|Photo: © Alþingi.is|
An unlikely coalition government took office in Iceland on November 30, following nearly five weeks of talks among the country’s political leaders in the aftermath of the recent election for Alþingi, which was held on October 28. The new three-party coalition spans the political spectrum from left to right and commands 34 seats in the 63-seat parliament.
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left-Green Movement, heads the new government. . . .
|Photo: Steve Buissinne / Pixabay||Author: W.D. Valgardson, Victoria, BC
For the last three days I’ve spent part of each day splitting fir rounds. I brought a Canadian Tire splitter to the job. The head is light, two and a half pounds, with an axe handle. Because it is light, it is easy to control and because of the handle there is no danger of it slipping out of my hands.
I was so interested in how this splitter would work that part way up the driveway, I stopped, jumped out of my SUV and tackled a large (foot-and-a-half in diameter) round of fir. . . .
|Photo: Szilas / Wikimedia Commons||Author: Stefan Jonasson
Across the square from Alþingishúsið, Iceland’s parliament building, is a modest but stately green timber house that was home to Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík (Reykjavík Women’s Academy) from when it was built in 1878 until the school moved to a new location in 1909. The building later housed the offices of H. Ben and Company, served as headquarters of the Independence Party, and then became was used as a restaurant. When it was still the women’s academy, it was also the private residence of the leading pioneer of women’s education in Iceland, Þóra Melsteð, and her husband, Páll. . . .