Ash cancels more European gigs, fans are magmanimous
UPDATE 0850 - nearly all UK flights have now been cancelled until at least 1am tomorrow morning, with further cancellations possible; some services are being permitted in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. Check with your airline before travelling, etc.
The good news is that following the British Airways strikes and several days of volcanic activity in Iceland, the UK is on course to meet its annual carbon emission targets. The bad news is the fortnight in Magaluf is off. As a nation of orange-skinned, white-tracksuited holiday makers lament at the loss of their duty free goods, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on Iceland continues to knacker international flights.
The latest news from the Bitterwallet Ash Pollution Survey department (BAPS) is that all UK flights have been cancelled until 7pm tonight; there'll be a review of conditions after 8am this morning; it's possible the flight ban may be extended into Saturday. Once it's lifted, it may take several days for services to return to normal since many planes will be out of position, and demand will no doubt exceed supply.
As the ash cloud has spread into mainland Europe, so the cancellations have followed; planes departing Paris and regional airports in Northern France have been grounded until this afternoon, while flights to the Baltics have been cancelled or severely restricted. Watch the skies, friends.