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Old 02-06-2011, 12:41 PM
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Good for the Countess. Alexandra no longer belongs to the Royal Family, but the amount of work she has done for the charities and patronages not only reflects on her, but on her former Family. She's a neat woman.
She is. I agree. And all of her friends do to.
Alexandra is still a dear friend to Frederik and Mary. She is also still a part of high society. Here Alexandra and Martin is at a birthday party for nobleman Wedell-Wedelsborg.

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Countess Alexandra as Patron of the Danish Society for the Blind and husband
Martin attended a dinner in the dark arranged by the Dark Waiters at a restaurant
in Sorø on February 25, 2011.
The dinner was served in a completely dark room and all the waiters were blind.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **

** sn.dk: Se billederne fra Alexandras aften i Sorø ** sn.dk gallery **

** herognu.com: Alexandra spiste festmiddag i mørke **
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:05 PM
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Thank you, Iceflower

Yes, Alexandra and a neatly dressed but unshaved Martin Jørgensen went to dinner. (*)

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #09, 2011.
Middag i mørke - Dinner in darkness. (**)
Written by Trine Larsen.

47 dinner guests in total attended the dinner at the 100 anniversary of the Danish Association for the Blind at a restaurant in Sorø, not far from Copenhagen.
In connection with the anniversary a number of restaurants will be completely darkened out in a concept called Dark Waiter.
Where people can experience how it is to have a dinner when you are blind.
Alexandra said: "It's an utterly fantastic experience to dine in darkness. I've tried it before and it's cerainly not easy, when you can't see the food, find glass or utensils or know how much coffee there are in the cups.
It's incredible how much the visual means. I've heard that it is difficult to taste between red and white wine and so on. But on this evening we're all in the same boat, because no one can see anything. And if you drop something or turn something over, it isn't so embarrassing, as if everyone could see you. Here we all sit and fiddle us way through the darkness.
But even though we are together about this experience, it's nevertheless a serious topic. And that's what I'd like to put emphasis on. Because on a day to day basis the blind and visually impaired are alone in a dark world and unfortunately 2.400 Danes lose their sight each year".

(*) Why oh why can't that man shave? He's not 25 anymore. Robinson Crusoe may have had a valid reason for not shaving, but Martin....

(**) Of course! Silly me. Martin didn't shave, so that Alexandra could locate him in the darkness. "Stubbles? That can only be my Martin".
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:23 PM
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(**) Of course! Silly me. Martin didn't shave, so that Alexandra could locate him in the darkness. "Stubbles? That can only be my Martin".
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:43 PM
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Frankly, I hope the man never shaves! I think he looks sexy.

And what a great concept and a fantastic event.
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Countess Alexandra attends a "Dinner in the Dark" to raise awareness of issues facing the blind:

"Countess Alexandra, 46, and her husband, Martin Jorgensen, 33, were as excited as all the other diners, as they were guided into into the totally darkened Restaurant Boots Kathrine House Sorø to eat a three course gourmet dinner. The Countess, a patron of the Danish Blind, was intrigued by the visually impaired and blind conditions. She had a hard time imagining what it was like taking a festive menu without being able to see her own hand. How could you get something on the fork, and how might one eat without tipping over or spilling something? The Countess had previously participated in a "dark events" in a cafe, where she accidently sat in the lap of a stranger."

http://www.darkwaiter.dk[.../nyheder/alexandramoerke/

Good pictures as well.
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As patron of UNICEF Countess Alexandra has been in Vidin, Bulgaria, to open
a family center.


** BB: Grevinde Alexandra i Bulgarien ** translation **
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As patron of UNICEF Countess Alexandra has been in Vidin, Bulgaria, to open
a family center.


** BB: Grevinde Alexandra i Bulgarien ** translation **
Glad to see her out and about. She seems like a natural when she goes on these visits.
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The video and interview of her visit is around the 15 minute mark.
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Thank you, Jemagre & Iceflower

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #20, 2011.
Børn har ret til kærlighed - Children has the right to be loved.
Written by Trine Larsen.

Countess Alexandra recently visited an orphanage in Bulgaria on behalf of UNICEF and she also inaugurated a UNICEF centre there.
The centre can advise up to 220 families with children. And 25 families can attend a socalled family apprentenship, basically intense family counselling.
There is room for about 20 women to go to consultations prior to giving birth.
And up to 60 families can recieve family councelling.
There is also room for 20 children, from varios orphanages, who at the centre can recieve social behavioural training.
Just as there is a special kindergarten for 50 children and their parents.

There are around 14.000 orphans in Bulgaria, living in 131 orhanages. The one Alexandra visited must be considered among the best.
It's no fun being an orphan in Bulgaria, no fun at all!
Countess Alexandra visited an orphanage with 55 children at the age of 0-7.
Many if not most of the children are not used to human contact, let alone tenderness, being caressed or even being spoken to. As such they already socially handicapped, introverted, shy, fearful and recoiling from human contact.
Alexandra managed to create a contact with a number of the children, who at first were unresponsive but then lightened up and even smiled. Here was an adult who was friendly and showed them attention, any attention.
Especially one of the children, 18 months old Elena. At first Elena was unreponsive towards Alexandra who caressed the child, spoke to her, talked and smiled to her. Then Elena thawed and smiled back and grabbed Alexandra's hand firmly.
The reporter herself, also fell for one one the children, Svetlana.

Afterwards Alexandra said: "It's heartbreaking to see children live like that, especially as you know, they are not orphans but simply abandoned. Left at an orphanage because their parents are so poor that they cannot take care of them themselves".

The UNICEF centre is located in in Vidin, in the poorest area of Europe and there is a long standing tradition there for sending the children to an orphanage, when the parents cannot cope.
Alexandra: "We must change that. Because evrybody knows how important it is for children to grow up with their parents and siblings. Where there is care and love, something they don't get at an orphanage. We saw that very clearly.
I'm certain the employees do what they can (*) but there are no enough resources to provide care and comfort. But hopefully the UNICEF centre in Vidin will become a rolemodel for several other centres in Bulgaria.
There are 14.000 children in orphanages in Bulgaria and they have not only deserved another life, they also have a right to that. But a change of attitude is also needed and hopefully the UNICEF centre can help in that respect".

Q: As a mother it most be horrible to see so many children suffer from lack of human contact and love?
A: "It's heartbreaking, especially when you learn that the infants are isolated for 21 days when they arrive. Imagine an infant who has no other form of contacts with adults, other than when they get a change of diapers and are fed. It's unbeareble to think about".

- I find such articles and project so very important, but on a personal level they bring back unpleasant memories. I've dealt with traumatized children myself, some of them were orphans.
All your problems seems so utterly trivial in comparison.

(*) One of the pictures in the articles was telling I think. Alexandra is trying to establish contact with a boy, who was afraid, because he was not used to someone touching him. The expression in the eyes of the attendee holding him was blank, numb, indifferent, dead.
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Thanks for the translation. As I don't know Danish I couldn't get everything but this translation helped fill in the missing pieces I had from the video.
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Yesterday, May 23, Countess Alexandra as Patron of the Danish Society for the Blind has
handed out money for the eye research and awarded scholarships in Copenhagen.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** gallery **

** sn.dk: Grevinde Alexandra uddelte penge til øjenforskere ** translation **
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Yesterday, May 23, Countess Alexandra as Patron of the Danish Society for the Blind has
handed out money for the eye research and awarded scholarships in Copenhagen.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** gallery **

** sn.dk: Grevinde Alexandra uddelte penge til øjenforskere ** translation **
Thank you, Iceflower
You are always tirelessly digging up stuff for us.

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #22, 2011.
Jeg har gode gener - I have good genes.
Written by Henrik Salling.

The Danish Society for the Blind turns 100 this year and Countess Alexandra is patron.
In that capacity she recently handed out grants worth 1.5 million DKK for eye-research. That took place in Medical Museion in Copenhagen.

Her own eyesight is fine, she told our reporter and added: "I think I have some good genes. Neither my mother nor my father have used glasses. And my father had until the end a very good eyesight indeed. At far away distances he saw everything.
So I hope that I for many years still, can do without glasses".

Her secretary, Julie Vibe Michelsen, accompanied her to the event.

- And that concludes this weeks coverage of the DRF in Billed Bladet.
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It's nice to see her again. But, I prefer her hair to be a little bit longer.
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It's nice to see her again. But, I prefer her hair to be a little bit longer.
she has almost always worn her hair short so I don't think I like her hair long.

She is very natural on the charity circuit. Nice to see that Martin comes along sometimes.
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Yesterday, June 1, Countess Alexandra in her role as patron of the zoo in Odense, together with her
sons and husband Martin, opened new facilites at the zoo including giraffes, zebras and antelopes.

Some really great pics of the four have been made during the visit:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 **

** fyens.dk: Prinserne nød at fodre og svæve i zoo ** gallery ** translation **

** nyhederne.tv2.dk: VIDEO: Alexandra åbner savanne i Odense **
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Nice find, Iceflower

Felix is growing up. He's got "cool hair" now. I guess he's reached that age where boys become just as vain (if not more!) as the girls.

And now a little sigh! Please! Please, will someone tie down Martin and shave him? At a certain point men with days old stubbles stop looking cool. They just look like ungroomed middleaged men....

Odense Zoo has converted a third of the zoo to an area specifically dedicated to Africa, and here the visitors will be allowed to feed the animals and as you can see get pretty close to the animals, as the only zoo in DK, where you can do that.
You cold do that too, at least in Aalborg Zoo when I was a child, but that was abolished, partly because people fed the animals all sorts of weird things, partly because there was no control of what the animals ate. Half a kilo of sweets on a good day to the elephant is after all a big-time attack on the teeth...



http://www.fyens.dk/article/1861146:Odense--Prinserne-noed-at-fodre-og-svaeve-i-zoo?video=22956
Showing that boys are boys and it was a little bit hard to drive them away and gon on with the schedul, when they are having fun.
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Here's another great gallery from Billed-Bladet:


** Nikolai og Felix i Odense Zoo **
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Yesterday, June 8, Countess Alexandra as patron attended the 50th anniversary of the Danish Association of the Blind in Copenhagen.



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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #25, 2011.
Jeg holder mig i god form - I stay fit.
Written by Marianne Singer.

Countess Alexandra recently went to charity event called Pink Cup at Rungsted Golf Club, in support of breast cancer research. An event under the Cancer Association.

She an 72 women showed up at the golf club to support this charity.
The statistics about breast cancer in DK is somber reading as one in nine of all women are diagnoced with breast cancer.
Alexandra doesn't play golf, so she attended a biginners course before going putting with the ambassador for Pink Cup, Anne Lazholm. It generated 35.000 DKK = 7.000 $.
Alexandra said about golfing: "It's fun and you get bitten by it".

About stying healthy she said: "I'm in the fittnesscentre a couple of times a week, do yoga and run. I'm satisfied with that form of excersize I do. It's important to vary what you do. (*)
It's important to stay it, eat healthy and get your sleep. I think more about my health and about keeping fit now, than I did when I was in my 30's".

About breast cancer among her own friends: "Even though my (female) friends are cured today, such a serious illness is very much in the back of your mind all the time. I know from my friends that they, when they are to go for a check up, think a lot about how it will turn out. It's not like you, when you are declared cured, can feel at ease. The fear is always there. I can sense the mood is a bit different around the times when they are going to have a check up and then I try to support them".


(*) And she'd better excersize as well as vary it, as she has suffered from problems with her back before.
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