from Wednesday, December24th of the year2008.
How come the New York times sticks all the accents and circonflexes everywhere when they write about France? Look:
In Paris, however, the bÃ»che is another opportunity for creativity, commerce, competition and consumption. Every bakery has bÃ»ches, large and small, but the big houses like Dalloyau and LenÃ´tre, and the artisan pastry and chocolate shops, like Jean-Paul Hévin and Pierre Hermé, all produce special bÃ»ches every year.
And then when they write about Iceland, they can’t get a little Ã¶ to happen:
Audur Capital, a venture capital firm in Reykjavik, Iceland, has started its second fund, named Bjork, with 100 million Icelandic kronur (about $816,330) from Bjork and the firm. They are raising more money now, with the goal of closing the fund in March. The Bjork fund will invest in early-stage businesses concentrating on green technology, with the goal of helping fuel a recovery of Iceland’s economy, which was devastated by a financial crisis this fall.
Now, this is actually really, really interesting. Audur Capital (or, AuÃ°ur Capital, rather) claims, on their hÃ¶mepÄge: “Our company is founded by women with a vision to incorporate feminine values into the world of finance.”
Women in Iceland, as elsewhere, are generally more practical than men, they have their feet more squarely on the ground and they study the consequences of the risks they take with greater diligence, says Tomasdottir, who on the week I was in Reykjavik gave a speech on the subject that was received with almost evangelical excitement by the 100 influential women present. Among them was Oddny Sturludottir, a Reykjavik city councillor, who emerged from the meeting eyes blazing.
“˜We are all furious in Iceland but women especially so,’ she said. “˜We trusted the men at the helm and now we feel fooled, and totally convinced that if it had been women in charge we wouldn’t be owing all these billions right now. They talk about the Viking model! What is the Viking model? Rapists and robbers! That’s no model for the 21st century.’
So, this is great! Halla & KristÃn are getting it going. Somebody needs to write to the Times, though, and get them to organize some Ã¶ and Ã¡. If they’re going to run around talking about bÃ»che this and bÃ»che that, it’s only fair.