If you’ve wondered why you don’t run into so many people with silly high-pitched, Joe Pasquale voices these days, I can enlighten you. There is a national shortage of helium.
I only discovered this today when I revisited Tatton Hall. Ever since we went there over the August bank holiday weekend, I promised myself that the next time the skies were blue, I’d return to photograph the Pont de Singe exhibit.
Well the sky did eventually turn blue, but them so did I when I found out that the exhibit had been dismantled before the Tatton biennial ends on 30 September and all because of the shortage of helium.
It’s all the fault of the American, of course. Almost all the world’s helium is produced there and the plants have been closed for maintenance. This has resulted in inflated prices (geddit?) that could see the demise of the party balloon within ten years. (See the Independent article)
But back to Tatton, I made the most of it with photos of other things, like the scarecrow above in the kitchen garden, but I still couldn’t help feeling deflated.