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Friday, September 28, 2007

CLINTON AND THE FAROES

This weekend the Faroes are all abuzz over the impending arrival of former President Bill Clinton. He's speaking at the Nordic House. I'm not exactly sure what that is, but it has s turn roof, so there's obviously something pretty cool about it. Clinton will be speaking with Hans Blix, the UN weapons inspector. Don't really know what they'll be talking about.

As it turns out, information about his event is a bit hard to come by (in English, at least). Most of what I know comes from self-styled citizen journalist Faroe Man. He's blogging in English on the event. Here's what I've been able to gather from his reports:

The largest room in Nordic House holds about 380 people, but organizers had trouble selling tickets. Perhaps the biggest problem was the price: somewhere around $850 USD. While that's no big deal in Los Angeles, when the total population of the country you're speaking in is just shy of 50,000, it might be hard to find 380 people to cough up that kind of dough. However, the event has now sold out.

Despite the lack of media attention right now, the international press has descended upon the Faroe Islands. BBC World, Sky News, AFP, and the AP are all there. I was a little worried about this, because reporters can be pretty objectionable. But I remember working next to the guys from BBC at an Arnold Schwarzenegger press conference in LA, and they were pretty cool. Hopefully those guys will come to the Faroes. Other than that, allow me to apologize in advance for my fellow journalists. They really have no idea they're so obnoxious.

Villages along the route of Clinton's travel are sprucing up in advance of the visit.

The speech is this Monday.

That's all I know.

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3 Comments:

At 4:35 pm, Blogger Faroe-Man said...

Great article, and thanks for the compliment. I must correct you on one bit, the speech will be on 1┬┤st of October, on a monday. Otherwise, great job... and thanks for your interest, Sir!

 
At 9:07 pm, Blogger Workman said...

Oops! I was looking at an out of date calandar and thought October 1st was a Saturday.

The correction has been made.

 
At 4:43 am, Blogger Birchsprite said...

Cheers for the visit Matt and the kind thoughs... it makes all the differnce!

Doesn't Clinton get around!

 

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