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Doddsson in Kastljós, stand by with damage control

Nicelandic society is all-abuzz with the news that no-I-do-not-realize-I-have-overstayed-my-welcome Central Bank director Davíd Oddsson is set to appear on news programme Kastljós this evening.

It bears mentioning that Doddsson rarely appears in the media unless a] it is a drottningaviðtal [queen-interview, aka he is alone so he can hold forth about himself at will] or b] he intends to drop a major bombshell into the thick of the current debate – something that Nicelandic society will be tediously preoccupied with  for days.

The last time Doddsson appeared in Kastljós, of course, he uttered the immortal words “the Icelandic state does not intend to pay the debts of heedless men” – allegedly causing British PM Gordon Brown to freeze the assets of Landsbanki using anti-terrorist legislation, and creating the most serious diplomatic rift Icelandic has experienced in decades. One can only speculate what he plans to do this evening to turn this country on its head [some people think he’ll announce his resignation; YT thinks hope springs eternal] but one thing is sure – we’ll all be talking about it tomorrow.

This is the day when we all eat salted lamb and split pea soup until we’re about to explode. Some of us consider this day slightly inferior to the much-touted Cream Puff Day, but YT begs to differ – I love saltkjöt og baunir and would probably eat it three times a week if it wasn’t so ridiculously bad for you. Meanwhile, today is much the same as yesterday weather-wise, damp and gray. Right now 4°C [39F], sunrise was at 8:52 am and sunset due for 6:31 pm.



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  • Elín February 24, 2009, 4:03 pm

    Shoot, I just caught myself counting the time difference between Rvk and Mpls … in order to catch Kastljós online. Must stop obsessing about kreppa… must get out and enjoy sunshine, fresh air and recent snowfall … while continuing to hope the best for Iceland, of course. Really enjoyed blog about Bolludagur!

  • Rachael February 24, 2009, 4:10 pm

    “queen-interview” – what a brilliant phrase! 😀 I look forward to hear what Oddsson has to say; is he about to drop another major bombshell, like some dread harbinger of doom? Hmmm. 😮

  • Dave Hambidge February 24, 2009, 5:21 pm

    You need Lent to recover from the gastronomic blow-out!


  • Martin February 24, 2009, 5:54 pm

    I have this vision in my head of Doddsson playing it Howard Beale stylee!
    If he says “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more” and produces a gun live on air – make sure youngsters and those with a weak disposition leave the room or avert their eyes.

  • Karen February 24, 2009, 7:32 pm

    Iceland Review (the Daily Life column) says that Jonas is getting married – today!

  • hildigunnur February 24, 2009, 11:49 pm

    Hehe, after I turned about 16 or so I took care never to be home on Sprengidagur Eve. Mysteriously always had something else to do.

    Davíð, well, I like this description…

  • Andrew February 25, 2009, 3:29 am

    Lamb and pea soup straight after cream puffs! I glad you didn’t explode!

  • Andrew February 25, 2009, 3:37 am

    I like this headline!

    “David Oddsson says David Oddsson doing well at CBI”


  • Paul H February 25, 2009, 12:32 pm

    In a manner similar to Gordon Winston-Smythe of Goodnight Burbank (a satirical fake news anchor/show), I tweeted this:

    Davíd Oddsson appears on news programme Kastljós saying Davíd Oddsson has done an admirable job. 90% of Icelanders now stand corrected.

  • alda February 25, 2009, 12:43 pm

    Heheh. Good one, Paul.

    Thanks for your comments, everyone.

    Karen – yep, Jonas and Gísli tied the knot yesterday.

  • Lino February 25, 2009, 4:08 pm

    >90% of Icelanders now stand corrected

    what about the remaining 10%???

  • Lissa February 25, 2009, 7:37 pm

    I’m sure this has something to do with the whole Lent is coming up thing, but why was downtown Akureyri filled with kids in costume today? It looked like they were going around getting candy.

    I saw a lot of monsters and a lot of clowns, but no David Oddssons.

    (Lino, I bet the other 10% were sitting down.)

  • JoeInVegas February 25, 2009, 8:14 pm

    Sorry, I would much rather do the cream puff thing. Sweets sound so much better. DO sounds so much like our George Bush, convinced he was always doing the right thing, probably even now.