Double the fun

Well today is not only the big Eurovision finale, in which Iceland actually has a fighting chance for the title, but it is also election day in all the local municipalities, where there looks to be lots of changes that will have wide ranging implications and an influx of new ideas.

The strangest thing about these two events culminating on the self-same Saturday is that it does not seem strange at all. It seems perfectly natural, part of the variety of life, that all the conversations all over Iceland today should vacillate between the incredibly serious and purely entertaining.

I am having trouble thinking of anything comparable in the US, but then of course our founding fathers made the decision to have elections on a Tuesday. This has sometimes struck me (and others) as a weird decision, since it is a random mid-week work day, but on the plus side, it turns out nothing else is ever happening on a Tuesday.


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