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. 🙂 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 Vík í Mýrdal, situated southern Iceland. In the background of the image can be seen the Reynisdrangar basalt rocks.
Below you can see the header image history:
- October, 2016-May, 2017: a photograph of the reconstructed Ósvör fishing outpost museum at Bolungarvík, in north-western Iceland.
- October, 2015-October, 2016: a photograph of the Lighthouse at the Reykjavik harbour (Nordurgardi).
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 Süskind
- Misreadings by Umberto Eco
“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.”
— James Dean
“So many books, so little time.”
— Frank Zappa
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway
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