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October 2010

As I mentioned in the last post, Eva Joly has joined ranks with those who oppose the sale of Icelandic energy company HS Orka to Magma Energy of Canada. This afternoon, Mme Joly, along with a group of people who oppose the Magma deal, gave a press conference in which the Magma affair was once […] Full article

Eva Joly bids farewell

Eva Joly announced at a press conference this afternoon that she is stepping down as special advisor to the Special Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation into potential criminal activity in connection with the meltdown. This is effective immediately. Mme Joly intends to run for the presidency in France — hence this change. Originally she had […] Full article

And now for the sports news

So, the Icelandic national under-21 football team [men’s!] beat Scotland this evening 2-1, which means Iceland is headed to the u-21 European Championships for the first time ever in the history of the republic. According to EPI there are all these young and talented footballers coming up in Iceland now because around five years ago […] Full article

The immortal plumber returns!

Yesterday EPI and I discovered, much to our dismay, that the drain in our kitchen had sprung a leak. While EPI tried in vain to halt the leaking and mopped up the puddle that had found its way onto the floor, YT got on the blower and tried to find plumbers who might possibly have […] Full article

Yoko and Sean light the Tower of Peace

As many of you will know, old Yoko Ono has become somewhat of an Icelandophile of late. She constructed her Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey island in 2007, and has been back regularly since then. Today, on the day that John Lennon would have turned 70, Yoko and her son Sean are both in Reykjavík. […] Full article

Two years on: where is the New Iceland?

Two years ago, almost to the hour, then-PM Geir Haarde went on Icelandic state television and addressed the nation with the aim of enlightening us as to what was going on with the Icelandic banks. The previous weekend had seen incessant comings-and-goings of the main players in the banking sector at the government’s official meeting […] Full article

Rated R.

Iceland’s ombudsman for children has seen reason to send out a press release reminding people that demonstrations like the one we had last night is no place for children. I couldn’t agree more. I was shocked to see children there as young as two or three years old with their parents. Apart from the dangers […] Full article

Some pics from last night

Along with the video in the last post we took a few photos last night — many of them blurry on account of the darkness but which nonetheless give an idea of the mood: You can see the full set on the Facebook page, or on Flickr.

Demonstrating with noise

EPI and I headed down to the demonstration this evening in Austurvöllur square. There were lots of people there [around 8,000 I’m told] and it was very noisy. There was quite a different sensation to the protests now than in January of last year. Back then there was a lot of raw energy and also […] Full article

So a demonstration has been called for this evening at 7.30 in front of the parliament buildings, when PM Jóhanna delivers her keynote speech. I have a feeling it is going to be major. Yesterday on Silfur Egils I heard someone say he would like to see the government step down within ten days, and […] Full article