Please drink our tap water, begs Denmark

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I don’t quite know why, but since arriving in Copenhagen my family and I have always drunk bottled water.   Odd, when you think that we always drank tap water in London – and who knows how many bodies that’s been through.

Now the Danish Ministry of the Environment is trying to convince people like me to drop the bottle and turn on the tap.  Their info-graphic warns:

“More challenging demands are set for the quality of drinking water from the tap than for bottled water.”

“One litre of drinking water from the tap sends between 1,000 and 2,000 times less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than one litre of bottled water.” 

I’m beginning to feel guilty now…

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But my favourite line of all is point 10: “Many Danish Michelin chefs use and serve drinking water from the tap.”

Great!  They also serve ants and moss and God knows what else (OK maybe that’s just Noma).  What’s more of an issue is that almost all restaurants in Denmark charge for tap water.  Isn’t that illegal in the UK?

But I’ve been assured that during Eurovision week, FREE tap water will be handed out around Copenhagen.  Maybe it could catch on.

As for me, I think it’s time I did switch back to tap water.  Afterall, the water bills here are so high it’s about time I got something back for my money.


Eurovision Copenhagen, here I come!

Eurovision Final 2013 (Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

Eurovision Final 2013
(Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

Not long to go before Eurovision 2014 takes over Copenhagen.

So it was a little baffling to receive an email from the organisers telling me that both my Danish cameraman and I had had our application for press passes declined (we are representing Al Jazeera English).  Am I that much of a threat?  Afterall, I’ve had security clearance from the British secret service to work as a political journalist in Parliament and to travel with senior politicians including prime ministers.

Eurovision 2013 (Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

Eurovision 2013
(Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

I’m still not quite sure what happened, but I have been assured I will be allowed in.  I very much hope so!  I may not be the biggest fan – the last time I got really excited about Eurovision was when Bucks Fizz won for the UK and that was a very, very long time ago – but this year it’s in COPENHAGEN!

Emmilie de Forest, Eurovision winner 2013 (Photo: Thamas Hanses, EBU)

Emmilie de Forest, Eurovision winner 2013
(Photo: Thamas Hanses, EBU)

I was at a briefing at the Danish Foreign Ministry yesterday and between 4th and 10th May, this city will be all glitz and glamour.  From free music events to a kissing chain (yes really) and even places to get hitched, you’re about to see CPH like you’ve never seen her before.

Official logo: DR

Official logo: DR

37 countries are taking part in the contest in a closed-down shipyard on ‘Eurovision Island’ (Refshaleøen).  Among them, Russia and Ukraine, who will come face to face and voice to voice at the first semi-final.  That could be interesting.

Last year it was the Danish singer, Emmelie de Forest, who stole the show.  So who will you be supporting this year – Denmark or your home country? I’m yet to decide – I just want to be a part of it.