An email arrived this morning detailing a very strange-sounding event:

VOLCANO FUN DAY, Holyrood Park Saturday 8 October, 11am – 3pm. A family activity day all about volcanoes – explore modern and ancient volcanoes and meet the scientists who work on them. There will be hands-on activities, films and information indoors, and outdoor [...]

Journalistic priorities

I was talking to a journalist today concerning a volcano study; at one point he said, and I paraphrase only slightly, “Oh no – a ‘good news’ story! I can’t use that! We journalists are only interested when people are getting covered in lava.”

So if the news seems unremittingly gloomy, now you know why.


With so much confusion about how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull, it’s surprising the media are not using the volcano’s other name, Eyjafjöll, which is rather easier to remember …

Volcanic ash over the UK

With UK air space closed due to the ash cloud from the eruption of Eyjafjöll in Iceland, and ash falling in Shetland and Orkney, it might be worth recalling the last time an ashfall in the UK occurred. It was in 1755, and the volcano in question was another subglacial one, a neighbour of Eyjafjöll, [...]