I am sad today. In fact I shed a few tears this morning while I was on the phone to Mr Ayak. It seems unlikely I'll get to England tomorrow, or for the foreseeable future, the way things are going.
And there is Mr Ayak, sad too, sitting in his business premises with no customers...because they're all stuck in the UK and other parts of Europe. This is a real problem for us. Mr A is committed to paying rent on these premises because he has signed a contract. If there are no customers, there will be no business, and no business means no money to pay rent or anything else.
But then you start to put things into perspective. I'm relieved that there are no flights and that safety has been put first. I feel sorry for those people who are stranded and unable to get home of course. But I am also a little irritated at some of these people who have appeared in some news reports, who are moaning about it. One man even said he thought the airlines should take a chance and resume some of the flights! What is it with people like this? Do they really not understand the implications of flying in these conditions? Or are they so wrapped up in themselves and how something affects them personally?
There are disasters and tragedies happening every minute of the day all over the world. More than a thousand people have lost their lives in the recent earthquake in China. Our soldiers are still being killed and maimed in Afghanistan. These are the important things in life. This is what makes me really sad.