November 15, 2013 |
Iceland moved 90 minutes closer to becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup when it held visiting Croatia to a scoreless draw Friday in the first game of their two-leg UEFA playoff. The teams will meet in a rematch Tuesday in Croatia with the winner moving on to Brazil next summer. Six other UEFA teams also played first-leg matches Friday with Portugal beating Sweden, 1-0, on a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo while Greece got two scores from Kostas Mitroglou to beat Romania, 3-1; and Ukraine whipped France, 2-0. The winners in each playoff will be decided on aggregate goals over the two games.
October 9, 2013 |
The remote Faroe Islands, midway between Scotland and Iceland, will be within the "path of totality" for a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015. Eclipse-chasers who visit this small group of islands that just 50,000 people call home can expect to see 2 minutes, 9 seconds of totality on that day, if viewing conditions are good. That's the word from Chicago-based Great Canadian Travel Co. , which offers an 11-day eclipse trip that begins and ends in Iceland . Participants fly from Iceland to the islands to see Torshavn , the capital, and the islands' rugged side places such as Roykstovan, Gjogv, Eidi and other villages.
September 5, 2013 |
In the world of Westeros, the man who is the King's Hand seems to get replaced like clockwork. In the real world of HBO's "Game of Thrones," that rotating role is Gregor Clegane. Clegane, known as The Mountain, will be played by a new actor in the show's upcoming fourth season. Icelandic actor and strongman contest competitor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson tweeted the news earlier this week. "For all my fans! I am happy to tell you that I will be THE MOUNTAIN In season 4 In Game Of Thrones :)
July 3, 2013 |
Whether he is a traitor or not, fugitive Edward Snowden is being treated like one. None of the 21 countries to which he has appealed for asylum had gotten back to him with an unequivocally positive answer by Tuesday, when speculation about his future had become so overheated that European countries were denying air space entry to planes they feared might be carrying the 30-year-old leaker of U.S. government secrets. Some states to which Snowden turned for help, like India, Poland and Germany, have said “no” outright.
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June 24, 2013 |
I hate to say this. Well, maybe I don't. It appears that Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old computer analyst hiding in broad daylight, has managed not only to throw a wrench into U.S. foreign policy but also to outfox the very national security apparatus whose overreach he warned against. It's pretty astonishing that our government can figure out a way to vacuum up our every phone call, email and text message but can't get its hands on Snowden, who left Hong Kong for Russia on Sunday, and may be there still, as he figures out how to make his way to what he has (inexplicably)
May 30, 2013
Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi may work in a vein most closely aligned with classical music, but listeners of Radiohead, Sigur Ros and Iceland's Jóhann Jóhannsson will feel immediately drawn to the dramatic, evocative sweep of his music. Inspired by the writings of Thoreau, Einaudi's latest album, "In a Time Lapse," should pair well with the Ford Theater's bucolic setting with a lush mix of delicate piano, strings and well-placed electronics. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., East, Hollywood.