eruption in Iceland

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  1. christa Frankly, I don't give a dam! Valued Senior Member

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    Eyjafjallajokull.....how in the WORLD do you pronounce that?
     
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  5. christa Frankly, I don't give a dam! Valued Senior Member

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    that has GOT to be the crazyest name ever! LOL!
     
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  7. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    After a google earth search of Iceland...it seems they enjoy creating overly-long unpronounceable words for their cities .

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  8. Mr MacGillivray Banned Banned

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    One crazy unpronounceable word a day, keeps the immigrant away
     
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  11. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    Compared to a real eruption, this one is just a reindeer's fart. Here is what a real one is like:

    "On the evening of April 5, 1815, on the island of Sumbawa in what's now Indonesia, a volcano named Tambora began to rumble and cough. It sputtered on and off for days. Then on the 11th and 12th, eruptions shook houses and boats hundreds of miles away. Over 10 days, Tambora belched 24 cubic miles of lava and pulverized rock (try to imagine a cubic mile of anything), and created a crater more than three miles wide and nearly a mile deep.

    Flowing lava, flying rocks and deadly gases killed thousands of people on Sumbawa, which is near the Equator, and nearby islands. Earthquakes and tsunamis killed tens of thousands more. Hundreds of millions of tons of ash and dust filled the sky, turning days into nights and blanketing the nearby island of Bali in a foot of volcanic ash. It smothered vegetation on islands for hundreds of miles around, and carpets of floating pumice covered the seas. An estimated 117,000 people in the region, then known as the Dutch East Indies, eventually died, many from starvation caused by crop failures and epidemics of disease. ..."

    From: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...DDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond#articleTabs=article
     
  12. Cyperium I'm always me Valued Senior Member

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    I had winamp on repeat and it repeated Eyja like a thousand times before I managed to kill the process!
     
  13. coolplay Registered Member

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    The last historical eruption of Eyjafjallajökull prior to the actual eruption produced intermediate-to-silicic tephra from the central caldera during December 1821 to January 1823!!!!

    As far as I remember there was no planes at tha time

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    can you just imagine the consequence on the economy if that baby and his brother keep the activity for more than a year ?!
     
  14. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    It's not one word, it's three words. Island-mountain-glacier.

    And it's quite easy to pronounce for an Icelander. Try teaching a Spaniard, Russian, or Japanese to say "squirrel."
     
  15. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    ALERT! Iceland is FAR from cheap. They have a good standard of living, but for us Brits, it's very expensive. Especially booze. An oceanographer friend of mine landed in Iceland once, changed some money, and headed to a bar with some colleagues. He bought a round of four drinks, and it cost him around £50. He'd only just exchanged the money, and figured the exchange rate/cost pretty quickly once he'd sat down. Ouch. He's visited other nordic countries, and reported similar, that the cost of living, especially drinking, is quite high.
     
  16. baftan ******* Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, here we have a Brit expressing how he feels about it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld5AH72eNRo
     
  17. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    I was saying "Cheap for an American" now that the dollar is strong. The pound is weak, as you must know so that is why Iceland is not cheap for you.

    I agree that alcohol is (know it was) expensive in Scandinavia. My ex-wife was an Oslo girl and would usually spend most of the summers with her mother. It was great for my children - They are very fluent in Norwegian*, and the culture of Norway. They have worked college summers there in hotels (Peak season needs extra help, especially Americans fluent in French also.) and when younger as baby sitters etc. One was a year in special international school there between high school and college.

    I could not take more than three weeks or a month off from work and not take long exposure to my mother in law so had a two week Eurorail passes many times. Back then there was no bridge between Denmark and Sweden. For about 15 minutes the train/ passenger ferry was in international waters and its liquor store was open. I bought slightly more than the legal limit for entry into Sweden at about 1/5 the cost in Scandinavia.

    Now that there is a bridge is this still possible?

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    * Norwegian is more useful than one might initially think. If fluent, you can get help in any large port city in the world as they have branches of the state religion church there to assist seamen. I sent, for free, (actually a bottle of fine whisky) a large trunk full of books from Baltimore's to port of Santos, Brazil's seaman's church.
     
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  18. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    Nah, Iceland was still expensive for us when the pound was strong, and the dollar tanked to $2 = £1.

    Here's a comparison for you, before McDonalds gave up on Iceland, due to cost;

    "A Big Mac in Reykjavik sells for 650 krona (£3.22), but the 20% price rise required to make a decent profit would have increased it to 780 krona (£3.86), which would have made the Icelandic version of the burger the most expensive in the world."(http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/27/mcdonalds-to-quit-iceland)

    That was Sept 2009, and while the dollar has increased in value since then, a Big Mac would still cost you over a dollar more in Iceland, if you could get one. Other products of course will be similarly expensive. Iceland is just expensive.
     
  19. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    OK thanks for setting me straight.

    BTW I spent two nites in Reykjavik hotel with free tour of city once and did not pay a dime. The turbo-prop engine of my Icelandic airplane (cheapest way to Oslo) ate a bird as we went down to land /re-fuel. They did not have another plane to put us on, so we waited for engine to be cleaned etc.
     
  20. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    Lucky bugger! Did you see the Northern Lights, or was it the wrong time of year?
     
  21. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    No, not then in the city's lights, but have seen them many times in Norway.
    My ex-brother-in-law has a stone and wood "hut" (three bed rooms) a couple of hours train ride North of Oslo followed by nearly an hour's taxi ride (dirt "road" with no improvement) outside the tiny town.* It is very dark there at night. He and I had to chop ice from the frozen creek, except a few months in summer and ski it back (in back packs) to the hut for our daily water.

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    * Town is in a valley with an interesting name. Translated it is "Screaming Valley" Many years ago, an abused wife living there poured molten lead over her sleeping husband's face - blinding him.
     
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