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Icelanniversary: Iceland Sky Updates

A year ago I was in Iceland, on my last solo travel adventure; that’s last as in latest rather than final, although it could be the latter too, as it was for the greenYgrey in the last of the trilogy XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. It includes lots of wonderful wordplay, as I hope Icelanniversary is another example; it also reminds me of Inveraray, the Scottish town I visited afterwards last year.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’ve put XaW Files on a Kindle ebook free promo this week, to celebrate the mistYmuse pagan winter festival reaching its most important central time Y-day on January 21st, a month after the midwinter solstice, and a passing from MIST (Most Ideal Sunrise Times) darkest winter to MUSE (Midwinter Until Spring Equinox).

The party is already two days old on this site’s sister site fmpoetry.wordpress.com with MEW (Mist Evaporation Week) hotting up with every day.

Northern Lights or Ice Pillars: UFO Book Explanation

Funnily enough, I recently saw what could be an explanation for the long streaks I saw one day in Reykjavik, coinciding with a rainbow creating snow shower. I thought they might be northern lights, having seen similar on the Sky at Night television show shortly before then.

In Nigel Watson’s UFO Investigations Manual, p.80, he has a photo of something similar, and explains the ‘vertical streaks of light are caused by Ice Pillars.’

On p. 84 he writes about meteors and fireballs, and I saw a great one of the latter one night in Borganes while out northern lights hunting: like a big dollop of paint falling from the northern sky.

I saw another one last month during the Quadrantid meteor shower.

Magical Light Day on Borganes Fjord

While I was disappointed not to see the big Northern Lights sky show I did feel lucky to have had high pressure dominate the week I was in Iceland, after heavy snowfall had created very photogenic panoramic scenery. It provided some great POP (PinkyOrangePurple) twilight times, and I had one especially magical light show spending the entire (short) day on the Borganes fjord.

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There’s more POP and UFO to come this week, and if you’ve got access to Kindle books, XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, with its thrilling Iceland finale, is now freely available:

XaW Files: Beyond Humanity (Fantasy Travel by Google Maps Book 3) by [Latham, Marc]

Akureyri Lady Triple Apology

Akureyri is the second biggest population city in Iceland, but the greenYgrey and fellow travellers didn’t make it to the north in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. Then I didn’t make it when I went to Iceland in January. I thought about it, but the winter bus service was more expensive than comprehensive, and it was quite a long way to Akureyri from Reykjavik.

Thor v Wolfsburg

Then it was a bittersweet (greenYgrey bitterYsweet) moment last week when I saw Wolfsburg women had beaten Akureyri’s Thor ladies 1-0, with none other than Pernille Harder scoring the winner!

At least you’ve now made it to a special Akureyri 3, and by way of consolation, I would like to suggest a song for you when returning from your next football trip: adapting It’s a Long Way to Tipperary to Akureyri. I don’t think it will outdo the thunder clap, but maybe it could be an accompaniment.

Mark Knopfler Back on The Road

Talking of special threes, I’ve got another two relevant stories to make this a triptych trilogy thingy! Similar to my 31st anniversary blending of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road with The Talking Heads’ Road to Nowhere, Mark Knopfler’s new album is called Down The Road Wherever, with travel a metaphor for his music, as explained in this Louder Sound article. Moreover, it also has a great greenYgrey road to the horizon image:

The photo could be Iceland, but is probably towards the wild west of the USA.

I also heard Still Corners’ The Trip for the first time today, and really liked it, reminding me of Mazzy Starr. It also has a nice POP (PinkyOrangePurple) celestial object in the cover picture… and a greenYgrey car in the foreground!

Risking making this blog post a quartet, I went back on the road last week, for a couple of hours each way at least, for a nice journey to my gYg of the year, as described in sister site fmpoetry.

Northern Lights greenYgreyology Debate

greenYgreyologists in my brain (like the comic Numskulls characters I knew, and later the Hollywood movie Inside Out) have been busy decoding and discussing my Northern Lights experiences in Iceland, with reference to the greenYgrey of course.

Missing Nightime Northern Lights 

I spent three nights out looking for Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and didn’t see the big show of dancing lights. Ironically, the media did report professional photographer Owen Humphreys seeing them elsewhere in Iceland, about 150 miles east of where I was.

I could have used that media coverage to claim I saw them too, but I believe in honest reporting.

Seeing Daytime Northern Lights

I did see what look like white ribbon Northern Lights just in passing, originally seeing and taking a photo of a rainbow while out walking. I wouldn’t have known or thought they were Northern Lights if I hadn’t seen them mentioned in a Sky at Night documentary last month, and previously discussed here on this blog.

The presenters then said they’d named the daytime white ribbon Northern Lights ‘Steve’. I added that a female version should be Stevie, after Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame, and there are two white ribbons visible here: Steve and Stevie, the gYgPOP twins?

They were static ribbons, as seen from the two photos, taken a few seconds after each other.

greenYgrey a Sun Wolf

greenYgreyologists have interpreted me seeing more in the daytime than night as being because the greenYgrey is a sun wolf rather than stereotypical moon wolf.

I was also lucky in that there had been a lot of snow the previous week, and there was a lot of clear sky the week I was there, meaning the scenery was particularly photogenic.

I did see a few meteors while watching the night sky, including one that appeared low in the sky for a second or two like a dollop of paint, looking like one described as a fireball meteor reported last year.

So, all in all, I missed out on the big Night prize, but got lots of great Daytime consolations, I suppose like a football team going for the Champions League or Premier League and not winning it, but winning other cups.

Cork Bjork Dork Talk: Iceland Utopia Gate

I used to think Bjork was a bit of a dork in the 1980s, although I appreciated her alternative artistry bringing a new dimension to pop music. Now, our paths seem to have converged, as Bjork has found Utopia after I published XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. Bjork said her muse Gate to Utopia was walking around the Icelandic countryside, where XaW Files had ended just before Bjork wrote the Utopia album.

PinkyOrangePurple Theme

Of course, Bjork is Icelandic, and has been a megastar for twenty years, so she has much more right to Icelandic inspiration than me, as well as creative pedigree, but her Utopia album did follow my XaW Files. Not that I think Bjork drew inspiration from my book, and she probably hasn’t heard of it.

The biggest coincidence I found wasn’t that Bjork had named the album Utopia and drawn her biggest inspiration from the countryside, but that the Gate and Utopia videos had a very PinkyOrangePurple theme, just like XaW Files ended with, after initially starting on a pop art travel quest. Here’s the videos:

The Utopia album has done okay in sales, and has been lauded by critics, which is how I think XaW Files should have done, but the modern Multicultural Fascist child-abusing British culture ignores it, as they have done the industrial scale grooming, rape, torture and prostitution happening on Blighty’s streets for the last twenty years, turning ordinary people and patriots into racists and criminals.

Remembering greenYgreyism, and being fair to my birthplace, I think Blighty is better than Iceland for animal welfare, but not environmentalism; hopefully more whale-watching tourism etc will continue to inspire Iceland to lessen the animals it hunts and eats, although meat-tourism can also fuel it; in what is a very tough, but incredibly beautiful, place to live, weather-wise.

I can provide a foreign second opinion to Bjork’s that the Icelandic countryside does seem to still have magic there, perhaps because they’ve retained their paganism more than any other European country, and will hopefully bring you some evidence soon…