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Welcome to The Dockyards!

About this website: how things actually started (2009-13)


This website was initially created as a blog on WordPress in late 2009 in the purpose of writing articles about various subjects concerning my hobbies and diverse occupations as teenager. Over the passing of time, it gradually developed into something much more important for me.

It had evolved into something bigger, meaning that it served myself not only as a mere ordinary blog where I could write about various day-to-day aspects (such as an album of a band or an artist that I listened to at a certain point; a novel that I’ve just finished reading; an excursion that I’ve recently made, etc.) but also as a useful teaching tool and a handy virtual platform which I’ve been using so as to to try to pass the everlasting test of time. So it is that it transcended into a website dedicated mainly to medieval history, with a pronounced focus on the Viking Age.

I must mention, however, that I took a relative long break from blogging between 2011 and 2013, but I have been writing articles again since September, 2014.

Subsequent development of the website (2014-present)


Therefore, during late 2014 I decided to recommence writing posts. In the meantime, I also tried to ‘refine’ my way of writing by learning as much as I could regarding the web design in order to aesthetically match the content that I wrote about.

Briefly, the articles on this website revolve mostly around medieval history. You can also find topics on Scandinavia, its history and culture as well as subject varying from art and literature, to geography and even sports (especially articles related to football). For more details about the sections of the website please see the category drop-down menu on the right sidebar.

It is important to mention that I also like the sea very much, hence the denomination of the website. ūüôā In this respect, since the website was launched I’ve been constantly using header images that depict the sea in Iceland. For example, the current header image (as of May, 2017) is a photograph of the black sand beach near the village of V√≠k √≠ M√Ĺrdal, situated southern Iceland. In the background of the image can be seen the Reynisdrangar basalt rocks.

Below you can see the header image history:

Personal interests


Personally, I’m quite interested in PC/Macintosh video games, IT reviews, universal literature, music comprising a wide range of genres as well as iPhone applications.

In an equally significant way, I need to clearly stress the fact that I’m interested in the Viking Age (and history in general) from a purely scientific standpoint, thus with no biases or political implications whatsoever.

Last but not least, I truly hope you’ll find this website as pleasureful and as useful as it can be for you as it is has been for me, so suit yourself and feel free to search anything you wanted to come here for!


Some of my favourite lectures (novels/novellas/volumes of short stories):

  • The Windows (Danish: Vinduerne) by Leif Panduro
  • Winter’s Tales (Danish: Vinter-Eventyr) by¬†Isak Dinesen (nom de plume of Karen Blixen)
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Dubliners by Jame Joyce
  • Three Men in a Boat/Three Men on a Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
  • Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Shogun, Volumes I & II by James Clavell
  • The Pigeon by Patrick S√ľskind
  • Misreadings by Umberto Eco

Favourite quotes:

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”

‚ÄĒ James Dean

“So many books, so little time.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒ Frank Zappa

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

‚ÄĒ Ernest Hemingway


Contact: thedockyards@gmail.com

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10 Responses to About

  1. Jakob says:

    You seem like an awesome guy! “history, geography, PC/Macintosh games and IT reviews, universal literature, music comprising a wide range of genres.” This is basically me!! minus Macintosh ūüėõ

  2. iftekhar says:

    Hello, nice blog. How I can get update notice in my email?

  3. Ralph H. Calvert says:

    I am enjoying looking through some of the clippings. How can I get regular messages, downloads, etc. I find this site interesting.

    Thank you,
    Ralph

  4. Rachel says:

    So grateful to have discovered your blog! Thoroughly enjoying your posts on the Transylvanian Saxons… please keep ’em coming. As others have mentioned, it would be fantastic to have a way to subscribe and/or receive email notices. What a treasure! In agreement with Jakob – your interests are invariably on cue with those of mine. Greetings!

  5. Guido von Bernsdorff says:

    A very interesting blog, and nicely designed. I have been interested in Norden ever since I took an optional course of Swedish as a 4th foreign language at secondary school (We read En Hergårdssägen by S Lagerlöf by the end of that year).
    I have been reading this blog for a some weeks now, and I am looking forward to each new issue.
    I was struck by your mentioning “I started to … ‚Äėrefine‚Äô my way of writing by learning as much as I could regarding the web design in order to aesthetically match the content … ”
    Could you possibly mention your sources? I have been thinking about starting a similar blog myself, but my utter lack of knowledge about web design held me back. I have a Mac.

    • author says:

      Thank you for reading the Dockyards. I am sorry for the long delay, but now I can answer your question.

      I’m currently using Silverclean lite, a theme developed by Iceable Themes. It features two widgetisable areas (sidebar and optional footer), as well as a custom menu location (known as navbar), a custom logo and favicon (i.e. website thumbnail), a customisable header image and last but not least a customisable background. In addition, the theme is responsive, meaning that it is compatible with and works well on all platforms (i.e. desktop, mobile and tablet)

      I’m still looking forward to creating my own theme for the website, but in the meantime I have been using this one. You can check the following link on how to create a personal blog/website: http://www.scandinaviastandard.com/a-very-scandi-guide-to-creating-your-own-blog/

      I hope it will be useful. Should you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  6. Nice blog. Keep up the good work. Bra jobba.

  7. Hi,
    As you are interested in music and Viking Age history I will suggest a music project I think you might like. It is Irish and Norse traditional songs in conversation. This video is from the album Dubh agus Geal, Darkness and Light by Northern Lights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwf_5VnhCQ4

    If you are interested in finding out more about this group you can start herehttp://www.lorcanmacmathuna.com/northernlights/index.htm
    Get in touch please for more info.

    All the best,
    Lorc√°n

  8. Jinna Anderson says:

    Dear Author, I enjoyed reading An Overview on the History of the Vikings and of the Viking Age. Really did like it. May I suggest a few (at most, four) suggestions? I can put them into an e-mail for you, if you request. Each of these is a single-word, word-change suggestion. The suggested changes occur in the Section, Lifestyle, Trade, and Expansion.

    • author says:

      Thank you for reading The Dockyards and for your feedback! Any suggestions are most welcome, so please do not hesitate to e-mail yours at the e-mail address given on this webpage. Once again, thank you for your time!

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