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“In my childhood there were no remote controls”


You must be very old.

“I’m extraordinally old.”

You also look weird.

“You see, I come from a time when we had to go and change the channel ourselves.”

What was it like?

“Those who couldn’t stand up had to walk on their knees. Others sailed to the TV, but most just got up from the couch and walked over and switched channel. I particularly remember the channel buttons.”

It must have been exciting.

“Sometimes you had to turn them and on other television sets you had to push them. That’s why they were firmly mounted. In order not to turn the knob off if it was a pushbutton or crush the TV set itself if it was a knob.”

I can hardly imagine it. It is far from my conceptual world and everyday life. But it is very exciting to listen to. Do you mind if I just place a blue vase here?

“No. At that time, we children had to change the channel for our fathers and mothers. Zitch. Then there was a change of channel and if we were lucky we could see Michelle Pfeiffer standing there, saying he-hoo.”

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Morten Hjerl-Hansen (born 15. June 1973) is a danish blogger born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. I lived for the first 19 years of my life in a liberal-minded, literary and academic home in North Zealand. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father is a chemical engineer. I have two siblings. Throughout childhood, "I invented near-useless things almost every day" and told my siblings "fairy tales" where they themselves were the protagonists. In 1986, I visited Houston in the United States with my family on a stay that spanned three and a half months. I started programming in 1986 and made approx. 20 major projects until I "lost the ability" in 2018. Student from N. Zahles High School 1992. Ry College 1993. Read theology 1993-1994 in Aarhus. Read philosophy 1995-2000 in Linköping, Lund and Copenhagen. Worked as Java programmer 2000 and 2001. Participated in numerous poetry readings in Copenhagen 2002-2007. Got a psychosis in 2007 "which took about 10 years to recover". Married to Else Andersen in 2010 and resides in Asnaes, Denmark. Father in 2014. Has written The Other Newspaper daily in Danish and English daily since 2013.