Interesting interview in Silfur Egils today with Tony Shearer, a former executive with the bank Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander in London.
KS&F used to be just plain old Singer & Friedlander until it was taken over by now-defunct Kaupthing bank, in 2006 or thereabouts. The Icelandic útrásarvíkingar placed themselves firmly at the helm, most notably one Ármann Þorvaldsson, who has since gone on to write a book about the meltdown, called Frozen Assets, the name of which has popped up once or twice in the forums and/or comments.
The interview is taken from a soon-to-be released film about the meltdown [for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it and ten minutes of googling has turned up nothing, help!] and in it, Shearer absolutely slams old Ármann, his working practices and not least, his book. I see the RÚV website does not have the latest Silfur Egils episode up yet, but it will be under this link and the interview is about halfway through the programme, for anyone who is interested.
Incidentally, there seems to be a lot more interest in these meltdown books written by former key players abroad than there is here in Iceland. Up here, in fact, there is a widespread sense of indignation, along the lines of: They bankrupted the country and now they expect us to pay to read about it? – profoundly uncool.
MEANWHILE, ON THE YULE FRONT
As many of you will know and some have mentioned in the comments, our Yule Lads have started arriving. I’ve written about the Yule Lads at length in previous years, e.g. here and here and here; suffice it to say that these are our versions of Santa Claus, there are 13 of them, their father is a flunky and their mother an ogre who eats children, and they get up to no good. They also deposit little gifts in the shoes of good children, who have strategically left those shoes next to the open window before they go to bed, see here and here. Unless they’ve been bad, in which case they leave them a potato.
WE HAVE SUMMER TEMPS AROUND HERE
It is still completely balmy and also wery wery dark. Seriously, it is the middle of December and it’s ten degrees out there [50F]. HOW ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE IN COPENHAGEN? SIGNED ANYTHING YET? Sun came up at 11.12, set at 15.30.