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Re: Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

Jonathan L ·
Interesting, The George Washington Bridge is always undergoing repainting. It takes about 2 years to completely repaint the bridge, and when they finish they start again.
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Re: Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

DrFumblefinger ·
I guess this is true of all the great bridges. I know the same happens at the Golden Gate Bridge in san Francisco.
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Re: Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

PHeymont ·
We have a friend who has worked as a bridge painter, including, I believe, the GWB. He told us that the pace of the painting and the size of the crew is calibrated to make it a permanent job. The big difference for the Oresund is the vast amount of surface...
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Re: Europe's cost-of-living has wide range

PortMoresby ·
There are websites devoted to helping people sort out the possibilities worldwide. This is one I've found useful: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp
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Re: France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

Mac ·
These fixed cameras are signposted and on maps so you have to be pretty unfortunate (or silly) to get 'done' by them. Far worse are their sneaky cameras that are hidden in roadside trash bins, under hedges and all sorts of camouflage. These are normally in villages where it makes real sense to slow right down.
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Re: France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

DrFumblefinger ·
I suspected you were one of those 4.5 million foreigners that got tagged, Mac.....
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Re: New routes give Denmark big tourism boost

Travel Rob ·
It's good news for travelers and for Denmark. It shows budget travelers do contribute too. I haven't been to Denmark yet but I thought Sweden was very reasonable. Now Norway is pricey, but its so well worth seeing.
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Re: Aarhus: Is it strictly for the birds?

DrFumblefinger ·
A few hawks and eagles would take care of the problem. As would hunters in blinds using real weapons (air guns are for kids).
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Re: Aarhus: Is it strictly for the birds?

GarryRF ·
Seagulls are just rats with wings. They ruin lake fishing when you scatter ground bait. Scare the fish. Take 12 inches of fishing line. Tie a hook at each end. Make a ball of bread at each hook. Shoot into the sky with your bait catapult. Catch a seagull at each end. The noise they make scares the rest of the flock. Instantly fly away !
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Re: Denmark embracing 'sharing economy'—and taxing it

DrFumblefinger ·
I am surprised it took them this long to dig their finger into the pie....
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Re: Denmark embracing 'sharing economy'—and taxing it

PHeymont ·
Doesn't really seem unfair, though. If it's a business...and it is...why shouldn't it pay its share of business taxes?
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If you're queasy, skip this news item!

PHeymont ·
Denmark's huge Roskilde music festival has contradictions.   On the one hand, it's noted for a focus on the environment and sustainability; on the other it's noted for huge volumes of beer consumed on site...and therefore for huge volumes of...
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Danish sea monster on display in Swedish museum

PHeymont ·
Swedish divers have hauled up a monster (or a grinning dog if you see it that way) once intended to impress or frighten enemy sailors facing a warship built in the late 1400s for King Hans of Denmark. The ship sank after a fire near the Swedish...
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France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

PHeymont ·
If you're the kind of driver who views the speed limit as a suggestion, you might want to avoid France. The country's extensive network of speed cameras caught 21 million speeders in 2014, and 4.5 million of those were foreigners.   The number of...
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Europe's cost-of-living has wide range

PHeymont ·
Gorgeous groceries...but can you afford them?     Photo: Lyzadanger / Wikimedia   Travelers planning vacations in Europe quickly become aware that some countries are more expensive than others; plenty of us have suffered sticker shock...
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Headliners named for Denmark's summer music fests

PHeymont ·
Denmark's top summer music festivals have announced their headliners for next summer's editions...time to start thinking about flights and tickets!   The biggest festival, Roskilde, has Red Hot Chili Peppers at the top of the bill—a 20-year...
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Danish Travel Company : Make Babies on Vacation for Mom

Travel Rob ·
  Spies Travel of Denmark released a racy video and new promotion whereby parents who want grandchildren can help fund their children's trips so that that some baby-making may occur.   Spies website states...
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Ryanair, unions at odds in Spain and Denmark

PHeymont ·
Ryanair, the leading low-cost air carrier in Europe has its hands full on labor issues these days. A continuing strike of ground workers in Spain has left Ryanair without baggage service in Madrid, Danish unions have received court permission to...
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Bronze Age Treasure found in Denmark

DrFumblefinger ·
  Danish archaeologists have found 2,000 gold spirals buried in a field in Zealand, near a site where several ancient gold bracelets and bowls had previously been discovered.  While not certain of their exact function, it is thought they...
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Burning train, car crashes, 100 actors: The Bridge holds a drill

PHeymont ·
TV-like chaos as the Oresund Bridge held a large-scale emergency drill to test response times and equipment.
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Denmark: Catch a trout, save the environment

PHeymont ·
Denmark's dealing with a unique problem: too many rainbow trout. 80,000 of them escaped from a fish farm and are threatening local fish life.
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Oct. 1, 2016: Windmill at Hjerl Hede, Denmark

George G. ·
Hjerl Hede Open Air Museum is the largest open-air museum in Denmark. It shows the history of rural life in Denmark - with a main focus on the period from approx 1800 until 1950.
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Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

PHeymont ·
After 16 years in service, the bridge between Sweden and Denmark is ready for new paint...and it will take 15 years to do it.
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Danes get first wild elk in 5000 years

PHeymont ·
Denmark's turning loose its first wild elk in 5000 years, and hopes they'll find their way to a permanent population.
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Bottle gleaners keep Roskilde Festival clean

PHeymont ·
Behind the scenes of Denmark's big summer music festival, collectors who help keep it clean by collecting bottles for the deposits.
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Maritime Museum of Denmark, Helsingor (Where Gumbo was #343)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the interesting Maritime Museum in Helsingor, Denmark. Built in an old ship dry dock, the architure is intriguing and the exhibits quite interesting.
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Hamlet's castle is one-night Airbnb for contest winner

PHeymont ·
Hamlet's home to be offered for one night as a sleepover for a contest winner.
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Uber causes a rethink in Danish taxi rules

PHeymont ·
Denmark is getting ready to revise its taxi regulations, aiming to make the rules more rider-friendly and less controlled by the industry itself, but it is not planning to legalize Uber or similar apps that compete with licensed taxis. Uber began operating in Denmark in November 2014, and was immediately reported to police by the Danish Transit Authority. Drivers have been receiving tickets, but the status of enforcement is not clear. Danish politicians don't want to legalize Uber,...
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Aarhus: Is it strictly for the birds?

PHeymont ·
Denmark's second-largest city is plagued with growing flocks of raucous seagulls, and so far, attempts to drive them away have failed.
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New routes give Denmark big tourism boost

PHeymont ·
New and expanded air routes, including many from U.S. on discounter Norwegian Air, have given Danish tourism a big boost.
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After 500 years, figurehead returns to Copenhagen

PHeymont ·
A 300 kilo figurehead, salvaged last year from a Danish ship that sank off Sweden's coast over 500 years ago, has now returned to a Copenhagen museum.
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Austria's Easter: 50 million eggs, lots of visitors

PHeymont ·
Austria's Easter season includes 50 million eggs, many visitors and a lot more. Click to read more, and also news about Easter in Spain and Denmark.
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Danes: World's happiest and Europe's most wasteful?

PHeymont ·
Denmark's on a roll, returning to the top of the World Happiness Survey, but it's also gotten marks as Europe's most wasteful nation. Is that fair?
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Lost and Found: Danish history on farm patio

PHeymont ·
Parts of a Viking runestone, sketched in 1767 and missing since shortly after, have now been found in a farmyard and will now be displayed in a museum.
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Denmark embracing 'sharing economy'—and taxing it

PHeymont ·
With the 'sharing economy' growing in fields such as lodging and transportation, Denmark prepares laws to get the government its share.
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Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

PHeymont ·
Denmark's wildlife is getting a bit wilder, some on its own, and some by careful intervention.  The big news (anything about an elk is big) is the re-introduction of elk to Denmark after a 5000-year absence. Five young Swedish elk have been given a new habitat on Denmark's Jutland peninsula, in an area that is the largest raised bog in Northern Europe. They'll hopefully become part of a self-sustaining ecosystem in the area. Recently, a beaver was spotted building a dam on a golf...
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Denmark's new tourist attraction: virtual reality

PHeymont ·
From games to training and simulations, Virtual Reality is big these days, and Copenhagen's Khora claims to be the first-of-its-kind portal into VR.
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Copenhagen latest to try a car-free day

PHeymont ·
Copenhagen joins other European cities in experimenting with car-free days and other strategies to lower pollution and change city life.
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Re: Danish Travel Company : Make Babies on Vacation for Mom

DrFumblefinger ·
An excellent way for a civilization to make itself irrelevant and even extinct is for it not to reproduce. Europe has serious problems, and we in North America do as well. Who would have guessed that Western Civilization might end because people were too lazy to be parents?
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Re: Danish Travel Company : Make Babies on Vacation for Mom

GarryRF ·
That was very interesting Rob. After grabbing my full attention for 4 minutes - I had to laugh. The last line of your blog reads : "If you want a thing done,ask a busy man." - Problem solved !!
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Re: Danish Travel Company : Make Babies on Vacation for Mom

Travel Rob ·
It is actually a very well done commercial and deserves all the free publicity it has gotten. With the huge ad budgets of the big Online Travel Agencies, I'm surprised we don't see more interesting commercials.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

DrFumblefinger ·
I am glad to hear that wildlife is returning to Denmark. Many radicals would have you believe this is impossible, but with good stewardship and efforts at conservation, it clearly can work. PHeymont, I know you are a big city boy who rarely sees any wild animals except pigeons, but there is a difference between a moose and an elk. Your top photo is of a cow moose. They are massive and have legs that go on forever -- all the better to eat water vegetation with. This is what elk look like. The...
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

PHeymont ·
I may be a city boy, but I've done my research. We're talking about alces alces here, and in North America it's a moose, while in Europe the same species is called elk. Wasn't me who called it, by the way, but the European press.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating. Who would have thought our European friends would call a moose an elk. (wonder what they call an elk?) Maybe we should just call him "Bullwinkle", and be done with it.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

DrFumblefinger ·
An afterthought, moose meat is pretty tough and often gamey. Elk meat is quite tender and tasty, to the point where they are grown as a "crop" in the Rocky Mountain region. You'll often find elk tenderloin in fine dining restaurants through the Rockies.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

PHeymont ·
Perhaps in their view, they are wondering why we call an elk a moose! What you are calling elk is not alces alces but cervus canadensis , clearly a neighbor of yours, and native to North America and Eastern Asia. It's also called 'wapiti,' which is a native American word. The initial confusion seems to have come from Europeans who named things after what they thought the animal resembled. Hence, for instance, our robin is no robin at all, but a thrush.
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Re: Bottle gleaners keep Roskilde Festival clean

DrFumblefinger ·
Have the Danes never heard of trash and recycling receptacles? I had no idea they exhibited such piggish manners. Like something from the mid-20th century.
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Re: Maritime Museum of Denmark, Helsingor (Where Gumbo was #343)

George G. ·
Our son and three grandkids live in Denmark. The sticker shock for goods and services was everywhere and I never got accustomed to it. The oldest grandson works for a Danish travel company, traveling around the world to set up hotel and local tour attraction packages. I once asked him what was his favorite destination, and he said that was easy .... Las Vegas. Of course he is in his late 20's.
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Re: Maritime Museum of Denmark, Helsingor (Where Gumbo was #343)

DrFumblefinger ·
Most things I purchased in Denmark were about twice as expensive as what I'm used to paying in North America. Not sure how folks afford to live there, especially in light of their confiscatory tax structure. Vegas can be fun for folks who don't visit it often -- kind of like Disneyland for adults. But it's not my cup of tea.
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Ystad: Sweden’s hidden jewel

Barry Barford ·
Barry discovers and explores Ystad, a charming Swedish town on the Baltic.
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