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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.

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.



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  • Dumdad January 30, 2009, 1:01 pm

    From blog queen to Alda Superstar! Start practising your autograph…

  • Rachael January 30, 2009, 2:52 pm

    Wow! Yer famous! I’m very impressed that the BBC sent one of their heavyweights to interview you – Brian Hanrahan has been a well-known foreign correspondent for the Beeb for, oooh, as long as I can remember. I will check the BBC schedules closely so that I get the chance to see your interview (& maybe catch some of Polly’s squawks on audio if I’m lucky! 😀 )

  • James January 30, 2009, 2:59 pm

    Cool stuff! And I laughed at the description of the cockatiel incident… 🙂

  • Elín January 30, 2009, 3:31 pm

    Funny post, Alda – it is SO nice to end this week with a laugh!!!

  • rb January 30, 2009, 4:42 pm

    I can’t believe I missed you on CBC!!! you’ll have to post a video! 🙂

  • JoeInVegas January 30, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Perhaps they will include the clip on BBC America and we can get to see you as well.

  • Ljósmynd DE January 30, 2009, 11:16 pm

    Are you giving interviews to German television, too? You do speak German, don’t you?

    In Germany we are currently getting a second wave of news and reports featuring Iceland in all kinds of media (Reykjavik looks beautiful with so much snow) after the first one about the events of last october. The journalistic quality now seems to be much better than the somehow exaggerative manner then, maybe as a result of the availability of local sources chronicling the events in English, one of which is this blog.

  • alda January 30, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Heheh. Thanks everyone.

    Rachael – much as I would like to have you believe that the beeb sent Brian here for the sole purpose of interviewing me … I’m afraid it’s not quite accurate. More like: he was here to cover the NATO meeting and I was just sort of there as he was passing through. 🙂

    rb – if they send me one, I’ll post it. Unless I look very stupid, in which case I won’t.

    Joe – apparently it will air on BBC World, although from what I understand it might get used in different mediums, so radio, TV and website. We shall see.

    LDE – ja, stimmt, ich spreche Deutsch. Bis jetzt habe ich aber keinen Betrag bekommen aus Deutschland fuer ein Interview. Weiss auch nich ob ich das gerne machen wurde, denn mir fehlen manchmal Worte und es könnte ganz peinlich sein, ‘live’ ganz stumm zu werden.

  • Joe NYC January 31, 2009, 7:34 am

    If I may interrupt the regular broadcast… I was just wondering if anyone here has seen “Noi Albinoi”. Speaking as a New Yorker, it’s one of my favorite movies, and has an impeccable soundtrack. Just wondering what native Icelanders thought of it. It reminded me of modern Haldor Laxness, primarily through mood.

    Anyway, back to the economy……….

  • Dave Hambidge January 31, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Now,about this standing in the election…..


  • alda January 31, 2009, 5:25 pm

    Joe – I suggest posting your question in the forums where it might generate more discussion … but yes, I have seen it. 🙂

    Dave – er, yes?

  • Dave Hambidge January 31, 2009, 5:53 pm

    Get your hat in the ring, or whatever one does in niceland!


    I mean it, and why not?

  • Allison February 1, 2009, 5:49 am

    Congrats, Alda! I listen to the BBC regularly during “Insomniac Theatre,” so I hope to hear you soon. And can we have a Polly Day on the blog soon, too?
    cheers, Allison in Philly