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Word of the day: antidisestablishmentarianism

May 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the many debates on political reform in the UK, one idea  is disestablishment of the Church of England. Rightly in my view, it is argued that the UK population is no longer largely devoted to the Anglican faith and that, in multicultural Britain, it is wrong for one religious denomination to be privileged over others with […]

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A review of the new film “Isle Of Dogs”

April 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

If you live in London (as I do), then the Isle of Dogs is a former area of dockland bounded by a major meander in the River Thames. In this case of this move, however, it is a fictional island opposite the Japanese metropolis of Megasaki City headed by a cruel mayor who expels all […]

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A review of the new film “The Commuter”

February 8th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“The Commuter” – a teasingly down-beat title for an action thriller – has the same director (Spanish Jaume Collet-Serra) and the same star (Irish Liam Neeson) as the earlier “Non-Stop” and indeed has essentially the same plot: a troubled hero with law enforcement skills trying to identify a key passenger on a tubular form of […]

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Time to Talk Day 2018

February 1st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Two thirds of UK adults feel they have nobody to talk to about their problems, a survey has found. Of the 2,500 people questioned, 66% said they had no one to speak to about mental health, relationships or money. Difficulty finding the right time or place to talk were given as reasons behind the trend, the survey […]

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Visit to Georgia (2): the journey out

September 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The journey from London to Tblisi took all day, partly because there are almost no direct flights between the two capitals and partly because there is a three hour time difference between them. So we left home at 7.30 am London time and arrived at our hotel in Tbilisi at 1 am local time. The […]

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A review of last year’s film “Snowden”

August 2nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The eponymous Edward Snowden is, of course, the former CIA contractor who in 2013 revealed to the world the massive and unauthorised surveillance operations carried out by American (and British) intelligence services. Documentary maker Laura Poitras was at the Hong Kong hotel when he passed on his information to the “Guardian” newspaper and this meeting […]

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Are some people never ill? And 9 ways to keep well

January 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

There’s an interesting article in today’s G2 supplement of the “Guardian” headlined “The secrets of eternal health”. Not surprisingly. the broad conclusions of the piece are that the notion that some people are never ill is unproven and the idea of supercharging one’s immunity is pretty meaningless. But the article does conclude with nine pieces […]

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U.S. presidential election (34): why wouldn’t you vote for Hillary Clinton?

October 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

The world has been following the US presidential race with exceptional interest this time round because the differences between the Republican and Democratic nominees – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton respectively – are so profound and the implications of the American choice for the rest of the globe are massive. I venture to suggest that, […]

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A review of the new film “Bridget Jones’s Baby”

September 18th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

In the beginning (1996), there was the novel by Helen Fielding [my review here]. Then, in 2001,  we had the first film “Bridget Jones’s Diary” [my review here] followed, quite quickly in 2004, by “Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason” [my review here]. Twelve years later, the London singleton is back with “Bridget’s Jones’s Baby” which was released in […]

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What Britain’s new Foreign Secretary had to say at his first media conference

July 20th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

“We can spend an awfully long time going over lots of stuff that I’ve written over the last 30 years … all of which in my view have been taken out of context, through what alchemy I do not know – somehow misconstrued that it would really take me too long to engage in a […]

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