I'm stuck in Mumbai because of this sodding volcano grounding all the flights. Does anyone want to write to me?
Trapped by the volcano
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Hello Oxy - I'm trapped in Brisbane by personal circumstances - in the morning your volcano will have calmed down, but I will still be here... :-)
or are you going to be stuck there for days? have if it's anything like delhi airport, it must be a bit grim...
Good morning, Oxy, old chap. I must say, the dust is giving us some very attractive sunsets and sunrises - shame you're not here to see them.
Hope you're installed in a reasonable hotel, not stuck at the airport.
At least if you've run out of reading material you could write your own.
It's to do with trapped wind...nothing's moving
Thank you for your nice post. I hope you are well. I am fine.
Poor you being stuck in Mumbai. My sister is stuck, all alone, in Rome, but her hotel has not turfed her out so at least she is not kipping on an airport floor. She queued for three hours to get a train ticket home; earliest is Monday. Then she had to go and find a quiet place to cry.
Glad to have had the opportunity to cheer you up.
Indian airport bookstalls are notoriously patchy - when I was en route from Delhi to Jakarta, all they had left was "Civil War, Interregnum & Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672" - I found the author's style far too melodramatic, and I'd guessed whodunnit before I was halfway through.
Don't dispair Oxy. There's a good Indian take away near the airport.
At least you've got the IPL. Tell a local you are Sachin Tendulkar's UK agent, should be good for a free pint
Did you see the 'family' returning (or was it going) to/from Borneo...as if Borneo doesn't have enough of its own knuckle dragging primates already.
Complaining they couldn't afford to stay in hotels.
Then why did you go?
Why aren't these people at work instead of indulging themselves in affectations they cannot afford.
I struggle to find sympathy for people complaining about one of their holidays being ruined. Just as well they have the other 7 or 8 to look forward to later in the year.
There is an upside to this. London and the South-East is really peaceful today. It's almost creepy.
Well it would be if some bastard wasn't shredding trees down the road. Either trees or copies of "Civil War, Interregnum & Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672" I'm not sure. Anyway, when he stops it's lovely.
Chin up. Think of the Empire and all that - although don't actually mention this to anybody, obviously...
BTW you were unrecognisable on Mastermind the other night. What a transformation! The boobs were very realistic.
Don’t listen to them Oxy, it’s bright and sunny here - and as usual - there’s loads of air traffic shuttling in and out of Heathrow. The whole volcanic ash malarkey is just an elaborate ploy to keep you out of the country.
On the plus side, Amazon have completely sold out of Civil War, Interregnum and Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672, so your in luck! It got some good reviews...
Civil War, Interregnum and Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672
...sorry I meant review.
1 of 2 found this review helpful...
So that's good then?
Thank you for the link to a review of an already intriguing tome, where I learned that
the style is much fresher than the usual and the author, Andrew Warmington, such that I now very much look forward to reading it. Must I travel to Mumbai?
Well, since you'll be there a while, try to get tickets to a really first-rate bride burning.
No thanks, I've just put one out.
I haven't burned a bride for nearly eight years. You never lose the craving though. Especially in this nice weather.
Hope you're okay Oxy and get home soon.
With all this lovely weather caused by the global warming from the volcano it's lovely on the South Coast.
Mumbai is that anywhere near Bombay ? Don't you hate it when they change place names for no reason (anyone would think they didn't enjoy being part of our empire !). Surely Bollywood should now be called Mullywood.
Maybe you can curry favor with some official and be brought out by boat.
Dear Dr Bridge,
I trust you are coping in India's favourite airport. The point is to stage things, perhaps. Two hours sitting, 15 minutes wandering around, a half hour coffee and so on. Change the routine every 6 hours.
I changed plans at Mumbai, once, but it was called Bombay, then, so I suppose it was all different. I can't say it was my favourite airport but it could be worse - try Nairobi or Bristol.
Remember that you are being thought about here, which is, I know, little reassurance, but is the best we can do.
Al quida must be well jelous. As Andy Hamilton reported on the News Quiz on R4, some TV journo got on her high horse with an airline and said "when will your planes fly again?". Duh, it's a volcano, who knows?
Hope you're keeping a still upper lip in amongst those foreign types Oxy - I was trapped at Malaga airport for nearly 3 hours once, so I share your pain. Coincidentally my cousin is also stuck in Mumbai at the moment!
Take care matey!
(in general I mean, not regarding my cousin)
I have 2 separate groups of friends stuck in Florida, one stuck in Kuwait, one stuck here but trying to get to Africa to get married, and one stuck in Egypt.
There are rumours that the YM's teacher is stuck in Spain and may not even be back in time for the year group's residential activity trip next weekend. If that is the case, there has been a call for a parent with Disclosure (Scotland) clearance to volunteer.
I'm sure you can all see me jumping up and down with my hand in the air.
(A weekend of building rafts, shelters and flying about on zip-wires? Yes please!)
Apart from anything else, have you seen the fit and sporty young guys who work in these places?!
Hang on in there Oxy, I've heard the government is sending a task force armed with Dyson's north as we speak.
It could be worse, you could be stuck in Grimsby
It is still lovely and peaceful in Henley-on-Thames. Lovely.
It's been fairly peaceful here too. We have an RAF base right over the water from us, and it's normally pretty noisy with the jets and helicopters, but at the moment there's only the choppers and small prop planes from the local flying school.
Thanks for all the lurve, gang. Well I'm going to be here for at least another week apparently as the flights are backed up till kingdom come even when they start. I'm even getting bored of cricket...
On the plus side, the employer's insurance is paying so I'm still in the hotel and paperbacks are really cheap, so I'll try and track down that book you all recommend.
Hang on in there Oxy. Stuff on the radio about people making it back home overland from as far as Mumbai. I always get a lump in my trousers - sorry, throat - when I've been away and seen the White Cliffs of Dover. Think how pleased you'll be!
One chap arriving back was interviewed in the Today Programme this morning. When asked if he was glad to see the White Cliffs of Dover he "Not really, as I'm a Welshman."
No pleasing some people.
Help is on its way (tenuous comedic link is that he taught Steve Coogan, Peter Kaye and Paddy McGuiness) - I'm sure he'd bring you back pillion.
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