June 26, 2010

Jon Gnarr - Wave of the Future?

One of my pet international topics, Iceland, is back in the news. After going belly up two years ago (a precursor for much of the rest of the world, except we don't have gnomes), Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, has just elected a new mayor. Fourth in four years. But this guy, Jon Gnarr is a comedian. A television personality, a former musician, and his wife's best friend is Bjork.

"Mr. Gnarr, born in Reykjavik as Jon Gunnar Kristinsson to a policeman and a kitchen worker, was not a model child. At 11, he decided school was useless to his future as a circus clown or pirate and refused to learn any more. At 13, he stopped going to class and joined Reykjavik’s punk scene. At 14, he was sent to a boarding school for troubled teenagers and stayed until he was 16, when he left school for good."

While he doesn't have a ruling majority, he has said he won't form a coalition with any other party that hasn't watched all 5 seasons of The Wire.

Dunno about you, but I can think of way worse requirements to be a major politician. Or even a circus clown or pirate.

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Anonymous jmd said...

I have all five seasons of The Wire, so if anyone is thinking of running for office in Iceland, let me know.

June 26, 2010 6:22 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh my god, you're hilarious...

June 26, 2010 6:24 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

Wanna borrow them, Lorraine? You would make a fantastic Prime Minister (or Queen, or whatever they have there) of Iceland.

June 26, 2010 6:51 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I would make an awesome Queen of Iceland.

And if they've never had one, there would be no awkward comparisons.

I already have a tiara.

June 26, 2010 6:53 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

I believe that this falls into the WWLD category...

June 28, 2010 9:01 AM  

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