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    ab reporting @ 19:35 ATP has kicked off. A group of middle-aged social Democrats is playing heavy rock to a full room of aging hipsters. The songs are about burning shit but I’m not sure that’d fly in Parliament or City Hall. They’re called HAM and have been permanently reunited for about ten years. ab

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    Costco “Misunderstood” By Some Icelanders

    An Icelander living in Canada told Icelandic radio that the fears of Costco coming to Iceland are based on erroneous information and misconceptions. “I think the discussion has gone in the direction of their being this American company coming here and making huge demands, trying to get around the law, and all that,” Jenný Stefanía

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    New Skeifan Could Be “Like SoHo”

    Plans are already in the works to rebuild the Skeifan district of east Reykjavík, only days after a fire raged through several businesses in the area. Vísir reports that Reykjavík city council is reviewing ideas to change the planning dynamics of Skeifan, a neighbourhood known primarily for small to mid-sized businesses, with about 50% of

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    UKLA Award For Icelandic Author

    The English translation of Andri Snær Magnússon’s “The Story Of The Blue Planet” has won the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) award. Andri Snær shared the news of the award, for the category of literature for children aged 7 to 11, which honours authors writing children’s literature taught in a classroom setting. This makes the first

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    Naming Committee: Sorry, Not Sorry

    The chairperson of Iceland’s naming committee, Ágústa Þorbergsdóttir, has said that the committee is here to stay–and that should it be dismantled, the development of names in Iceland could go down a dark path, reports RÚV. Ágústa said that without the naming committee people would begin to name their children letters, like, ‘S’, or give their

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    Seriously, Stay Away From Katla

    Tourists and tour companies are ignoring instructions from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, the police and scientists to steer clear of Mýrdalsjökull and Sólheimajökull which border and cover Katla, reports RÚV. As reported, although there are no indications of an eruption, the area is considered dangerous. This is not only due to glacial flooding

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    Sigur Rós: Too Sexy For Google

    Google has been pressuring at least one music website to censor album art considered “sexually explicit”, including the cover for Sigur Rós’ Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The Independent reports that popular music website Drowned in Sound (DiS) has been told by Google that they must censor or remove “sexually explicit” album art

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    “Paris Of The North” Receives Glowing Review

    ScreenDaily says the Icelandic film “must be a contender for a major award and will be a regular feature at other international film festivals.” A review of Paris Of The North (París norðursins) was featured in today’s ScreenDaily, and the verdict is highly positive: “The wonderfully – and often beautifully – bleak landscape contrasts perfectly

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    Foreigners Charged More For Domestic Flights

    Eagle Air charges hire rates for domestic flights that are purchased through their English language website. Eagle Air’s director says it is “not unnatural” for tourists to pay more than locals for the same services. Eagle Air (or Flugfélagið Ernir) has two websites: one in English and the other in Icelandic. How much a person

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    Experts: Katla Not Erupting But Stay Away

    Geologists flew over Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the active volcano Katla, yesterday to investigate sudden glacial flooding in Múlakvísl river and Jökulsá river, reports RÚV.  “It is obvious that [the floodwater] is originating from Katla, but there is nothing that points to a major event,” said geophysicist Björn Oddsson.  Although glacial flooding in the area is not

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    Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised

    A policewoman is criticising gender inequality within Iceland’s Police Force after three men were appointed to senior positions despite applications from several qualified women, reports RÚV. Police Commissioner Stefán Eiríksson said that it was true that several qualified women applied for the positions but that the police force had to give the jobs to the most

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    Jón Gnarr: “In Jesus’ Name, Answer Me!”

    Former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr has once again spoken up about the Icelandic Name Committee, calling it “discriminatory” and only applicable to a “fraction of Icelanders”. “In Iceland, you can be named Jesus,” Jón Gnarr posted on his Facebook, Vísir reports. “The Name Committee can’t stop that. It doesn’t matter if you spell it with

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