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The Little Book of the Icelanders

Author : Alda Sigmundsdóttir
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After more than 20 years away, Alda Sigmundsdottir returned to her native Iceland as a foreigner. With a native person's insight yet an outsider's perspective, Alda quickly set about dissecting the national psyche of the Icelanders. This second edition, from 2018, contains new and updated chapters from the original edition, reflecting the changes in Icelandic society and among the Icelandic people since the book was first published in 2012. Among the fascinating subjects broached in The Little Book of the Icelanders: • The appalling driving habits of the Icelanders • Naming conventions and customs • The Icelanders’ profound fear of commitment • The Icelanders’ irreverence • Why Icelandic women are really men • How the Icelanders manage to make social interactions really complicated • The importance of the family in Icelandic society • Where to go to meet the real Icelanders (and possibly score some free financial advice) • Rituals associated with the most important life events (weddings, confirmations, graduations, and deaths) ... and many more. One chapter leads to the next, creating a continuous chain of storytelling. It feels as if you’re sitting in the author’s kitchen, enjoying a cup of coffee and conversing with her about the quirks of her countrymen, every now and then bursting out laughing. [...] I’m going to heartily recommend The Little Book of the Icelanders, both to fans of Sigmundsdóttir’s blog and those unfamiliar with her work. - Iceland Review Online There aren’t many books I’d recommend reading over morning coffee but The Little Book of the Icelanders is one of them. [...] I laughed at the essays in this book, not because I was laughing at Icelanders but because I recognize much of the behavior in myself and members of my family. It felt good. It’s not just the sanest, most impressive characteristics that we pass on and share but also some of the zaniest. As I read this book, I frequently thought, yup, I’m definitely part Icelandic. - Lögberg-Heimskringla, Canada Excerpt "Even though they live on the edge of the inhabitable world with engulfing darkness for several months of the year, the Icelanders continue to score among the most optimistic people in the world. Is it the fish? The fresh air? The cod liver oil? Natural selection? The copious amounts of anti-depressants they consume? Nobody really knows. However, one thing is sure: this character trait serves Icelanders well and has helped the nation cope with innumerable shocks, from volcanic eruptions to famines, to a massive economic crisis. Whatever happens, you can be sure that the Icelanders will seek the silver lining and soldier on, firmly believing that things will soon get better. Indeed it is fascinating to observe how the Icelanders deal with trauma at a national level. Their initial reaction always seems to be to bond together. People who on regular days will bicker and quarrel amongst themselves, suddenly become enormously supportive of each other. I’ve seen this happen in the aftermath of disasters such as snow avalanches and volcanic eruptions, or tragedies that capture the nation’s attention. Take, for example, the economic meltdown of 2008, which for the Icelanders was one of the most catastrophic events in recent history. Many people feared an onslaught of suicides in the wake of all the bankruptcies that ensued. Yet it turned out that the number of suicides actually declined. According to the Directorate of Health, it was because the nation had bonded together, and people were closer and more supportive of each other than they had been in a very long time. In other words, the optimism is probably a long-term survival strategy. After all, through the centuries of hardship and geographical isolation that the Icelandic nation has endured, defeat was not an option – it was stand together, fight together, or die."

International Current Affairs Yearly Review 2021 E book Free PDF

Author : Testbook
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Read International Current Affairs Yearly Review 2021 E-book and know about - Senkaku Islands, World’s First Malaria Vaccine, World’s First Self-Driving Train from Germany, FATF Grey List, X Gender Marker Passport of USA & others news in this review.

The Official Guide to Tractor and Specialist Vehicle Driving Tests

Author : Driving Standards Agency
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Specialist or unusual vehicles covered by this book include tractors, three-wheeled cars, trikes, road rollers, track-laying vehicles, mowing machines and pedestrian-controlled vehicles. It includes guidance on: what to do before the test; test requirements; different categories of vehicle; skills required; faults to avoid; large, heavy and slow vehicles

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The Unofficial Driving Test Syllabus

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Driving With Music Cognitive Behavioural Implications

Author : Dr Warren Brodsky
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Does listening to music while driving a car enhance driver safety or place the driver at increased risk of accidents? This is the first full-length text to explore the subject. A great deal of work has been done to investigate and reduce driver distraction and inattention, but this book is the first to focus on in-cabin aural backgrounds of music as a contributing factor to human error and traffic violations.

The OPSIG Team Black Series Books 1 3

Author : Alan Jacobson
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From a USA Today–bestselling author: Three “wild page-turning” thriller novels of covert operations around the globe (NPR on The Hunted). The Hunted: When a woman’s husband mysteriously disappears, her search uncovers his hidden past involving the FBI, international assassins, and government secrets that some will go to great lengths to keep hidden. As The Hunted hurtles toward a twisting conclusion, nothing is as it seems. “Impossible to put down” (Library Journal). Hard Target: The president-elect’s helicopter is sabotaged in this “terrific thriller” (Lee Child) that “explodes from the pages” (Vince Flynn) involving an enigmatic covert operative, an FBI agent with a mysterious past—and a terror plot unlike any in history. The Lost Codex: A stolen ancient Biblical scroll sits at the heart of a modern-day high-stakes geopolitical conflict in this “masterwork of international suspense” that ricochets from DC to Paris to Israel and beyond (Douglas Preston).


Author : Brendan Munnelly
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Fully accredited for the new ICDL syllabus for Office 2003, ICDL 4: The Complete Course book offers everything candidates need to pass the ICDL exam.

Advances in Human Aspects of Road and Rail Transportation

Author : Neville A. Stanton
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Human factors and ergonomics have made considerable contributions to the research, design, development, operation and analysis of transportation systems and their complementary infrastructure. This volume focuses on the causations of road accidents, the function and design of roads and signs, the design of automobiles, and the training of the driver. It covers accident analyses, air traffic control, control rooms, intelligent transportation systems, and new systems and technologies.

Criminology Penology Abstracts

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"An international abstracting service covering etiology of crime and juvenile delinquency, the control and treatment of offenders, criminal procedures and the administration of justice." Abstracts of journal articles and monographs. Covermaterial from psychiatric literature as well as from criminological sources.