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Day three in the Balkans

May 13th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Day three was in Albania where we had a local guide called Kledi who explained some of the dramatic recent changes in his country. Under the dictatorial rule of Envo Hoxha from 1944-1985, Albania was the most closed and poorest countries In Europe. Following the collapse of communism in 1991, great efforts are being made […]

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A review of the new movie “Don’t Look Up”

January 3rd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Director Adam McKay is responsible for some fine films, notably “The Big Short” which dissected the sub-prime housing crisis in the US and “Vice” which shone a bright light on the administration of the second Bush president. Here he presents a hugely ambitious and often sharp satire of the current failure of so much of […]

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26 people to watch in 2022

January 2nd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

The “Observer” newspaper has done us a favour in highlighting 26 people who will play an important part in shaping the next year ranging from UK politics to world politics and from media to sports. Check out the piece here.

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My last three movies – so utterly different

November 16th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Readers of this blog will know my love for films and my wide-ranging tastes, but the last week was something special. I went to the cinema three times and saw three films that could hardly have been more different from one another: The Japanese black and white classic “Throne Of Blood” – my review here […]

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A review of the 2016 political thriller “Miss Sloane”

August 19th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

This film is a terrific reminder of a lesson too often forgotten in the world of movies: a really good film has to start with a really good script. Amazingly, the scriptwriter in this case, the British Jonathan Perera, had never written a film before this one which won him Best Screenplay from the Writers’ […]

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Happy 200th birthday to the “Guardian” newspaper

May 5th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

For half a century now, I’ve read the “Guardian” newspaper and, even today, I regularly spend between one and two hours a day devouring its unique curation of stories from the UK and around the world. Its coverage of the coronavirus global pandemic has been outstanding. Most of the time, it reflects – more than […]

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A review of the new film “Judas And The Black Messiah”

March 21st, 2021 by Roger Darlington

This is a true story set in Chicago in the late 1960s. This was an especially terrible time to be a protestor – particularly a black protestor – in the United States as previously set out in films like “Detroit” and “The Trial Of The Chicago 7”. In this case, the messiah is the Chairman […]

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Always look on the bright side of life

March 8th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Sometime ago, I wrote a rather tongue-in-cheek piece about “Why It’s Fun To Be In One’s Sixties Or Seventies In Britain”. Today England started the 15-week process of lifting the restrictions imposed for the third lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic. The main change is the return to school of children. This made me think about […]

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Word of the day: comity

February 11th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

In legal language, there is a term comity of nations which is the friendly recognition accorded by one nation to the laws and and usages of another. More generally, the word comity means mutual civility or courtesy. I came across the word in a profile of the new US President Joe Biden which suggested that […]

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Word of the day: meliorism

February 8th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Meliorism is the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. It comes from the Latin word melior which means better. I first came across the term meliorism today when reading a new book: a biography of the new US president Joe Biden by Evan Osnos. Osnos […]

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