Monday, November 28, 2022

Hiatus

Hanging with the birds at Tjörnín, Reykjavík, October 2022

I’ll be taking some time off from posting any thing new, some personal things have come up (this month has been a real roller-coaster ride) that eclipse any efforts I may make here.

My recent hearing loss (inner-ear infection) is improving with treatment but I am still a long way from being able to listen to music properly so no new videos, either.

I'll have weekly seasonal re-posts on Mondays and some random images from Iceland on Wednesdays followed by a year-end wrap-up on December 30th.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

By Professor Batty


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Friday, November 25, 2022

Björnsbakarí

Björnsbakarí
On Hringbraut, across from the Cemetery, in a structure attached to a block of apartment flats, is a humble bakery.

Not an on-site bakery; it receives daily shipments of pastries and breads via truck. Near the University and the Radisson Blue Hotel, it is one of those corner shops that are common throughout the city. I can’t figure out their economics, but they seem to do all right. Most of them have survived the Covid crisis; people’s needs must be met. When I ate there in 2018, it was OK, and cheap enough—almost like a neighborhood diner, with coffee, sandwiches and, of course, baked goods. The picture above shows a glimpse of the bread in the center window, a reflection of the current street in the left two, and a photo of what I assume was an original location of the bakery reflected in the right.

A time-travel mirror?

Re: The Professor’s deafness

Saw an ENT specialist who confirmed that my ears were plugged-seriously plugged. He drained both, applied drops, and prescribed more as well as some Prednisone: Batty on steroids! My tubes are draining and my hearing is coming back, albeit slooowly.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Wednesdays in Iceland - #12

Melabúðin: Opið 9 - 20
The lure of junk food is universal.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Music Monday - #24

As I recover from Covid I find that my ears are so clogged that I am almost deaf. So, in lieu of another Airwaves video (since I can’t hear it properly to make any audio adjustments), here is a long-lost Betty Boop cartoon from 1938 that has been recently re-discovered and restored. A dazzling display of virtuoso animation, it is one of only two that feature Betty’s impertnent niece Buzzy:

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Riot Grrls



Reykjavík-based Gróa are three young women whose approach to music is exuberant and relentless. Fríða Björg Pétursdóttir on bass, Hrafnhildur Einarsdóttir on drums, and Karólina Einarsdóttir on guitar; they share vocals.

Also apppearing with them in this video, on “hype drums” and recorder, is Marta Ákadóttir—never one to shy away from an outré musical encounter.

The video becomes especially trippy played back at .25x speed…

By Professor Batty


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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wednesdays in iceland - #11

HAM



Veteran Icelandic Heavy Metal band Ham, Iceland Airwaves, Gamla Bío, November 5, 2022

Definitely a Covid super-spreader event, and I've got the proof:

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Music Monday - #23

Hekla



Shot November 3, 2022 at Smekkleysa, Reykjavík, Iceland, Iceland Airwaves

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