Today I had a fascinating conversation with someone at the Central Bank*.
It all started with a contact form submitted through this website last Thursday. It read, verbatim, in Nicelandic:
I urgently need to get in touch with you.
Could you e-mail me, or call.
Being an obedient little soldier, I replied with an email that same day.
And received no response.
Mindful of the fact that the good man’s query was urgent, and fearing that my email could have become caught in the Central Bank’s spam filter [slotted into ‘subversives’, no doubt] I decided this morning that I should probably call the number provided.
CENTRAL BANK OFFICER: Hello?
YT: Good morning. My name is [Yours Truly] and I run the website The Iceland Weather Report. You sent me an email?
CBO: Oh. Yes. I wanted to find out who was behind that site.
YT: Ah. I see.
CBO: Your name is [Yours True]?
YT: No, it’s [Truly. Yours Truly].
CBO: I thought I should find out who is behind the site. Since you’re being quoted in the foreign press.
YT: Oh! Which foreign press is that?
CBO: Affärsvärlden, for example.
YT: I’m sorry?
CBO: [drily] Affärsvärlden. According to them you’re the only reliable source of information coming out of Iceland.
YT: Oh! How delightful!
YT: And … is that a German paper?
CBO: No, it’s Swedish.
YT: So … was there anything else?
YT: All right then, goodbye.
Right. Does it strike anybody else as slightly bizarre that the Central Bank should go out of its way to determine which blogger is behind some obscure blogsite?
And what do you make of the fact that the officer urgently – and rather cryptically – asks YT to get in touch, yet when she does, doesn’t even respond?
Could all of this possibly have something to do with the fact that, on the day the form was submitted, the name “Davíð Oddsson”** was plastered all over this blog’s sidebar?
And finally, do you think I should I be worried about the two men with dark glasses that have been sitting outside my house all afternoon in a black SUV?***
MAYBE I SHOULD THROW A SNOWBALL AT THEM
Because – hurrah! – we have lots of snow! I’m sad to say that I hardly went outside at all today [excepting the few steps to the car and back when I went to the gym to work out] although I would happily have done so – it was just SO beautiful! Fresh and crisp and [this morning at least] perfectly calm. And with all those coloured lights and everything – fantastic. Currently 2°C [36F], the sun came up at 11.04 and went down at 3.35 pm.
* Not Doddsson
** Central Bank governor, if you’ve just joined us.