Review: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

I’m not a huge fan of Ben Stiller, let me start by saying that. Tropic Thunder left me cold, and Meet The Fockers (both films) tested my patience. The only film I’ve ever enjoyed him in is the superb The Royal Tennenbaums, where he flourished under the direction of Wes Anderson. It may seem strange […]

New Year’s with ÍRIS

ÍRiS has had a hell of a year, she’d tell you. 2013 passed in a whirlwind for her. Not least, she released her debut album, Penumbra, following a successful spell on new Icelandic crowd-funding website Karolina Fund. Penumbra found an appreciative audience, with its piano driven tunes providing suitable foil for ÍRiS’ goosebump-enducing, yet elegant […]

Iceland’s (Lego) Yule Lads – Kertasníkir

Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) The last to arrive, Kertasníkir used to follow children in order to steal their candles, back in the days when children had playing cards and candles for Christmas, and when candles were made from tallow. These days, candles are made from wax, and can make Kertasníkir ill if he eats them. Now, he […]

Iceland’s (Lego) Yule Lads – Ketkrókur

Ketkrókur (Meat-Hook) This Yule lad, the twelfth, uses a metal hook to grab meat, especially lamb hanging to be smoked. He then eats the meat, causing him to grow big and strong. Less and less meat is being hung these days, so he could use the hook to open plastic packets I suppose. Vegetarianism doesn’t […]

Iceland’s (Lego) Yule Lads – Gáttaþefur

Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) This Yule lad has whopping nose and and a superb sense of smell which he uses to locate food, especially his favourite laufabrauð. Bad smells can seem really strong to him though, and even make his eyes water. He just can’t turn off that nose of his. Gáttaþefur arrives on December 22 and […]

13 Icelandic Yule Lads!

The Yule lads, of which there are thirteen in Icelandic folklore, come from the mountains to visit every Christmas. They arrive one by one, and leave again fourteen days later. The Yule lads used to have a bit of a reputation, and whilst they are still mainly naughty, they now leave presents in children’s shoes […]

Life On The Line

Life on the Line is a portrait project connecting and celebrating the people of the Arctic circle. The photographs are all taken within 35 miles of the actual circle ( 66.33 degrees North ) and covers all eight countries through which the line dissects. Christian Barnett has been drawn to both the ordinary and the […]

Iceland’s (Lego) Yule Lads – Gluggagægir

Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) hmmm. This one is a bit naughty. The word ‘voyeur’ might be a bit strong, but he does peer through windows. Is he looking for things to steal? Is he spying on you? It would sure give you a fright though to see Gluggagægir pressing his funny face against the window of your […]