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Ian Dunn
718876.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:13 am Reply with quote

In 2005 the supermarket chain Iceland was bought by the Baugur Group, which is an Icelandic company.

 
Spud McLaren
718880.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:26 am Reply with quote

First they go to war with us over fish. Some years later, they establish a beachhead (see above). Then they engineer a financial crisis to soften us up. Latterly they've been exporting their soil by air to overlay ours...can't be long before they claim Britain as their sovereign territory...

 
Bondee
718899.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:10 am Reply with quote

Then they'll install Kerry Katona or whichever Nolan it is in their adverts as our new leader and Bjork will write a new national anthem.

 
Spud McLaren
718911.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:15 pm Reply with quote

Bondee wrote:
Bjork will write a new national anthem.
There had to be some small upside.

 
busk31
719987.  Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:51 pm Reply with quote

Most Icelanders do not have a family name (such as Johnson, Smith, etc). So children have a given name and then father’s-name-son or father’s-name-daughter. Thus:
Jon has a son named Thor Jonsson and a daughter named Hafdis Jonsdottir.
Thor Jonsson has a son named Bjarni Thorsson and a daughter named Frida Thorsdottir.
And so forth.
Icelandic women don’t take the husband’s name when they marry, chiefly because the husband doesn’t have a family name to take.Because they don’t have surnames,Icelanders are listed in the telephone directory alphabetically by first name.
- It is not appropriate to call an Icelander by Mr. or Ms, almost all Icelanders use the first name with everyone—including the president of Iceland.


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busk31
719988.  Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:06 pm Reply with quote

Iceland has the world's first openly-gay leader. Johanna Sigurdardottir, a former air hostess, was sworn in as Iceland's Prime Minister in 2009.
-The world’s first democratically elected female President;Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, was Icelandic too.

 
Spud McLaren
720072.  Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:01 am Reply with quote

In 1000, the Icelander, Leif Ericson was the first European to discover North America's Atlantic coast, including Vinland. The Norse discovery was documented in the 13th century Icelandic Sagas and was corroborated by recent L'Anse aux Meadows archeological evidence.

In 1003, Thorfinnr Karlsefni led an attempted Viking settlement in North America but was driven off by the natives.

In 1004, Snorri Thorfinnsson was the first European born on the American continent.

And from Icelandreview:

" Every continent on this planet is situated on a continental plate, which is capable of moving around. America lies on one of these plates, while Europe lies on another. These two plates are constantly moving apart from each other, creating a border known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Actually, this phenomenon is what has been creating Iceland over many geological periods. The main parts of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge run at great depth along the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, but at Iceland the ridge suddenly climbs on to land. It is possible to see long cracks in the Icelandic ground at several locations.

Silfra is just one of these cracks, which has been filled with spring water, resulting in this fantastic opportunity for diving. One of the more fascinating aspects of this phenomenon is that one end of the dive site belongs to the American continent, while the other end belongs to the European continent. This means that it is possible to swim from Europe to America and back again several times during the dive. After diving, it is fun writing postcards home, bragging about the dive from Europe to America and back again in just one day."

 
Jenny
720217.  Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:27 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
One of the more fascinating aspects of this phenomenon is that one end of the dive site belongs to the American continent, while the other end belongs to the European continent. This means that it is possible to swim from Europe to America and back again several times during the dive.


I particularly like this factoid.

 
RLDavies
720275.  Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:10 pm Reply with quote

Iceland is not only sited on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, but also seems to be over a mantle hotspot. Hence the insanely high level of volcanic activity.

I've heard that Iceland is the most volcanically active area on the planet. But then again, I've heard the same about Kamchatka, so take your pick.

 
busk31
720276.  Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:22 pm Reply with quote

One for the Elves: Surveys show that despite their obsession with modern technology, as many as 80% of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves. Even today, roads have been rerouted and building plans redesigned or abandoned to avoid disturbing rocks where elves are said to live. All around the country, strange lava formations were once explained in folktales as trolls who were turned to stone when caught outdoors in daylight. But only children in Iceland believe in trolls today, and the once widespread belief in ghosts is in decline, some say because electricity has taken the fright out of the long winter nights.

 
busk31
720278.  Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:26 pm Reply with quote

To add to spuds story about Leif the lucky, who left America : Leif left the New World but another expedition was led there by Thorfinn Karlsefni and his wife Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, who explored as far as where New York stands today and spent three or four years trying to establish a settlement before they gave up the idea. While in America they had a son, Snorri Thorfinnsson, the first European born in the New World. Gudrid and Thorfinn left America to live on a farm in north Iceland, Glaumbær, and when she was widowed she made a pilgrimage on foot to Rome, becoming the first known female transatlantic traveller and undoubtedly the most widely travelled women for at least the next 500 years.

 
Spud McLaren
720280.  Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:35 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Spud McLaren wrote:
One of the more fascinating aspects of this phenomenon is that one end of the dive site belongs to the American continent, while the other end belongs to the European continent. This means that it is possible to swim from Europe to America and back again several times during the dive.


I particularly like this factoid.
Yes, it was brought to me initially by my brother, who visited Iceland with the express purpose (fulfilled) of doing it.

 
djgordy
720408.  Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:26 am Reply with quote

busk31 wrote:
but another expedition was led there by Thorfinn Karlsefni


"Looking out forward, over the brow of our longship,
Pulling our oars and listening to the foam;
Helmets and sheep skins salt damp in the sea-mist,
We're going home.

Aslak of Langdale, Einar Thorgeirsson,
Olaf the White and Sigurd the Powerful....

Looking for constellations above the horizon,
West wind cutting sharper than out blades,
Smiling forever into an endless sunrise,
We're flying on the waves.

Thorfinn Karlsefni, Aud the Deep Minded,
Snorri Thorbrandsson, Thorstein the Black...

Out of dark Vinland, with grey waves racing before us-
We want no rest.
Back to the homeland, Iceland, sleeping in winter,
Back form the West.
Five years we roam,
Now we're going home."

Peter Hammill - Viking.


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busk31
720432.  Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:35 am Reply with quote

@djgordy-Nice..Looking up Aud the Deep-minded was QI.
-Aud married Olaf the White , son of King Ingjald, who had named himself King of Dublin after going on voyages to Britain and then conquering the shire of Dublin. They had a son named Thorstein the Red. After Oleif was killed in battle in Ireland, Aud and Thorstein journeyed to the Hebrides. Thorstein married there and had many children; he also became a great warrior king, conquering over half of Scotland; however, he was killed in battle after being betrayed by his people. After this happened Aud, who was at Caithness, learned of her son’s death and built a Knarr, a Viking era ship commonly built for Atlantic voyages. She did this secretly in the forest possibly because women were not allowed to be in possession of these ships, or because she did not want anyone to know that she was building one. After its completion, Aud sailed to the Orkneys. There she married off one of her granddaughters, Groa, the daughter of Thorstein the Red. Aud then set off for Iceland.

"On her ship were twenty men, all of which were free, but she was still the leader of them, proving that she was respected, but also that she was strong-willed enough to command a ship alone without the help of a man. She also a great deal of other men on her ship, who were prisoners from Viking raids near and around Britain."-Wiki

 
Flash
720571.  Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:49 pm Reply with quote

busk31 wrote:
One for the Elves: Surveys show that despite their obsession with modern technology, as many as 80% of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves.


busk31 - we did try to run that one a couple of years back but it didn't work in the recording. One problem is that for every source you find that asserts that this is the case, you find two that say "Of course we don't ****** believe in elves, you idiots. Furthermore, we're fed up with being told that we do."

 

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