Flack: Travel chaos

Hats off to the brave souls enduring an extended holiday/stressful travel chaos at the hands of Iceland's latest contribution to the European economy.

Flack learns that the volcanic ash may have triggered the latest big industry merger after Frank PR's Graham Goodkind and Taylor Herring's James Herring both found themselves stuck in Mauritius. The wheels were set in motion to create Frank Herring Mauritius, as Herring pledged: 'If we are not out of here by Thursday, let's have a meeting and print some stationery' ...

Another 'hands across the water' story from Switzerland, where generous M: Communications founder Nick Miles lent his spare car to Bell Pottinger's Luke Chauveau to drive his family all the way back to London. Flack is sure this act of inter-agency compassion was in no way influenced by the fact Chauveau is Miles' brother-in-law ...

John Lehal, MD of Insight PR, is clearly struggling to come to terms with reality from New Delhi. He mused: 'I went online for the first time in a fortnight to find volcanoes have closed down most of EU airspace and the Lib Dems are topping the polls - I refuse to believe either' ...

Other increasingly impatient travellers include Westminster City Council's comms head Alex Aiken in the US, Sarah Lee of Hot Tin Roof stranded in Canada, Sophie Smith of GolinHarris stuck in Madrid and Heidi Bruckland of Pegasus PR, dodging red-shirt protests in Bangkok ...

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