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Will history repeat itself ?

In culture on May 16, 2017 at 18:41

Around 1650 Horsens was not a pleasant place to be. Wars and taxation (almost as hard as today) meant that a lot of the citizens of Horsens simply had ran off. The entire city was marked with penury and people starved in general.

Sometime people who passed the city wondered if the city would be deserted in the end.

Then of course better times arrived. The railway came to the city. Clothing industry was founded and goods were made and sailed to Copenhagen for sale.

Now we again face industry moving out to third world countries and a couple of months ago we started to hear that they no longer wanted our old clothes as aid even when they in Africa were supposed to face hunger and war. Are we lied to? Do they face torment like we do at all when they don’t want our clothes to spare?

We can see that the jobs in Denmark are going to people born by rich people who can buy their children access to housing in Copenhagen where most of the higher education are placed. People without money are educated as nurses in retirement homes or simply hired out by cases workers to various businesses without getting real paychecks. They call it job-training or activity projects but in reality it is the poor houses modelled so they fit the needs for the businesses in the year 2017.

Are there a future for people in Horsens? I am not sure. I have asked my children to look elsewhere for their future. Of course we don’t have the money for an education in Copenhagen where the housing market is impossible for students and other poor people but if they can do a little improvement for their generation in Jutland maybe their future children could have a shot at greatness.

And that is the keypoint of being a Dane right now. Plan for many generations for come. You will become what your social class at birth places your to but there is little room for improvement after all.

Will you kick yourself out of your job?

In politics on May 6, 2017 at 05:26

That is really the questio the French voters have to ask themselves when they vote at the French presidential election tomorrow on May 7th.

We have a candidate – Macron – who wants to create a Danish working environment in France.

That means:

  • That some workers might have to struggle until they are 70 something before they are allowed to retire
  • That every employee will be hired on trial basis forever. Even with more than 18 years of employment the employee can be fired with only 6 months notice
  • That there is no fixed period when your employment starts. The first 3 months you can be terminated with only days notice.
  • That some lines of business are allowed to exchange workers on normal salary conditions with people who are in “job-trainingsrotation” working 3 months at the time for their unemployment benefits, social services or even food stamps. A system which should make the Danish businesses more competitive on the Global market.
  • That employers are allowed to kick French workers out and “hire” immigrants without paying them salary if they provide language schooling for a few hours per week. It is very used in Danish supermarkets and in the service sector (cleaning, dish washing etc).

That is the conditions French workers face if Macron comes in power.

Will you live like that? Ask us Danes who didn’t have rich parents who could finance our university education. We live like this every day not being to tell you if we will be alive to experience retirement. We were cheated of our early retirement. We live in constant fear from being kicked out and see our job being taken by someone who needs to learn how to talk Danish or people in so-called job-training.

I know how I would vote if I were given the choice. Do you?

When Horsens was the center of the Universe

In culture on April 18, 2017 at 18:25

In the time of my grandfather you had a lot of options when you were standing at the central railway station in Horsens. Of course today it does not make sense talking about a central railway station when it is the only railway station.

Back in the days (until the 1960’s) you could chose between:

  • The Horsens-Tørring railway (closed 1962)
  • The Horsens-Thyregod railway (closed 1962)
  • The Horsens-Rask Mølle-Ejstrupholm railway (closed 1962)
  • The Horsens-Odder railway (closed 1967)
  • The Horsens-Juelsminde railway (closed 1957)
  • The Horsens-Bryrup-Silkeborg railway (closed 1968)
  • The State railways (still open but hardly functioning due to the IC4 trains from Italy)

So back then the world was open. Of course now it is only possible to travel to Copenhagen and who wants that. It is there all the evil comes from. The politicians with all their upper class thinking and lack of knowledge about how we ordiary Danes live.

A funny thing btw. I can mention about one of railways. The railway towards Bryrup was originally built with a meter track. Around 1930 they decided to convert to standard track and instead of building a new bridge over the Gudenaa they covered the old bridge and made a dam instead.

Some year ago they interviewed people and found out that the bridge was still inside the dam. So they decided to digg it out and renovate it. So now the old railway bridge is there (but with no tracks on the top).

The old days were better days.

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