Kompani K: Onkel Osvalds Orkester, Spelar Til Dans

She Keeps The Lights Down Low Inside (Og Spelar Smokie!)

Posted in D-LUX 5, Free Ai Weiwei, Free Liu Xia by Knutsvik on June 11, 2013


Tuesday, 11th June. Copenhagen.

The Victoria is across the street from The Flamingo. The Flamingo is for the beautiful people, Victoria is a dive bar. I try to make a visit every time I’m in town. It’s just me and the middle aged regulars who talk about Thailand and how things used to be. I drink Tuborg Classics and smoke a Montechristo and try to speak Danish to the barmaid. She’s in her late fifties and hardcore working class and drinks with the regulars. Her son studies to be an engineer. She keeps the lights down low inside and plays Smokie (Ho Spelar Smokie!). They won’t slip me a mickey in here. I’m nobody.

It’s a grey afternoon in Copenhagen, and her husband pulls up outside in an old BMW. The trunk is loaded with Captain Morgan and cheap white wine.

It’s not all just fried flatfish and dill sauces and drunken flamingos in Copenhagen. Sometimes it’s a little bit more.

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  1. hobokollektiv said, on June 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Life’s too short for cheap white wine. But it’s precious enough for a trunk loaded with Captain Morgan for hardcore working class like us, buddy. At the end of the day it’s always cold beer & warm women, captein, while the sun is setting over these grey towns. Cold beer, warm women & bag full of memories. Sometimes it’s a little more. A little more always.

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

    • Knutsvik said, on June 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      ay, Fritsch – there’s always a little bit more, buddy, there’s always a little bit more, and Copenghagen is just as fine a town to find it as anywhere else, be it drunken flamingos or drunken old afternoon dudes!

      thanks, pal!


  2. MT said, on June 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Fin historie Mr 🙂

    Bildet, finfint.Fargane er flotte. Den kvitkledde på sykkel mot den kvite skrifta. Hjula som skapar bevegelse. Dei runde lampane lyser over gjestar som stoppar opp ei lita rid.Vi speglar oss i kvarandre.


    • Knutsvik said, on June 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      ay, Marie, København er ein smuk by, og så lenge det finnes stader som Victoria, der slitne sjelar fortsatt får lov til å tenna seg ein røyk innandørs og under tak så finnes fortsatt også litt av byens gamle hjarte sjølv om jappane og hipsterane og fintfolket vert meir og meir synlege der nede også 😀

      Hepp ooog klem på deg og, MT!

  3. B. said, on June 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Ooo! Enjoy Copenhagen! 🙂

    Og sorry for at jeg er så sløv med Lynch-nyheter tilbake, assa!

    • Knutsvik said, on June 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      haha, ay, Bubbles, København var flott som alltid, og don’t doubt it, baby: I’m buying the album 😀


  4. z ... said, on June 20, 2013 at 5:17 AM


    Love the Retro of this Pic MK
    And the Automobile adds a Chique


    • Knutsvik said, on June 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      ay, Zamo, Princessa, it was a wonderful afternoon in old Copenhagen, and the picture turned out like the city itself; a combination of old and new 😀


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