It's the first day of spring apparently. Do you feel springlike? Is your sap rising? Are you looking forward to what this season has to offer?

Today's birthday girl María Ólafs(dóttir) comes from the north, so spring must come even later and be shorter. I don't know - I've never been. She must be yearning for the ice to retreat from Faxaflói and for the flowers to bloom. Maybe whilst she's chewing on a piece of fermented shark. That's what we'd all have to look forward to if Iceland ever wins our favourite TV show. She did her bit for her country in 2015. She didn't have the best of times, being followed in her semi-final by a certain Måns Zelmerlöw. I'm sure she would have done better but for this.

María is 25 today.

Til hamingju með afmælið, María!