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Aspiring to become an enemy of the party

Today the newspaper DV published a series of “secret documents” it claims to have obtained from a source within the  Progressive Party [Framsóknarflokkur], including this one — an Excel document with a list of bloggers defined as “enemies of the party”.

I was exceedingly disappointed to find that the Weather Report is not on that list. WHERE did I go wrong? I mean, just five posts ago I wrote something that totally should have qualified me for that list. It ain’t fair!! Note to self: work harder at bashing the Progressive Party in future.

That said, there is still a glimmer of hope of becoming a blog of notoriety.  With any luck someone within the Independence Party will soon be persuaded to leak a “top secret” list of enemy bloggers. I should definitely be in the top ten.

WE’RE HOPING FOR A WERY WERY COLD NIGHT
Because tomorrow [well, actually today, since it IS past midnight] is the official First Day of Summer [a public holiday], and the belief is that if winter and summer “freeze together” [i.e. if there is frost in the night] then summer will be very good. Kinda like our version of Groundhog Day. And that’s what we’re all hoping for, of course, because since none of us can afford to take trips abroad this year, summer will have to come to us. Currently a calm and gentle 4°C [39F], with sunrise at 5.31 and sunset at 9.23.

[More on the First Day of Summer here and here and here.]

UPDATE: Sorry, everyone, that the link didn’t work the first time. My fault entirely. That’s what I get for blogging all bleary-eyed before going to bed [and not checking that the links work!].

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  • Lee, UK April 23, 2009, 1:21 am

    David Oddsson is probably petitioning the Independence Party to reclassify IWR as an enemy combatant, in preparation for extraordinary rendition…

  • Stephen Cowdery April 23, 2009, 1:36 am

    Couldn’t get the link to work- I found the list at :

    http://www.dv.is/frettir/2009/4/22/ovinir-framsoknar-i-bloggheimum/

    Perhaps they don’t feel a threat from an blog written in English…

  • Tommy April 23, 2009, 2:21 am

    Maybe next time you will make the list 🙂
    Keep up the great work 🙂
    TMCD

  • Ljósmynd DE April 23, 2009, 6:28 am

    The provided link to the list doesn’t work, I found the list on the website of DV.

    What do they do with enemies of the party and other public enemies in Iceland? Send a group of thugs your way, flood your comments sections with derogatory entries or will some mystery phone calls do?

    The Progressive Party seems to have a tradition in playing dirty. I remember the following story on IR concerning some misrouted emails:

    http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/search/news/Default.asp?ew_0_a_id=315176

  • Steve UK April 23, 2009, 7:24 am

    That first link is down, but at least I got to see a funny message 🙂 .

  • Rachael April 23, 2009, 9:32 am

    “Enemies of the party” sounds like something right out of Soviet-era Russia. (Or present-era North Korea.) Hey, maybe you’re not on that list because you’re just TOO DANGEROUS to name even on a “secret” document!

    Hope Niceland has the frosty night you hope for, and a warm and glorious summer to follow!

  • Physchim62 April 23, 2009, 10:45 am

    Surely, for you to be placed on a blacklist of hated bloggers, there would have to someone at Framsóknarflokkurinn who could read English…

  • Kate April 23, 2009, 12:04 pm

    Good luck then!
    and Happy First Day of Summer! 🙂

  • alda April 23, 2009, 12:30 pm

    Sorry the link didn’t work, everyone. I’ve fixed it now and added a humble apology at the end. 8)

  • Jessica April 23, 2009, 1:44 pm

    I seriously think that the Independence Party has too many enemies now to list. It would be overwhelming to keep track of hundreds (or thousands?) of anti-IP blogs! It seems that anyone with a way for words hates the IP. Iceland Review is in that group as well. ; ‘ ) And I think it’s unfair to discriminate against putting you in the “enemy list” just because the blog’s in English. We shall riot at Parliament!

    As for the Sumardagur holiday today, I honestly thought that my boyfriend and his family were playing a joke on me when they told me that the 1st day of summer is celebrated in April. I thought maybe it was a practical joke on the foreigners or something. I think summer is defined differently here than the rest of the world…

  • alda April 23, 2009, 1:54 pm

    Jessica – I thought maybe it was a practical joke on the foreigners or something lol!

    Actually, the higher-ups at Iceland Review are major IP supporters. Don’t know what they’ve been writing to make you believe otherwise!

  • Sigga April 23, 2009, 6:49 pm

    Like that, poor Framsókn, I don´t know about you but I still haven´t made up my mind who to vote for – I know who I am not voting for (IP) and I would love to vote for VG, but don´t like the guy that leads our list, I know no 2 on the F list and he´s a great guy, and the B list is the only one I know will do something for us locally and S – they should get my vote – I like the folk on the list here, but I don´t trust the party mechanism… dilemma…and I am not a believer in the EU solving all our problems… oh dear…
    The other thing – it did freeze into summer here – so happy I now am a believer of all these myths… (if my believing will help to make it a good summer……)

  • Mondrian April 23, 2009, 7:33 pm

    The first day of summer being celebrated at the end of April! Now that’s optimism!

  • Ljósmynd DE April 23, 2009, 9:06 pm

    I hope you had a freezing cold night into the first day of summer. I’ve just followed one of your links and read your post of this day in 2007 and I remember an excellent sunny and warm weather during the first two weeks of July 2007 – just what we’ll need this year. So, it seems to work – at least occasionally. 🙂

  • Ibbi-Skribbi April 23, 2009, 10:17 pm

    Begining of summer you say. At least you get 4 seasons.

    Here in Southern Californina our 4 seasons are:
    Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought

    We think it’s cold when we have to wear jackets with our shorts.

  • Nancy April 24, 2009, 12:57 am

    Greetings and good wishes from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I just found your blog via your comments to the Michael Lewis Vanity Fair article. Great blog! You are a talented writer. I am sorry to say that until I read the VF article, I had not given Iceland more than a couple hours thought in my entire life, including every single time the name “Bjork” entered my consciousness. Since then, I have visited your country via Google Earth), and have enjoyed reading your blog and viewing your gorgeous pictures of your country. I didn’t know what I was missing. Wishing you a great summer, a good outcome in your elections, and a huge check from the US – what’s up with the US letting Russia be your new best friend?! I say no!

  • Flygill April 24, 2009, 5:15 am

    Sorry, off topic – but good news! David Lynch is coming to Iceland next week, for one day only, to give a lecture on Transcendental Meditation. Check it out!

  • hildigunnur April 24, 2009, 6:30 pm

    Sigga, vote VG and strike the top guy from the list…

  • Sigga April 24, 2009, 11:44 pm

    Thanks Hildigunnur… not sure about no. 3 either… and then i think if I am striking no 1 and 3 am I not throwing my vote away and perhaps I should just give it to F…. þetta er svo erfit.

  • alda April 24, 2009, 11:50 pm

    Not F, not F!!!
    Annars er þetta ógeðslega erfitt. Er ennþá ringlaðri eftir að hafa horft á kosningasjónvarpið í kvöld.

  • Dean April 25, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Bloggers being on a list of Enemies of the Party?

    Something the Conservative Party of Canada does.