Every Cloud of Volcanic Ash

has a silver lining. Twice today I was accidentally on the roads during the school run and each time it was remarkably quiet. Could it be that all those 4×4 families are stuck in Dubai?

Whenever I hear the word ‘volcano’ I think of the Mount Vesuvius, which is as close as I’ve ever been to one and was amongst the highlights of a box of Standard Fireworks. It’s the smaller of the cones; those Snow Storms were pretty good too.

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4 Responses to Every Cloud of Volcanic Ash

  1. makemeadiva says:

    As a non-flyer (currently – my status may change with the liberal application of pharmaceuticals or hypnosis) I will admit to feeling a frisson of shameful smugness towards those poor souls who are stuck elsewhere.

    You see flying is just not a reasonable activity for kids without wings and don’t even try to get me up in a Fancy Rocket.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    I think that might have been because school proper didn’t start yesterday (19th). It was Baker Day for most of schools. Only teachers in, no parents dropping children.

    School run was normal this morning. In any case, they estimate some 150,000 UK citizens are marooned overseas. Divide that number by the number of schools in the country (c. 25,000), while remembering that not all those marooned will have children, and I think that makes it 6 children per school at most and probably fewer. Not enough to make a difference.

    ps Carol Ann Duffy wrote a laureate poem, also called ‘Silver Lining’ – broadcast on the radio yesterday. Not one of her best.

  3. Stephen Foster says:

    Yes, I worked that out this morning. That volcano needed to be bigger ; )

    Carol Ann Duffy reads her poetry in a most terrible drone – it must get the nation reaching for the off button faster than anything.

  4. Daftburger says:

    It#s because all the teachers are stuck abroad after another bloody holiday! 😉
    http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/60-school-workers-stranded-ash-chaos/article-2040166-detail/article.html

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