Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
A container ship, down in the harbour of Tórshavn...
The Prime Minister's crib and all of his posse... i gotta stop watching movies and listening to gangster rap... read about it here
The bay of Tórshavn... at least a part of it..
A valley outside Tórshavn... those dots are sheep..
A gentle stream...
... and this concludes the photos i took today... my head is not making so much noise now... see ya..
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Not much has happened today... well.. nothing acutally. But that's often how it goes here on the islands, relaxing.. elegantly slumming. The weather sucks anyway, so there's not much to do. I've got to take some new pictures and upload them, but i'm kinda tender about the new camera, i don't want to wet it all up.
Our political system is almost torn to pieces, the coalition is divided on the matter of making all of Faroe Islands to one electoral area... as it is now, we're divided into areas, but plans are on making us one electoral area... bahh! my english sucks... i don't know if you people understand what i'm talking about.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I'm thinking of buying a car, well, i'm gonna buy a car... it's either gonna be a "new" used one, a Citroén C1 or a Mitsubishi Colt. As things stand, it's gonna be the french one... that's the C1.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Leaving the capital, Nólsoy is the small island you see there in the backgroundStill in Tórshavn, you can see they're building a church in the background Kaldbaksfjørður, just outside the capital itself... it's not as dark as the picture is, but i think it's a somewhat surreal and nice picture Kollafjørður, 20 minutes outside Tórshavn
Klaksvík, second largest town in the Faroe Islands
...then i did a 180, and took this picture
Viðareiði on a sunny day, the last stop before returning home...
... last picture of the day... after this we returned home...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Read about it here:
One day i will tell you about the events which led up to the enlightment, and people became more... how shall i say it, tolerant towards the gay people of this community. We're a convervative nation in many ways, that sometimes it crosses the border, and then people are conservative in a negative way, i.e. towards homosexuals.
We're a secluded place, and we have actually alot to learn i think.
I must say, i welcome this event very much, and i support every action, which leads to our islands becoming a better place to live for everyone.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The weather is horrible, raining, just pouring... still. One really has to be somewhat of a stable character to live here in the islands, you can experience days of all four seasons... Sun, Rain, Snow and Wind... all in one day. And people which suffer from winter-depression also have a troublesome time living here... because in the winter, it's not far between the darkness.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Eva is 44 and Thomas 40.
Congratulations to them both.
(I don't know what's happened, my formatting is crapped up... :) )
Monday, August 13, 2007
Bush Curses The Faroes
Read everything here:
I must say, the weather is really bad today here, it's raining and raining, but as they say... that's a part of the charm.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
The segment about Faroe Islands starts at 11 minutes, and runs about 10 minutes.
"Nólsoy has an annual civic festival called Ovastevna. The festival is in the beginning of August. Ovastevna is similar to Ólavsøka in Tórshavn only smaller. Ovastevna is held to commemorate Ove Joensen from Nólsoy. He rowed from Faroe Islands to Denmark in a traditional Faeroese boat in 1986. In 1987 Ove drowned in Skálafjørður-inlet where he fell over board. The profit from the festival is used to build a swimming pool for the children in Nólsoy. Ove originally started this project after his row to Denmark."
Read more about the island where Ovastevna is:
There's also info about all the other villages and towns on that page... good page actually.. very informative.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
The arrival of these two names doesn't make my fingers tingle... but i hope they'll enjoy their stay, and that alot of people will go and listen to them. It's going to be in a hall, were no more than apprx. 1000 people can be in at the same time.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
You can read about this fascinating and colourful character here:
There are other bio's there if you people are interested... but that guy is something special.
The crux of the matter is, that nothing was from the Faroe Islands... so, i guess much isn't happening at the moment.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Listen at the end of the video segment, where he talks about lonliness... i think what he says is very true.
In a small cafe in a town called Nolsoy, on an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, surrounded by barflies and the blue fug of cigarette smoke, I am trying to be unobtrusive. This is not going so well. There are precisely two occupied tables in the establishment, the barflies’ and mine. At mine, English is spoken, pallid beer is sipped, and all eye contact is avoided. At theirs, they speak a derivative of Old Norse, drink a rigorous liquor and shoot glances my way, accompanied by throaty chuckles. I, in fact, look not only like an American and a tourist, but also like an idiot, having walked up onto the quayside at Nolsoy, through its most famous landmark — the bone archway formed by the massive jaws of a sperm whale — and into its one bar wearing a flotation suit. A giant, puffy, one-piece flotation suit. Ten minutes ago, thudding across freezing harbor waters in a Zodiac, a flotation suit had seemed like a good idea. Now it makes me look like a Power Ranger. The chuckles are starting to crescendo. As I exit the place, from behind me I hear, “Zay hallo to George Bush.”...
Well done, New York Times.
In the last 120 years or so, there has been a part of the Faroe Islands, that wants totally to disconnect the political connections between Faroe Islands and Denmark, and thus, form a new independent republic.
In 1998, i'd just been validated to elect, so i was all hyped up for the election which was that year, and i've never doubted what i wanted to elect... the Republican Party, because they are the party, which i know will try more, than any of the others, to gain total independence.
They won in '98, formed a coalition... tried their best...
... years passed, negotiations with Denmark had failed. The Danes were using scare tactics, which led some people to think, that Faroe Islands were doomed if we gained total independence, and in 2003 it all went down the drain, when another party in the coalition bailed out, and there was a re-election, and this time, the Republican Party were a part of the opposition.
The year is 2007, and in January next year, we have a new election, and i'm starting to feel the buzz and tingling (and that's a good thing).
Nothing much is happening at the moment. The aftermath of the Olshana incident is still in progress.
The weather today was really strange and beautiful. Check out this picture, taken a few hours ago.
© Vilmund Jacobsen - Sosialurin
Monday, August 6, 2007
This is a video, i think it's made by the faroese tourist board. I think this is a fine piece of video, and shows different aspects of the Faroe Islands.. nature, people, national events, nightlife.
I know the title is spelled incorrectly.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
These names are in random order:
This mystical elf-like girl, is in my view, a musical prodigy. The link is given elsewhere on this blog, but here it is again
Here's a YouTube video. The video itself is not an official Eivør production... i think... i think it's some fan of some sort, it's a mellow song, in faroese, with english subs.
If people are interested, most of her albums are available at Amazon.com.
My personal opinion, is that even though most of her songs are in faroese, they will not disappoint you.
The next artist is Teitur.
Not certain, but my guess is that more people know of Teitur than Eivør. He went more the american way, by that i mean, he's played very much in USA, traveling around in the States, playing at small places, and warming up for bands such as John Mayer.
He's featured on two soundtracks (Aquamarine & My Super-Ex Girlfriend), on both with the same song, One and only.
Here's his Wikipedia profile
Like Eivør, he lives abroad, and like Eivør, he doesn't forget his roots, and recently released a faroese album, titled Káta Hornið (roughly translated: Happy Corner).
Here's he interviewed on CNN, don't remember exactly what the name of the program was:
And here's one of my favourites, recording is bad on this one, but you get a hang of it
And here's Teiturs hommage to Louis Armstrong
Artist #3 is the faroese punk-band 200, they sing in faroese.
Here's a link to a small collection of mp3s they've made available on their page
Artist #4 are Gestir, these guys are somewhat of a handful, but once you get them under your skin, you cant get rid of them... and that's a good thing. These guys sing only in faroese, but word on the street is that they are brewing an english album.
Here's the myspace page
The one i like best is Sum urt
The last artist in this post, is the band Makrel
These guys are really something, but... they are taking a break at the moment, i don't know if these guys will be back or not, but check out this video
And here's the myspace
Check out the song Filthy tongue
That concludes it for now, i will return to this subject on a later date. There are several other band which should be mentioned, but these are the 5 that popped into my head right away, so they must have something special.
Here are some pictures:
GJOGV, Faroe Islands - It's just after 9 p.m. when the magic begins.
The late-setting sun breaks through purple rain clouds to drape the rugged island of Eysturoy in a golden shimmer. A perfect rainbow arches over the Slaettaratindur mountain. Offshore, a wild ocean launches ferocious swells against the Giant and the Witch, two spectacular rock pillars that protrude from the surf like craggy teeth.
All that's missing from the storybook setting is a band of orcs or goblins crawling out from behind a rock, or a pipe-smoking Hobbit emerging from one of the turf-roofed houses...
You can read the rest here:
Friday, August 3, 2007
Here's a link, so you can see how the weather is around on the islands, it's a link to a couple of public webcams.