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May 2008

Thrills a go-go

So, I was just on my way out today when the earthquake hit. I was in the bedroom getting some stuff together and AAH was standing yacking away at me when I felt trembling and heard that eerie, creepy kind of rumble that always accompanies earthquakes. AAH didn’t notice, just kept talking, until I grabbed […] Read more


We’ve just had an EARTHQUAKE!!! I’d put it at around 5 on Richter. The whole house shook, cupboard doors opened, Polly the cockatiel flew up screeching, etc. I grabbed AAH and planted both of us in the doorway. Gotta run. More later.

When the circus comes to town

Once upon a time, the idea of a famous rock band playing in Niceland was about as far flung as Denise Richards’ wedding ring. Between, say, 1970 and 1990, you could basically count the number of famous acts that stopped here on the fingers of one hand. There was Led Zeppelin in 1972 and then […] Read more

Chopped liver

About 12 years ago, when I was just starting out as a freelance translator, I got a job translating a film script from Icelandic into English. It was written by a young up-and-coming filmmaker [who has since gone on to make a couple of attention-grabbing films] and the translation was commissioned by the Icelandic National […] Read more

Drip. Drip. Drip.

OK, not that I give a crap [I don’t. really. No – REALLY] but I honestly could not BELIEVE what I was SEEING during the voting in the Eurovision Song Contest earlier tonight. The song I predicted would not get a single vote – nay, would get LESS than a single vote, would go home […] Read more

MY ICELAND: The Eurovision Song Contest

Make no mistake: despite its many remarkable accomplishments, the Nicelandic nation is seriously afflicted with small-nation complex. And nowhere does this complex manifest as clearly as in its obsession with the Eurovision Song Contest. For those who don’t know, Eurovision is a pan-European contest organized by the national broadcasting services in each of the nations, […] Read more

A bit of r&r

I’ve snuck out of town for a couple of days … in case you miss me, feel free to browse my archives, check out my Flickr photostream, or peruse some of my favourite blogs. Back soon! PS – if you need me urgently, I’ll be here.

MY ICELAND: The Stories*

Almost everybody knows about the Icelandic Sagas – the epic tales of Vikings and kings that were so eloquently recorded in Iceland in the 12th and 13th centuries and which still physically exist today in the form of our manuscripts, most of whom are preserved at the Culture House here in Reykjavík. As many readers […] Read more

The toilet is singing

For about the past two weeks there’s been this ridiculously annoying HUM in our toilet whenever we flush it. It lasts for as long as it takes for the water tank to fill, then stops. During the day it’s not too noticeable, but if one of us happens to go to the loo during the […] Read more

Went to the end-of-the-year showcase performance by students at the National School of Dance this evening, held at the Reykjavík City Theatre. My youngest stepdaughter was performing … it’s her last show at this particular venue as she’ll graduate at the end of the fall semester and these performances are generally only held there in […] Read more