Thursday, April 15, 2010


A second eerie plume in the sky this decade causing grounded planes. One feels for the thousands who are experiencing disrupted travel plans, but this looks bigger on the global repercussions than individual plans thwarted. Vulcanologists are a bit quiet upon the eventual outcome, the last time this occurred in Iceland in 1821 it continued for 18 months, causing a 'year without Summer'.

I can't see this natural disaster improving the fragile British Summer much, just the consolation of spectacular sun-sets, caused by the refraction of dust and ash. I remember being in Sicily in '83 when Europe's largest Volcano, Etna, was stirring. 'Il Volco, fuma'  locals would say, shrugging their shoulders. 

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