The Grapevine has received a statement of support from activists in New York City. The statement is as follows:
Greetings from New York! We had a wonderful time showing our solidarity with the Reykjavik 9 on Wednesday, the second day of trial in Iceland. At noon, we gathered at the New York City Icelandic Consulate, located in the heart of capitalist midtown Manhattan, chanted “Solidarity with the Reykjavik 9! Trial continues today! We are watching!” and handed out information sheets to passersby. We received a great response from on-lookers, many of whom were very sympathetic! We say that we stand in the ranks of the thousands who have signed on to an open letter to the Icelandic Parliament, stating that they are in full support of the actions of the Reykjavik 9! We state unequivocally as concerned individuals that we support the events of 8 December, 2008 where following a period of complete economic meltdown, a group of compassionate activists boldly entered the Parliament building and read a petition calling for the Parliament’s resignation! We say: Arrest the financiers for market manipulation, not ordinary individuals expressing their concern over their own futures. This trial is nothing short of a debacle and is truly a pathetic joke. The whole world is watching! Solidarity with the people of Iceland and the Reykjavik 9!
The film, Aurora Iceland, featuring 3 years worth of time-lapsed aurora borealis footage has been released on VOD. As reported, three independent filmmakers spent over 130 nights over 3 years in 50 different locations across Iceland taking time-lapse sequences of northern lights with 50,000 individual High Resolution RAW images. Each second of the film is equal to approximately 3-5 minutes of real time. “In our opinion it is not enough to just catch beautiful aurora displays of all shapes and colours,” said film maker Snorri Þór Tryggvason who shot the film alongside his day job. “Each frame had to look
In a unsurprising turn of events, the weather will be getting much colder in Iceland in the coming days. RÚV reports that dropping temperatures are expected to cause icy road conditions and black ice. The Icelandic Met Office has stipulated that this is mostly applicable to the West and Southwestern parts of Iceland and mountain roads in the North and Northeast. Icy road conditions have been reported in Hellisheiði, Sandskeiði, at Mosfellsheiði and Lyngdalsheiði, so if you are traveling through those areas, stay vigilant. Up north icy road conditions and hail showers are expected at Holtavörðuheiði, Hrútafjörður, Bröttubrekka and Svínadalur.
Young Margrét Vera Mánadóttir believes English playwright and actor Richard O’Brien is her father, reports Vísir. O’Brien is known for writing Rocky Horror Picture Show and for his role as Riff Raff. In a twist of fate, Margrét has been cast in the role of Riff Raff in her high school production of Rocky Horror. “I’ve tried to get in touch with him but haven’t gotten any replies,” said Margrét. “My mum tells me it’s pointless, but I’d like to try to contact him.” Margrét’s mother and a friend of hers traveled to London at the start of 1997 which is where
In all there are 72.640 guns registered in Iceland and one Icelander is sitting on 214 of them, reports Vísir. In a news bulletin from the National Police Commissioner it was revealed that the majority of gun owners in Iceland own only one gun but that 469 people own 10 or more weapons. The person with the second highest number of guns owns 169 of them. The vast majority of guns in Iceland are shotguns, used for hunting. There are 41.652 of them in total, after which are rifles, of which there are 25.223. Lastly there are 3.427 pistols and
Recently resigned Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, has left the country on a holiday, reports RÚV. Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Minister of Industry and Commerce will be filling in while she’s away. Hanna Birna is still legally the Minister of the Interior, until her replacement is announced by Finance Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson. Bjarni told RÚV that he expects to name her replacement after the weekend. Related Post-Leak Hangover Hanna Birna May Avoid Parliamentary Hearing
Nineteen Icelandic bands and artists have donated tracks to a new compilation from the Iceland-Palestine Association. Entitled Fyrir Gaza (“For Gaza”), the album features tracks from some of Iceland’s most notable acts, such as GusGus, Sin Fang, Ólafur Arnalds and Mugison, with all the proceeds going to the Association for Women & Child Protection (AISHA). The album is expected in stores this Wednesday, just in time for the holidays, and includes tracks from the following: GusGus FM Belfast Sóley Mammút Hjaltalín Prins Póló Ólafur Arnalds Cell 7 múm Ojba rasta Sin Fang Borkó Snorri Helgason Uni Stefson For a Minor Reflection Ghostigital