It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."
And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!
It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --
"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
If we look to the advanced educational system in Denmark, we will relies that the system came with lots benefits, but that doesn't mean its perfect, the educational system produced new challenges for the Danish society. One of the most big challenges is separating the older people from the society, and this makes them angry and not satisfied, government and intellectuals are unable to solve these problem till now. The problem is Danish don’t have time to spend with family, that's why we can divide the Danish society into three parts from my opinion (students–workers–retired).
Kids are under students part, and they are in the nursery almost all day time until 5pm, that’s why we cannot see them in the streets or even walking with their parents, at this point I would like to mention that there is different concept of nursery in Denmark than other countries, nursery for Danish was the way to insure opportunity for mothers that they want to work and have a job out of her house.
Workers are from graduated to retired age , the retired people and older people don’t have what they expected from the society and they are separated from it, and all what they have is these old age home that created by the government, and the monthly amount of money to insure basic needs of living. The country omitted their feelings and their joining them to the society in a way or another. The Old Danish man became that insane that has to be separated from society and nobody need him.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Among many other things that the danes are experts is also “teasing”, which is a behaviour what must be learned and accepted especially by children to be considered pure danes.
The children, but not only them, must get used to that, to earn a strong character. “Teasing” can bring harassment. How far can go this behaviour, not to be psychologically abusive?
I met a 17 year old teenager, who was teased, mocked by even her friends and classmates, only because of her name, Ninna. By protesting to a such behaviour she changed her name from Ninna to Sophie. The girl didn’t resist anymore to that psychologically pressure on her.
The name is given to us by our parents. I don’t think that Ninna should be an awful name to be changed. We are not responsible for our names. Does that it mean that our parents are idiots because we change our names due to teasing? Incredible what kind of attitude can have the danes to other people.
It is very common in
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I am studying Engineering in Denmark and hoping to get a job as engineer here when I graduate later (naturally) but after living here for more than one and half year I actually change my mind about wanting to stay here.
I can't stand the Danes, as naive as it might sound. For Asian like me, I find they are very closed, living in their own world and don't want to hear what other people think just because they think they are always right and also because the others are "foreigners" and don't know anything about the subject.
I don't mean to be rude or have certain intentions of bashing the Danes but I am just being honest with my feelings that sometimes I feel that the Danes are living in their own little world and refuse others to come in. Even the so-called integration and immigration rules reflect so. Therefore I find it laughable to read how Danish government needs to "recruit" professionals such as engineers and doctors from abroad. How can they expect them to stay when the Danes treat foreigners like that?
I got countless stares in the street because I look Asian and sometimes I dress very simple because I am just going to my lab in my university. The Danes perhaps think that I am just another dumb Thai girl who got married with some old fart. Seriously, this attitude pisses me off and it completely changes my motivation to find a job here and "help" the Danish government to overcome their "Engineer" crisis.
I am looking forward to traveling to more open countries. AT least more open to foreigners than DK.