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Stuff We Like!

Published August 19, 2009

For some reason, everyone likes stuff that’s free. Free music, free
journalism, free pornography, free jazz – it’s all universally celebrated as
being all totally awesome and great. And why wouldn’t it be? With things that
are free, you don’t need to commit any of your time and/or resources to
appreciating them. You don’t even need to appreciate them. They’re just…
there. For free.

Now, we just learned that a free web-site has opened up, one that
lists free things you can get up to in Reykjavík. It’s called Free City Travel
and you can access it by typing up www.freecitytravel.com
in your web-browser window. We did, and we learned lots of things.

We learned that the site purports to list everything you can do for
free in Reykjavík (actually, we doubt that. It does not list staring blankly
into space, for instance, when everyone knows that it’s a free, fun and decent
activity). We learned  that most
bars in the area refrain from charging an admittance fee. We learned that there are all sorts of cool attractions and museums and stuff
that you can visit for free.
We learned you can get a free bike tour of Reykjavík.
And that’s pretty awesome.

Read all about the free stuff at www.freecitytravel.com


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Letter To UNESCO

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Statistics Iceland (SI) raised a few eyebrows when the institution announced that it would as of September include estimates of various illegal activities when calculating Iceland’s GDP and balance of payments. Drug trafficking, smuggling and prostitution are now included among the more “traditional” industries in the state’s official GPD calculations, a move that SI claims will increase Iceland’s GDP by 0.47%. Understandably, the institution’s announcement generated a loud “whaaat!?!?” across social media, as people attempted to make sense of this unexpected addition to the Icelandic economy. It just made no sense! Why would the statistics bureau be interested in boosting

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So What’s This Faroese Ship I Keep Hearing About?

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Nuke The Middle-East, Give Up On Iceland

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So What’s This Hazing I Keep Hearing About?

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More People = More Fun

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To generalise: Icelanders are a greedy bunch. After we escaped from the claws of Danish colonialist rule, the national imperative has been to make as much money as possible. You can say money makes Iceland turn, even though the Mickey Mouse money we call “the Icelandic króna” hardly qualifies as a currency. I guess we’re no different than any other Western country then. Savvy Icelanders have always been adept at finding their golden eggs. First, the nation got rich by working for the UK and US militaries who looked after us through the Second World War. You could say that

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