From Iceland — Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes

Published January 12, 2007

Sour Grapes

Thank you very, very much Sveinn Birkir Björnsson for the article about the Sugarcubes reunion gig in November. I wasn’t aware it had happened and so was devastated to have missed it, but reading the article was great, at least now I know a bit more about what I missed and what a wonderful occasion it must have been. Thank you so much,
Adam, Oxford, UK
Well, that is what we are here for Adam. If you look carefully, you’ll see that a panel of music scribes we contacted actually chose this as the best concert in Iceland 2006. Although, that might not make you feel any better. In any case, it was a great concert, and I hope you and other Sugarcubes fans were able to enjoy my review of it.

Dear The Grapevine team,
I’m a german student, and in summer 2006 I have travelled through Iceland for 4 weeks and I was so delighted to be able to read a newspaper there, which was very informative and just great, I especially enjoyed the series of The lonesome traveller and the concert reviews. Also the political issues were really interesting for a foreinger like me.
In the last days I also enjoyed to read your online articles, but it would be so great, if you could send the grapevine to me,in paper or as a pdf or something, as you announce it on the left-bottom side on your webpage.
I’ve tried several times to subscribe, but everything that happened, was that a new page appeard with the headline “Subcription” and unfortunately nothing but!
So it would be so nice, if you had a service of sending grapevine to europe or via email; i would really enjoy it!
Jan Dammel
Straße der Republik 9
65203 Wiesbaden
All back issues are available online in .pdf form. Simply select an issue from the dropdown menu on the left and your view should be of the contents of that issue… Now, this is where things get complicated. On the upper-right side of that page, you will find a link that says, “Download in .pdf,” bring the mouse pointer over the link and then click the left button on your mouse (for Mac users, simply clicking the button will bring the same results). I know that this is a lot of lefts and rights, but I cannot stress the importance of the “Download in .pdf” link in this matter.
But naturally, there is nothing that beats the real thing, so for all our international readers: send an email to, and we will send you the required information. And that concludes today’s lesson.

I am thoroughly enjoying Grapevine on line, and learning and just trying to keep the feeling Last summer my wife and i visited Island for a few weeks and we will be back many times in the future. You may want to look at my website and it is
I want to thank you for keeping me informed especially about the music and art of Iceland as it is so relelvant to the planet and to my own tendencies.
If you want to please send my note anywhere you want to as I try to connect to your country in all ways I can. I hope to develop an exchange programme somehow with Canadian and Local artists in the plans.
Thanks and good luck and peace
Jim Tubb
Hello Jim,
As your letter has now been posted in the Grapevine, I am sure your mailbox will be flooded with enthusiastic people from Iceland and around the world who share your interest in our country. This is bound to happen.

I fell in love with your paper while spending the month of July in Reykjavik this past summer. I was excited to find your paper online so I could get my fix of all things Reykjavik from afar.
I have one complaint regarding your online issue though. I am a graphic designer and like to download the issue in its entirety to see the whole thing, but you do not list the file size of the pdf of each issue. I keep hitting download at work, then realizing the issue is ENORMOUS and have to stop it! A simple “(PDF, xxxMB)” under the link would suffice. Many people out there have very slow connections and a little heads up on the file size could allow them to make a more informed decision as to whether to download or not.
Keep up the great work! I am looking forward to reading this latest issue.
A. Samson
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I don’t want to be rude, but… Considering that you are a graphic designer, should it not be self-evident to you that even a lo-res .pdf edition of a 48-page magazine in a large format is a pretty big file?
But, I see where you are going, you are of course looking out for our readership at large. I will make sure this is brought up at our annual staff meeting.

In the December issue of the Reykjavík Grapevine, Jan Kargulewizc failed to properly credit Kári Gylfason’s study of Polish immigrants in Iceland in his article A Short History of Poles in Iceland. Gylfason’s study formed the basis of Kargulewizc’s writing, although his accreditation did not reflect that clearly. We extend our apologies to Gylfason.

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