We started 2021 with over 50,000 new COVID-19 cases each day. A new record high of 57,725 new cases on 2nd January triggered alarms in authorities across the UK. Agencies monitoring the transmission of the disease published graphs that [...]
Beyond this COVID Pandemic. At this poignant time, it feels appropriate to look forward with hope and trust and self belief. It seems to me that our future, peace, happiness, prosperity, and indeed our long-term survival are all contingent [...]
COVID and Brexit have dominated the news for the last three months with both becoming increasingly critical through December to year end. In England the second national lockdown ended on 1st December and the country reverted to the regional [...]
On December 14th Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced in parliament that a new variant of COVID-19 had been identified and was spreading much faster in some areas across the country. There was statistical evidence of an increasing surge in [...]
Results of accelerated COVID vaccine test and trial programmes around the world have come to fruition this month. US drugs company Pfizer and German company Biontech have been working collaboratively. On 9th November they jointly announced that they had [...]
During the 2010 to 2015 term of government in the UK (Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition) the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the ‘2013 spending round’ a provision of £500 million to support schemes for ULEV (Ultra Low Emission [...]
I have observed some spectacular sunrises this month during my morning walks with the dog. The reducing daylight hours remind me that winter closing in, the northern hemisphere is getting colder and darker. The most pressing thing on the [...]
In the UK we are accelerating into the next onslaught from COVID-19. On Tuesday 29th September the global death-toll from passed the 1 million mark. Once again, I am compelled to produce a separate post, focusing on Novel Coronavirus [...]
COVID-19 has been strengthening it's lethal grip on humanity during the month. Many countries including the UK are moving into what appears to be a second wave. We remain hopeful that a vaccine may be available in the new [...]
Our skies now have tell-tale signs that advanced economies are edging back into action. The purity of our skies, glorious while it lasted, is now once again again criss-crossed with vapour trails. I’m increasingly aware of the sound of [...]
We have been taking solace from the tranquility of our garden this month, as the outside world seems to have drifted further into some kind-of surrealistic dreamlike state. The easing of the lock-down announced by Boris Johnson 's triggered [...]
It’s the end of May 2020, Spring has sprung, we are through the initial COVID peak and the lockdown is being eased. The earlier panic buying and public anxiety about Coronavirus is being superseded by a public vexation about [...]
It's Easter Bank-holiday Monday, 12th April 2020, less than 10 days since my last post. Spring has sprung and yesterday was an Easter Day like no other, warm, gloriously sunny and memorable for all the wrong reasons. On this day, [...]
How is it that COVID-19 killed 4943 UK citizens in 31 days? We are one of the most economically and scientifically advanced nations in the world. Of course, now is not the time to ask such questions. We must instead focus on fire fighting. Our beloved NHS is in the front-line of this fire fight
The UK prepares for the impact of COVID-19. Frighteningly we still don't have adequate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for our front-line staff and workers in the NHS and we are many months away from any kind of reliable antidote or immunisation.
Seven days ago the World Health Organisation changed the status/definition for this COVID-19 outbreak from 'Global Emergency' to 'Global Pandemic'. The UK's risk mitigation activities appear to have failed and we are accelerating into an un-contained transmission of COVID-19.
Coronavirus is creating big problems in the prosperous region around Milan in Northern Italy. Deaths have jumped from 21 to 29 in Italy over the past day and the of people infected has shifted from 889 to 1128. Towns are being locked down, people are not going out.
A layman's impression of COVID-19 (CoronaVirus Disease 2019.) It’s an illness caused by an infection of our respiratory systems. Similar to Influenza, the infection is created by a virus. COVID-19 infects cells that combine to form our lungs. Viruses are highly efficient parasites, invading cells within our vital organs
Roccaraso, located in Abruzzo, the mountainous region to the East of Rome that stretches across Italy almost to the Adriatic. Amazingly, the average lift queue seemed to take about 30 seconds to get through. Roccaraso has 110km of skiing across 70 slopes, all well-groomed. Most of the slopes have good snow-making facilities to ensure the piste area is covered with fresh snow. The ski area comprises lies between 1,325m and 2,142m.
The UK is walking away from the world's largest free trade zone, under a cloud of misinformation and denial. Tariff-free movement of goods, services, capital and people across nation state borders within the EU will no longer be how the UK operates. Our children will be denied EU privileges that we have enjoyed.
Brexit goes into overdrive following the 2019 election result and the UK prepares for seismic changes. We’re heading for the biggest shakeup in economic and monitory policy in a generation to get us through. About 45% of UK imports come from the EU and 79% of imported food comes from the EU[..]
Within minutes of Polling Stations closing at 10pm on 12th December, the exit polls were predicting a big win for the Conservative Party in the 2019 UK General Election. As the actual results came through, the magnitude of the error of judgement from both Labour and Liberal Democrats became shockingly clear. [..]
I remember seeing the incoming car’s bonnet in my peripheral vision a fraction of a second before the impact and feeling the front of the car fold under my body, no time for me to break or change direction. I remember going over the bonnet and impacting the road
There was a continual sound of at least one helicopter and numerous sirens close to the office, our phones were pinging breaking news. Two black high-speed police ribs, blue lights flashing, blasted past. Out of the window we could see London bridge was at a standstill
On 9th October (within days of the Americans beginning their rapid withdrawal) Turkey launched an offensive into Northern Syria to remove, what they described as, the threat of Kurdish terrorists. Trump cautioned President Erdogan of Turkey against slaughtering the Kurdish people and issued threats to destroy the Turkish economy
Westminster bridge was swarming with people on foot heading to and from Parliament Square which was rammed with protestors. The whole area around Parliament square, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, across to St James along the route of the Peoples March was closed to traffic. The closer we got to Parliament Square the more densely packed the crowd.
Johnson had to fly back from the US to provide a suitable explanation to the Queen, then straight across to the Houses of Parliament to face the music there. Tempers were fraught in the Commons that day with some highly irresponsible rhetoric whipping up emotions, seeding ideas of possible civil unrest
Toddbrook reservoir had exceeded capacity and was overflowing. The sheer force of the water tore into fractures in the dam and got under the concrete skin. The situation quickly went critical as chunks of material were ripped out by the fast-flowing water. The dam was at risk of collapsing within hours, putting life at risk in the surrounding area.
I landed new contract with Just Eat at the end of June at their head office, just East of St Pauls with splendid views across to the City. The delivery targets are challenging and should provide a pipeline of professional [...]
While Super Sunday was undeniably one of the most magnificent sporting days in Britain in recent living memory, I cannot complete this month’s blog without first a mention of how proud we of our Womens Engalnd Football squad, their talent [...]
So the month kicked off with a showdown between two English clubs in the Champions League Final, I confess that I found the match a bit of a let-down. As with the Europa league, both Spurs and Liverpool had massive [...]
The predicament which Hong Kong citizens face has become increasingly visible across international news channels over the past year. Images of thousands of protestors, wielding umbrellas, many wearing white disposable face mask filters to conceal their identities from Chinese and [...]
Extinct Rebellion is the name of a well organised Climate Change activist group who have been causing a lot of disruption in London this month (sticking themselves to trains, blocking bridges, generally getting in the way and making a nuisance [...]
The Molloy household all went skiing this month. As my son was booked into his first ski trip with his school and I’d landed a decent 6 month contract last summer, Sonja and I decided top take our daughter skiing [...]
Looks like my contract at Sky may be extended. Totally impressed with the way Sky has embraced Christmas for staff and families: The place is totally decked out with tasteful Christmas trees and lights. They’ve laid-on a family day with [...]
An early cultural highlight this month, a trip to London to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A. What an incredible life she had, what strength, resilience and amazing talent. Absolutely loved all of her work. The curation was [...]
Last week I came home promptly and persuaded everyone to head over to the rec after we’d cleared away from supper to watch the International Space Station fly past. I was surprised how clearly you could see the shape of [...]
The transition out of a normal routine to a couple of nights under canvass and experiencing life in the great outdoors with family friends is always a highlight of the summer. Oh yes, it’s so much fun to be holed-up [...]
Wonderful to see Elvis Costello at Blenheim Palace this month (my birthday treat). Nick Lowe was an excellent supporting act was on top form, as were The Waterboys. Such magnificent surroundings to see these guys. Stayed locally in a very [...]
The newly reconstructed England Football Squad cautiously opened their account in the Group Stage of the World Cup with a 2:1 win against Tunisia on Monday 18th June. These young lads must surely have bee aware of the global interest [...]
Hello this is Chris Molloy, online. This post is an introduction to my digital world which has two different perspectives: View 1 is this website, my personal blog, where I’m having fun, sharing observations and evoking memories. View 2- are my other ‘business-focussed’ websites that speak to agents, customers, clients[..]