29 Apr 2010

Those RSA members who: a) live in the northern hemisphere; b) own a television: or c) tried to fly anywhere near northern Europe in the past couple of weeks will be aware of the disruption caused by the eruption of the Icelandic volcano named Eyjafjallajökull. You may also have learned via the main RSA website that Chief Executive Sally Hardy and Development Manager Auréliane Beauclair found themselves grounded in the United States following their attendance at the Association of American Geographers conference in Washington DC.

For those of us not lucky enough to be flying to or from North America/Northern Europe, the RSA blog has sourced some dramatic images to illustrate just why there was such disruption. The original image set can be found on the pages of boston.com but if you click on any of the thumbnails above a short image show will begin... (click on an image to see the next one)

Well, the RSA blog can exclusively reveal that both Sally and Auréliane are now back at RSA HQ in Seaford, having stopped off in Iceland to deal with the volcano (is there anything they can't do?). With the Pécs conference (see Speakers Program List here) now only four weeks away, I'm sure everyone is glad that they are back in Europe and making the final preprations for the biggest ever RSA international conference.

Finally, we must not forget the pronunciation issue. Just how do you say Eyjafjallajökull? Look at the video below to find out...