Eyjafjallajökull has trapped my parents in Barcelona

On Sunday we were optimistic that Manchester Airport might be open again by now and there’d be a good chance of them being back today. The airport was supposed to be open from 8 this morning, but when Dad phoned at 9 I checked and renewed eruptions meant it was going to stay closed until this evening at least. There’s going to be an air traffic update at 3pm.

As well as all the people trapped here or abroad there are other problems. There shall be no new (US) comics in the UK this week. More seriously, supplies of some lines of fruit and veg are running low (and the iPad may be delayed). Maybe this will prompt supermarkets to move away from “just in time” exotic foods to something along the lines of “just in season”.