At any rate, DW was planning on flying Icelandair to the UK as the price was very good. The other concern was that she was able to obtain a re-bookable business class ticket for a good price in case she needed to re-schedule for whatever reason. There were a few nice perks to this, including use of the airport lounges and a bit better seating, but I keep reminding her that she shouldn't get used to it...
The one thing about flying on Icelandair is that the flight hub is Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport - actually located down the coast in Keflavik, so the flight that she took to Manchester airport in the UK had stop-overs in Iceland. On the return leg, she had some time to kill and wanted to pick up some things for DD, DS and myself. She chose some t-shirts.
This is where Tom Jackson fits in.
The man both edits and writes for WoodenBoat Magazine and really looks the part of a Viking. Ironically, he wrote an article in issue 206 about a trip he took from Dublin to Denmark on a reproduction Viking longship. He's a powerfully built man with a salt-and-pepper beard and a quiet thoughtful demeanor and good sense of humor, actually.
One of the last times I saw Tom, he was wearing a WoodenBoat T-shirt with a Viking proverb on the back : "Bundin er båtlaus mardur." - literally - "Bound is boatless man." Being that the front of the shirt is the WoodenBoat logo - a Viking longship viewed bow on, I figured he'd have loved to get his hands on both the shirt my DW brought me back and the bag it came home in: