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Old 13-09-2014, 02:00 PM   #928
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Tanngrisnir (Old Norse "teeth-barer, snarler") and Tanngnjóstr (Old Norse "teeth grinder") are the goats who pull the god Thor's chariot in Norse mythology. They are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century.

The Prose Edda relates that when Thor cooks the goats, their flesh provides sustenance for the god, and, after Thor resurrects them with his hammer, Mjölnir, they are brought back to life the next day. According to the same source, Thor once stayed a night at the home of peasant farmers and shared with them his goat meal, yet one of their children, Þjálfi, broke one of the bones to suck out the marrow, resulting in the lameness of one of the goats upon resurrection. As a result, Thor maintains Þjálfi and his sister Röskva as his servants. Scholars have linked the ever-replenishing goats to the nightly-consumed beast Sæhrímnir in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folk beliefs involving herring bones and witchcraft..

One of the world's most extravagant superyachts, which recently became the most expensive item ever put up for sale at Harrods, was designed as a floating palace for a controversial Icelandic billionaire who, together with his father, controlled the bank behind Icesave..Thor's relationship with Landsbankí, before it collapsed almost three years ago, has been criticised for allegedly providing him with abnormally easy access to borrowing, in his capacity as one of the bank's largest shareholders. He denies this..Lured by market-beating interest rates, hundreds of thousands of British savers, together with scores of councils and charities, poured almost £5bn into Icesave internet accounts, mostly between the start of 2007 and October 2008, when Landsbankí collapsed. Over the same period, companies linked to Thor rapidly expanded their already huge borrowings from the ill-fated bank..

Artists' impressions of the imagined interiors playfully include images of James Bond. The yacht had been a playboy's dream for Iceland's richest son, echoing a life of entrepreneurial adventure that had seen Thor amass rapid fortunes in brewing, telecoms and pharmaceuticals in some of the most notoriously challenging eastern European markets, among them Bulgaria and Russia..But Thor chose to avoid the media spotlight and his successes, though orchestrated from offices in Mayfair, went largely unnoticed. And despite his imposing stature and vast wealth, the young tycoon was outshone on the public stage when his father, Björgólfur Gudmundsson, bought West Ham football club in 2006..Glimpses of Thor's high living occasionally reached the Icelandic media, most notably when he flew friends out to Jamaica to celebrate his 40th birthday in 2007. The entertainment was provided by pop stars Jay Kay, 50 Cent and Ky-Mani Marley, Bob Marley's son...

Three years on, despite having to drop Project Mars, the 45-year-old tycoon retains many of trappings of the super-rich, including a townhouse in Notting Hill acquired in 2000 for £4m and substantially extended. Other UK assets include an Aston Martin car with a personalised number plate and a number of motorbikes. He declines to say whether he still owns a house in the Home Counties, a Challenger private jet, or a 42-metre yacht called Element..He continues to pursue business interests from a penthouse office on Park Lane, but there are signs that his grip on his biggest asset, Swiss-based generic drugs maker Actavis, which he bought in 2007 for €4.7bn..

Curry goat is a popular party dish in Jamaica and at a 'big dance' a local expert or 'specialist' is often brought in to cook it.. It is considerably more mild than the equivalent dishes from the Indian subcontinent and is flavoured with a spice mix that is typical of Indo-Jamaican cooking and Scotch Bonnet Peppers; it is almost always served with rice and, in restaurants in North America and Great Britain, other typically Caribbean side dishes such as fried plantain may be served as an accompaniment.. There are many variations on the dish that include using mutton when goat is not available or bulking it out with potatoes..

A Scandinavian folk belief that lightning frightens away trolls and jötnar appears in numerous Scandinavian folktales, and may be a late reflection of Thor's role in fighting such beings. In connection, the lack of trolls and ettins in modern Scandinavia is explained as a result of the "accuracy and efficiency of the lightning strokes"... make you rich?. I don't have that type of richness.. My richness is life, forever"..Your life is worth much more than gold..Today, people struggle to find what's real.. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope...

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