Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Lost in the Ash

Apologies for the lack of smart-Alec comments recently, but Screenwriter is currently stranded in London following the advance of — you won’t have heard of this — a cloud of annoying volcanic ash. As things stand, it’s looking as if I may …

Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 02:06

   

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Apologies for the lack of smart-Alec comments recently, but Screenwriter is currently stranded in London following the advance of — you won’t have heard of this — a cloud of annoying volcanic ash. As things stand, it’s looking as if I may accidentally become The Irish Times’s stand-by Westminster correspondent. Flights keep getting cancelled and Heathrow becomes ever more like a ghost town.

It’s a very peculiar experience. Not since the second World War has such disruption hit Europe’s airways. Yet no discernible oddness is visible over the skies of London’s historic Mayfair. As we tumbled out of the tube at dinnertime, scores of commuters were searching the skies for the promised pink sunset, but all we saw was the usual humdrum greyness.

By way of contrast, this morning’s experience — arriving in the airport to talk of sinister volcanic emanations — was reminiscent of the first few hours of a Roland Emmerich film. The minor climactic oddness promised  later ghastly calamity. Happily, the earth refused to split and giant lizards remained in their lairs.

Anyway, if you are stranded in some north-European Nowhere (and you have an iPhone) then the good news is that stuff from The Ticket (like this garbage) is, from today, available on our smashing Irish Times “app”. Look hard and you might see a tiny picture of Screenwriter fuming by gate 84.