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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Krakatoa East of Gatwick

I am decidedly gemused at the massive health and safety eruption currently spewing (and I don't use that word often enough) forth in the banking capital of the world.

Grounding planes is 100% sensible.

However, the huff and puff about the risk of lung issues though is somewhat overworked (in Sweden I am advised that they are advising people to close their windows).

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  1. Anonymous12:05 PM

    Sadly, in the UK, Nanny just likes to boss people about.....Fortunately, being an adult, I am able to make up my own mind about venturing out or not.....Here are my criteria, should my garden table be covered in thick dust one morning and I can taste or feel dust in my mouth, I shall stay in if not, I shall go out......Fortunately, I grew up at a time when we had a real education system that encouraged independent thought and allowed people to weigh up risk.

  2. Anon at 12-05 was me; Tonk.

  3. May I also say that I am embarrassed by the number of British people being interviewed on the TV crying because they can't fly. We have become a nation of cry babie, what ever happened to the British stiff upper lip? Some times in life you don't get all you want, not everyone wins prizes and some times you do get a no.....Still no need to blub in public though, where's your self respect?

  4. microdave1:04 PM

    I've been logging on to this site:
    which shows quite a lot of commercial flights. And also shows where the dust cloud is. Often takes 2 or 3 attempts to get it to load, though...

  5. Lord of Atlantis2:45 PM

    Tonk. said...
    "May I also say that I am embarrassed by the number of British people being interviewed on the TV crying because they can't fly. We have become a nation of cry babie, what ever happened to the British stiff upper lip? Some times in life you don't get all you want, not everyone wins prizes and some times you do get a no.....Still no need to blub in public though, where's your self respect?"

    Well said, Tonk, questions I often ask myself! Speaking personally, I have never flown in my life (I am one of those weird people who have a fear of flying) but it doesn't bother me, nor do I feel hard done by, nor seek to blame anyone for this. As for business winging about people being unable to get to meetings, haven't they heard of the internet?

  6. Julius Caesar2:49 PM

    If one volcano in Iceland can cause so much hassle for this country I shudder to think what would happen if one were to errupt in England!

  7. Speaking as someone who lives here in Spain…….

    The grounding of all flights heading to the U.K. is certainly making me cry.

    I just want these soap dodging, tattooed,‘pinto di beero’ ordering, dullards to piss off and take their padded bra wearing 7 year old daughters and Nintendo addicted sons with them.

    The only positive thing is that no pasty skinned, 'Heat' magazine reading, bingo obsessed, whingers have landed in the last 4 days either.

  8. Anonymous10:43 PM

    By the way, to an impressionable 13-year old, "Krakatoa East of Java" was a pretty cool movie.

  9. Anonymous5:49 PM

    It's strange reading some of the stories from the past week of people's reactions to flights being cancelled. One woman burst into tears because she couldn't get to the wedding she'd been planning for three years. In my experience, one failure every three years would be a failure rate to be proud of - a cause to break out the bubbly, not burst into tears.

    I've been working on a project for the past three years where a major setback occurred on average of about once every three weeks. Sometimes it meant tearing everything up and starting all over again. I finally got it working, but if it had taken another three years then so be it.

    There's something to be said for tasting the experience of working on a project for a year, then going to bed one night knowing it's been a complete failure and you'll be waking up in the morning to start from scratch again. It really does test one's mettle.

    Also, in any endeavour it's always a good idea to plan for so-called sad-face scenarios where things go wrong, rather than to assume that only smiley-face outcomes will occur.

    My advice to the woman would be: if he hasn't done a runner, then get him to sign up to another wedding and start planning for it right away. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll get him nailed down.

  10. Mr Potato Head9:39 AM

    How long before someone admits that the risk to aircraft was only theoretical anyway? It seems the airlines have been running test flights with no problems at all...

    Good ol' nanny, always taking the most extreme position, instead of appraising the facts!

  11. @ Julius Caesar - I thank my lucky stars that I live in geologically stable England. I would not want to live anywhere near to Mt. Rainier in the States (one bad lahar from that one will drown Seattle!!), Lake Toba in Indonesia, Fuji in Japan, or Campi Flegri in Italy. The few invasive volcanoes that are here are well extinct - Edinburgh Castle is built upon the remains of one.

    @ Mr Potato Head: I'm a little nervous about the test flights because volcanic ash will vitrify in the engine...perhaps cumulatively?

    Me, I'm affected by the damn cloud: I'm due to fly to Edinburgh for a convention on Friday and there's no guarantee that I can. Apparently, even if the cloud has cleared, there's going to be a huge backlog and we will not be permitted to fly - or even that the domestic flight planes will be used to pick up folks from France...can anyone confirm this likelihood?

  12. Mr Potato Head12:00 PM

    Yes, it's possible the damage could be cumulative, so further tests need to be done. If we do get our planes back in the air, then they would need careful monitoring.

    That would be a sensible approach. Just banning all flights until further notice on a theory however, doesn't seem so sensible.

    That's our problem these days, nobody wants to be the one to say "go ahead and fly" because they're terrified of the legal consequences if things go wrong. Generally speaking, if things did go wrong, it might well be the lack of careful monitoring etc that would be the cause, not the decision to fly in itself... But that wouldn't stop the person giving the go ahead getting it in the neck!

  13. Lord of Atlantis12:32 PM

    I have to say that I am in favour of the ban, even if it does err on the side of caution. The alternative possibility, of a jumbo jet full of passengers having all its engines cut out whilst over a city and, consequently, crashing there is just too horrific to contemplate.