Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The vampire cheerleader

This here´s an experiment in embedding video files into the blog ...Dunno if it´s actually a good idea, especially when it comes to childrens videos, but we´ll see.
The one I chose for my first upload is "the Vampire cheerleader" from the masquerade at the Glasgow world Sci fi con last August, at the time I thought it hillarious ;-)
So what do you guys think? Should one post videos of kids online like this? Or is it a bad idea?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Scott monument and the ferris wheel reflected in the dusk on Princess Street

Originally uploaded by Gunnella.

Well the yearly Ferris wheel, skating rink and the german (why German??) Christmas market are all up in the Princes Street gardens. The days are also getting shorter and the toes colder. Guess I can´t really complain when compairing the temperature to Iceland, but at least in Iceland we had proper central heating!!! My camera still isn´t back from repairs, hoping to get it today in order to catch some good shots at tomorrows graduation, if not they´ll all be as corny, ok scratch that, grainy and unfocused as this one....

By the way, did you catch my Nemi cartoon below? She is most excellent !!! I had noticed it occasionally before but yesterday (being the hard working scholar/housewife that I am) I went on a full on Web hunt of the strip and my what a find :-D
So often do I find myself strongly relating to what she´s up to or saying, if not seeing me then I see my friends Svava or Beta ;-D Wicked!
This Norwegian goth, kittenish, sharp yet sweet character is a definite reccommendation!!
Five strips in English here

The Icelandic view ... (an excerpt from my MA thesis)

Icelandic societal structure underwent profound changes in the twentieth century, as it was drawn from the pre-industrial age to a modern, technologically advanced society. It remains a mixed culture, openly professing Christianity yet maintaining a number of older, earth-based beliefs. Previously a country under the colonial power of Denmark, the Second World War brought traumatic change as well as national independence. The population moved from a society based on rural individual farmsteads, through a radical shift in its economic base to fishing centres and towns, to a sophisticated modern technology-based way of life in a span of mere hundred years.
Belief in elemental beings is openly professed, with most families being able to tell a tale or two regarding interaction with the hidden people. Seeing relatives that have passed away is also for most an accepted occurrence, and treated as a natural part of life. William H. Swathos has argued that, although not doctrinal, Icelanders are intrinsically religious, but due to how secluded Icelandic farmsteads used to be, a different approach to religion arose, focused more on personal interpretation and the home rather than mass meetings, which would have been generally impossible to arrange.
There has been some decline over the past few decades in these beliefs, or rather, there has been an adaptation to the modern world and the information it has brought with it. Stuart Vyse, in discussing the decline of magical thought in general, seconds this:
‘waning influence of the supernatural occurred at a time of rapid scientific and technological development. ... In addition, improvements in communication reduced the isolation of small communities and improved access to information.’

A well documented and publicized case is when a road in process was diverted due its path crossing a well known álfasteinn, a rock believed to be home to the hidden people. A case re-opened in a New York Times article this summer on the superstitious beliefs of Icelanders, with Hildur Hákonardóttir, former museum director, quoted as saying; ‘If you ask an Icelander whether he believes in elves, they will say yes and no’. Many such cases exist, and are exemplified in the attitude expressed by Jón Jónson (an obvious pseudonym), an Icelandic scientist who in his younger daysused to work as a civil engineering surveyor: ‘I don’t know if they exist or not, I’ve never seen anything, but I’d rather not take my chances’. He goes on to say
‘Back in 1967, whilst Búrfellsvirkjun (Búrfell Hydroelectric power scheme) was being built, we were digging an approach canal through a deep field of pumice. At one point, just outside the profile of the canal, about a metre outside, there was this great big boulder, probably about ten metres in diameters, smooth, one suspects it was a glacial erratic. The Resident Engineer’s team had a North American engineer, and he didn’t like the position of this boulder so close to the canal profile, and wanted it removed. The Icelandic engineers came in and firmly said no, “You don’t trouble them unless you have to”! They weren’t saying that there were huldufólk [hidden people], but they saw no reason to take a chance on there being huldufólk. It is just part of the Icelandic ethos. Icelanders have had to live so close to raw nature and to be so self sufficient that they have that particular attitude, and the power of nature in the form of glaciers, earthquakes, volcanoes is all a natural part of the background. All a part of wishing to give some sort of humanisation to natural overwhelming events.’

Icelandic society is still a country where folklore is markedly thriving in a high-tech environment, a country of contradictions, and hence the news story below makes perfect sense...At least to me ;-)

Folklore in the News...

The London Times
November 21, 2005

Fairies stop developers' bulldozers in their tracks
By Will Pavia and Chris Windle

VILLAGERS who protested that a new housing estate would “harm the fairies” living in their midst have forced a property company to scrap its building plans and start again.

Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties, estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him £15,000. His first notice of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the easterly shore of Loch Earn.

He said: “A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’.” The rock protruded from the centre of a gently shelving field, edged by the steep slopes of Dundurn mountain, where in the sixth century the Celtic missionary St Fillan set up camp and attempted to convert the Picts from the pagan darkness of superstition.

“Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didn’t go down very well,” Mr Salter said.

In fact, even as his firm attempted to work around the rock, they received complaints that the fairies would be “upset”. Mr Salter still believed he was dealing with a vocal minority, but the gears of Perthshire’s planning process were about to be clogged by something that looked suspiciously like fairy dust.

“I went to a meeting of the community council and the concerns cropped up there,” he said. The council was considering lodging a complaint with the planning authority, likely to be the kiss of death for a housing development in a national park. Jeannie Fox, council chairman, said: “I do believe in fairies but I can’t be sure that they live under that rock. I had been told that the rock had historic importance, that kings were crowned upon it.” Her main objection to moving the rock was based
on the fact that it had stood on the hillside for so long: a sort of MacFeng Shui that many in the village subscribe to.

“There are a lot of superstitions going about up here and people do believe that things like standing stones and large rocks should never be moved,” she said.

Mr Salter did not just want to move the rock. He wanted to dig it up, cart it to the roadside and brand it with the name of his new neighbourhood.

The Planning Inspectorate has no specific guidelines on fairies but a spokesman said: “Planning guidance states that local customs and beliefs must be taken into account when a developer applies for planning permission.” Mr Salter said: “We had to redesign the entire thing from scratch.”

The new estate will now centre on a small park, in the middle of which stands a curious rock. Work begins next month, if the fairies allow.

Ha ha ha :-D Sooo know this place ;-)

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Hey, I like Clerks ;-)

The Movie Of Your Life Is An Indie Flick

You do things your own way - and it's made for colorful times. Your life hasn't turned out how anyone expected, thank goodness!
Your best movie matches: Clerks, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite

Sunday, November 27, 2005

The (very) early morning sun casting a glow upon Hallgrímskirkja in the centre of Reykjavík

Originally uploaded by Gunnella.

Could also call the shot "Walking home from the Pub" ;-)

Took this in August (when I popped home for the interview) in the wee hours of the morning as I stumbled home after an excellent night out with Beta and co.... Once I finally made it down to Vitastígur I decided to tumble on down the road and catch the sunrise from the seaside....A perfectly natural thing to do under the circumstances and I caught some great photos! However the morning (read afternoon) after I wondered where the good old days had gone.. somehow strangely enough I find one can´t really go out for a night of drinking ala Icelander without serious repercussions AND THAT'S WHEN I STICK TO JUST BEER!! hrumph... Dunno why I grumble, love being thirty something, I get to say things like..oh yes I saw that movie a couple of decades ago... or.. Oh yes, I was living on my own when you were born ;-P (made easier by having been 14 ;-) anyways, better get back to Jonathan Ross and Patric Swazie on tv.... oh those days of sneaking into cinema at halftime to see Dirty Dancing for the umpteenth time ;-D

The weekly family update ;-)

The judo Champs
Originally uploaded by Gunnella73.

Didn´t get any comments on my last Saturday family rant so I´m just going ahead with it.. and perhaps trying to be more energetic in my bloggings come new year ;-)

The judo ChampsOne incredibly proud mum here ;-) Both kids attended their judo grading today and did splendidly!! Elena was elevated to second kai, meaning an obi (sash) with a yellow stripe and Ragnar jumped over 2 graded to go directly from first Mon to fourth! :-D

It was such fun watching them, at the end of Elenas grading they had a game akin to simon says only of the fast version, and it ended with there only being Elena and another boy left, and she won!! For a mum who always used to get picked last for the team and then stuck in the goal it is incredibly good to see them both doing so well, being mentally, emotionally and physically such strong little people :-D Think there is a slight chance I might be doing something right ;-P

Then last night I observed as Elena played school with all her teddies and dolls, and I was impressed. She was strict, yet always complimentary, explained things very carefully and the six year old even went so far as explaining to the dolls how one draws three dimensional objects and why... yup that teaching gene is there :-D

Ragnar is right now sitting in the livingroom along with a friend arguing the journey of Anakin from good to evil, all the time battling on the x-box in Lego Star Wars. I´ve found out recently that I´m a lot stricter than other parents around here in regards to game playing time and computer time. They always have to ask permission, they don´t get to play every day, they do not get to play +16 games and the “adults own the tv after 7” rule still applies. I fully realise this won´t work forever but as things stand I´ve managed to keep tvs out oft their rooms and people have to find the mean way in regards to choosing programs....well apart from the x-factor and Dr. Who, thats´MUM time ;-)

Me and John Paul doing the cooking, carbonara and ...mmm Orsiana?Went and visited John Paul (co founder of Dunedin arts along with Halldór) and Lizzie last night and had an excellent time. We cooked Spaghetti Carbonara and ...well Orsiana ;-P
John Paul with his masterpieceAnd everyone seemed well sated and content at the end of it, when paper and scissors were pulled out and everyone grew this incredible urge to surpass the other in origami and snowflake making... I had the lead with my snowflakes when Halldór pulled out a perfectly done, wings flapping falcon origami.. ;-P
The whole gang, suitably hyper :-D (well apart from the photographer;-)

Next week´s going to be busy, Halldór´s graduation, guests arriving, Chirstmas cards to be sent out and well the general stuff :-D until later ..

Thursday, November 24, 2005

A portrait with a view from the past ..

A portrait with a view from the past ..
Originally uploaded by Gunnella.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Updata : Am lying in bed with a cold, trying to finish writing and designing the Christmas letter/card and seriously craving this ... ;-)

In the meantime, the joke about the perfect couple ;-) and the 80´s music video collection !! Man Europe aren´t as one remembered :-D

Monday, November 21, 2005

Photos from Naples are up..

Well I finally got around to uploading the streetshots from Naples, here for your perusal if you should wish so ;-)
Wandering around Naples was strange, espcially seeing as in many ways it reminded me of the Rome I knew two decades ago... The washing hanging out of the windows, kids playing soccer in the streets, old men playing italian cards on the sidewalk with their hats on and everything happening at that slowenly laid back pace I recall so well... Today Rome has become so touristy and sanitized, one feels there are no real families actually living in the centre any more, just restauranteurs and shopkeepers...

On another note,.. my camera, my dear dear dearest camera is now off at the shop for repairs... it seems that bouncing it off the extremely wet marble floors of the vatican wasn´t perhaps the best of ideas so I decided to put that expensive insurance I bought to use... At least I had the good sense and foresight to buy the insurance when I got the camera, 35 quid it cost, expensive, yet when you think how big a clutz I tend to be it seems low, especially in light of the fact that one gets a new one... not bad ehi ;-D At the same time it means that I´m without camera for a while and will have to do with my mobile phone one ;-) So bear with me if future shots seem grainy :-D Please

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Heads up! The first weekly family update ;-)

Elena og Chelsie

Thought I might give like a heads up on what´s happening family wise here these days.. Was actually thinking about making this a weekly occurrence, lest it simplify the blogging process as well as the eternal when does the blog become family history versus when is a blog sarcastic and witty (not that Ive been any of that lately ;-) By all means feel free to give me feedback on this, should the family part be in the format of a weekly bulleting of sorts? Anywyas ;-)
Steini 28 áraWell after celebrating his birthday with us Steini left us to return to Amsterdam, admittedly only for a couple of days before he then joins up with dad in London and accompanies him to Iceland, fingers krossed ;-) The plan at the moment is to attend School, as for the rest we´ll just have to wait and see.
Halldór að prófa nýja Saxofóninn sinn í búðinniSeeing as Halldórs graduating at the end of the month and that there just happened to be this tenor sax ridiculously priced we ended up getting him one of those for his graduating present. Weirdly enough as we were examining it another lady walked in and wanted to buy the self same sax, what are the odds? Luckyly for us they had two (again what are the odds in a cash converter??) Got a funny look from the shopkeeper when I just dished out the whole sum and more out of my pocket.... oh well, we´ll figure out how to pay the rent some other way ;-P
Horfandi á stundina okkar í tölvunni The kids have taken to watching the Icelandic kids program "Stundin okkar" online each Sunday, and they love it.. At long last I am getting a minor glimpse into exactly why one pays the dues to the state tv in Iceland, this at least serves a purpose...

Other than that all´s fine, busy with designing the Christmas card, promiced myself I´d send them off this year but of course going horribly overboard in size and design, as per usual... we still haven´t had any proper winter here but we´re starting to see slight frost on the cars in the morning, compare that to the snowstorms they´ve had in Iceland of late if you will ;-) And yet as the shadows become longer I find myslef slightæy missing home.. go figure.
Still haven´t gotten into a Phd program, but have a few places inquiring for me so we´ll see ;-) My research grant for Japan is settled and secure so off we go next autumn and... well, all´s well if a tad broke, so what´s new ;-P

Friday, November 18, 2005

Oh what a day ;-)

O.k. So far a pretty good day, I´ve (finally) been informally informed that my Ma dissertation did indeed meet the passing grade meaning that I will after all graduate come next January. :-D I´d been worried, firstly because I feel my essay wasn´t up to scratch, as per usual I finished writing it minutes before having it bound and running (literally) for the train to Sheffield, and secondly because I hadn´t had any feedback on drafts no ideas and then heard nothing from the school since September leaving me slightly in mid air.

Then Halldór just phoned and after a nervewracking meeting the boys have just been informed that they have have become the newest company to be placed into the Epis pre incubator scheme involving them being assisted in contact and contract making, a thousand pounds and an office from where to work!

So all in all a good day ;-) Now all I need is a magic fairy to pop in and tell me they´ve just unearthed this amazing folklore grant involving a stipend, a supervisor who just happens to be a specialist in Japanese culture and Folkloristics and a Phd program just waiting to have me.... either that or the pub around the corner accepts my application for their evening post ;-)

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Þú ert nýjungagjarn, yfirvegaður innipúki.

Tölvunördatröllið hefur rosalega gaman af svona könnunum. Eitt slíkt bjó þessa könnun meira að segja til! Fyrir tölvunördatröllinu er bjarmi tölvuskjásins sem huggulegur arineldur á vetrarkvöldi. Tölvunördatröllið sendir frekar tölvupóst en að tala við fólk í persónu og á fleiri vini í netheimum en raunheimum (eða kjötheimum eins og tölvunördatröllið myndi orða það). Tölvunördatröllið er náskylt vampírunni, en það vakir á nóttunni og þolir illa sólarljós (og hvítlauk).
"Live long and prosper"
Hvaða tröll ert þú?

Geeky fandom rants and recap :-D or Where are they now

Well, last night I saw Anthony Head of watcher Giles in Buffy fame dressed in nought but a tiny black leather number of the gay persuasion submissivly bending over with a pink featherduster in hand ;-) An image not easily forgettable, that´s what watching Little Britain will do for you. Apart from Little Britain Anthony is also set to star in a couple of episodes of the new Dr Who series..yummy!

Been watching Veronica Mars quite avidly lately and become quite smitten with the show, intrestingly enough both Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon have had walk on´s in the past few weeks. Kevin as a shop clerk (go figure) and Joss as a moderatly obnoxius car rental guy ;-) Oh and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase) plays a stunning mum of the step type who is sleeping with one of the main characters ;-P won´t tell you which one though in case you´re watching.. Another great show I´ve been following is Threshold , a scifi detective drama of sorts, well cast and excellently scripted, definitely recommend these two!

James Marters (Spike) is now a regular on the Smallville show as Professor Milton Fine pouring out quotes like "Come on Clark, there are no such things as vampire." Alyson Hannigan is one of the main cast of "how I met your mother" a rather painful comedy of the pie variety and Amy Acker is a supervillain, with a concience of sorts it would seem on Alias..

By the way ......... if anyone just happens to be on their way to Burbank California, has a spare ticket on hand and absolutely craves *lots of really nice expletives* company then I´m all for attending Flanvention!! The Serenity/Firefly convention that also incedentally includes Jason Carter ;-) of Babylon 5 fame :-D ahhh the stuff dreams are made of :-P

Oh oh oh almost forgot.. Boreanaz (Angel) is now starring in a show called Bones, hated the first episode, found it condescending and trite but have been assured that it gets a lot better, admittely by men so we´ll see ;-)

Now that the days have grown shorter there are candles lit all over the house

Originally uploaded by Gunnella.

Anyone else do this? As the days grow shorter (which I by the way really really dislike) I find myself lighting candles in the rooms I´m working in. Somehow the warm light makes me feel better... go figure, an Icelander who doesn´t like the winter darkness ;-)

One can´t but grin ;-)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

as Christmas draws nearer....

as Christmas draws nearer....
Originally uploaded by Gunnella73.

Yikes how quickly Christmas draws near... only a month to go and I had so promiced myself to send off proper Christmas cards this year!! Better get down to designing, printing and sending .....

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Funky self searching test time (again ;-)

Your Birthdate: April 20

You are a virtual roller coaster of emotions, and most people enjoy the ride. Your mood tends to set the tone of the room, and when you're happy, this is a good thing.
When you get in a dark mood, watch out - it's very hard to get you out of it. It's sometimes hard for you to cheer up, and your gloom can be contagious.

Your strength: Your warm heart
Your weakness: Trouble controlling your emotions
Your power color: Black
Your power symbol: Musical note
Your power month: February

You Should Get a PhD in Liberal Arts (like political science, literature, or philosophy)

You're a great thinker and a true philosopher.
You'd make a talented professor or writer.

Your Hair Should Be Purple

Intense, thoughtful, and unconventional.
You're always philosophizing and inspiring others with your insights.

At least it would seem I´m on the right track regarding studies and degree hunting, and I was actually in reality considering purple as my next hair colour ;-) So these tests aren´t all that crazy I guess..

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A thought...

Intriguing books in Portaportese 1
Originally uploaded by Gunnella.

I love books, I can´t live without books! And I especially love these old, worn ones, the ones one feels could tell a story far more intresting than is actully contained between it´s folds, books that have seen life come and go, have experienced love, appreciation, disdain even hate, books that have travelled between generations, inspired and provoked hought. Books with a soul.

Intriguing books in Portaportese 2Back home I have a couple of manuscripts dating from the 16th and the 17th century respectively as well as an extensive library focused mainly on folkloristics, and I miss them. Studying here it´s been hard not having the books I know at hand, being able to reach behind me and pull out that one reference I need .... When I think of the future, second only to the kids well being is my dream ofhaving a place where I can put up all my books and accumulate more, where in the world doesn´t really matter but I dream, have actually always dreamt of having a library ;-)
Anyone remember that old movie with Jodie Foster, Christmas at candleshoe, well there they had this library with large windows with wide sills upon which one could sit, and already then (I was perhaps around 6 years old) I longed for that library with sills just like that ;-D
O.k. rant over... better get back to writing :-D As a comment enhancer I´m curious, what is your favorite book, or what book can you remember as being your absolute favorite at some time or another?

Dear Santa a few miracles please...

I just got this from my friend Svava Guðrún and I had to post it, even though it´s in Icelandic, for which I apologize ! The red bits are the ones most pertaining to me and I translate them at the bottom ;-)

Kæri Jóli!

Ég er búin að vera svo góð mamma allt þetta ár. Ég hef eldað mat, bakað, tekið til og knúsað eftir þörfum. Setið á læknabiðstofum, þrifið gubb, kysst á bágt, verið virk í foreldrafélaginu, rólað, kubbað og drullumallað.

Ég var að vonast til að þú dreifðir þessum óskum mínum yfir nokkur jól, þar sem ég þurfti að skrifa þetta bréf með rauðum vaxlit sem sonur minn á, aftan á gamalt umslag, í þvottahúsinu meðan ég beið eftir að vélin kláraði, til að geta sett í þurrkarann. Hver veit hvenær ég hef næst lausan tíma næstu 18 ár.

Hér eru jólaóskirnar mínar.

Ég vil gjarnan fá nýja fætur sem þreytast ekki þó þeir hlaupi á eftir krökkum allan daginn (allir litir nema fjólubláir, ég á svoleiðis). Ég vil líka gjarnan fá handleggi sem eru nógu sterkir til að bera organdi krakka út úr nammideildinni í Hagkaup. Svo vil ég gjarnan fá nýtt mitti, virðist hafa týnt því gamla einhverntíma á síðustu meðgöngu.

Ef þú ert í því að gefa stóra hluti þetta ár, þá vildi ég gjarnan eiga bíl með rúðum sem ekki kámast, útvarp sem spilar engöngu fullorðinstónlist, sjónvarp sem sýnir enga þætti með talandi dýrum og ísskáp með leynihólfi þar sem ég get talað í símann í friði.

Á praktískari nótum myndi ég gjarnan vilja talandi dúkkudóttur sem segir alltaf "já mamma mín" til að efla uppeldislegt sjálfstraust mitt, eitt smábarn sem hætt er á bleyju, tvö börn sem slást aldrei, vettlinga og húfur sem ekki týnast, og rennilása sem rennast sjálfir.

Ég gæti vel notað geisladisk með upptöku af tíbeskum munkum sem kyrja"ekki borða í stofunni" og "láttu bróður þinn í friði" þar sem röddin mín virðist vera á einhverju tíðnisviði sem börnin nema alls ekki, bara hundurinn.

Ef það er orðið of seint að finna þessa hluti þá get ég alveg sætt mig við nægan tíma til að bursta tennurnar og greiða mér á morgnana og geta borðað matinn minn áður en hann kólnar. Svo gæti ég alveg þegið nokkur jólakraftaverk til að lífga upp á skammdegið. Væri til of mikils mælst að gera tómatsósu að grænmeti, það myndi létta verulega á samvisku minni?

Það væri líka til bóta ef þú gætir fengið börnin mín til að hjálpa til á heimilinu, án þess að krefjast borgunnar eins og ítalskir mafíósar og ef stubburinn minn væri ekki svona krúttlegur þegar hann stelst í ískápinn rétt fyrir mat.

Jæja Jóli. Nú hringir bjallan á þurrkaranum og sonur minn lemur á hurðina og vill fá litinn sin aftur.

Góða ferð heim og bið að heilsa Grýlu.

Jólakveðja, mamma.

PS. Eitt að lokum. Geturðu afturkallað allar óskir um að börnin mín verði alltaf nógu ung til að trúa á þig.

Best bits ...

I´ve been a good mum all year, as I´m waiting for the washingmachine to end and the dryer to start I write down my wishes on the back of an envelope with a red crayon...
  • I´d like a new waist, seeing as I seem to have lost my original one somewhere along last pregnancy
  • I´d lika daughter who always says yes mum, so as to increase my self esteem as a mother
  • Two siblings who never fight
  • and hats and mittens that never get lost
  • Then a cd with tibetan munks chanting "don´t eat in the living room" and "leave your brother alone" would be much appreciated as my voice seems to be on a frequency that only the dog discerns

Trying to put together an online namecard for myself as a photographer

An online photographers namecard
Originally uploaded by Gunnella73.

I´ve been asked quite (flatteringly) often lately whether I´m a photographer, and today one of the mums at the kids school told me she´d pointed towards me when asked whether she could direct the judo club towards a photographer. So now after numerous inquieries I´ve decided that I am after all a photographer, not an amateur one yet definitely not a professional one, just a photographer, and seeing as I´m now in limbo, not registered as studying anywhere nor working, this could possibly be a way to earn a few extra quid doing something I love to do anyway :-D So, tomorrow I go and see whether the judo club is still looking for someone to take pictures for them ;-)

Hence I went and designed an online namecard of sorts, displaying a handful of photos by me, hopefully inciting interest ;-)And I would very much appreciate it if you would comment upon it for me, especially the text about the photographer bit.

Thanks :-D

Fun memory test ;-)

A fun memory test, testing your face recognition skills ;-P here´ how I scored, you try for yourself!

Christmas invasion..!

;-) Guess this both settles where I´ll be on Christmas day as well as how much of a geek I really am :-D

Much to my own surprice I fell flat for dr. Who last winter and avidly followed the new series. Don´t know what I think of the new Dr. Who though, Christopher Eccleston was in many ways my main attration to the show, the grin and the wit, but I´m willing to be pleasantly surpriced.
The kids will again leave for Iceland as soon as the holidays begin so again we´ll be celebration little Christmas presumably the weekend before, worked perfectly last year so... The kids get double Christmas and I get my celebrations with the kids and then a nice cosy winter holiday at home with Halldór :-D The kids can´t wait to see their baby sisters and get back to real snow back home, whereas we´re happily enjoying the semi warmth of an Edinburgh winter, slightly chilly but not yet time to ditch the leather jacket for the winter coat :-D suits me fine :-D

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Yet another shot from Rome

Walking ;-)
Originally uploaded by Gunnella.

We got god awful weather when we went to visit St. Peters cathedral, it literally pissed down with rain and we had to wait ages in a queue first to get into the cathedral and then again to get to climb up to the cupola. But we got there, climbed all the way up (and boy did my feet feel it the following day ;-) and then strangely enough both the battery in my camera as well as in Valgerðurs emptied completely :-( resulting in not having been able to snap shots of when we were ushered into a side chamber as the Swizz army guard changed shifts right in front of us! But the rain had given me plenty of opportunity for indulging my famous obsession with reflections ;-P check the photopage for the rest of the set :-D
Hugs! Better get back, have just read three chapters of Narnia to the kids and we´re just about to watch Jurassic park 3, little did I know what I´d start when I chose number one as the family Halloween picture :-D

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The photos from Pompei are all uploded !!

The pompeian set :-D
Well, finally the photos from Pompei are up, still have Nemi, Rome and Naples to go but all in good time ;-) We had an amazing time in Pompei, the weather was gorgeous, probably around 30 degrees centigrade with a gentle breeze blowing in from the sea. Instead of doing the normal two hour tourist walk we of course went for the full, *climbing up hills, looking into every house and attempting to scale the walls* walk ;-) resaulting in a severe shortening of said Gunnellas feet ;-P But it was amazing!! Was a bit miffed though at how many of the condos were closed to the public and the archaeological digs were completely off limits... I´ll have to return full force having done the proper preparations and do my research into pompeian graffiti, past and present, sometime soon... lets see, perhaps after a phd here with research in Japan I could be a fellow at Berkley and do research in Pompei, blink blink....
Warning though, the last photo has the capability to offend, for those whose curiosity has now been aroused view it full size and aim for the upper right hand corner ;-)
1. Pompeian Columns in the autumn sun.., 2. The road is loooong, with many a winding turn..., 3. There are no words..., 4. love the colours and the artistry, 5. Can anyone read this ;-) ?, 6. Such a bright yellow after two thousand years, 7. Tourists in The Bathhouse, 8. Amazing how much of the artwork is still intact and how elaborate their walls were, 9. Definition of excess archeological artifacts...?, 10. The Pompeian way ;-), 11. A Pompeian column top, 12. A faun in the bathhouse..., 13. A stray dog in royal quarters ;-), 14. Say cheese ;-D, 15. Peekaboo ;-), 16. Minor delusions of grandeour perhaps ;-) ?

What a surprice... ;-) would have thought me slightly closer to Buddhism though

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At the MuseumWell Halloween is here :-D I now have a skeletal ninja and a farytale princess at a Halloween party up the street. They don´t go trick or treating here but seeing as the influence of tv is so powerful something had to be done for them.
All prepped, my wee geisha and Ninja ;-)Went yesterday to a singing shamain session at the national Museum and we ended up perusing the natural history of Scotland, much to the enjoyment of the kids ;-) Can´t take the teacher out of Gunnella can ya? Then we went to the video rental to get Jurassic park, seemed fitting after the museum and horrorish enough for a six year old and a nine year old, admittedly in the end I was the only one doing the jumping ;-P

Oh and Arrrrgggh, if you´re still looking for the perfect costume but are, obviously, running out on time, then try printing your own extremely scary celebrity mask!!

Funnies ;-)

Seeing as it´s Halloween I though I might post a couple of funnies, The first is an amazingly funny clip!! The scary thing is how often they must have practiced in order to get it so perfect ;-P
My one desire
The second one is an amazingly well rendered videoclip of Yoda in an intrestingly funky mood, warning there is dancing :-D
yoda dancing ;-)