Thanks once again to Anya the eyes for finding exactly the sort of absurd news stories which appeal to the Ministry of Puffins. Apparently a certain Halldór J. Kristjánsson is thinking of leaving Iceland to try to find gainful employment abroad. Sadly, there's nothing unusual about that these days, with unemployment up 650% in the last twelve months. Halldór says he wants to work in the financial sector, so I guess it makes sense to look for work in a country which actually has a financial sector – somewhere like Albania, for example, which this week managed to apply for EU membership, a feat which seems beyond Iceland's political class.
Does Halldór have any experience in this type of work? Well, that depends what you count as "experience". Until 8 October 2008, Halldór was chief executive of Landsbanki: he lost his job when the Icelandic government had to take over the bank. His disastrous scheme of taking deposits in Britain and Holland and lending them to Icelanders without the means to repay them has cost the country thousands of billions of krónur. Unsurprisingly, he has been unable to find steady employment in Iceland since he bankrupted the country (with a little help from his friends), hence his search abroad.
Still, it pains me to think of Halldór sitting doing nothing in Reykjavík, using social security benefits which could go to more deserving causes, so the Ministry of Puffins is making this appeal: if you know of a job, preferably a long way from Iceland, that Halldór could do, please let us know, and I'll do my best to pass on the information.
I'll start the ball rolling with a job offer I found from a company at 41/42 London Wall, in the heart of the City of London (postcode EC2M 5TB, telephone +44 20 7638 7787): Halldór can even apply online here… i'm lovin' it®