Archive for April, 2011

My opinion which is of no consequence.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I’m giving the new Radiohead album 8/10, but not all agree.

Friday On My Mind.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Everybody’s Russian.

It’s ever so, ever so satisfying.

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Welcome to Reykjavík, Ísland.

This place has got it’s shit together!! Cool vibe, Great people, Chewing Yogurt, Iconic architecture, Unbelievable scenery, Puffins, all the ‘things’ that come with it being Reykjavík Fashion Week, some of the world’s best musicians, and extra large cans of carbonated caffeine beverages… but alas, nowhere is perfect. This place is off-the-dial expensive!!

With that being said, I have managed to still have a great time within a set budget. A night at the Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands, a strange new birthmark, and a trip out for a swim in the windy as hell Blue Lagoon have all been well under what I would have been prepared to pay (if I wasn’t a poverty stricken student). As this is my only break this year until I finish MBA, I’m actually trying to relax and not think about the next bout of university work that waits for me back in the U.K.

It was reported as early as mid 2006 that the Icelandic economy was fucked, so it really came as no surprise when the country hit the skids as hard as it did in recent times. With that being said, things are definitely on the up here. With a population of 300,000 receiving 500,000 visitors per year,  tourism makes up a decent percentage of trade.  Many locals have returned to the country’s original economic powerhouses, aluminium production, and  the fishing industry, with cod, haddock, and ‘others’ in the net. Just down the road I can buy a Minke Whale kebab, which I’m sure would go down a treat back home in Australia! As much as I am now quite tempted to bust out my insightful macroeconomic assessment on Iceland, to be perfectly honest, I’m enjoying my one week break too much to keep typing, really.

Instead, go get the best set of headphones you own, plug in, sit back & enjoy what is one of the greatest (not just Icelandic) live acts I have ever seen. I saw this track live about a month before it was released. They closed the set with it, & I swear to god, 2,000 jaws simultaneously hit the floor.