The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

Jun 23, 2011


Iceland is famous for being a hedge-fund rather than a country, and for its volcanoes that ruin holidays, and for one of the funniest television series I've seen in a while. Næturvaktin is set at a Shell station outside Reykjavik with three staff on the night shift (hence the title) - a simpleton, a nervous breakdown, and the boss, a left-wing nutjob.

But that's not why I'm posting this. During a recent marathon viewing session (on BBC's iPlayer, I'll have you know), I noticed an actress with the name Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir. Her middle name translates as 'dew', hence the title of this post. (I'm not sure if it has any other meanings, but this one is apt. She's fresh and lovely.) It turns out that she is only a part-time actress. Her main job is as a flight attendant. At least that's what it was in 2007, when she was interviewed by Morgunbladid. Sara never went to drama school, and yet - seven years earlier - she had won a 'Best Actress' award at an international film festival in Korea. That motivated her to continue along her acting path.

Here's what she said (in a fresh and lovely accent), laughing:
"Ja, ég býst við því að þetta sé einkum til þess að fá salt í grautinn. Annars var ég einmitt að velta þessu fyrir mér um daginn, og þá komst ég að því að það er í raun flugið sem heldur mér á jörðinni."
I am not entirely sure what she's going on about, but there's something about flying keeping her grounded, and how being a flight attendant is what puts the salt in her porridge. 

Salt in her porridge? As I said, fresh. And lovely.


Anonymous said...

Hah, I like your description 'fresh and lovely'. Do you understand Icelandic?

Fëanor said...

Nope, but I'm an early adapter of machine translation tools.

Maddy said...

she looks lovely anyway...

Fëanor said...

True, true.

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