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Introducing our shiny new online store!!

So, EPI the Photoshop guru and YT the Look-Over-the-Shoulder-and-Pontificate guru have been busy little beavers all weekend, creating a selection of products to load on the shelves of our Cafepress Online Store.

[wOOt!]

Mindful of the enthusiasm that so many of you expressed about the Helvítis Fokking Fokk!! slogan, we’ve created a number of items featuring those immortal words that so succinctly sum up the mood of so many of us up here on this barren rock. The words that Morgunblaðið saw reason to dissect thus in its cultural supplement this weekend: “Behind them is a complex mood. No political demand is at the forefront, no technical implementation of the catastrophe, just a rank indignation: How could I stand by and just let the insanity happen?” Cor, and here we just thought it was a good slogan.

Anyway, our merchandise featuring this rank indignation includes, but is not limited to:

HFF tee men's

Men’s basic T-shirt, USD 24.99*

HFF cap sleeve

Sassy women’s tee, with short or long sleeves, from USD 24.99*

HFF red on black

Helvítis Fokking Fokk red on black tees, women’s or men’s, from USD 24.99

34741HFF sweat

Helvítis Fokking Fokk hooded sweat, white or gray, USD 47.99*

HFF messenger bag

Helvítis Fokking Fokk messenger bag, fits your laptop! USD 24.99

And because, well, we just couldn’t stop, we also give you a selection of T-shirts with our [current] winter banner which features a painting by EPI. Including, but not limited to:

IWR women's tank

Women’s tank top, USD 21.99*

And finally…

IWR tote

A canvas tote bag with our autumn banner, USD 17.99*

Okay, then! Do make sure you check out the other items in our store … and make no mistake, we had so much fun with this, we’ll soon be adding more stuff!

* Please note that the products listed above marked with an asterisk have the Weather Report website address printed on the back. You can preview both front and back views of the products in the store.

WE DID TAKE TIME TO GO OUT IN THE WEATHER
Including the Saturday demonstration yesterday, on Austurvöllur, which was great. Three electrifying speeches, all very different, all very good. From now on the number of demonstrations will be increased and will take place outside the parliament building while parliament is in session. More citizens’ meetings are also in the pipelines, including one tomorrow evening at the Háskólabíó Cinema, where there will be two foreign speakers: Robert Wade, professor of economics at London School of Economics, and Raffaella Tenconi, an economist with Straumur Investment Bank in London. No doubt it will be good. This is history in the making, my friends, and being part of it feels momentous. The only thing I can equate it with is when I was living in Germany during the collapse of the Berlin Wall. But, yes, the weather: yesterday it got rapidly colder, and today we had temps just below the freezing mark. Not that it mattered: it was calm, and therefore beautiful. Currently -1°C [30F] and the days are getting noticeably longer – sunrise this morning was at 11.03 and sunset this afternoon at 4.09.

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  • MaggaLukka January 11, 2009, 11:02 pm

    Til hamingju með vefverslunina!

  • David January 11, 2009, 11:08 pm

    I’m ordering – Thanks! And this is history in the making. Sorry I didn’t know about the meeting at Háskólabíó in time! 🙁

  • hildigunnur January 11, 2009, 11:59 pm

    amm, the demo yesterday was good. Lots of ppl and good speeches (Þorvaldur’s singing was very good, better than his speech). Lilja spoke a bit too long, but what she said made so much sense.

    Congrats with the e-shop, and good luck.

  • Kate January 12, 2009, 12:15 am

    Hey, well done will the online shop! Good luck!
    And I like the canvas bag so…. 🙂

  • Karen* January 12, 2009, 12:29 am

    Could I suggest an additional line of products? I’d buy postcards of your photos – I love your photos.

    Of course, I like the canvas bag too….

  • Lissa January 12, 2009, 12:51 am

    There is something very amusing about a “Made in the USA” logo on a t-shirt that says Helvítis Fokking Fokk.

  • andrea January 12, 2009, 1:23 am

    You have become a cottage industry my dear and more power to you! This reminds me that I have a Cafe Press store, too, long neglected. Care to take a peek? http://www.cafepress.com/andreapratt You do that while I trawl through your posts trying to find the meaning of Helvítis Fokking Fokk ~ though I certainly get the gist of it! (I can see that mine needs a complete update/overhaul and maybe I should learn a thing or two about marketing from YT.)

  • Kathryn January 12, 2009, 1:23 am

    Hi Alda,

    I LOVE the canvas bag with the Autumn logo ! How about some
    some cool fridge magnets with ‘The Iceland Weather Report’
    strewn across them as well ? I think Cafe Press do them as well.

  • Andrew January 12, 2009, 1:33 am

    I think this new venture of yours should do very well! 🙂

    Are the demonstrations going to be daily now? If so, why not go a bit further and have permanent camps outside the offices of the PM and the CB Chairman!?

  • Schneelocke January 12, 2009, 11:32 am

    What, no mugs? 🙂

  • Schneelocke January 12, 2009, 11:39 am

    (Oh, and BTW, is there a way to get notifications for follow-up comments even if you forgot to check the relevant box when you posted one – a way other than posting another comment and not forgetting that time, that is?)

  • alda January 12, 2009, 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

    And absolutely – if there are other items you’d like to see, please speak up! We aim to please. 😉

    I’ll certainly look into those cards and magnets.

    Schnee – I don’t know if there is a way to do what you’re asking … I expect the best way is to just comment again!

  • Ljósmynd DE January 12, 2009, 1:53 pm

    After its collapse and the following breakdown of communism, the Berlin Wall was sold in little pieces as souvenirs to the tourists. Maybe, as Iceland is such a prominent beacon of the ongoing downturn of capitalism, you might just start to sell some lava rocks as symbolic collectibles honouring this historic event.

  • alda January 12, 2009, 2:02 pm

    LDE – indeed, and I have more than a few of those pieces of the Wall in my possession. 🙂

    Not sure anyone would be interested in lava rock – maybe pieces of the concert hall?

  • James January 12, 2009, 2:17 pm

    I like the “traditional” IWR logo – the one on the canvas bag. If you can put that logo on a gray fitted T-shirt, I will order a large one 🙂

  • Barbara M. January 12, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I love the canvas bag, and can always use another tote bag for another knitting project, so I just ordered. And could not resist the shirt with Helivitis…..I’ll probably never have the nerve to wear it outside, but it will make me laugh privately everytime I wear it under a sweater. I’m just sorry it didn’t come before I retired: it would have been fun to wear to work on my last day, since it expresses very clearly and succinctly how I felt about my last boss!

  • alda January 12, 2009, 3:24 pm

    James – I’ll get on it asap.

    Barbara – 🙂

  • Kathryn January 12, 2009, 3:31 pm

    Just plain navy blue lettering of ‘The Iceland Weather Report’ on a white
    background would be great – simple and effective for all those mugs, magnets, t-shirts, stickers and singlet tops. Go Alda !!

  • Mondrian January 12, 2009, 4:28 pm

    Woo hoo! Great news, and let me add my vote for a mug as well. There have been some winter mornings where “Helvítis…” describes my mood quite well! 🙂

  • Don in Seattle January 12, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Hi Alda,
    I wish you the best of luck with this new project. I’m sure you will do well.

    I’d like to order a hooded sweat, but the “Fokking Fokk” just looks a bit too much like the english “F” words for me to feel comfortable wearing it. Perhaps it’s me, but I can feel the glares from mothers with young children if I were to wear it in politically correct Seattle.

    I’d love to buy one if you can substitute some other Icelandic phrase in place of the “F” words. The more Icelandic looking the phrase the better, but one that embodies the frustration Icelanders feel with their government. Or even one with just the Helvitus. Possible?

    While I understand the origin of the phrase printed on your items, for clothing to worn in public here, the “F” word ( in Icelandic) just looks too much like the “F” word (in English), and would not be highly regarded when worn in public places where young children are present. At least here in Seattle.

    A mug with the phrase would be an excellent addition.

    Thanks,
    Don

  • alda January 12, 2009, 11:17 pm

    Hi Don,

    I completely understand. Rest assured, we will be tweaking the contents of the store. This is just the beginning. 🙂

  • Lissa January 13, 2009, 12:44 am

    Would writing the text in runes mitigate the similarity to English for those who are afraid of accurate translation?

    (My motto lately is “What would Egil Skalagrimson Do?”)

  • The Other Katherine Harris January 13, 2009, 3:18 am

    You did it!!! Brava, You. Is it possible to add to the collection a T-shirt that has long sleeves but no hood? I want it!

    Failing that, I’ll get one with short sleeves, but the extra warmth would be lovely.

  • The Other Katherine Harris January 13, 2009, 3:22 am

    Oh, and…

    I don’t know what the limitations of CafePress are these days, but is it possible to produce things that are more graphic — and are there any interesting necklines yet? Crewnecks are so repressed.

  • The Other Katherine Harris January 13, 2009, 3:26 am

    Oh, and…

    Why not add the logo of your blog in small type, Alda?

  • Karen January 13, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Don’t forget to put an ad for your new store in your right side columns so we can still find it easily even after this current post falls off the front page!

  • Jasmin January 18, 2009, 7:20 am

    How about the journal? Think of the writing its cover would inspire. Or the apron, especially when the dinner doesn’t turn out right . . . Heck, put the design on every product CafePress offers. You never know what someone wants!

  • Rachael January 22, 2009, 11:57 am

    Ooooh I like! I may have to buy myself something when pay day arrives. The shipping costs to the UK aren’t too bad either, if you go for the Economy rate and aren’t in too much of a hurry to get your goods! I like the tote bag v. much. I think “fokk” makes a much better swearword in Icelandic than in English – it just sounds more expressive! 😀

  • The Other Katherine Harris March 12, 2009, 3:14 pm

    LOVE my Helvitis Fokking Fokk shirt! A friend and I both got the long-sleeved black version and are now seeking the right event to launch the look in New Mexico. (Wish we had a protest coming up. Lord knows, we need one.)

    In case anybody’s undecided about ordering a shirt, the quality is great. It’s nice, heavy cotton knit that should last well, and the red and white lettering really pops.