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The Ghosts Of Best-Ofs Past

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 10:28

Compiling the BEST OF REYKJAVÍK has always been, at best, a half-absurd proposition. As much as we love our city, it is a tiny one, a miniscule one. It is a city that hosts exactly two competitors for the category of ‘best Indian food’, in a country where the Prime Minister ceremoniously and reverently chomped […]

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What’s The Best Thing About Reykjavík In One Or Two Sentences?

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 10:26

Högni Egilsson Musician (GusGus, Hjaltalín, among others) I can’t answer that question in one or two sentences. Dagur B. Eggertsson Mayor The weather, obviously. Hilmar Magnússon Head of Samtökin 79, Iceland’s Queer Association The harbour area. It has this fascinating mixture of culture and the industry. Most of what’s happening in Reykjavík, in terms of […]

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Iceland’s Symphony Conductor Joins Protest In Tel Aviv

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 10:17

Conductor and Music Director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov, will lead an ensemble of musicians at an anti-war protest tomorrow in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, reports Slipped Disc. The protest will call for peace talks and an end to the occupation. A number of other cultural personalities have pledged their support and will be […]

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Sturla Turns 800

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 9:48

A celebration is planned in Dalasýsla this weekend to mark 800 years since the birth of saga writer Sturla Þórðarson, reports Vísir. The guest of honour will be former president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and guest speakers include; Speaker of the House Einar K. Guðfinnsson, Norwegian politician Olemic Thommessen, writer Einar Kárason and director of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Guðrún […]

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Ungoo - Part VII: Photographer Shoots Starling! Pictures Inside!

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 9:00

[Continued from Ungoo: Part VI] The most recent attempt to create a common venue for cultural commentary and debate is Starafugl, a website started and edited by author Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl. It’s been around since last winter. As I have been involved in various ways, I am liable to be considered biased when I claim […]

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Best Cats Of Reykjavík

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 8:00

For anyone who has spent even a week in Reykjavík, it’s clear that cats are ubiquitous within the city. Some estimate that there around 12,000 of them here. That’s one cat for every ten people here. The multitude of cats are not scrappy strays though, like in Rome. They’re treasured members of the community, and […]

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Icelandic Red Cross Sends Delegates to Sierra Leone

by Iceland Review on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 at 0:26

Two health workers from the Icelandic Red Cross will over the next few days travel to Sierra Leone as part of an international team working on educating the public on how to prevent Ebola infection.

Foreign Committee To Meet Over Gaza

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 21, 2014 at 19:41

Iceland’s Foreign Affairs Committee will meet to discuss the situation in Gaza, although the Foreign Minister has called it “pointless” to cut ties with Israel. RÚV reports that Birgir Ármannsson, the chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee, will call together the committee to discuss the situation in Gaza. “The events that we have been closely […]

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Progressive Leadership On The Defensive

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 21, 2014 at 19:03

As more Progressives leave the party, tensions continue to rise. Last week, former Reykjavík city council candidate Hreiðar Eiríksson announced he was leaving the Progressive Party over remarks Progressive city council candidate Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir made during campaign season, as well as the party leadership’s silence on the matter. Sveinbjörg said she would revoke the […]

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Seal Census Volunteers Needed

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 21, 2014 at 18:11

Volunteers are requested to take part in an official counting of seals in northwest Iceland. MBL reports that people with a proclivity for nature in general and seals in particular are being asked to take part in the census this Sunday. The census is being conducted by The Icelandic Seal Centre in Hvammstangi, northwest Iceland. […]

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