Thursday, 30 June 2011

All I need is within my reach

I hope you like PVE's temporary makeover in honour of my upcoming trip to the Faroes.As I said last time,I've been researching a bit of Faroese music in the last few days,and a lot of it has come from the brilliant programme MÚS on Sjónvarp Føroya.It's sort of like The Chart Show I suppose (remember that?!) but with presenters (Eyðun Müller Thomsen who is rather fit,and Vanja Vukotich who reminds me of Sarah Millican) in a grungy studio,and lots of vox pops from people saying what music they like.Anyway I've watched 3 episodes so far and although there's been no mention of Teitur (scandalous),they have showed Brandur's new (few months old) song,which is at number 2 in the Faroese charts.I think you'll know what I mean when I say that although I love Brandur,he has seemed like a bit of a Paradise Oskar type in the past.But now he's all grown up and cool and has gone a slightly electro.Oh,and he's obviously been watching Black Swan...

Friday, 24 June 2011

Miscellaneous post #14

I've been on another Faroese musical odyssey today,more about that later.Anyway,during it,I came across this video.I thought it was so bizarre I just had to post it.It's Faroese Westlife,though it's also rather reminiscent of Father Ted's My Lovely Horse video...

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

27 days...

- Had such a nice dream about the Faroe Islands last night.If it's even 10% as good in real life as it was in my dream,I'll be very pleased.
9 Jun

@FaroePodcast: I once had such dreams. When I got to the Faroes, it was much, much better. Truly a magical experience.
9 Jun

Monday, 13 June 2011

It was just a small misunderstanding

A few weeks ago I wrote about the best programme to be shown on British telly for a long time.The day after I wrote that post,the series finished,with a final episode that made me laugh,cry and cringe in equal measure.But despite the cult following,the final two episodes were (apparently) watched by 96,000 and 56,000 people respectively and so I think it's quite clear that the BBC aren't going to pick up the next 2 series.Well I was certainly not going to be satisfied with leaving the story there,so off I went to eBay to buy the Day Shift and Prison Shift DVDs.

Day Shift (Dagvaktin) sees the trio reunited and working at a hotel in the Westfjords.I was rather excited about this as I worked with the Westfjords regional authorities once so I was intrigued to see what the place looked like.Turns out it's a bit bleak with no mobile reception and it's certainly no place for city boy Ólafur,who is only attracted to the job because of the promise of free food and accomodation.Of course,all is not as it seems,and after a long and arduous drive northwards with Georg (constantly recording notes on his dictaphone for his Masters thesis),it doesn't take long for Ólafur to get into the same kind of sticky situations that he got into in Night Shift.We also meet his dad Hannes,as well as plenty of other new,regular characters such as Gugga the hotel manager (pictured above),Óðinn (Georg's new friend) and the local WI group.Oh,and there are also more cameo appearances,notably from Stefan Hilmarsson (Eurovision 1991) and Bjork (who Georg refers to as a "retarded schoolgirl on her way to a costume party.")

Georg is on great form as always in this series coming out with one-liners such as "what infernal method of driving is this?!" and boring everyone with his views on socialism and what Iceland can learn from the Soviets.He's as manipulative as ever,worming his way into a management position that isn't his to take,and (most importantly) getting Daníel into big trouble after a night out goes horribly wrong.Daníel is working at the hotel before Georg and Ólafur arrive,having gone to the Westfjords to "find himself".Of course,any happiness that any character in these three series experiences is fleeting,and it's not long before he's a nervous wreck again.Just in time for a surprise visit from Ylfa at the end of the series...

Though Day Shift has some brilliant comedy moments (Ólafur trapped in a mobile sauna and having a conversation with himself is the funniest thing I'd seen in a while),the overall tone of the series is very dark indeed,and it takes a while to get used to after Night Shift.Even Flemming Geir has gone all emo and sweary- although I suppose that's to be expected if you have a dad like Georg :) But there are some very touching scenes,and we get to find out some of the reasons why the characters behave like they do.Again,the final episode is sad,funny and cringeworthy- Ólafur crying to Daníel that he feels like a failure made my eyes rather damp.Although they are all good,Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon is,in my opinion,a brilliant actor who makes Ólafur so much more than a one-dimensional idiot that we've seen in many other programmes before.

Of the three series,Day Shift is probably my least favourite,although that statement is completely redundant,as to ask that question would be like asking me to choose my favourite member of A Friend in London- it's just not possible,as they're all perfect :) It just takes a while longer to get into this series than it did with Night Shift,but if you grew to love the characters as much as I did during Monday nights at the Shell garage on Laugarvegur,then it's a must-see.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Miscellaneous post #13?

This is Curly Wurly Snake.He lives on Ruben's dashboard.