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Greenland's lack of ruby cutting and polishing industry leads to less profits

by Bridget Honan Locals fear a lack of ruby exporters in Greenland could mean the country misses out on important tax money. At the moment, with no ruby mining industry of it’s own, Greenland makes money from taxes paid by foreign companies like True North Gems. But under current laws, these mining companies only need to pay taxes on their profits. No free market to compare prices Small scale mining activists fear that with the difficulties for small scale miners to export rubies, there is…

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The time I threw a party in Aarhus

During the final project period, Leonie and I had the not so brilliant idea of putting on a party. We organized a venue and asked some djs from Berlin to come down. We stocked up on seven thousand kroner of beer and hoped that the 50 people who said they were attending on Facebook would show up.

In Melbourne, 300 people say they’re coming to an event and 50 show up. Turns out in Aarhus it’s the other way around. We were in way over our head, more people came than expected and the girls and I were trying to run the bar and the door at the same time and failing miserably.

Luckily, my classmates are the best people in the world. I literally think I saw every single person from school running the bar at some point. When we ran out of beer, two of the boys jumped on their bikes and somehow managed to balance 5 cases on their handlebars. Ahmed, a classmate of mine threatened he wouldn’t even show up to the party. He ended up being the first to arrive and the last to leave, at 8am in the morning.

The girls and I then kicked everyone out and cleaned stinking urinals and beer soaked floors until 11am, giggling the whole time. I cycled home for another cleaning marathon, I had to pack up my entire room and move out that day, and somehow leave it in a state worthy of a bond return.

At 5pm I rushed back to the venue for one final clean before jumping in the car with Leonie for an eleven hour drive to Germany. When we arrived at 5am there was time for one last party downtown in Leipzig before I could finally crash into a warm, soft bed at 8am the next day and at last- sleep.

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The time i visited Iceland and Greenland.

My classmates and i received a grant to go to Greenland and report on some stories there. It was a completely surreal experience. We flew into Iceland first and the staff at Reykajvik airport were completely confused about what we were doing there, but i was sure we had booked a flight from Iceland to Greenland. Turns out there is a tiny flight once a month to Greenland, in order to pick up some government ministers or something along those lines. So, we flew on…

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The five woodswomen of Norway

I just got back from a week spent in a treehouse in Norway. There was no electricity.We cooked bread over a fire, melted snow to wash the dishes, chopped wood, went on 20km walks, fell over countless times and pushed a snowed-in car up an icy hill at 5am in the morning. We lived in extremely close quarters in our little treetop hut and with no facebook or phones, we drew each other and told the stories of our lives to keep each other entertained.…

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Investigative story on EU drug policy

While studying in Denmark, our class took a study tour to Brussels to investigate policy within the European Union. Here is my story. EU attempts to reach common ground on drug policy   by Bridget Honan and Leonie Lohwasser. It smells like urine and vomit. Two men crouching behind an oversized umbrella burn crack on an dirty, rusty teaspoon. A filthy, wrinkly hand opens to show different coloured pills – methadon, sleeping pills, “downer”, amphetamines. This is daily life on Istedgade in Copenhagen. The city…

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