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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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Highlights of Mexico (9): two aircraft, a boat, and a minibus

March 29th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Day 6 (Easter Monday) was a travelling day and it was an early start: alarm at 5 am and departure from the hotel at 6 am. The day kicked off with two flights: one from Oaxaca north-west back to Mexico City (just 50 minutes) and then straight away one from Mexico City south-east to Tuxtla […]

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How to have a good job interview

February 12th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Advice on this subject was the first topic in the Life Skills section of my web site. I crafted my recommendations because I kept being asked by young colleagues how they should prepare for an interview for a job. You can check out the advice here.

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How to think critically

January 22nd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

In the Life Skills section of my web site, I have “How to …” advice on 31 topics. The most visited of these pages is that on “How to think critically”. For several years now, two branches of the United States military have used this material on officer training courses. So, if it’s good enough […]

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A review of the new movie “Bridge Of Spies”

November 30th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

For a film with a quality script, acting and direction, currently it would be hard to beat “Bridge Of Spies” which I have reviewed here.

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