Magazine by and for the volcano-stranded

Like hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people around the world, I've been stranded by the Iceland volcano, caught on the North American landmass and unable to return home to London. We're fine, but incredibly busy trying to keep up with our commitments at 9,000 miles' remove.

Andrew Losowsky is also one of the stranded, and he's starting a (short-lived, I hope!) magazine made by and for stranded people around the world:

If you're out there and interested, email me and tell me what you do. I'll then give you an assignment to complete today/tomorrow. Depending on how long this thing lasts, we'll work the rest of it out from there. The copyright will remain yours on anything you produce, I just ask for permission to include it in the currently-untitled ashcloud magazine (working titles include Grounded, SkyFail and Someday We'll Fly Away.)

If you'd like to be a part of the core creative team who will put together this impromptu publication, let me know as well. The only criterion for any contributor is that, like me, you have to be stuck somewhere unintentionally.

If all goes well, the results will be published, probably via MagCloud and/or the Newspaper Club, and any proceeds sent to a charity that helps mitigate the effects of climate change on human populations. After all, we have to repent somehow.

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(Image: Incredible Iceland volcano photo, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from paulmiller's photostream)


  1. Has the title of the magazine been settled yet? As a Canadian I feel it should be called “Take off, eh?!”

  2. Hah, neat idea. As far as magazine names go though, I’m actually rather taken with just ‘Ashcloud Magazine.’ Poetic!

  3. I really do have to wonder why these stranded people can’t take a boat. It’s not like it’s a lost technology.

  4. There was a site “Where were you when 9/11 happened?” that wanted to catalogue people’s stories of the event, it’d be interesting to have one for this event too. Maybe have a “dollars [or I guess euros in this case] per km spent”-meter to see who had the most expensive, and the longest rides. There’ll be probably a lot of stranded people meeting and falling in love too, so that’s kinda sweet.

    On the topic of getting boats, they’re not cheap, and they’re slow. Incredible to realize that planes are actually fast and cost-effective.

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