I don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve been sneezing all day. I thought it might have been something in the air in my flat, so I opened the windows wide. It made no difference at all. Finally, I went out and had a beer outside a pub – and carried on sneezing.

Puzzled, I began to wonder if I had become newly allergic to pollen as I never used to be. The penny only finally dropped when I noticed an online report that the ash cloud from the Grimsvotn volcano (which started erupting on Saturday) was over Scotland.

Below is a satellite photo taken yesterday:

I guess that the ash cloud at top left must have been swept south and then east over Britain (at bottom right). Yesterday was very wet, and so if there had been ash in the air, it would have been washed out. But today it has been fine and sunny, so the ash wouldn’t have been washed out.

Nice to come up with a highly plausible explanation of why I’ve been sneezing all day, and why my nose has been running.

But am I the only person in Britain who has been sneezing a lot today?

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13 Responses to Sneezing

  1. DerekP says:

    “… explanation of why I’ve been sneezing all day, and why my nose has been running”

    Coincidental perhaps but I’ve been in most of the day at the computer with the windows shut with no sneezing, then I went out to the shops about 1530 and have had a runny nose and fits of sneezing since.

    • Frank Davis says:

      So I’m not the only one.

      I keep the windows in my flat slightly open all the time, so fine ash would have been carried in, and I started sneezing as soon as I got up this morning.

  2. Sok says:

    I was having a siesta and i noticed lots of partiles in the shaft of light by my velux shade. –

  3. Brigitte says:

    No sneezing here – I am only allergic to ignorant people and liars, both of which pretty much sum up the anti-smoking brigade – but there is very fine dust on my car.
    I like volcanoes, they are smokers!

  4. Once every month or two I’ll suddenly get caught up in sneezing fits where I’ll sneeze ten or twenty times or so over the space of three or four minutes. Heh… and I’m one of those “Big Sneeze” people: I actually hop up in the air when I sneeze! Never pinned any of them to a specific cause though.


    • Rose says:

      I do that too, for no reason at all that I can think of, just a long run of tiny sneezes that stops me in my tracks.
      It’s quite fun, unless you are driving or pouring boiling water of course.

  5. SadButMadLad says:

    But do you suffer from the ACHOO Syndrome? Look it up!

    • Frank Davis says:

      A disorder characterized by nearly uncontrollable paroxysms of sneezing provoked in a reflex fashion by the sudden exposure of a dark-adapted subject to intensely bright light, usually to brilliant sunlight. The number of successive sneezes is usually 2 or 3, but can be up to about 40.


  6. xopher says:

    I’m certainly allergic to ASH – every time I see an anti smoking ad base on propaganda my blood pressure goes through the roof.

  7. The Achoo Syndrome eh? Yet another sound reason to call for an immediate ban on daytime patio dining facilities. Workers suffering from this sad disability would undoubtedly be denied jobs at such places or be forced to choose between a paycheck and their aaaacachhhhhhooooooooo!

  8. Frank J says:

    Try telling the medics that this is ‘coincidence’. Not a hope. Having suffered from reactions to dust and pollen since approaching 40, it must be smoking according to them. No answer as to why I didn’t have it from starting smoking at 15 ’till nearly 40 and no answer as to why I don’t get it in dust and pollen free environments, it’s still smoking. All tests – x-rays, ECG etc. found absolutely nothing so it must be smoking.

    “Why don’t you give up?” says the Doc.
    “Because I’ve been smoking for 50 years and enjoy it” says I
    “It gives you things like chronic bronchitis” says the Doc.
    “Have I got it or ever had it?” says I
    “Well, no” says the Doc.” but you could do”

    Sheesh!. In the meantime I have to put up with the heavy discomfort – blocked ears, nose, chest congestion etc from excess mucus caused by the reaction as they simply can do nothing about it. They don’t know and don’t care. But, apparently, I should give up smoking.

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