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Here comes the revolt

Here comes the revolt

Do you remember a few months ago when I wrote about how the (corrupt, complacent) old guard of Iceland's two largest labour unions had been ousted, and a new, radical leadership had taken its place? At the time I also alluded to the fact that we Icelanders could...

Klausturfokk

So, the Klaustur debacle from a couple of months ago continues its slow and steady march into eternal ignonimy. For those who have not been keeping up, the incident to which I refer is one that took place at the bar Klaustur in downtown Reykjavík late last year, where...

100 years of sovereignty

Today, December 1, is very significant day for the Icelandic nation: exactly one century ago, in 1918, this country gained sovereignty from Denmark. The event marked a joyous end to a horrific year for the people of Iceland. It began with an excruciating cold spell...

October 2018

Each month I send out a newsletter to subscribers. One section each month is devoted to Icelandic affairs. The one below is from the October 2018 newsletter.  Another month, another set of scandals in Icelandic society. Here comes a brief sampling, by no means...

Where we stopped on our bookdrop tour

Where we stopped on our bookdrop tour

Each month I send out a newsletter to subscribers. One section each month is devoted to Icelandic affairs. The one below is from the October 2018 newsletter.  Another month, another set of scandals in Icelandic society. Here comes a brief sampling, by no means...

Queen E puts on a Team Iceland uniform

Around the middle of this month (June 2017) EPI and I embarked on our annual book drop tour. This is where we drive the Ring Road around the country, visit booksellers, and introduce any new books we have. Originally we had books in the car and dropped them off (hence...

Black Friday comes to Iceland

I expect that, by now, many of you have heard about the scandal rocking Icelandic politics, that of our Prime Minister’s wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, having an offshore company registered in Tortola - a notorious tax haven. Something that the PM, Sigmundur Davíð...

In abundance

Yesterday I was off on one of my book drop (distribution) runs around town, and along the way decided to stop off at a particular store to check out a piece of furniture we've been thinking of purchasing. I had a couple of questions about it, so approached a sales...

Repose

Last night I was lying in bed and flipping through the Yule catalogue from the Kringlan mall, as you do. EPI: Whatcha reading? ME: The Kringlan catalogue. Very exciting. EPI: Ah, ok. See anything you like? ME: So far, no. I'm hoping I'll find something, though, so I...

On the exodus from Iceland

A few days ago I noticed that my Ficus Benjamina had started to sprout tender new leaves. It always happens around this time, and it never ceases to amaze me that during the darkest time of the year here in Iceland, when daylight is considered a luxury,...