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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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“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama (5)

January 25th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Obama campaigned for the White House as an anti-war candidate: he had opposed the invasion of Iraq and, in the presidential election campaign, he argued that the war in Afghanistan had been neglected as a result of the focus on Iraq. Once in the White House, however, he quickly found himself having to back the […]

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A review of the film “On The Basis Of Sex”

October 1st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

When veteran US Supreme Court member Ruth Bader Ginsberg died last month aged 87, I quickly accessed and viewed the two films about her released in 2018. First, I saw “RBG”, a fine documentary covering the whole of her life. Then I caught up with “On The Basis Of Sex”, a feature film written by […]

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A review of a book on the Texel Uprising of 1945

August 3rd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Like his earlier book “Operation Basalt”, historian Eric Lee has managed to take a little-known and – in the grand scheme of the Second World War – small-scale incident and turn it in to a fascinating story by putting the events into a wider context with a variety of points of view. Both “Operation Basalt” […]

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A review of the film “A Good Day To Die Hard”

July 21st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

After the considerable success of “Die Hard” (1988) and “Die Hard 2” (1990) and the more restrained reception for “Die Hard With A Vengeance” (1995) and “Die Hard 4.0” (2007), it must have been just too tempting to milk the franchise a bit more with this fifth (and surely final) outing in 2013 by independent-minded […]

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A happy Juneteenth to all my American readers

June 19th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I confess that I had never heard of the American notion of Juneteenth until very recently. I suppose the Black Live Matters events of the last few weeks has brought the anniversary to more prominence outside the United States. For non-Americans, Wikipedia provides an explanation of Juneteenth: “Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth;] also known as Freedom Day,  Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day is […]

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The legacy of white supremacy

June 15th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

An American friend of mine has put it succinctly: “One of the many profound outcomes of the BLM movement is an awakening among many people (many are already quite enlightened on the matter) that racism is indeed systemic. The entire adventure of British, other European and American imperialism (as well as Japanese imperialism) was and […]

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A review of the 1941 classic film “Citizen Kane”

May 24th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just used lockdown to view “Citizen Kane” once more. Widely considered – at least by critics – as the greatest film ever made and nominated for nine Academy Awards, at the time this film actually failed to recoup its costs at the box office and in fact only won one Academy Award (that for […]

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Covid rules cleared up

May 11th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

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