Time unsurprisingly marched on this week, but what time should it be? The correct setting of the clock was among the debated issues of the week. Let’s look at some of the intriguing stories of the second week of 2019.
Most Popular Books of 2018
The list of the most popular books of 2018 was made public last week. To no one’s surprise, crime-novels dominate the list with the top three books all being of that genre.
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Top of the list is the king of Icelandic crime novels, Arnaldur Indriðason, with his yearly offering. In second place is best-seller list regular Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and her book Brúðan (English: The Doll) with its terrifying cover. Compared to those two, the third author on the list is a relative newcomer Ragnar Jónasson, who has quickly become one of the nation’s favourite crime novelists. This year’s list of most popular books clearly reflects that.
Stella Blómkvist on AMC
More news on the subject of fictional Icelandic crime-drama. Streaming rights for the popular television series Stella Blómkvist have been bought by AMC. The series premiered in Iceland in 2017 and has been shown in France, Spain and the Nordic countries.
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The show stars Heida Reed – best known for her role in Poldark – as the titular character. Critics and viewers agree that Reed is a good fit for the part.The Stella Blómkvist stories revolve around Stella, a young lawyer who gets involved in a series of mysterious cases. Ten books have been published about Blómkvist but the true mystery is the identity of who the author is, as they have remained anonymous for the two decades they’ve been publishing the books.
The series will be available on AMC’s Sundance Now streaming service – which is accessible through Amazon Prime – from the 31st of January.
Child Safety Enforced
Since we’re discussing crime, today the police in Suðurnes will crack down on an important front. They will start penalizing people who do not comply with rules about child safety in vehicles.
Over the past few days, police have been monitoring vehicle safety in the cars dropping children off at preschools. It was found it lacking. Those who do not have their children safely stowed in appropriate car seats or seat belts now risk being fined.
Changing the Clocks
Continuing the theme of legality. The debate about whether or not Iceland should officially change the clock was sparked again this week. Over 300 people have sent comments on the issue to The Prime Minister’s Office.
Due to Icelanders setting their clock by a time zone that the country is not geographically a part of, the winter mornings are dark for far too long. This makes waking up and going to work more difficult, as well as increases the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The counter clock argument is that while moving the clock would provide more daylight in the morning, that means it will get dark again earlier in the day. This would mean less time to do activities in daylight, after working hours.
A third suggestion is that instead of moving the time forward, schools and companies move their operating hours back. Whatever happens with the clock, we look forward to days of increasing daylight ahead.