Tag Archives: iceland

Tolerating the heat, noticing the water

I’m not suited to this heat. I don’t know if it’s genetic or merely a side effect of being raised in Iceland but my comfort zone for outdoor temperature is anywhere between 10–18˚C, 15 degrees being ideal. So, in an … Continue reading

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Peasants

I have moved from Iceland to the UK three times in my life. The third, which not so coincidentally took place in 2008, is likely to be the last. (The two attributed quotes in this post are thanks to Íris … Continue reading

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Iceland’s ‘crowd-sourced’ constitution is dead

The true history of Iceland’s ‘innovative’ constitutional reform. One of the recurring issues in news coverage on Iceland is how absolutely rubbish foreign news media is at reporting about Iceland. We’ve seen how detached from reality economic news on Iceland … Continue reading

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The falcon’s shriek

I was just strolling through downtown Reykjavík, it being one of my quiet days off (no twitter, no social networks, limited email), munching on a hot dog, as I spotted a couple of ravens. One thing that people often forget … Continue reading

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What is actually going on in Iceland

Because I’m tired of you people spreading untruths Since people continue to spread the factually dubious statement that Iceland “told creditors & IMF to go jump, nationalised banks, arrested the fraudsters, gave debt relief and is now growing very strongly, … Continue reading

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Books of Christmas Past

My original intention with this post was to write about beautifully designed books from past years but I admit I lost my way a bit. No matter, it was mostly an excuse to talk about a lovely book published last … Continue reading

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Design highlights from the Icelandic book season

Like so many professional illustrators, I just happen to work in retail. My particular expertise is actually art supplies but the store I work in also sells office supplies and books. And since now is the most exciting time in … Continue reading

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News, updates, and the Icelandic book market

I’ve been mouthing off all over the place over the last few days, as usual. I wrote a blog post on the Tools of Change blog on ebook standardisation issues. One of the comments on that blog annoyed me so … Continue reading

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High tide and a room of your own

The germ of the idea behind ‘Loot, kill, obey’ comes from two sources, one literary, one from real life. The literary germ is going to be obvious to you once I mention it: Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. Specifically the … Continue reading

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Perceptions of society

Descriptions of a society is like the proverbial blind men describing an elephant; a partial insight is indistinguishable from a lie. Iceland just had a referendum on its constitution. Over two-thirds approved and, moreover, over two-thirds voted in favour of … Continue reading

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