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December 22, 2015

The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve

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Book lovers will want to adopt this lovely holiday tradition, which melds literary and holiday pleasures into a single event.

Icelanders have a beautiful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading. This custom is so deeply ingrained in the culture that it is the reason for the Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” when the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for Christmas giving.

At this time of year, most households receive an annual free book catalog of new publications called the Bokatidindi. Icelanders pore over the new releases and choose which ones they want to buy, fueling what Kristjan B. Jonasson, president of the Iceland Publishers Association, describes as “the backbone of the publishing industry.”

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The Revenant link to unblocked UK site

The Revenant: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. The Revenant

Austerity has caused 8-yr homelessness peak, says Corbyn

Residents eat their meal at the Camillian Mission shelter for homeless people in Warsaw © Kacper Pempel

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called the UK’s “soaring homelessness” a “disgrace,” blaming the Conservative government’s austerity drive for the magnitude of the problem, after homelessness figures hit an 8-year peak.

“It’s a disgrace that young and often vulnerable people are among the hardest-hit from the government’s cuts to welfare – cuts that make it far harder for people facing homelessness to get back on their feet,” he said.

“We must all fight for a society that is more decent, secure and fair, and where no one facing homelessness is cast aside.”

The number of families living in emergency accommodation has reached its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis.

Between July and September of this year almost 70,000 families were housed in temporary accommodation including hostels and hotels. In the same three-month period, councils throughout the UK accepted some 15,000 new applications for “statutory homeless,” according to figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Chartered Institute of Housing policy chief Melanie Rees told the Independent the rising tide of homelessness is tied to the failure of welfare and housing assistance to keep up with rapidly rising rents.

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