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.