“One letter and six months!”
That joke made the rounds earlier this year when Ireland was deemed to be a few months behind Iceland in their economic meltdown.
Alas, the “one letter” difference is turning out to be rather more serious than a one-line joke for a bunch of claimants in the insolvent estate of Glitnir bank. Turns out their claims were sent to Ireland instead of Iceland, and by the time the mistake was discovered, the deadline to make claims had passed.
This rather embarrassing, not to mention costly, cock-up was made by a British law firm that clearly is NOT very clear on the difference between Iceland and Ireland.
Because the deadline to make claims has already passed, billions of ISK will have been lost for those poor peeps hoping to recover some of their dosh. Apparently the law on claims in such instances is very clear: if the deadline has passed, the only way to make claims is if all the majority of the other claimants agree to allow them. Which seems rather unlikely, seeing as it would mean a smaller slice of the pie for everyone.
Guess that particular law firm won’t be winning any competency awards for 2009, hey?
All that aside, I hope all of you have been having a wonderful and relaxing Yuletide holiday and are, like me, feeling like a stuffed goose, not to mention extraordinarily lazy.
AND NOT TOO BOTHERED ABOUT THE WEATHER
Which has been very consistent these last few days – windy and cold and kind of unpleasant. We had a sprinkling of snow on Christmas Eve, a token nod to White Christmas, but apart from that – zilch. It’s been dry and icy, kind of bleh, although yesterday was very pretty. EPI and I went out for a walk and I kicked myself for not taking along my camera because it was a photo-op kind of day. We encountered a person all dressed up in supercolourful duds with a big down parka over top; “that could be Björk Guðmundsdóttir” remarked I to EPI and indeed it was, enjoying a pleasant stroll along the seashore with the local plebs. Right now it’s the middle of the night [isn’t that what Christmas is for? Blogging in the middle of the night?] and the temperature outside is 0°C [36F] the sun came up at 11.22 and set at 3.34.