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Forest Swords

Saturday, 11 January, 2014 0 Comments

Matthew Barnes, known by his stage name Forest Swords, is an English music producer and performer. His debut album, Engravings, was released in August last year to unanimously positive critical response. Interestingly, the album was mixed on Thurstaston Hill in that bastion of Liverpudlian lore, the Wirral Peninsula. Barnes credits the outdoors recording for giving the album a natural and atmospheric sound.

Geography: Thurstaston Hill is the home of Thor’s Stone, a house-sized block of red sandstone, where Viking settlers were supposed to have held sacrifices to placate their thunder god. Others say that the stone was raised by the Danes to commemorate the Battle of Brunanburh in 937. More scientific theories suggest that post-glacial erosion removed the softer surrounding rocks and produced today’s landmark.

Etymology: The Danish masculine name Thorsten comes from the Old Norse name Þórsteinn, which meant “Thor’s stone” from the name of the Norse god Þórr (Thor) combined with steinn “stone”. Variants include Thorstein (Norwegian), Torsten (German) and Torsti (Finnish).

For the people, by the people

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

Politicians are, in general, a shoddy lot. Busy stuffing their pockets from the public purse and and stuffing all levels of the bureaucracy with their incompetent relations and clients, they are deserving of the abuse that’s poured upon them. The Danes, however, are different and the current government in Copenhagen has taken remarkable steps to make itself accountable to the people using the full range of communication channels that are available to all. Exemplary.

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