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Animal Rights vs. Religious Freedom: Muslim Jewish leaders slam Danish anti-ritual slaughter law
An influential delegation of Muslim and Jewish leaders has accused a Danish minister of placing animal rights before religion. It follows a decision adopted …

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Ezra Levant at Canadian HRC 2008 with Danish subtitles
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Let's Play: EUIV CoP, Norway, Episode 17: Freedom
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The weather looks as changeable as atoddler’s tantrums. Thank god we’re not in a helicopter, Ithink to myself as the plane banks on its final approach and a cluster of snow-covered island-mountains erupting from the sea loomthrough the storm clouds.

This Nordic Hawaii is the Faroe Islands. Forget Copenhagen, or even Reykjavik, I’d heard this cluster of 18rocky islands in the middle of the north Atlantic, inhabited by 50,000 descendants of Norse renegades, is the new frontier in the new Nordic food movement. A place where a tiny band of determined pioneers, led by one visionary chef, is developing aradical, contemporary cuisine from the most meager culinary heritage.

An hour or so after landing, it seems I spoke too soon about the helicopter: it is the only way to reach the island of Stra Dmun, home to a couple of hundred sheep and the Petersen family’s farm, my first destination in a three-day tour of the islands’ nascent food scene. First challenge is to reach the helicopter which is idling on what is, essentially, an ice rink. With my arms occupied by luggage and a woolly hat, I am at the mercy of both natural and man-made gales. For every step forward I slide two back. In the end, afellow passenger comes to my rescue and drags me backwards on my heels like a shop dummy.

I assume he is a birdwatcher, like so many visitors to the Faroes, but the duffle-coated samaritan turns out to be John Gynther from the experimental cheese division (really) of a Danish dairy products company, on his way to check on the progress of some cheeses.

The humidity here is perfect for maturing cheeses, but nobody has tried it before, he tells me. If it’s successful, I hope some of the best restaurants in the world will give it to their guests. It’ll be the true taste of the north Atlantic, expressed in a cheese.

Arriving safely at the Petersen’s farm, I hear a little about their lives. Their forefathers have farmed sheep here for over 200years. That little black tar cottage over there is the children’s schoolhouse; a teacher arrives every Monday and stays in the attic. And those chocolate dots inching across the sheer hillside are their sheep, whose coats have evolved a yeti-like shagginess over the centuries.

Jgva Jn Petersen shows us into the hjallur, a wooden shed with vented walls where the sheep carcasses are hung by their feet to dry in the wind, flayed like some macabre art installation. This is the Faroe’s famous rst mutton, he explains, semi-dried and fermented in the sea air. Dangling alongside is Gynther’s cheese, which we taste in Jgva’s low-ceilinged kitchen as his kids bring to the table their treasured toys and, at one point, a pet rabbit. The cheese is good, resembling a bitter manchego. The rst is chewy like thick-cut pata negra ham, with a strong flavor only just the right side of sheepy for me.

That evening, in the islands’ capital, Trshavn, we eat in what appears to be a Hobbit dwelling but is actually a cosy, turf-roofed cottage housing a restaurant, arstova (dinner from about 55). We dip our heads to enter and are confronted with another dried sheep carcass flayed on a fancy, turned-wood stand. They’re not squeamish, the Faroese as evidenced by the annual summer pilot whale slaughter, the grindadrp, which apparently has something of a family festival air (though obviously not for the whales, which are slaughtered despite being so riddled with mercurythat since 2008 the island’s medical officers have recommended they are no longer considered fit for human consumption).

We are presented with a dr schnapps. This is my new favorite Faroese tradition: when arriving at a party or, sometimes, a restaurant, guests are presented with a glass of schnapps, refilled communion wine-style for new arrivals. We sit alongside a man called Mortan, who is one of life’s enthusiasts. He insists we try some rst mutton paired with amontillado sherry, and there is an unexpected repartee between the wine’s oaky notes and the rich mutton. The geographical connection is not all that tenuous either, Mortan points out, given that for centuries the Faroese exported salt cod to Spain.

The talk turns to the islands’ long-mooted independence from Denmark and the oil that many believe lurks offshore and could lift the Faroes’ economy which as far as I can make out is kept afloat by the SarahLund sweaters, made here by Gudrun and Gudrun, a company founded and run by two Faroese women, and sold in a shop on the waterfront. As the schnapps bottles are drained, the tables are cleared for traditional dancing … national dress optional.

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Coordinates: 6200N 0647W / 62.000N 6.783W / 62.000; -6.783

Location of the Faroe Islands in Northern Europe.

The Faroe Islands (//; Faroese: Froyar pronounced[fja]; Danish: Frerne Danish pronunciation:[fn]) are an island group and archipelago under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, at about 320 kilometres (200mi) north-north-west of mainland Scotland. The total area is approximately 1,400km2 (540 sq mi) with a 2010 population of almost 50,000 people.

The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948. Over the years, the Faroese have taken control of most domestic matters. Areas that remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defence, police, justice, currency and foreign affairs. The Faroe Islands also have representatives in the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation.

The islands were associated with and taxed by Norway, then the Union of Kalmar, and then Denmark-Norway until 1814, when Norway was united with Sweden. Scandinavia was in political turmoil following the Sixth Coalition of the Napoleonic Wars, when the Treaty of Kiel granted Denmark control over the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in 1814. The Danish trade monopoly ended in 1856.

Archaeological evidence has been found of settlers lived on the Faroe Islands in two successive periods prior to the arrival of the Norse, the first between 400 and 600 AD and the second between 600 and 800 AD.[5] Scientists from Aberdeen University have also found early cereal pollen from domesticated plants, which further suggests people may have lived on the islands before the Vikings arrived.[6] Archaeologist Mike Church noted that Dicuil (see below) mentioned what may have been the Faroes. He also suggested that the people living there might have been from Ireland, Scotland or Scandinavia, with possibly groups from all three areas settling there.[7]

There is a Latin account of a voyage made by Saint Brendan, an Irish monastic saint who lived around 484578, there is a description of “insulae” (islands) resembling the Faroe Islands. This association, however, is far from conclusive in its description.[8]

More pertinent is the account by Dicuil, an Irish monk of the early 9th century. In his geographical work De menura orbis terrae he wrote that he had been reliably informed of “heremitae ex nostra Scotia” (“hermits from our land of Ireland”) who had lived on the northerly islands of Britain for almost a hundred years until the arrival of Norse pirates.[9]

It is known that Norsemen settled the islands c. 800, bringing the Old Norse language that evolved into the modern Faroese language. According to Icelandic Sagas such as Freyjar Saga one of the best known men in the island was Trndur Gtu, a descendant of Scandinavian chiefs who settled in Dublin, Ireland. Trndur led the battle against Sigmund Brestursson, the Norwegian monarchy and the Norwegian church.

These settlers are not thought to have come directly from Scandinavia, but rather from Norse communities surrounding the Irish Sea, Northern Isles and Western Isles of Scotland, including the Shetland and Orkney islands, and Norse-Gaels. A traditional name for the islands in the Irish language, Na Scigir, means the Skeggjar and possibly refers to the Eyja-Skeggjar (Island-Beards), a nickname given to the island dwellers.

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According to a report in the Copenhagen Post, Faroese women of marriageable or child-bearing age have been fleeing their rocky and rugged homeland to study and work in places like Oslo or London in such numbers (most never to return) that the men face a bleak future with no women and no children.Of a total population of just below 50,000, men outnumber women by some 2,000 on the islands.

To relieve their loneliness and solitude (and to begin to close the gender gap) some Faroe men have brought about 200 Thai and Filipino women to their homes making them the largest foreign immigrant group.It is a question of survival, Hermann Oskarsson, a former chief economic adviser in the Faroe Islands, told the Politiken newspaper of Denmark. The young women that should be here to give birth to children are gone.Oskarsson warned that the islands population could drop to 37,000 by 2023.”Can Faroese society survive?” he asks, adding: “There just aren’t the young women to raise children.”

The Post noted that in the tiny village of Klaksvk (population under 5,000) in the extreme northern edge of the Faroes, 15 Asian women have found a home.We must recognize that there is a problem, and welcome these strangers with dignity, a Faroese man named Bjarni Ziska Dahl told DR Nyheder, a Danish news network, We need these people.” Dahl has been married to a Filipino woman named Che for the past three years. He commented that Asian women have the right temperament for the hard, simple life of these North Atlantic islands and that they will do the kind of work and tasks that modern Faroese women shun.”She also comes from a large island community, and we look at many things the same way, Dahl added.His spouse Che chimed in: “The close family ties are the same in the Philippines, and life is not too complicated – just like back home.”Indeed, Dahls brother Heini and several of their male neighbors have also taken Asian wives from 9,000 miles away.

One Faroese woman who fled explained why she left the isolated islands for Denmark.I moved because I had been abused and couldnt talk about it at home, she told the Post. I loved being in Denmark because I was anonymous and did not have to say hello to everyone I met on the street [In the Faroes] there is still an old-boy network of men that feel like they are in charge, but women are slowly getting into the game.But she added that she misses her homeland.Nothing moves me like the Faroese nature, she said. We live one day at a time and are not slaves to the calendar.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing entity within the realm of the kingdom of Denmark (Copenhagen still runs its military defense, police and foreign affairs).The Faroese whose language is closer to Icelandic and Norwegian than to Danish depend economically on fishing, which accounts for about 95 percent of exports and nearly one-half of GDP, according to the CIA/World Factbook. The discovery of oil in the region may soon provide another source of income and reduce dependence on Denmark.

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Go North, Young Woman! Men Of Remote Faroe Islands 'Importing' Asian Brides To Address Falling Birth Rate Crisis

The remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic have seen a dip in population, as well as a stark imbalance between male and female populations, so some Faroese men have been importing wives from Thailand and the Philippines.

The Faroe Islands are an island group and archipelago under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The total area of the remote land is approximately 540 square miles.

The islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948, and have taken control over most domestic matters over the years. Still, like with most protectorates, Denmark handles military defense, policing, justice, currency and foreign affairs.

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As of now, the total population of the Faroes is roughly 48,500, and there are 2000 less females than males. A falling birth rate is threatening the archipelagos future, and many young Faroese women leave the islands to go to school in cities like Oslo, Copenhagen and London and about half never return. if the present situation doesnt change, Hermann Oskarsson, the former chief economic adviser of the Faroes, projects that by 2023, the population could fall to 37,000

So, some Faroese men have been importing women from the Philippines and Thailand to become their wives. These groups make up the largest foreign population on the islands, at roughly 200. This number has doubled since 2006, and while the wife importation theory makes for a good story, no one can be exactly sure why theres been an increase in the Asian population.

Bjarni Ziska Dahl, a teacher and shepherd, married his wife, Cherelle, a Filipina woman, in 2010. Cherelle calls Bjarn a good man. Yeah. Hes just simple. Bjarnis brother Heini, and some of their friends also married Filipinas. Interestingly, Cherelle and Bjarni said that Filipinos and Faroese have common cultural values with their close family ties and living everyday life simply, despite their respective homelands being so far apart.

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Radical Danish Imam rethinks opposition to Mohammed cartoons and backs freedom of expression
Seven and a half years after the worldwide Danish cartoons crisis, Ahmed Akkari, a former Imam, now says the drawings were justified as free expression.

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“Collision! Free Speech and Religion” with Jacob Mchangama (Trailer)
COLLISION! is our new documentary investigating the folly of curbing free speech. Meet Jacob Mchangama, a Danish human rights lawyer arguing for protection o…

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The loss of life was tragic but in almost all other respects the Falklands war was a comedy of unintended consequences from which those who started it lost the most. Talk to Falkland Islanders old enough to remember the period just before the war and you’ll learn that the government of Margaret Thatcher was perceived not as a heroic force for freedom but as treacherous and deceitful.

A plan was under way, spearheaded by the Foreign Office, to go behind the Falklanders’ back and cut a deal whereby Britain would share sovereignty with Argentina for a period of time, prior to relinquishing authority over the islands altogether.

The lunacy of the generals who invaded the Falklands in April 1982 was that, from the point of view of Argentina’s historic quest to ‘recover’ the ‘Malvinas’, their action could not have been more counter-productive. Had they waited, they’d have had the islands on a plate. But they were losing their grip on power and they resorted to the desperate, populist act of dispatching their army to the windswept archipelago.

What happened was that Thatcher dispatched her own troops to get the islands back; the generals, covered in ignominy, were overthrown; all possibility of Argentina claiming sovereignty over the islands any time soon went up in smoke; and Britain was saddled with holding on to them, at considerable cost to the Treasury, until the long distant day when the Falklanders themselves, now fully in charge of their destiny, immune to Foreign Office scheming, deem fit to say goodbye.

And all for what? There’s a line from Hamlet when the prince asks a soldier what the mission is of a Norwegian army passing through Danish territory. It turns out they are set for Poland, the soldier replies, explaining, “We go to gain a little patch of ground/ That hath in it no profit but the name”. Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentine writer who admired Shakespeare, had his own spin on the theme, applied to the Falklands war. Asked what his opinion was of the conflict on the South Atlantic, he said: “It is a fight between two bald men over a comb”.

An inverted version of the same idea might have been more appropriate. Two combs fighting over a bald man. Bald is the word to describe the landscape of the Falklands, and pretty much everything else there. There are no trees on the 760-island archipelago save for a few scattered, stumpy ones in the capital Port Stanley, where 2,200 people or 85 per cent of the total island’s population lives, and on the British military base an hour away by road, where some valiant horticulturalist planted a dozen, all of them condemned to bend desperately sideways in the direction of the prevailing winds, like a row of umbrellas blown inside out.

Stanley is a long, thin rectangle of squat little Lego constructions by the sea with a couple of gift shops on the shoreline where they sell stuffed penguins made in the UK and, at the town’s business hub, one general store where clothes are scarce and stubbornly unfashionable, where the range of chocolates and cigarettes is what you might expect to find at a medium-sized London Tube station, where fresh fruit and vegetables practically all imported are few and far between.

On the narrow streets there are no advertising billboards and no traffic lights, because there is no traffic to speak of. The only vehicles are four-by-fours, all amply served by the capital’s one petrol station. An unmarked road of mostly gravel links Stanley to the Falklands’ second city, Goose Green, a loose arrangement of 18 partially inhabited houses and half a dozen barns so bare, windswept and seemingly barren of human activity that the image comes to mind of a struggling pioneers’ outpost in Idaho, circa 1842, after a visit by the Apaches.

But Stanley and Goose Green are New York and Las Vegas compared to what they were before the Falklands war, the worst thing that happened to a thousand dead British and Argentine soldiers, but bonanza time, after it was all over, for the islanders. In all other respects, the mad futility of that war on the South Atlantic, 500 kilometres from Argentina’s southernmost coast and 12,000 from Britain’s, exceeds anything Borges’ dry, despairing imagination was able to come up with. Beyond questions of symbolism, myth and national pride, it is impossible to fathom what use these islands were for a vast country like Argentina, empty of people in much of its geography and unfairly rich in natural resources.

Today there is some money to be made from fishing rights and possibly but far from certainly from the discovery offshore of oil and gas, but back then the only thing the economy offered was wool and lamb’s meat. What is more, just before Argentine troops invaded and fleetingly ‘recovered’ sovereignty over the Malvinas in April 1982, the British government was negotiating to hand them over to Buenos Aires. Not surprisingly, Britain saw little point in keeping hold of a far-flung territory that barely a handful of its citizens had heard of (and therefore of negligible political value), where the land was unprofitably rocky semi-tundra and where penguins outnumbered people by a ratio of 250 to one.

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KZ4 rescuing people on Danish islands 1946-47
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Conservative political commentator Michael Graham will moderate a panel discussion on free speech and Islamic sharia law on Wednesday, March 20, at Ahavath Torah Congregation.

The panelists will be Lars Hedegaard, Robert Spencer and Tiffany Gabbay

Hedegaard is president of the Danish Free Press Society, an historian and a journalist. He is also the survivor of a recent assassination attempt.

Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) His latest book is Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islams Obscure Origins

Gabbay is a writer and communications specialist who worked as a journalist in Washington and served as deputy director of a Republican womens advocacy group.

Graham is a talk radio host and the author of four books, including Thats No Angry Mob, Thats My Mom!

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the temple, 1179 Central St. Admission is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for students. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended at www.eventbrite.com/event or 447-020-6508.

No recording devices or photos will be allowed.

The event is part of the temples Irwin M. and H. Ethel Hausman Memorial Free Speech Speakers Series.

For more information, call 781-344-8733, e-mail office@atorah.org or visit www.atorah.org.

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FRAMINGHAM, MA–(Marketwire – Mar 12, 2013) – Libratone Inc., the fast growing and award-winning Danish-based designer wireless speaker company, today announced key milestones in its expansion into the North American market, with the appointment of a new U.S.-based leadership team, the opening of offices in Boston and the San Francisco Bay-area and key new retail and distribution partners including Apple Stores, Design within Reach and the Audi of America Loyalty Program.

The news, which follows on the heels of several 2013 product updates including the release of iOS and Android apps for easy set-up and management of Libratone’s award-winning wireless speakers, is further evidence of Libratone’s strong market growth. North America is a key factor in that growth as Libratone builds on its rising global success through an experienced and passionate executive team and exciting new retail sales channels.

“North America represents the potential for rapid growth for our brand, which has been recognized by leading consumer electronics and design organizations as both an anchor for the home audio system and a white-hot element of home dcor,” said Tommy Andersen, CEO of Libratone. “With updated pricing, exceptional product updates and a new high-performance organizational structure in place, we are confident that this is only the first chapter in what will be a long success story for Libratone around the world.”

North American Team Leadership Leading the charge in this region is Gregg Stein, who has been named vice president of sales and marketing for North America. In this role, Stein will provide overall business management strategy and leadership, drawing on nearly two decades of experience in the consumer electronics and audio industries.

Prior to joining Libratone, Stein drew on his accomplishments in the music technology and consumer electronics industries to provide strategic counsel and hands-on leadership as vice president for mass marketing at The MUSIC Group. Before that, Stein was managing director at ION Audio, where he played a key role in reshaping that brand in the consumer market space.

Stein also held roles as director of marketing at Numark International; director of marketing communications at Line 6; and product marketing and marketing communications manager at the Avedis Zildjian Company. A former director of membership acquisition at the American Marketing Association, Boston Chapter, Stein also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Harvard University.

“Libratone stands before a vast market opportunity, and I am thrilled to be part of the team that will help the brand dominate in this region,” noted Stein. “With the technical discipline to create amazing sounds, a deep commitment to deliver quality products and the unwavering passion for gorgeous design, Libratone is poised to do great things in this part of the world — and everywhere else.”

Libratone also promoted former operations manager Martin Jorgensen to the position of director of North American operations. An experienced executive, Jorgensen brings more than ten years of experience to his new role, where he will be tasked with overseeing the day-to-day management of Libratone’s operational infrastructure in this region. Having been a part of Libratone’s operations team since 2012, Jorgensen brings not only subject matter expertise but also a deep understanding of the corporate culture that defines the Libratone brand.

Prior to Libratone, Jorgensen held various senior management and business operations positions within the Danish Government. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen.

New Partnerships and Expanded Distribution NetworkJoining the expanding lineup of Libratone retail partners is the Audi of America Loyalty Program, which reaches 10,000 of Audi’s most loyal and affluent customers.

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Lars Hedegaard, Denmark needs free speech. Islam not compatible with freedom loving people
Lars Hedegaard was almost assassinated by two “Arab” looking men, no doubt Muslims after he wrote that Islam is not compatible with western ideals of free speech. Some time ago Lars Hedegaard spoke to Russian TV about how he wrote articles about how Islam is not compatible with humanist Europe. For that he was attacked by the Left and the Mainstream Media who have no clue that Islam is extreme and very conservative and does not fit into any free society. I hope the Danish people will open their eyes to the threat of Islam for the Danes and their country. Not only is Islam a threat for Denmark, but for the UK, England, Wales, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands Dutch, France, Great Brittan, India, Philippines, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Germany, USA America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and all over the world.

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Denmark – Water and Soil.
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21 November 2012 Last updated at 06:02 ET

The Faroes, an archipelago of 18 islands in the North Atlantic, constitute an autonomous region of Denmark.

While the islands’ rugged coastlines and extensive bird life are a draw for some, the Faroes also offer the prospect of major offshore reserves of oil and gas.

These potential resources have given extra weight to the argument for full independence from Denmark.

But a planned referendum on the issue was shelved in 2001 after Denmark said it would halt aid within four years if voters favoured the independence proposals.

A local parliament – the Loegting – looks after the islands’ affairs, although Copenhagen is responsible for defence and foreign relations.

The Faroes were first settled by Irish monks in the 6th century AD. The first Norse settlers were farmers.

The islands became part of the Kingdom of Norway in the 11th century and came under Danish control in the 14th century when Norway joined the Kingdom of Denmark. Under the 1948 Home Rule Act the islands became self-governing.

The islanders’ traditional hunt for pilot whales has attracted international attention. Supporters of the hunt say whale meat is an important source of food over the winter. Animal rights activists have called for the cull to be banned.

Fishing is the main economic activity on the islands, and Danish subsidies remain an important source of income. Copenhagen has said it will review the subsidy agreement should the Faroes profit from offshore energy reserves.

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With this in mind, an increasing number of cities are creating or allowing “urban beaches:” manmade beaches with sand shipped in for the summer months. For city-bound travelers who don’t want to sacrifice their tans, the members and editors at VirtualTourist.com have picked the “Top Five Urban Beaches.”

Paris, France: It’s not surprising that the culture that gave us the bikini would be the first to figure out how to bring the beach to their fabulous city.

The original “plage urbaine,” the Paris Plage began in 2002, with the French converting the Seine’s banks into pedestrian areas as well as sandy sunbathing spots.

The plages spread from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully on Voie Georges Pompidou, along the Seine River, and at Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette.

Berlin, Germany: The term widely used in Berlin is “beach bar,” and they’ve been popping up along the Spree River since 2002. While these are not necessarily city-created urban beaches, we can’t discount them as part of the phenomena, especially since there are almost 30 of them in the summer.

The first documented “beach bar” was Strandbar Mitte. Another popular spot is Oststrand, the city’s largest urban beach, where visitors also can relax on the deck of an anchored ship along the river bank.

Copenhagen, Denmark: The Danish design denizens of Copenhagen created an urban beach that strikingly arises from the water and contains no sand.

Havnebadet, or Harbor Bath, at Islands Brygge is a riverside swimming complex, with five pools, two specifically for children, and two diving towers. Across the canal, a similar harbor bath exists at Fisketorvet.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Rue Quai de l’Horloge is complete with sand, brightly colored beach umbrellas and chairs, as well as a traditional wooden boardwalk and refreshment stand.

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It was a sad experience, he told Danish reporters afterwards. It felt really good the first 500 metres, I had to hold close to Sun Yang [the current world champion] in his waves, but then I could just not keep up anymore.

The others withdrew from me really quickly, I could not keep up, and both technique and strength did not work and then there was not much more I could do.

This week, Joensen has had a TV crew and two radio stations following his every move at the Aquatics Centre. There has, though, been a stumbling block for the small media circus. As they are not IOC accredited, theyve had to wait for coach and swimmer to sneak out of the venue so that interviews can be catered for.

Considering the Faroe Islands’ penchant for losing European football encounters by a country mile, Joensen is naturally revered in his country. Despite his failure here, he still will be on his return.

Things are looking good and we havent prepared for anything other than this, so it better work out, Joensens coach and trainer, Jon Bjarnason, told The Telegraph before the 1500m heats.

When a Faroes’ sportsman of the year award was inaugurated a few years ago, public popularity saw him win it three years in a row. But organisers soon spoilt the party and scrapped the award. Comically, a footballer of the year award was instilled in its place.

Joensen trains in a 25m pool at his local club Suuroyar Svimjifelag in Vgur. So how come Joensen is in a position to race for a medal at these Games when he trains in the smallest pool to compete at the sports longest event?

People always say that, said Bjarnason. We had 14 days of long course training before Shanghai and Pal came fourth. So it can be done.

Bjarnason is referring to his fourth place at the World Championships in China last year. It was a breakthrough swim and he narrowly missed out on a medal despite being third with only 100m left. No one was expecting it and the commentators had no idea who he was, Bjarnason, 42, adds.

You have to have certain physical attributes at this level. His buoyancy (ability to float on the water), mental strength and muscle fibre combination is essential.

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