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Cold as ice...

Sequin | 09:45 UK time, Friday, 3 October 2008


We're watching the reshuffle. And just hearing confirmation of the rumours that Peter Mandelson might be returning to the Cabinet (- for an unprecedented third time. Loads more on the programme tonight about that..

And we'll be taking you to Iceland. Ray Furlong has been there, seeing how then financial crisis is affecting businesses. Here's what he's saying about the trip:

"I was on board a trawler today (here's the proof - it's catfish). Iceland used to be all about fish; they still talk about the cod war. But nowadays they've discovered investment banking. It's led to massive riches for some.... And now, nationalisation for others. Oh, and the currency has collapsed. The men on this boat are so fed up that they'd even contemplate joining the European Union. Which could mean our fisherman could fish their waters. So we would, belatedly, win the cod war - and the Icelanders would stop talking about it...


What's on board??


Cod war aside, Reykjavik bay is beautiful - especially at sunrise...



  • 1. At 10:45am on 03 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    I thought catfish had whiskers? It would appear I was wrong. But they look pretty fierce.

    Will you keep us updated on the Blog, Sequin - about the reshuffle, I mean, not about Mr. Mandelson, shuffles, and the like. Though, come to think of it, can anyone else see a resemblance between the fish and Mr. M? ;o)

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  • 2. At 10:58am on 03 Oct 2008, Gladys_Friday wrote:

    Hello Sequin - I get Duck in Plum Sauce from Iceland.

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  • 3. At 10:58am on 03 Oct 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    I'm enjoying the change of strapline but finding it very annoying that I can't remember what it was BEFORE all the alternatives were requested. I've tried going back into the archives but it stays steadfastly at today's version.

    Can anyone remind me or is something fishy going on?

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  • 4. At 11:02am on 03 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Lady Sue: We've never been able to revisit the straps, and I seem to recall somebody suggesting a while back that perhaps there should be a strap archive. The idea wasn't picked up on by Eddie and the team.

    Perhaps we should collectively request one (if it isn't going to make too much work)?

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  • 5. At 11:09am on 03 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    So, Mandy is definitely back.

    What I find encouraging about this is that it would appear to demonstrate that Mr. Brown does not harbour grudges (or is capable of rising above grudges), given that Mandy had not been a 'fan' of his.

    And, perhaps, with age, Mr. M is becoming more circumspect?

    Now, I'm not a Mandy fan, but I recognise that he does have useful qualities for any government. It will be interesting to see how his career runs this time.

    At a slight tangent here, I was thinking of Mr. M last Sunday while listening to Miriam Margoyles talking about her regrets at disclosing her homosexuality to her mother and the guilt she felt at, possibly, being the trigger for her mother's stroke. I remembered how outraged I had felt when Mr. M was forced to reveal his own sexuality when, apparently, he had not wanted this to be made public on account of his parents. However hypocritical this stance may have seemed to others, I have to say that I believe the right to disclose should be left to the discretion of the individual, on the clear understanding, of course, that it does not in any way affect their work (or, in this case, voting in Parliament).

    What do others think?

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  • 6. At 11:39am on 03 Oct 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (4) Big Sis: thanks and yes it would be fun to be able to revisit them. The new lot are most amusing.

    and (5) agree with you entirely about coming out decisions being left to the individual. It was also discussed on Women's Hour and I believe to the same conclusion.

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  • 7. At 11:57am on 03 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    How topical, it's Friday so it must be fish-n-chips for tea!

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  • 8. At 12:29pm on 03 Oct 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Huh? Mandy's back in the cabinet?

    Should we start a sweep now on why he'll have to resign this time?

    When can we expect his equally dodgy chum Mr Blunkett back in cabinet?

    Seriously, in the wake of the bashing capitalism is getting right now, it seems ludicrous to bring in one of the architects of New Labour's swing (rocket-powered leap?) to the right...

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  • 9. At 12:42pm on 03 Oct 2008, Nigel_N wrote:

    I have a vague memory that one of NewLab's many early promises was a reform of the Upper House so that we had a democratic government. Can someone explain how that fits with Mandy etc coming into the Cabinet without election.

    And if Mandy's replacement in Europe is running transport until next year, does this suggest that transport and Europe are of no importance.

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  • 10. At 12:43pm on 03 Oct 2008, vainly_here wrote:

    PM back in the Cabinet? I can't believe it - just when I thought there was some hope for Gordon Brown. He needs to be rid of Blears, but adding Mandelson, has he gone raving mad?

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  • 11. At 2:54pm on 03 Oct 2008, Electric Dragon wrote:

    Some dire rumours coming out of Iceland:


    Please note, unconfirmed, just the FT's source, obviously not as solid as anything from Robert "the ship of state is the only one that leaks from the top" Peston.

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  • 12. At 3:15pm on 03 Oct 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Cold as Ice?

    About that, Sequin. No worries.

    I am just warming down. -40 C isn't uncommon in the place that aint Missouri.

    And someone asked on the TV just now. About the return of someone to Government - and as he wasn't an elected MP - a place being made available in the Lords? Quelle surprise.

    Where is shame anymore in this country when two strikes still doesn't mean you are "outta there!"?

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