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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.


Iceland’s Christmas TV advert banned for being too political (The Guardian)

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.

Photographer Al Mefer, who fell in love with rural Iceland while exploring the so-called ‘Golden Circle’ in the south of the country, explains:

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.

In fairness.



Ahead of tonight’s football friendly with Iceland at the 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.

In fairness.

Baby boom in Iceland hospital nine months to the day since win over England at Euro 2016 (Telegraph)



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!

Thousands of Icelanders rally in Reykjavik on April 9, 2016 to demand immediate elections on a sixth consecutive day of anti-government protests over the "Panama Papers" revelations which have already toppled the prime minister. / AFP / HALLDOR KOLBEINS (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


Pirate party prepares for first major win in Iceland elections (New Scientist)


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.

Good times.

Cork Airport