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I bash out a piece for The Guardian

So, I managed to hammer out a short post for The Grauniad Guardian this morning:

The news that an eruption had started in Eyjafjallajökull glacier, south Iceland, and that it was 10-30 times bigger than the eruption that started in a similar location three weeks ago … well, it took a moment to sink in. Here, in Iceland, we were in the midst of the fallout from a fact-finding report into the bank collapse that had been published two days earlier – widely dubbed the “black report“, on account of its staggering revelations of corruption and incompetence in the lead-up to the economic meltdown. The media was already working overtime to plough through the 2,000-plus-page report to offer up choice morsels for the public, which was already feeling completely overwhelmed by its revelations.

Read the rest of it here.



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  • Clement April 15, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Linked on the front page of the grauniad website no less! Good work Alda!

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson April 15, 2010, 3:36 pm

    “The Grauniad ” seems to be a more or less official nickname for the newspaper these days so I don´t think you need to strike it out.
    Try the adress “www.grauniad.co.uk.

  • Joerg April 15, 2010, 6:43 pm

    “Every Icelander is responsible for their finances and the decisions they took. I am no exception.”

    That’s brilliant, particularly: “their” finances. Did he ever pay anything with his own money?

  • Michael Lewis April 15, 2010, 6:56 pm

    It must be like Christmas and Birthday all rolled into one for Geologists, Icelandic based ones must be working themselves into a lather. The BBC website has gone volcano mad and have a very basic animated guide to eruptions. It doesn’t go into much detail, I guess there are only so many ways things erupt. Glad the TV license fee isn’t wasted.

  • John Hopkins April 15, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Halló Alda — the Guardian piece reminds me of the convergence of events back in 1991(?) was it, sorry, my memory is slack, but the night that the US bombs started dropping in the first Gulf War, that was the night that the Norwegian King passed away AND that Hekla started erupting… I recall the media getting paralyzed, they didn’t know what to report on in Iceland…

    Then someone told me that there was a planetary “lay-line” between (bear with me here…) the Great Pyramids and Snaefellsjokull, and if you took a direction and distance vector from the Great Pyramids to where the bombs were falling in the Gulf and laid that vector on Snaefellsjokull, it lands on Hekla…

    Go figure… It’s a wild and wacky world full of sturm und drang! Stay safe!

  • idunn April 15, 2010, 10:41 pm

    This is a fairly good report on the extent of the airline disruptions due Eyjafjallajokull, including the pronunciation of its name, (ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl):

  • hildigunnur April 15, 2010, 11:48 pm

    John, haha yes thats right – someone actually called the main news anchor up that night and offered some news from an obscure male choir concert in the boondocks. The anchor exploded, of course – mission accomplished!

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland April 16, 2010, 12:45 am

    @alda give it up honey you are soo totally dooooooomed

  • gloria April 16, 2010, 11:11 am

    Great article, Alda. Wow. Those of us looking in from the outside also don’t know where to look first. It’s too bad this natural disaster will weigh down your economy even more, though . . . Perhaps the bankers will volunteer to pay for it–the roads rebuilt, the farmers who lost livestock, etc. What do you think?