Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Psychics predict the future in Iceland - fortunetellers at work

In Iceland ,it is customary at years end, for fortunetellers or psychics to predict what will happen in the new year.
Those predictions are shown in the newspapers and magazines in Iceland.
Last year , one of the predictions was that a big volcano would erupt and make trouble all over.
That would probably be , the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.

Here are the highlights of the predictions for the year 2011.

Protests will increaase and the economy will get worse.
It will lead to a revolution.

Money will be discovered and help the public .
More corruption information will surface.

No volcano next year .

But nobody takes these prediction seriously ,it is just for fun to read them .

Monday, December 27, 2010

Weather changes in Iceland in december 2010 - video

Here is a video clip i took on the 24th and 27th of December 2010 -
You can see how fast the weather chnages here in Iceland.
The days are very short, due to the location of Iceland.
So while the east coast of the USA is having weather problems, we in Iceland are havingweather problems too.
We cant go skiing.
Every car in ICeland must have snow tyres during winter,and many have also iron spikes on there tyres,so the get a better grip on the snow and ice.
That is the sound that you hear, where the tyres are on the asphalt

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Eyjafjallajökull ( volcano ) one of The villains of 2010 video

According to the The Telegraph,The volcano is on the top ten list of villains of 2010.
Eyjafjallajökull is there ,and others on the top ten list are also Mel Gibson.
You can see the top ten list HERE.

When the volcano was n full swing, i flew over the volcano , that is ,the first volcano,and took a video of that flight.

Here is my 9. minute video of the volcano.

Here is a short video of the volcano.

Here is my from the gound video of the volcano

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total lunar eclipse in december 2010 - Iceland - video and photos

I took these photos early this morning,in Reykjavik , Iceland
I also took a video of the lunar eclipse.
The weather was calm , clear skies,and cold ( - 7 on the celcius )

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sunrise in Reykjavik,Iceland,at noon - video and photos

Now it is the shortest day season in Iceland.
Here is a video i took at around 11:30 this morning,and it is the sunrise in Reykjavik.
It was cold( freezing) and windy.
On the 21st of december,then there is the shortes day in Iceland,and after that , the days get longer.
This video i took was 15 minutes long,and then i pressed it down to around 1 minute, so you can see the movement of the clouds and sun.
The sun sets today at 15:28 hours ,local time.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Iceland number eleven,according to Transparency International

Iceland is number eleven from the top,of least corrupt countries.
This is according to Transparency International.
Here you can see where Iceland is  on the chart .

Here is video i took ,October 1st 2010 -whne parliement came together for its winter season.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

PricewaterhouseCoopers under criminal investigation in Iceland

PricewaterhouseCoopers ( PwC) is now under criminal investigation by Iceland special procecutor.
PwC is the second largest accounting firm in the world.
PwC, Iceland, was the accounting firm for the Bank Glitnir and Landsbankin,two of the three banks that crashed here in Iceland in 2008.
Foreing investigators in the banking crash in Iceland ,and they give PwC a bad image regarding the banks accounting.

Below is a video i took of a mens chor,and the Geyser in the middle  - hope you like it.
My videos on youtube are here

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Icesave deal between Iceland - and the UK and Holland ,video

Iceland has gotten an deal between UK and Holland ,about the IceSave debt.
The first deal went before a national referendum here in Iceland march 6. and there the people of Iceland did not agree with that deal .
And now the  second deal is on the table, with only about 3 % interests rates, will the Iceland President refuse to sign it inot law, and by doing so , like he did in january, it we go before a another national referendum.
Iceland parliement must first agree on the deal ,and then the President must sign it to law.
If he refuses ,then it goes before the Ielandic people,to a national vote.
On the 31st of decemeber last year, people protested the IceSave deal.
You can see my video , when people lighted flares in front of Parleiemtn ,and then later in front of the President house.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New spokeperson for Wikileaks . and freedom of the press ?

Now that Julian Assange ,spokesman for Wikileaks,is now in jail in Londnd,Wikileaks has a new man talking for them.
According to the foreign  media , the new spokeperson would be Mr. Kristinn Hrafnsson.
He has been working for Wikileaks since last April.
Kristinn is an Icelander.
At the same time , that Wikileaks is under attack and Julian Assange is put in jail ,they say that the  US goverment has sent this out .

"The United States is pleased to announce that it will host Unesco's World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from 1-3 May in Washington, DC.

The theme for next year's commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals' right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age."

Here you can see Kristinn Hrafnsson on an interview by CNN.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wikileaks papers on Iceland - info from the US embassy on Iceland

The best and cheapest way to get Icelanders to go to cultural events at the US embassy in Iceland ,is to offer duty free wine.
One media in Iceland talks about a report by mr. Philip S. Kosnett , who wrote it from the US Embassy.
He says , that most of the Icelanders that are asked to these functions at the     Embassy,go home with positive feelings toward the USA.

Also according to the Wikileaks papers, Icelands Prime Minsiter, Johanna Sigurdardottir, threatened to resign,if the Left Green party would not agree on the IceSave issue in July 2009.

In Neils Klopfenstein report  from the US embassy in Reykjavik, he says the Icelands Finance Minister mr. Steingrimur J. Sigfusson,surprised them by being a serius and responsable finance minister.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wikileaks papers on Iceland,from the USA embassy in Reykjavik

Now Wikileaks data has come out about Iceland.
According to USA embassy officials in Reykjavik,mr David Oddsson then CEO of the Iceland Central Bank,had made bad statements in the media just after the banking crash 2008.
And that Bjarni Benediktsson ,then member of parliement and now chairman of the Independence party,looked at David as a threat to his position ( bjarni ) in the Independence party.
Also that David was an obstacle for Iceland applying for EU membership.

Photo . Mr David Oddsson

Friday, December 3, 2010

Iceland goverment solution to familys debts

The Icelandic Goverment just had a press conference,about how to help people in Iceland who have bad debts,and are having problems paying of their loans.
About 72 thousand familys have real estate debts,and around 60 thousand of them will benefit from the Goverment financial help plans.
The goverment help plan, is also with pension funds,and financial institutions.
This plan will cost about 100 billion kronas. ( 1 usdollar = 115 IceKronas )
In the plan are new soltion,like reducing interests rates and that could redse payments per family at around 200 - 300 thousand kronas per year.

And to cheer you up , here below is a video i took this year when i went flying over the Volcano here in Iceland .
There you can see people near the volcano and having fun.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Constitutional election in Iceland - new constitution for Iceland

Last saturday there was a Constitutionl election here in ICeland.
People voted on 25 individuals,who should be in a Constitutional assembly,and come with a new Constitution for Iceland.
530 where on the ballot,and everybody could be on the ballot.
But only 530 wanted to be on it.
About 35 % of the voters in Iceland voted last saturday.
Wich is a big dissapointment.
This is a unpresedented vote,that the pblic is given the oppurtunity to make a new Constitution,but Parliement will get what the Constittional assembly,and there it will be discussed,and if parliement likes it, then it will be put forward as Icelands Constitution.

The video is from janury 24th 2009 - when a choir sang a beutiful song about Iceland

You can see more of my video here on Youtube

And here is my adress on facebook

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Northern Lights in Iceland - aurora borealis - video and photos

Tonight there was a great show in the sky.
The Aurora Borealis ( the Northern lights ) made a great show over Reykjavik.
I took a few photos,and made a short video of them,moving in the sky.
Hope you like the photos and video.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Election in Iceland tomorrow , constitutional election

Tomorrow there will be a general election in Iceland.
530 individuals are on the ballot,and 25 will be voted into a constitutional assembly.
Their work will be to to make another constitution for Iceland.
Icelands constitution is from the year 1874, when the Danish King came to Iceland ,and gave Iceland its Constitution.
It has got minor changes  through the years.
But now, the goverment decided to go all the way,and have a constitutional parliement ,and give them two months to come up with a constitution, for the people of Iceland ,and by the people of Iceland.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Aurora Borealis ,Northern lights over Reykjavik,Iceland - photos

Aurora Now is the season of the Northern Lights in the sky.
Also know as ,Aurora Borealis.
It is a spectacular scene to see the lights in the sky,and move along the heavens.
Here are a few photos i took last sunday evening.
If you click on the photos,they will get bigger.
The blue light in the center,is the Yoko Onos Imagine Peace Light in Reykjavik.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Norway has forgiven Iceland - and want them to return home

1136 years ago , a few left Norway and went to Iceland.
They where the first ones to come to Iceland ,and live there.
They left Norway because they had some trouble in Norway with the local goverment and the King of Norway.
Ingolfur Arnarsson,was the first Icelander,and according to history , they left Norway becuase the didint like to pay taxes and follow the local law.
Not much has changed in that in Iceland since the year 874.
But now the Norwegians have forgive Icelanders.
Two Norwegians have sent a letter to Iceland ,mr. Roy Sævik and mr. Haavar Yndestad, and in the letter they say " it is 1136 years since you left us, and now it is time you come home "
" and here are you relatives and here you can get work and living space"

The Norwegians live in Stongfjorden and need more people to live there ,and they are afraid that the local childrens school will close if no more children will arrive.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Árni Mathiesen to work for the United Nations,FAO - former financial minister of Iceland

Mr. Árni Mathiesen has been hired at The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Árni Mathiesen was financial minister in Iceland before and during the banking crash in 2008.
The world headquarters og FAO are located in Rome, in the former seat of the Department of Italian East Africa.
According to Icelands media, mr. Árni Mathiesen was recommended for the job by Icelands foreign minister, mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Protest today in iceland --- people are angry - photos

Iceland Parliement was at work today in the parliement building .
A few hundred Icelanders came and protests in front of the building at 14:00 hours .
People are angry ,because the Goverment does not have any solutions for the public.
Yesterday more than a thousand people got food from good will groups, that give the poor food.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Nordic Council in Iceland ,and protest next thursday video

The Nordic Council is now being held in Reykjavik.
 The Council has 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Iceland parliement will be in session next Thursday.
And many are planning a protest from 14:00 hours until 22:00 hours on Thursday in front of the parliement building.
More that a thousand familys have to get food from Family Help and the Church.
Once a week,on wednesdays,many line up, and have to get food for themselves and their familys.
The goverment ,and parliement are not doing much to help familys, in the financial troubles.
But they Goverment still helps those that took part in the Banking Crisis,and writes of big debts, but the public get nothing.
Here below is a video from the protest last protest in october

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Minister given money ,but the public thrown out into the street - video

Few weeks ago ,Icelands Banks wrote of 2.6 billion kronas that a comapny owed the banks.
At the same that ,that company payed 600 millions in proits to its stockholders.
That company is owned by the family of former Prime minister, mr. Halldór Ásgrímsson.
You can read more about him here
At the same time, Icelands Banks are banckrupting people and throwing people out of their houses ,due to illeagal and bad Banks loans.
The Banks made illeagal loans to the public,and the Icelandic Supreme Court has ruled them illeagal.
Today mr. Arnar Már Þórisson, went to Landsbank headquarters and made speach , arguing that people deserved a meeting with the CEO´s of the bank to discuss and find a good way for people to pay there debts,so they dont have to be thrown out of their houses.
With him where part of the Civil Defence team,that are helping people in trouble.
Mr. Arnar is to be thrown out of his house next week.
You can see on the video that the staff of the bank did not like the man who was videotaping the event.
But why are Former ministers and CEO´s given their loans and they dont have to pay, but the Public will be thrown out on the street.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Women strike at 14:25 in Reykjavik,Iceland - video

Today at 14:25 local time in Iceland,working women walk out of their workplace.
They where celebrating and protesting for equal pay for equal work.
Also they where protesting sexual violence.
They walked out at 14:25 ,because at that time they have worked 65 % of they pay that men have for similar work.
35 years ago the first Womens strike was held .
You can see on the video that more than 50.000 woman attended in Reykjavik.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Politicians take care of politicians in Iceland - corruption very good still.

Politicians in Iceland ,take care of former poiticians.
Mr. Halldór Ásgrímsson,former member of parliement ,and also former Prime minister, before the Banking Crash in Iceland.
He and David Oddson,former Prime minister and Central Bank CEO, where together in Goverment for many years .
They where the maine builders of the financial system in Iceland,that led up to the banking crash in 2008.
Mr. Halldor Asgrimsson,quit goverment job,and whent on to be Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers january 1. 2007.
He owns a part with his family,a fishing company.
Few weeks ago that company got 2.6 billion kronas loans written of,and at the same time it payd over 600 million kronas in profits to its shareholders.
And now he works for the Iceland Goverment as Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers.
This week Iceland goverment wanted him to stay at that job .
The public is angry ,after al that has happened ,that the man who was one of the ringleaders in the Icelandic financial system,that collapsed in 2008, is still in high places at in the Icelandic goverment.
Few weeks ago a lady protested him at Landsbanki in Reykjavik , you can see that here

Photo: mr Halldór Ásgrímsson

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Minister hires party member for a govermnet job in Iceland -

Corruption is doing well here in Iceland.
This week ,the minister for fisheries and acriculture,needed a Information representative for his ministrie.
The minister ,Mr Jon Bjarnarsson,advertised the job.
Many applied,and many media educated people.
Many media educated people put their names for the job, but in Iceland, every big goverment job goes to friends,party members and so on.
The man who got the job,Mr. Bjarni Hardarsson,is a former member of Parliemenet and is now running a book shop.
And he is also a party memer in the same party as the minister.

top --- Minister .mr. Jon Bjarnarsson
bottom   mr. Bjarni Hardarson

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Yoko Ono lights the Imagine Peace Light in Iceland tonight -photos

Yoko Ono lighted the Imagine Peace Light tonight at 20:00 hours local time.
Many attended the lighting ceremony.
Ringo Starr and aSean Lennon where there also.
Later in the evening the Plastic Ono Band will hold a concert,and the rumor is that Ringo Starr will perform ther.
They are celebrating the 70th birthday of John Lennon.
It is also Sean Lennons birthday.
Took a few photos of the lighting ceremony.

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Yoko Ono in Reykjavik to light up Imagine Peace Light - photos

Today is John Lennon birthday.
And it is also his sons,Sean Lennon birthday.
Yoko Ono is in town to light up the Imagine Peace Light in Reykjavik.
This is light is in meory of John Lennon,and is on between his date of birth ,and ends at the date of his death.
Tonight after the Yoko Ono has lighted the Peace light,she and her band,the Plastic Ono Band ,will hold a concert in Reykjavik.
You can Tweet peace messages here

Here are a few photos i have taken of the Peace Light ,and the sunset in Reykjavik

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Still protest in Iceland --- two years ago the crash started - video

Two years ago, emergency laws where set in Iceland ,and on TV the Prime Minister said ,in the end of his speach " God Bless Iceland"
That is looked upon as the start of the Banking Crisis here in Iceland.
And today people attended in front of parliement building and made lots of noise.
People arrived at around 17:00 hours ,and made noise into the evening.
Not as many as on monday ( Monday Protest ) but when i left tonight,people where still arriving.
The protest was very peaceful,and peole talked to the police officers .

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