Monday, April 19, 2010

Cloud Cover

I don’t want to worry you all unnecessarily, but the last time Eyjafjallajökull erupted it lasted two years – from 1821 to 1823. But we didn’t have aeroplanes back then and we didn’t rely so much on imports for food.

The BBC Reports:

One of the UK's biggest fresh fruit importers said business had ground to a halt because of the disruption. Anthony Pile, chairman of Blue Skies, said the company was losing £100,000 a day as produce was rotting in Brazil and Africa."Losing a day is a disaster, losing three days is unbelievable and I don't know what we're going to do if we go into the middle of next week," he said.

Meanwhile the people who live close to airports are enjoying some peace and quiet, there are no vapour trails in the sky and the birds are singing. But panic buying has apparently set in and holiday bookings in Clacton, Blackpool and Brighton are surging.

And the Olympics are just two years away! It’s all about timing. If only it had stranded all the politicos and VIPs in Copenhagen last year. Still that’s Mother Nature for you, unpredictable but always ready to remind us who’s the boss.


  1. This is one of those situations in which the "powers-that-be" are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

    If planes were allowed to fly and one crashed with loss of life then The Media would be demanding to know why flying wasn't banned. As the threat is unseen then it is difficult to convince people that there is a threat at all and people stuck in Miami are demanding to know why they can't fly home.

    It does seem, however, that there is no contingency plan for situations like this. Would it not be possible for transatlantic flights to land in Spain (or North Africa and then hop across to Spain)? It is possible to get to London from Spain by train in less than 24 hours so why isn't there a plan to achieve this?

    If people are actually getting back to the UK then that should be a clue that there are routes open.

  2. great poem by our poet laureate on the subject'Silver lining'

    Mark Santos

  3. But there was a massive volcanic eruption some years earlier in the 19th century, which caused appalling agricultural and economic damage in England because of the effect upon the weather here.

  4. Mother naturemay be seen as the boss but that's only an atheists name for God. these conditions are only proof that the Bible is the best predictor of events ever. 'The end is nigh' they used to shout; well, now the end is in sight and woe betides anyone who isn't prepared.
    No, I am not a mad merchant of doom and gloom, but a God-fearing Christian who has read and believes all that has been foretold.

  5. I "bet" you're not popular at the Bookies.

  6. Mother Earth is much smaller than a grain of sand in the Universe and we don't even know how far the Universe stretches. In mathematics, we have infinity on a straight line which can be interpreted as a circle of infinite radius.
    Stepping up the thinking, try and increase the radius of a sphere and then, my vision of what is happening is frame-freezing: can't visualise it!
    That's the beauty of maths, we set the rules and eventhough we do come a cropper quite regularly!

  7. It makes even more sense of the views (like mine) of the anti man-made global warming theorists. That'll show the lying b....s!