Saturday, 17 April 2010

Volcano update

I can't even spell, let alone pronounce, the name of the Icelandic volcano that has caused world-wide travel disruption. The closure of UK airspace has been extended until 0100 tomorrow, Sunday, and much European space is closed as well. There was a thin film of what I assumed to be volcanic dust over the car this morning so the cloud must have reached us, although the sky still seems to be blue.

Yesterday I phoned my daughter in Portugal in case she and her party were unaware of the difficulties they would face trying to return home this weekend. They did know about the problem and had spent several hours trying to arrange alternative travel. The best they could manage was a flight next Wednesday, so she will miss the first three days of the new term and the rest of her party - like so many thousands of others - will also be late returning to work.

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