A masterful aerial homage to the extraordinary natural landscapes of Iceland by Russian filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov.
While John Lewis and the other shops prepares to woo people with big-budget ads about inflatable shoes or a talking Christmas brick or whatever, the supermarket Iceland (it hasn’t gone away you know) takes the opportunity to draw attention to rampant deforestation and the global demand for palm oil, which is destroying orangutan habitats. Co-produced with Greenpeace, voiced by Emma Thompson.
“Banned” is a strong word, but it seems UK body Clearcast declined to clear it for broadcast due to its political messaging, in breach of the UK’s Broadcast Code of Advertising Practice.
And that”s why mum’s gone to Iceland.
The rose-tinted vision of Europe’s furthest flung island that is Dreamscapes of Iceland – images of the natural terrain in extraordinary shades of visceral red and pink.
I wanted to picture it in a way that it’d feel new yet as oneiric in the images as it is to see it live.
Sunnuhlio Tiny Houses: overlooking the Eyjafjördur fjord near Akureyri in Iceland – three cosy, if minimalist cabins with kitchenette, dining area and sleeping loft near to bird watching trails, an art museum and a village with pool and beach.
Spartan, bracing, chilly out.
Each available for €163 a night.
sett var met í fjölda mænudeyfinga á fæðingarvakt um helgina – níu mánuðum eftir 2-1 sigurinn á Englandi
— Ásgeir Pétur (@asgeirpetur) March 27, 2017
Ahead of tonight’s football friendly with Iceland at t
he Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua
When Iceland beat England in the last 16 of Euro 2016, it marked one of the most famous days in its footballing history – and one doctor has spotted a clue as to how the country might have celebrated.
Asgeir Petur Thorvaldsson, a doctor in the anaesthesiology department at Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, tweeted that his maternity ward had administered unprecedented levels of pain relief over the weekend – coincidentally nine months exactly since Iceland’s 2-1 victory over England.
Roughly translated, Mr Thorvaldsson said: “Set a record for the number of epidurals in the maternity duty this weekend.”
Iceland’s most glorious moment was the defeat of England in the first knockout round, while their fans provided one of the signature sounds of the tournament – the “Thunderclap” celebration.
Frank O Dea writes:
Spotted this for sale in a supermarket in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. Anyone planning a visit there in late January to mid February might (or might not) like to check out the Viking Midwinter Feast where lots of the locals take to eating lambs head jelly, singed sheep’s head, fermented shark, rams testicles and other such things. Yuk!
Valhalla, they are coming.
Ahead of the General Election in Iceland tomorrow [results Saturday night], a look at The Pirate Party, a collection of internet activists from both left and right that may help form a new government in the land of the midnight sun.
Couldn’t happen here.
Icelandic airline WOWair is to run from Cork Airport, effective from May of next year, led by a Cork-Reykjavik service at €60 each way.
Sez the blurb:
Iceland’s low-cost airline will operate flights to Iceland, the US and Canada from May 2017.
The new service will operate direct scheduled flights to Reykjavik from Cork Airport four times per week and will allow passengers to connect to major US and Canadian cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC , Montreal and Toronto.