As I write this I should be on my way to Dublin’s National Concert Hall for an evening celebrating the music of Nat 'King' Cole. Of course, a well known volcano in Iceland has put a stop to that. Luckily for me I can just get right back on the ship I have been working for a week already where I can hopefully stay till it’s all blown over. I’ve got off lightly. I know dozens of entertainers who are stranded all over the world, from Dubai to Brazil, all desperate to get home or get to work somewhere else and unlike John Cleese don't have £3000 spare for a taxi. The disruption is incredible and every flight missed has it's own story: unattended funerals and weddings, missed holidays and people needing medical treatment.
"Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown became Iceland’s most hated men when they officially labelled the country as a terrorist state"
I can’t help wonder whether some Icelanders are feeling quietly pleased that Karma is playing out in their favour. In 2008 Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown became Iceland’s most hated men when they officially labelled the country as a terrorist state and seized it’s banks’ assets. This blatant abuse of anti-terror legislation was part of their plan to make sure the Icelanders repaid their debts to Britain. The result was to cause their economy to implode to the extent that if Russia had not stepped in with billions of dollars the Icelanders could have starved. Considering that fall out from their volcano has cost UK airlines alone over $200 million a day, one can’t help be reminded of the adage “what goes around comes around”.