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The Weather Report has a kreppa boom boom

What a crazy, chaotic day!

I had a deadline on an assignment and had planned to spend the better part of the day working on that so I could get it sent off in a timely fashion. However, when I opened my email, the first message was from the BBC World Service telling me that the Weather Report had been quoted in the Financial Times today and asking if I would be available for an interview about the Icelandic kreppa baby boom.

The email below that was from the Financial Times’ new Nordic bureau chief, who politely introduced himself and said he wished to alert me to the article in question. He also wrote that he was a regular reader and had been greatly enjoying the blog [Aw!].

A few minutes later as I checked my stats I could see that The Telegraph had also picked up the Kreppa boom story.

Anyway, a flurry of phone calls and emails ensued [an Irish radio station also tried to book an interview, and someone called from Norway – I was not able to get my mobile in time]. In the end I was forced to shut down everything [email, internet, phone] just so I could get some peace to work on the assignment I had to deliver [because I NEVER miss a deadline. Or – almost never]. Add to this the fact that I had an appointment scheduled for this afternoon that couldn’t be shifted.

I’d arranged with the BBC World people to be back home around 4 pm for the interview and got there just in time. I was totally harried and a bit burned out from lack of nourishment and felt like I just babbled a lot of nonsense to the caramel-voiced presenter … but on reflection I think it turned out OK, considering. And incidentally, seems it was broadcast on a gazillion radio stations [yikes!].

But enough about me. Kastljós this evening had an interview with my new pal from the Financial Times, Andrew Ward, in which he comments on the new and amended Icesave agreement and its implications for Iceland’s relations with Britain and Holland, which I found fascinating. The interview is here [hopefully it will be accessible to all – but I know it will only be up for the next two weeks because RÚV automatically pull their content after that time]. I’m sure many of you will also find it interesting.

One more final point before I go – it was announced today that Kaupthing will NOT be writing off the ISK 3 billion loan to the two Björgólfurs. So – mass riots averted. Phew!

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE WEATHER WAS LIKE
Because it was the last thing on my mind today. I think there were some sunny spells, though, and this afternoon I noticed the ground was all wet so we must have had a shower. Finally got a chance to inhale some fresh air around 6 pm when I went to the store and at that time it was kinda chilly with a little bit of wind. Right now it’s 11°C [52F]. The sun came up at 5:23 am and set at 9:37 pm.

* It’s pretty hard to be eloquent in a 3-minute soundbite.

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  • delara August 18, 2009, 12:12 am

    I suppose good news travels fast!

  • 9uy August 18, 2009, 12:39 am

    I guess that’s the price of success.

  • Jessica August 18, 2009, 1:56 am

    I read in Iceland Review last week (http://tinyurl.com/qogo45) that births in Iceland are up 3% or more over the same period last year. Meanwhile, the recession is being blamed for a 2% decline in US births. That says a lot about Iceland’s social & health care systems! I certainly hope this IceSlave crap doesn’t erode these benefits.

    And another bright note: the spike in births will eventually require increased hiring at leikskólar. Not the best paying jobs in the world, but it’s something!

  • jim August 18, 2009, 6:01 am

    It probably wasn’t your intention but you maybe playing a major part in getting Kreppa stories into the Western {English language} press. Top marks for that Alda but what is the Governments press office doing about this.
    I recall the 50 mila cod war being misrepresented by the BBC until {I think} a Swedish PR firm began to show and tell the other side. Then maybe the Poms sense of fair play took over and Downing Street had a change of heart.
    Many but not all of the people I speak to {in Australia anyway} just dont believe a small sovereign state is being screwed this way.
    Maybe this recent interest will snowball. Hope so anyway.

  • Bromley86 August 18, 2009, 9:09 am

    Good on you Alda.

    As Bjorgulfur snr probably can’t pay, I hope that they’re jointly and severally liable. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to pick up a nice pair of green boots on eBay 🙂 .

  • Sonja August 18, 2009, 11:15 am

    That was fantastic, I think you did a wonderful job at PRI.

    Until your post on the kreppababies, I could not figure out why so many people were having babies and all at the same time. Once in a while I there are times when few people I know are having babies all at the same time but this is much, much bigger.

  • hildigunnur August 18, 2009, 11:32 am

    yay, good for you 😀

    I really hope the Kreppa word catches on, it’s way cooler than Depression. Even though the annotations aren’t nice for us…

    (Actually, last I heard, the RÚV keeps their things on server for quite a bit longer than the 4 weeks they have them on their page, as long as you have the url).

  • Kerry Scott August 18, 2009, 1:23 pm

    It is interesting that the kreppa is causing a baby boom in Iceland, while reportedly, the birth rate here in the USA is going down as a result of our own crisis. On the other hand, alcohol sales here have increased!

  • Mark August 18, 2009, 1:42 pm

    … and let us not forget:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/18/iceland-baby-boom-recession

    and I quote:

    “I think many of us have sought solace in love and sex,” writes popular blogger Alda Sigmundsdóttir wistfully.

    Posh!

  • kevin o'connor waterford Ireland August 18, 2009, 2:38 pm

    Your too good for Iceland. I can just see it now with your own TV show

    “And tonight folks I have Oprah Winfrey as a guest ,be back after these messages…..”.

  • Dave Hambidge August 18, 2009, 4:30 pm

    Cream floats to the surface, as does quality blogging.

    Just listened to the broadcast.

    Well done ma’am!

  • hildigunnur August 18, 2009, 6:31 pm

    Kerry, that is funny – according to the latest news alcohol sales here have actually declined, for the first time in ages!

    (and I think I meant connotations earlier, not annotations…)