Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Dansk Opera Houses and Tassie Devils

eCouncillor's father is Tasmanian so I can cringe at this gift giving (see below) without feeling oppressive of the sensitive Tasmanian rights!

But what should Sydney be giving to Denmark? Maybe the Slip Inn? (please) or perhaps our Lord Mayor? (no lets not antagonise the Vikings). But maybe our/their Opera House would be more appreciated than the controversy surrounding the just opened Danish Beer Barrel (the new Danish Opera House) with a carport on top.

Which Opera House is Danish designed and in Sydney? Which is Danish designed in Copenhagen? This is one occassion where Sydney trumps the Danes.

From Denmark DK official news site of the Danish government.

Tasmania gives devils, spoons and socks as gifts Tasmanian devils might be one of the more unusual presents given in connection with the birth of Denmark's new prince. Mary Donaldson's home state Tasmania will be donating two of the rare animals

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A file photo of a Tasmanian devil at wild life reserve on Tasmania.

When looking for a uniquely Tasmanian gift to celebrate the birth of the royal couple's child, Premier Paul Lennon chose to donate a pair of Tasmanian devils to Copenhagen Zoo.
'In connection with the royal birth, we wanted to show the Danish people something which is completely unique for Tasmania,' said Lennon.
The present was gratefully accepted by the head of Copenhagen Zoo, Lars Lunding Andersen.
The animal, which was immortalised in the Warner Brothers cartoon series Looney Toons, is extremely rare in the wild.
Andersen hoped that the devils would mate and add to the population.
'Luckily, we have contact with one of our former animal attendants who moved to Australia several years ago. We expect to be able to seek advice with him,' he said.
The devils typically only grow to be the size of a large cat but derive their name from their powerful jaws and vicious growl that is typically emitted after sundown - characteristics which might cause a moment of unease for the proud parents.
It is still unknown when the Tasmanian devils will swoop into Copenhagen Zoo, where they will be neighbours to other Australian natives such as kangaroos and emus.
Other gifts from Tasmania included a spoon made from a combination of amber, which is common in Denmark, and krokoite, a typical Tasmanian mineral.
In addition, newborn babies born in Tasmania on the same day as the little prince received a pair of suede socks like those Mary and Frederik looked at for their child on their last visit to the island.
A major celebration is also planned with a bonfire and fireworks to take place on Hobart's harbour.

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