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Sour Grapes and Stuff We Like

Sour Grapes and Stuff We Like

Published May 8, 2009

Dear Grapevine,
    I discovered your magazine as I was to travel to Iceland for the first time, and found it to be the best source  for intelligent articles and info on what was going on in your country. I just got back yesterday after 11 amazing  days and I’m simply shook and amazed. It will be hard to resume daily chores or work…
    Your article on the current crisis [The End of Neo-Liberal Neverland] was the best written and interesting article I have read in a long time. I just had finished to read The Shock Doctrine and the insight you gave on the current politics or the state of the media was mind blogging.
    Not to mention the rest of the coverage on Hrísey, live reviews, CD reviews…
    Your paper is fantastic keep up the good work
Yours Truly
Patrice
Awww, gee, thank you Patrice. I just read your letter out loud and we’re all pretty flushed here at the office. Takk!

Just wanted to send a word of appreciation to you for enlightening the often difficult to understand politics here in Iceland.   It can be challenging to try to follow what I see in the news as Icelandic is not my native language.  Your paper serves a great purpose for those of us who live here, and wish to contribute to this nation.  I did not come here from a third world nation seeking asylum, I came here from America shortly after 9/11/2001.
    Iceland is a unique ,and beautiful country not only for it’s nature, but it’s people.  Hard working, and honest folk, quite and sensible.  I have been disheartened by the news reports from around the world talking about the economies collapse.  Greed has no nationality or tendency towards one group or another.  I try to point out America’s lead in the policies that have caused the banking system to put short term gain above common sense.
    The honest hard working people in America were caught up in this thing like everyone else.  The potential in both nations is great if the right leadership is in place. In America we got lazy in not looking more closely at what our politicians were doing because life was good.  In a democracy it is by the people FOR the people. The people in Iceland deserve a break from this B.S. negative news.  I just hope for everyone’s sake the politicians can put country and it hard working people before politics.
jeffrey bogans
Hey Jeffrey,
thank you for your letter. You should check out Grapevine.is, where Paul Nikolov is doing an excellent job of writing daily news for all you English-speaking news-readers out there.
    You know, a lot of us at Grapevine HQs are actually native Icelandic speakers, and we still have problems comprehending the local politics. As for politicians putting their politics aside, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
 

ALL CITIES IN NORTH AMERICA, INCLUDING HAWAII,
HAVE BIKE RACKS FITTED TO THE FRONT OF ALL TRANSIT BUSES.
WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE WAITING FOR?
COLIN W. SINCLAIRE.  
BRITISH COLUMBIA.  CANADA.
You, sir, are a liar. Our awesome new journalist, Catharine, hails from Canada and she says that there are, in fact, a lot of cities in Canada and the US that don’t have bike racks. Quoth Catharine: “It’s not true that they are in every city in North-America. Besides, if you’re riding your bike, why would you take a bus?”
That said, I have nothing against bike racks, and would in fact welcome such devices on our transit buses.

Top Gun homoerotic?
Haukur, you are one gay motherfucker to see this! May the lord of ass fucking bring you closer to your buddies!
Love,
Gomer…
And may the lord of ass fucking bring pleasant dreams to you too, sir.

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