Aug 2020

2020-10-02T16:52:31+00:00September 1st, 2020|

At the start of the month many of us were looking forward to receiving A-level  and GCSE awards for our aspirational teenagers who had been cut-off from the opportunity to prove themselves in the final lap.  At stake for [...]

A layman’s impression of COVID-19 (29/02/20)

2020-03-19T12:09:41+00:00February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , |

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: 70 ski slopes covering 110km

2020-08-22T12:44:30+00:00February 25th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

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.  

Farewell to World’s largest free trade zone.

2020-07-01T21:23:20+00:00February 1st, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

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.

Dec 2019: Seismic changes for the UK

2020-02-01T00:59:25+00:00December 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

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[..]

Oct 2019: US out, Turkey + Russia in.

2020-01-17T19:38:12+00:00October 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

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

A memorable weekend in October 2019

2020-03-10T10:21:29+00:00October 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

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.

Sep 2019: Suspending Parliament unlawful.

2020-01-19T11:03:49+00:00October 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

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

Aug 2019: A volatile future is unfolding.

2020-01-19T13:12:29+00:00August 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

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.