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Outside, An Excavator Hums


“When a hotel plate has been washed 24 times in a row without being dirty, the old hopscotch an comes and picks it up.”

The children in the school’s auditorium look interested in the lecturer. A boy puts up his hand.

“It’s like at home. We have a wireless router that runs both the cell phones and the computers.”

“It’s not the same.”


A more sensible boy puts up his hand.

“What if it’s just been dusty?”

“Is dust dirty?” asks a third child.

I, the journalist from The Other Newspaper wonder why the children do not ask about the two most mysterious problems namely who the old hopscotch man may be and how he can keep track of all the hotel plates in the world, but I realize that they know well that what is told is fantasy. There is something absolutely touching about the fact that all the children have at least as much imagination as the speaker. Yes. Children and adults have just as much imagination.

“What nonsense.”

What!? How do you know what I’m thinking? I notice a school teacher standing and reading my thoughts and reading the article before it is written.


The lecturer has been marking time with a very standard tale of two mosquitoes in love sitting on the edge of a plate. Outside, an excavator hums.

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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.