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At around 1130 GMT yesterday, users around the world started experiencing difficulties using Google services such as YouTube and Gmail.  Despite this, Google’s status dashboard continued to indicate that everything was working fine for some time.  Meanwhile, Google’s search engine appears to have continued to work normally. The problem was quickly traced to an outage [...]

Fifteen years ago today, at 6am on Sunday 11th December 2005, the largest ever explosion and fire in peacetime Western Europe took place at the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot in Hemel Hempstead.  Miraculously there were no fatalities, and only 60 casualties; but in every other sense the impact of the incident was huge.  Summarising some [...]