Wednesday 27 June 2012: Black Wednedsay
The morning papers were full of how the previous day local beaches had been covered in oil. A pipe at the local Aboño power station had ruptured in the early hours of the morning, allowing some 10,000 litres of fuel oil to drain into the local river and from there into the sea a few hundred metres downstream.
From there it contaminated several beaches to the west. No sooner had the modest local tourist trade started to benefit from a few days of good weather than their beaches had to be closed and barriers stretched accross a local harbours.
That afternoon, for emphasis, the sky turned black and gave us a five hour thunderstom with marble sized hail.