60th Orbit of the Sun

2022-01-22T12:46:40+00:00May 31st, 2021|

I have been celebrating my 60th birthday this month. Due to limitations of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions my celebrations have been toned down. The pubs are open for business, but we are restricted to sit down at tables in [...]

Aug 2020

2021-04-11T15:10:56+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

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

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.

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