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General Chat Thread, Has anyone *seen* the ash? in General; Our cars are covered in grit today too. I assume this is volcano fallout....
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    Our cars are covered in grit today too. I assume this is volcano fallout.

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    Anybody missing holidays over this? I was ment to be flying out yesterday for a 10 day holiday - was moved to tomorrow but now looks like that will be cancelled aswell.

    Also does anybody know what staff they will be missing for monday? currently i know my old school will be without a science teacher, 2 english teachers and an IT teacher as they are all stuck abroad! the science teacher has not been given a flight home until the 3rd May but is on standby until then!

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    Hadnt thought of that - we have one teacher in Oz, one in Tibet to my knowledge

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    Iceland's disruptive volcano: 18 photos total.

    Link: Iceland's disruptive volcano - The Big Picture - Boston.com

    Source: Boston.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    If we are going to be inconvenienced and unable to fly to see our colleagues in soton, we want something to look at at least!
    If it helps, it is nice and sunny this morning! Thad said, and I may be convincing myself of this, the sky does look a little yellowish and hazy. Certainly not raining ash and pumice yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Also does anybody know what staff they will be missing for monday?
    1 of our VP's and the 1 of Team Leaders went to vietnam, and were due to fly back on friday so i guess they are still stuck there and could be for another week by the sounds of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz350 View Post
    1 of our VP's and the 1 of Team Leaders went to vietnam, and were due to fly back on friday so i guess they are still stuck there and could be for another week by the sounds of it.
    My parents were due to fly back to Cyprus on Sunday morning - that's been cancelled. No visible signs of any ash falling to ground here, sunny, warm, clear blue skies, distinct lack of bird song though...

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    We've got at least one teacher stranded in Brunei due to the ash.

    The weather has been gorgeous for a few days now, although slightly hazy.

    Amazing isn't it how one event, a thousand miles away can cause our entire country trouble, and a lot of the rest of Europe too. The knock on effects, if it lasts much longer, could be pretty bad though, as lots of goods are shipped by air-freight, such as medication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Our cars are covered in grit today too. I assume this is volcano fallout.
    I read somewhere that the Home Counties had report of ash on the ground. Nothing here in East Sussex. Other reports I've read suggest the ash has been detected at a much lower level in the sky, as low as 4000ft in some areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post

    Amazing isn't it how one event, a thousand miles away can cause our entire country trouble, and a lot of the rest of Europe too. The knock on effects, if it lasts much longer, could be pretty bad though, as lots of goods are shipped by air-freight, such as medication.
    We were just discussing the knock on effect of this on not just the airlines, but industries that serve them - in-flight meals and taxis for example. And what about the shops and catering at airports? No passengers means no customers. The awful thing is, this eruption could go on for months. Apparently the same volcano erupted for almost a year back in the 1800's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Our cars are covered in grit today too. I assume this is volcano fallout.
    Lol, So is my car, I'll keep telling myself it's due to the volcano fallout. In reality however it's because the car hasn't seen any Turtlewax Shampoo or a sponge in the last 9 or so months! ;-)

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    Last edited by bgarston; 17th April 2010 at 12:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    We were just discussing the knock on effect of this on not just the airlines, but industries that serve them - in-flight meals and taxis for example. And what about the shops and catering at airports? No passengers means no customers. The awful thing is, this eruption could go on for months. Apparently the same volcano erupted for almost a year back in the 1800's!
    Its scary isn't it, how something so simple as ash can bring modern transport to its knees. What will likely happen though is that the European air industry will now start looking at solutions to get around the problem. Some form of filters to prevent ash getting into the engine etc...

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    Looks like there is plenty more on the way! Server seems to be getting quite a lot of traffic so may be a tad slow.

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    Sadly the volcanic ash may have claimed its first aircraft related victims.

    This despite being strongly advised NOT to fly.

    Link: BBC News - Two die as aircraft crashes into field in Hampshire

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    Our cars are covered in fine sandy powder.

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