We had thrills a-go-go here at the Weather Report yesterday, as our YT featured in TWO [count ’em!] television interviews on the same day. Pretty serious stuff for a cameraphobe like myself.
The first [as some of you will already know] was “live via webcam” with CBC Newsworld in Toronto. The “live via webcam” bit was something they are apparently in the process of introducing with their correspondents worldwide. It essentially meant I had to quickly remove all the messy stuff from the bookshelf behind me and strategically position myself in front of the computer while their broadcaster gave instructions: “a liiiitttle more to the right now, please … no, an inch to the left … THERE” until I sat there, frozen into position. The really embarrassing bit, though, came when we couldn’t get the sound right, so in the end I sat there talking on my cellphone and staring into the webcam on my Mac, pretending I was looking into the eyes of the person talking to me. Rather surreal.
With any luck they’ll send me a video file of the interview for me to post here on the site, so we can all laugh at it together.
About an hour and a half later, Brian Hanrahan from the BBC [whose lecture I blogged about here] showed up to do an interview about how YT and The Iceland Weather Report were instrumental in setting off massive protests in downtown Reykjavík that eventually led to us bringing down the Icelandic government. [Do you think I may have misrepresented my part slightly while chatting with Brian after the lecture?] Brian was accompanied by two gentlemen with ALOTOFSTUFF who proceeded to deftly set up lights and microphones and suchlike in the approximately six square meters that make up my home office. True professionals.
Polly the cockatiel just about had a heart attack, perceiving this as a direct attack on her precious hazelnuts, and insisted on voicing her indignation during the interview, even after her cage had been covered with a blanket and she instructed to go to sleep [or else!].
That clip will probably air on the beeb next week – I’m hoping Brian will remember to email me and let me know in advance when it is so I can have a look to make sure it’s not too mortifying before I tell the world.
SUCH A PERFECT WINTER’S DAY
I haven’t been out yet, but from the window it looks exquisite. A clear powder blue sky, golden sunshine on white snow, hardly any wind. I can’t wait to go out for a walk later, but first I must hunker down and get some proper work done [read: stop wasting time on the Internet]. Currently -2°C [28F], sunrise was at 10:13 am and sunset at 5:09 pm.