Incidental New Yorker XII

December 22,

Winter solstice in NYC and 22 degrees Celsius/72F! I
am so glad that we, the world’s population, have just pledged to truly care for
the climate. And I am eagerly anticipating governments delivering on their pledges
in Paris earlier this month.

🎄Last week I spent a wonderful day and a half in Washington DC, in very good company. We...

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Incidental New Yorker XI

November 29,

The bloodbath in Paris was an attack on humanity. This
attempt to tear apart the fabric of our life briefly left us speechless and
stunned. And while civilians of all convictions and colours en masse are now
gathering forces and doing their utmost to defy Da’esh’s challenge to the
beauty and meaning of life, Western governments are playing the ball right back
in to the very hands of Da’esh...

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Incidental New Yorker X

November 8,


🍌 Halloween is a
major event here; as well as big business ensnaring children and adults alike.
I met a guy, all dressed up, and really couldn't figure out what he was trying
to impersonate. It turned out to be a banana, but the costume was so
uncomfortable that he wasn't wearing the upper part. It was good that...

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🇩🇰 Kinas store kommunikator

Den kinesiske kunstner og provokatør Ai Weiwei er kommunikator i en klasse for sig. Det er ikke kun gennem kunsten, at han udtrykker sin systemkritik til især sit hjemland Kina, men også på flere sociale medier, og især Instagram, florerer kritikken i symbolske billeder. Læs min artikel i Kommunikationsforum 30. oktober 2015

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Incidental New Yorker IX

October 27,


⭐️ Ai Weiwei has done it again! This man is a true virtuoso at playing the international media. He brilliantly unmasks authorities and hypocrisy by placing a virtual mirror right in their faces and deeds. This time Lego is in the eye of the storm, even a virtual toilet storm, as Ai has posted a picture of Lego...

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🇬🇧 Mongolian Friendship Medal

October 9, 2015

Mongolia's president Elbegdorj has bestowed upon me Mongolia's Medal of Friendship "in recognition of valuable contribution in the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between Mongolia and the Kingdom of Denmark.” The ceremony took place in Asia House in Copenhagen with me attending via skype.

Present in Copenhagen were Mongolian and...

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Incidental New Yorker (VIII) caught in the swing door of the world

October 4, 2015

What really made us feel part of the UN family was an
e-mail a while back from the UN administration informing us that there were bed
bugs at HQ here in New York and urging us to be vigilant! Messages like that
sort of keep you grounded - which is one thing I haven’t felt recently at the
UN, grounded. It has been like being gorgeously caught in the swing door of the

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🇬🇧 Not in my Name

Blog post from my stint as Incidental New Yorker, September 9, 2015

It is painful to follow events in Europe from my new
outpost. When I saw a photo the other day in one of my Danish newspapers of a
man on an overpass, literally spitting on Syrian refugees walking
below,  just off the ferry in Denmark, I felt acute pain and deep shame.
Because this is not my country – or it isn’t what I believe my...

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Incidental New Yorker VI


August 22, 2015


⭐ Four nights of salubrious sleep, open windows, fresh air, birdsong, quiet, splendid nights. Late afternoon swimming in the lake; loons, hummingbirds, bald headed eagles, quaint fishing villages, coves with glassy water. Seafood, fish, fresh, natural vegetables. Bliss! Okay, so we did leave NYC for a spell. We had a...

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