I am a 35 years old father of two (a girl and a boy) and I live in Copenhagen with my girlfriend through 15 years and fiancee, Anna.
Little-know facts about me:
- Sure I won two Cicero Speechwriting Awards in 2014 but my first award EVER was a gold medal in swimming. I was the only one in my heat and the year before I was disqualified for making a forbidden turn when reaching the wall at the end of the pool.
- I “danced for world peace” while travelling with the organisation Up With People. I was part of 150 students from all over the world who toured the US for five months performing, doing community service and staying with private host families before the organisation went bancrupt and had to reinvent itself. Here I learned english prenounciation by late Marc Thomas, legendary broadway diretor.
- I was part of a crew of four who sailed a Papua New Guinean outrigger canoo from Aarhus to Copenhagen. We were students of Social Anthropology at Moesgaard Museum and one year the museum invited five canoo builders from Papua New Guinea to built an outrigger canoo as part of a live exhibition. Afterwards the canoo ended up in storage and the idea arose on friday afternoon: It is a bloody shame – Let’s sail it! A year later we started out from one side of Denmark to the other. The first two days we sank. Yet because the wooden canoe was lighter than water we continued. After 12 days we made the trip to Copenhagen.
- In high shool I was a show gymnast performing across Denmark and in other countries. I still enjoy the eastetic aspects of sports and I later took up the Brazilian martial dance Capoeira. This in turn let me to do 6 months of ethnographic fieldwork in the Brazilian capital of Capoeira – Salvador da Bahia – among the Black Movement militants. Not an easy task for a blond, blue-eyed kid from Denmark.
- I love Penguins – especially Emperor Penguins. It has to do with my daughter who is absolutely fascinated and the fact that they landed me my former job as speechwriter in the Danish Ministry for Climate, Energy and Building. One day my mom send me a news clipping explaining how global warming is literally melting the ice beneath the penguins sooner then they can hatch their eggs and thus wiping out entire generations and destroying colonies. I had to write a test speech as part of the application proces and I used the story to create an urgency of now by showing the devestating consequences of an ‘only’ two degrees warmer global weather.
- Many professionals brag about running a marathon. I haven’t. No bragging and no marathon. I did run half a marathon once because my 10 km hike was going so well, so I just kept going. Afterwards my one foot hurt so bad I didn’t run for years and never near the same distance again. Kind of sad really.
- Part of my family stems from the border to Germany. Although fiercely Danish-minded they were at times legally German nationals because the border changed as borders do when wars end and political compromises are struck. This resulted in my grandmothers father being drafted to the German army in World War I only to ‘go missing in action’ before he got to see his daughter – my grandmother. To her last breath his wife waited for him to return naming their daughter after him and hoping beyond hope.
That is a little about me – what is your story?
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