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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-15 10:11
Subject: Okay ...
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It's not just Scotland.

I see that BAA are suspending all flights out of Heathrow and Stansted.

(Looks out of window)

Is that just overcast, or is it volcanic dust?

Looking at the map, they appear to be following the precautionary principle, so we probably don't actually have dust over us right now, not down here, but they don't want to send planes up into something that might cause severe damage to turbojets. (Not since the scary time a 747 lost all 4 engines and nearly came down as a result.)

ETA: following crazyscot's link will bring you to this page of graphics file links, of which big, big graphicCollapse ) shows the latest forecast.

ETA: farewell, Denmark. They're closing their airspace at 1600Z.
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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-15 12:57
Subject: We said cash, not ash!
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That is the current page title on the website FlightRadar24.com

If you want to see where in European airspace planes currently are, and are not, flying, then have a look at that Google Maps/ATC mashup. Warning: somewhat overloaded site.

(Gacked from brisingamen, who credits ceiliog.)
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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-15 13:57
Subject: On being a fully paid up farmer
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Tags:wimpole community farm
As of last night, we're now members of the Wimpole Community Farm scheme.

Back in January, there was an initial meeting to gauge interest in a Community Supported Agriculture scheme. The plan was to create an association which would then rent some land, hire a grower, and have vegetables grown for their consumption.

As of last night, a name was chosen (see above) and membership is now open. bellinghwoman and I joined, and uitlander would have if she'd been able to make it there. Membership fees (which do not include rights to produce, but do provide voting rights, etc.) is £2.00 per month per member, which is expected to cover administrative costs. Actual produce cost will be on a per-share subscription, with a share expected to produce on average a vegetable box per week. The management team think this should be somewhere in the £10-12 range. They currently expect a full share to be suitable for a family of 4, and a half share for a couple.
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