Picture of a judge's wigThis Is Not A BLOG!Picture of a judge's wig


Down To Earth

What's right with this picture?

Photo of a blue sky without vapour trails

Usually, at all hours of the day, this skyscape would be a web of vapour trails as passenger jets fly over us on their way into and out of airports at Liverpool and Manchester.

This evening however, there's not the slightest vestige of a trail - it's just pure blue sky and a little cloud. This because the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has sent a cloud of ash southward and eastward, grounding virtually all air transport in north-western Europe.

As usual, the media are trying to portray this disruption as some sort of catastrophe. Nothing, it seems, can be considered 'important' - or even significant - unless it causes some minor and temporary inconvenience to the middle classes, who have been carefully trained through the generations to believe that they have a natural, almost divine, entitlement to have their own way on everything.

Perhaps this is nature's way of telling them that it will not be mocked for long, and that zooming about in the skies on board the aeronautical equivalent of a sewer pipe may not be such a good idea in the long term.

In the meantime, enjoy some uncluttered blue skies while you can.