A rather wonderful thing happened last week. My Grandfather, Donald Forrest, received one of the highest French honours for his involvement in the D-Day landings during the Second World War. He was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre nationale de la Légion d’honneur, by the French President. Unfortunately it arrived too late… Continue Reading
Brexit: As felt by a Brit in Berlin
Over the past nine months, I have managed to avoid the B word in this blog. It’s been a tough one because it potentially affects tens of millions of us living and working in the European Union (the UK included). But today, I can no longer ignore the elephant in the room. The formal process for… Continue Reading
Denmark says ‘Nej’ to more EU
The Danes have done it before and now they’ve done it again. Just when Brussels was counting on Denmark to vote ‘yes’ in an EU referendum, the country has said ‘no’. Or as one tabloid headline put it rather delicately this morning: “Løkke fik f***-fingeren”, which loosely translates as Denmark gave their prime minister the… Continue Reading
Danish Referendum: Why the UK should be watching
I originally wrote this opinion piece for the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, which they translated into Danish (you can read the Danish version here.) ‘More EU? No Thanks!’ shout the posters at me as I walk along the street. As a Briton, I’m quite used to this kind of anti-EU rhetoric. But this isn’t London… Continue Reading
Denmark: Why are we shocked that a lion is dissected in public?
This morning I was a guest on Danish TV News, TV2, where I was asked to discuss why Britons are so shocked that a Danish zoo is dissecting a dead lion. My live studio interview ran alongside pictures of a previous dissection – leaving nothing to the imagination. You can watch it here, but please… Continue Reading
I’m British: So why is it so damned hard to vote in UK elections?
Ever since I turned 18, I have always voted in British elections. This year, though, it’s proving much harder to cast my vote. As I am currently living in Denmark I am classed as an Overseas Elector, along with millions of other British expats around the world. Back in January I decided to heed the… Continue Reading
Why Denmark’s health service needs treatment
At the beginning of the year, Greater Copenhagen brought in a new health rule. It decided that patients needing emergency care shouldn’t just turn up at hospital. Instead they should call a helpline number – 1813 – where trained staff would access the problem over the phone and decide whether or not the patient needed… Continue Reading