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    I have this great idea for a movie, inspired by the air traffic disruptions over Europe caused by the volcano: The setting is one year in the future. The volcano in Iceland is still erupting (the last eruption of that volcano lasted 13 months) and additional eruptions have also broken out, adding to the mess (Iceland's volcanoes are actually in the upward phase of their 50-60 year cycle - true).

    We see the skies over Europe once again filled by blimps and prop-driven, low altitude aircraft. Jet airplanes are stacked out in the back fields of Europe's major airports, covered in fine volcanic ash that has been peppering down for months. In London, people are lined up at the waterfront to take water taxis out to waiting ocean lines, ready to embark across the north Atlantic to New York.

    As one walks down the streets of the city, thousands of shops have gone out of business because they can't get stock by air cargo. Everything now comes in by ship, or truck, and the highway congestion across Europe is horrendous. In the supermarkets, many grocery shelves are empty, with most only having the bare necessities of basic staples. Across town, in a church, a bride cries at her wedding because there are no flowers available. London, which once was the financial hub of the world, is now one big soup kitchen. The economy had already collapsed many months earlier and the brokerages houses are empty ghost offices.

    As our hero walks down the grimy street, he passes the old bank building, now just a fire gutted shell where, many months ago, police clashed with frightened and angry customers who had stormed the building demanding their savings. He notes the gray granite facade, and the now brown streaks of dried blood near the front door......


    Ok, now somebody else pick up the script from here. Let's see what we can collectively come up with!

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    [Aside - sorry to spoil the flow, but ...
    Meanwhile, in the leafy green suburb of Surbiton, octogenarians Tom and Barbara are enjoying barbecued home-grown chicken with home grown salad with their neighbours, Jerry and Margo, in the garden/farmyard they have "knocked through" into one - extended into the land Jerry bought with his golden handshake from the bank when he retired from his bank position, weeks before anyone had heard of sub-prime mortgages.]
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    The European airlines are now a cottage industry. Propeller driven general aviation has taken over. Small planes flying under the cloud without the sensitivity of jet engines shuttle four passengers at a time between airports. After the initial success of the large planes' test flights, the carriers realised that the ash was reducing the life of the engines to a tenth of their former duration and searched for an alternative. The spectacular crash of The French President's military aircraft finally convincing the airlines that the engineers were right about the risks.

    Airline captains who, twelve months previously were on £250k were now flying Cessnas for a fraction of that. Competing with the hobby pilots who were willing to work for virtually nothing, content to pay for their equipment costs.

    The big victims were the cabin crew, whose strikes had so disrupted business and holidaymakers in the previous year. Their skills equipping them either to work as waiters in the local Pizza hut or to collect shopping trollies at Tescos.

    An environmental catastrophe as road traffic increases as millions business travellers and holidaymakers take to their cars.

    Diversion: An aside... If this turns out to be a short term problem, there will be a spate of movies and TV films based on the "what if...?" scenario but, perversely, if it does last for a long time there will only be documentaries. Last year I spent three weeks on pre-production for a film called "Sub Prime" (I was never going to film it myself, just working out the camera/lighting logistics and helping the artist with the story-board.) As the credit crisis deepened, the project got cancelled because the reality of the crisis was just as interesting, if not more so, than the premise of the movie.

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    Meanwhile, in Berlin, Germany the resurgent Zeppelin airship company announced the roll-out of their new wide-body Blimp, the LZ 129-A, that can carry 200 passengers across the Atlantic in only three days. Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the announcement and proudly claimed that Germany was leading the way in making air travel enjoyable again.
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    Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the newly imposed World President was holding a meeting with the heads of the 5 corporations. Rockefeller turns to the chairman, Rothschild and asks for permission to address the meeting. Rothschild with his dark soulless eyes nods authoritatively as he sits back in his chair.

    "Mr Chairman, with your permission, I would like to address the matter of population tagging". In the matter of tagging the useless eaters, I would suggest following the usual roll out of African Union areas followed by the Asian Pacific areas, It has been predicted that there will be approximately 30% loss of chattel mostly due to resistance. We only expect the toxic nature of the nano ink to account for 10%, which is a great improvement over the the tagging chips which had to be postponed in the American Union areas last year via the flu vaccine."

    "Don't boar me with the details, said Rothschild just get it done on schedule. I don't care about the losses." Sheepishly Rockefeller sits down.

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    At 10 Downing street, the Prime Minister is discussing the situation with other high-ranking officials. Mr. Brown says, "The collapse of Iceland's major banks in late 2008 helped herald the start of the worldwide financial crisis. It brought the country's government to the brink of bankruptcy and wiped out billions of dollars worth of savings for bank customers here in Great Britain. What is it with Iceland? How can a remote island in the North Atlantic, with only about 320,000 people, be the source of so much damage?"

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    From the back of the room a rouge voice speaks out. "It's revenge from the cod wars". Turning his head, Gorden Brown looks toward John Prescott the ex deputy leader sat at the back of the room. "What are you talking about". he said in his puritanic highland droll. "It's all about cod" said Prescott, In the early 70's when we sent the Navy to protect the trawlers, You know when Iceland declared a 200 mile fishing limit around them". Gorden Brown turned back to the COBRA meeting and whispered to his secretary. If that idiot is allowed in here again I'll have somebodies bollx off.

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    In Washington, in the White House situation room, press secretary Robert Gibbs and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel were scratching their heads, on how President Obama could make political gains from the situation.

    "The president can't get any photo opportunities because that Icelandic volcano is getting all the press coverage", Gibbs mumbled over his beer.

    “Never let a serious crisis go to waste, I always say”, Rahm exclaimed, as Secretary Gibbs paced the room. “We must find a way to blame this on Sarah Palin and that damned Fox News channel.

    And at just that moment Robert Gibbs had an epiphany. and a sinister smile crept across his face. “Doesn’t Alaska have a lot of volcanoes?” he said. Rahm Emanual thought for a moment, then stood up and began to exit the room. Quickly looking back at Gibbs he said, “Yes, it does. And you know what you have to do.”

    45 minutes later a B1 bomber lifted off from a secret air force base in Colorado, loaded with one BLU 82 bomb. The sun was just starting to rise over the Rockies as the massive stealth plane banked sharply to the northwest on a course towards Mt. Redoubt.
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    Back at Downing Street, co-Prime Minister Clegg, suggests that, not to be out done and to confirm our "special relationship" with the US, missiles are immediately deployed to beef up the Dragon Falls ride at Chessington World of Adventures. Co-Prime Minister Brown holds his head in his hands and reminds Clegg that part of the deal of securing his support was to dismantle Trident.
    The newly elected leader of the opposition, Mr Boris Johnson utters something uninteligible but very Etonian. Vanessa Feltz agrees.
    After several cabinet meetings the co-Prime Ministers call a press meeting to announce:
    "President Obama. What he says"
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