Rúntur -- it must be a symptom of something, but what?

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Rúntur -- it must be a symptom of something, but what?

Post  pinhedz on Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:00 pm

I suppose it means something like "round tour" in old anglo-saxon.

It's clearly symptomatic of a social malady among the young people.

Despair? Claustrophobia? A sense of being trapped on a little island with no future?

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Post  eddie on Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:10 pm

I had to look it up on Google. It's Icelandic for what this other little island without a future calls a "pub crawl".


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Post  eddie on Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:52 pm

I don't know whether this phenomenon is confined to London, but the latest yoot trend here seems to be the fancy dress pub crawl.

The other day at work, I saw a group of about thirty young revellers dressed as various elements of the Monopoly board game: top hat, iron, racing car, convict (bearing "Get Out of Jail Free" card) etc. It was an impressive spectacle.

What does it mean? Something to do with the global recession, youth unemployment and the crisis of Capitalism, obviously.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:10 pm

I think the Icelandic variant has some features that are unique to Iceland: it takes place only during the season when it's light for 24 hours in the far north, it lasts all night, and it's collective--the kids do it all together.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:41 pm

24-hour light--it might make people act strangely.

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