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Just a quickie to say that YT and The Iceland Weather Report will feature [somewhat] prominently on BBC World and BBC 4 at 7 pm GMT this evening.

If you aren’t able to catch that, there is an abridged version here.

More anon!

WE’RE IN THE DEEP FREEZE
At least for us … it’s pretty damn frosty around here these days. There’s old snow on the ground that in many places has morphed into ice so just going for a walk is pretty treacherous. I’m told we have it pretty good, though, compared to a lot of other places … how are you doing over there in the UK? Or all you people sweltering there in the heatwave down under? Right now it’s -6°C [21F – unusually cold for us], the sun came up at 9:55 am, will set at 5:29 pm.

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  • Lissa February 5, 2009, 5:57 pm

    Auntie Beeb! That is the big time!

    Since I visited Reykjavik last Sept., a friend’s sister has gleefully told her every single day that it is warmer in Iceland than in Detroit.

    Come August, she’ll probably be wistfully reporting that Iceland is cooler than Detroit.

  • Karen February 5, 2009, 6:31 pm

    It was -18 celsius in Kitchener Ontario this morning. Miserable.

    Alda, you looked good in the clip. You said it was abridged? Could you let us know if the full version gets posted later somewhere?

  • SOe February 5, 2009, 6:31 pm

    Wow! Amazing! Congrats!

  • paddy February 5, 2009, 7:01 pm

    As the goes there is opportunity in crisis. I would hate to see the same old same old business as usual creeping back in as the anger turns to panic as is the situation right now in Ireland. Here in Finland what’s happening is not real. Advertisements on the TV telling people not to resist buying the brand they want, just buy it. Banks holding meetings to persuade people to borrow.
    I guess a lot of people in the world have not got a grasp on what has/is happened/happening.
    The financial model that has kept the world going for many years has been a fraud or if you choose to be less dramatic, built on pure debt.

    There’s nothing to replace that model except the promise of more credit (stimulus packages) The world has been allowed to run solely on (low wages, which increase the need for) credit. On small business run solely ( to produce affordable goods) on credit. On Banks run solely (selling shares to investors who make a fortune) on credit.

    The model has blatantly ignored the reality on the ground, the massive divide ever widening between rich and poor.
    This is the opportunity to stop it now by excepting nothing less than people first.

  • James February 5, 2009, 7:27 pm

    I just watched the full version on BBC Four (twice as long as that abridged web version). Good stuff!

  • JoeInVegas February 5, 2009, 7:28 pm

    I’ll watch BBC world news tonight and see if they broadcast you over here.
    Right now we are at 16c headed for 21, sunny but rain tomorrow and a low of 8.

  • mary February 5, 2009, 7:32 pm

    Just seen you on BBC 4. Good stuff!

  • Dankoozy February 5, 2009, 9:20 pm

    z0mg! you’re famous IRL! *is happy for you*

  • Dankoozy February 5, 2009, 9:21 pm

    btw u look gorgeous <3

  • Rachel Down Under February 6, 2009, 12:06 am

    It was great to see you on the Beeb! And yes I am sweltering – though only at 38 not 45 as some are suffering.

    I have been thinking about your central bank. Perhaps Iceland needs to bring in outsiders to help run it with them – or will the EU do that? Our national capital has its own government as well as being the seat of the federal government. The population of Canberra is about that of Iceland, and I don’t think they would have the expertise to run a central bank without drawing upon say, Sydney or Melbourne. Just a thought!

  • Andrew February 6, 2009, 1:28 am

    You are famous – the official voice of Iceland!!

    The Guardian newspaper has had a poll on who was responsible for the current global crisis. Geir Haarde scored 7.4%! A lot of Icelanders must have voted on this poll!

    https://www.guardian.co.uk/business/poll/2009/jan/26/road-to-ruin-recession

  • Kathryn February 6, 2009, 2:21 am

    Hi Alda,
    Great to see you on BBC World ! The western suburbs here in Sydney,
    Australia, are forecast to reach 45 degrees C on Sunday, 43 on Saturday, thereby making us the ‘Hottest place on the planet’ apparently… Reykjavik temps sound like heaven at the moment.

  • Nick February 6, 2009, 2:46 am

    Wow… two replies from Australia and mine makes three…. we will be battling bush fires this weekend no doubt… Australia is a lot like Iceland except bigger and er….. hotter!. Keep up the great site!!

  • NWO February 6, 2009, 3:29 am

    Alda congratulations, you are making history. Wonderful interview, and it’s fabulous to see what you and others have accomplished. Hats off!

  • Heck February 6, 2009, 4:12 am

    I’m writing from Miami, Florida, in the US. Just finished watching your afotementioned piece on BBC World News America. All I can say is kudos to you, Iceland! You are taking control of your destiny. We have put our hopes on our new president. Unfortunately, as the last few days have proven, corruption in American politics are more far-reaching in scope than any could have imagined. If our president-elect Barack Obama cannot find for his cabinet an honest politician who has not cheated on his/her taxes, what hope is there for the rest of us in America? Hope we find inspiration in your valiant example and make every crook in Washington, sheltered under the guise of power and apparent respectability, finally aware that we are fed up and not going to take it anymore. Hooray for Iceland!

  • Heck February 6, 2009, 4:18 am

    Oh! And, to answer your question, it’s a gorgeous night here in Miami with 48 degrees Fahrenheit (not sure what that is Celsius, but have a feeling it will be a heck of a lot warmer than you guys.) Best of luck!

  • Bern February 6, 2009, 4:33 am

    watched the shortend version, wonderful to watch except I was hoping to hear your beautiful bird?

    Good things happining…crosses fingers…and toes

  • jack February 6, 2009, 6:23 am

    It is usual to make some kind of effort to address the comments you get.
    Give and take makes the world go around.

  • Ljósmynd DE February 6, 2009, 7:27 am

    I could only watch the short version. Would you provide a link, if the full version should become available on the internet?

    For the sake of real and radical changes – are there any new trustworthy parties preparing to run for election – apart from people from Raddir fólksins, who don’t seem to do so as beeing told in your last interview? Otherwise you might be stuck with the same old faces and can’t even complain.

    I am really envious about your cold but nice winterly weather. I have been to Iceland several times around this time of the year and the landscape looks great with a cover of ice and snow. Particularly the ice sculptures around the waterfalls are beautiful.

  • Dean February 6, 2009, 8:56 am

    Here in Ontario, Canada, it is as cold as a freezer. It’s even colder than usual!

    I sometimes think that Canada should be named Iceland given that it is covered in ice longer than Iceland is.

    Oh well.

    Damn Erik the Red.

  • alda February 6, 2009, 10:09 am

    Thanks, everyone!

    Heck – I wish we could make every crook here realize we’re not going to take it any more … but alas, I fear there are too many of them. But at least it’s a start.

    jack – THANK YOU for educating me in blog etiquette. Guess it’s time somebody did. Where have you been these last four years?

    And to the Australians in the crowd … temps in the 40s?? meh. Suddenly feeling a hell of a lot more contented here. 🙂

  • Martin February 6, 2009, 12:10 pm

    Great Item and you came across well – intelligent, calm and determined.
    Now comes the difficult bit – sorting out the mess, bringing people to account and the regeneration.There are quite a few people that you are glad to see the back of and hope will never darken your door, so to speak (a certain Mr Oddiousson?) but some of “these people” could be much needed to rebuild (entrepreneurs, bankers,politicians) – Would you give some of these people a second chance,to rectify some of their mistakes if they wanted to help?

  • Kate February 6, 2009, 12:40 pm

    Alda you look and sound really good in the interview! 🙂
    Oh yes the weather is just horrible here in the UK!
    We may need jumper aid here in the south…lol

  • Mondrian February 6, 2009, 1:21 pm

    I have never completely understood since I’ve been here why Scotland often gets milder weather than England, us being somewhat more north and all. Rather sunny here today!

  • Gummi February 6, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Alda, looking good:) You make the rest of us proud.

  • James February 6, 2009, 4:48 pm

    Scotland often gets milder weather than England

    That’s a devolutionist propaganda spread by the Scottish National Party! 😉

  • alda February 6, 2009, 4:55 pm

    Gummi – aw, shucks! 🙂

    LDE – sure, if I come across a link I’ll post it.

    James – heheheh.

  • Angeliki February 6, 2009, 11:47 pm

    Hello Alda!

    It’s round 15 C right now in Athens, it was slightly cold in the morning and it rained a bit. The last ten days the weather has been great, round 19 C, very much like spring!

    I sympathise with your Australian readers. We also tend to have awfully high temperatures during the greek summer too (June – August). Dry and very hot summers (temperatures between 30 and 41 C!). I hate heat; I should move to Iceland I suppose.

  • JoeInVegas February 8, 2009, 12:18 am

    Saw the exact segment that you linked to over here on BBC America World News, and about the middle of the hour long program.
    It is interesting to finally see what you look like.

  • alda February 8, 2009, 2:10 am

    Joe – that’s not me. That’s my stand-in with the bad hair.

  • Rozanne February 8, 2009, 9:31 pm

    What do you mean bad hair? I thought your hair looked great!

    Congrats on being featured on the BBC. That is huge.

  • Craig February 8, 2009, 11:09 pm

    You were also mentioned in the Greek media as well .

    https://www.skai.gr/master_story.php?id=109811

    The article title says : The Internet topples governments

  • alda February 8, 2009, 11:57 pm

    Rozanne – thanks. I just hate seeing myself on camera … *cringe*
    It never feels like me.

    Craig – COOL! I don’t understand a thing, obviously (despite having been fluent in Greek at the age of five) – but it looks really cool. 🙂
    Thanks for sending the link.

  • Craig February 10, 2009, 5:12 am

    Actually, it’s basicially the same as the BBC reportm but in Greek. How come you knew Greek at 5??????

  • alda February 10, 2009, 11:00 am

    I lived in Cyprus for a year and a half. 🙂