks DFDS? Quarter 1 2008 results, the current financial development has fallen below the level required to continue operating the service. Furthermore, dramatically increasing oil prices, downward price pressure from over capacity in the travel market place and the current economic slowdown are burdening the service. Consequently, we have taken the difficult decision to close the service from 1 September after the summer season.'

DFDS Seaways will continue to operate the Newcastle-Holland, Harwich-Denmark and Copenhagen-Oslo routes.