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YT as edited by Geir Haarde on BBC World Service today

Seriously, dear readers, the international media can’t seem to get enough of the kreppa baby story.*

The Weather Report was quoted in a story in The Guardian today [they weren’t generous enough to provide a link, though – tsk – although I’ve has tons of searches for my name]. That story was subsequently translated into German on something called Freitag.de [who WERE kind enough to provide a link – props to them!].

This morning I was first contacted by an Irish radio station who wanted to ask some questions “for research”, and then the BBC World Service, who wanted to do an interview. The Beeb subsequently sent me up to RÚV [state broadcasting service] to record the interview in a studio [wery professionell]. As it happens, old Geir Haarde [remember him?] [former PM of Iceland?][when everything melted down?] is acting as “guest editor” on their programme today, which is called Europe Today and which will air at 5 pm in the UK and 4 pm here in Iceland on their website or the radio [elsewhere in the world, I don’t know, but their website is here if you want to check].

The “guest editor” part apparently means that Geir makes suggestions and recommendations for things he wants to feature on the programme. Evidently he did not specifically request the kreppa baby story, but I was told by the interviewer that he was quite open to it since – surprise! – he’s currently expecting two grandchildren.

This interview was a completely different experience from yesterday’s, in which the interviewer seemed really harried and distant [though you wouldn’t necessarily think so from listening to the finished product]. Conversely the interviewer in London today [Duncan Bartlett] had an extremely soothing presence – even remotely – which is so important. He gave me lots of space to talk and listened intently – consequently I babbled a lot of nonsense talked a lot more freely than yesterday, and even discovered rather alarmingly on one occasion that I had totally gone off on a tangent and had completely forgotten the original question.

UPDATE: A French site also has the story. They quote YT but don’t mention a name or provide a link. Sloppy journalism. Double tsk.

UPDATE II: I caught the tail end of the programme in the car as I was driving to a meeting and – GULP!!  The Iceland part of it was – er – pretty awful. Cringe-worthy. Old Geir was up to his old tricks, deflecting all responsibility from himself and his Independence Party, heavily emphasizing that we were dealing with a GLOBAL crisis and to that end commissioning reports from Ireland and Lithuania to illustrate just how BAD things are “over there”. Towards the end he was asked how he managed to unwind during the crisis last fall and he muttered some canned response about Icelandic culture [pulling out that old “more books per capita than anywhere else in the world” chestnut] and plugged a few semi-mainstream artists and writers who have already sort of made it in the UK. Careful, of course, to steer clear of any of the artists who have openly criticized the IP. — Meanwhile they only used about two minutes of the interview with YT that took about 15 minutes in the studio. Not that that matters in the whole scheme of things, though. Bleh.

For the first time this summer it feels decidedly fall-like out there. It’s cloudy and windy and rainy and cool. Apparently we’re in for a few low-pressure areas over the next few days, boo. 12°C [54F]. The sun came up at 5:26 am and will set at 9.34 pm.

* Starting to feel like a total media ho’.



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  • Chris August 18, 2009, 4:12 pm

    Congrats to your media presence.
    Freitag is a newspaper comes out weekly and has quite some standard.

  • mary August 18, 2009, 4:14 pm

    I was just about to comment about your mention in The Guardian today when I read this post!

  • Lee August 18, 2009, 6:10 pm

    Seems like “kreppa baby” is going viral – it could end up there with the Canadian squirrel photographed a few days ago! But a pity Kreppa isn’t on the list of official Icelandic baby names, so there’ll be no Kreppason’s or Kreppadottir’s in 20 years time.

  • Marc August 18, 2009, 8:33 pm

    Ah, it seems that your name is starting to get a higher creditworthiness with every story that makes it to the outside world. Expect soon that your content will be misused, quoted incorrectly and that jealousy of ‘real’ journalists comes a knocking on your door. Keep it up! I and many others value your content a lot.

  • Val August 19, 2009, 2:26 am

    I have been reading your blog since staying in Iceland for a month in Oct 08. Yesterday I was sitting in my office in Oklahoma City, Ok listening to NPR radio. What a surprise I had when BBC news announced an interview with Alda Kaldi from the Iceland Weather Report. It was very nice to be able to finally connect a voice to the face I have seen so many times on your blog. I enjoyed your interview a great deal. I would also like to say your blog is outstanding!

  • Dave Hambidge August 19, 2009, 7:16 am

    It seems that our britnews maybe catching up on the Iceland situation;


    Note that they have set up a special service to monitor it (bottom of page).

    BTW, when did anyone last call it niceland?

  • elín August 19, 2009, 1:11 pm

    hjálp! I´m getting sucked into a maelstrom of links, podcasts and comments! Can´t resist – so enlightening, entertaining and informative! IWR has been on fire these past couple of weeks, Ms Alda, and being kept informed is beyond appreciated! Thanks for all you do.

  • Ljósmynd DE August 19, 2009, 2:41 pm

    I wonder, why Geir Haarde is getting this kind of platform to rehash his old biased stories. Let’s hope, that Doddsson will not follow suit. Haven’t those people caused enough damage by their failed communication with foreign media?

  • Alexander E. August 19, 2009, 3:03 pm

    I have little experience with BBC – just two times. But it was enough to tell myself “No more bullsh*t”. If for the first time I blamed myself for babbling talking too much and too general, for the second time I was ready. And there was a third interview planned but never happened. And I realized why after I heard the second finished piece. They have their own agenda and if you don’t fit into it – no matter what you say and how long you talk – they will leave only what they think is right (or just skip you).

    By the way interview with Andrew Ward from the Financial Times is good example. He didn’t say anything except repeating very general words. So he “confirmed” what we all knew about. Like “Iceland geopolitical position” and “Russian bear” myths 🙂 Well, he is a pro. You interview about kreppa baby boom was much more human and personal.

  • alda August 19, 2009, 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the input, all!

    Elín – well, I try … and believe me, I’d do more if I could. Incidentally, thank YOU for understanding that time is money. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

  • elín August 20, 2009, 12:02 am

    You are wery welcome! 😉