Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category


What is it like to be the oldest man in Britain?

March 29th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Bob Weighton is 11o today (as is Alf Smith) and he had given this interview to mark the occasion. Happy birthday and long life, Bob (and Alf).

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In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the shortest day of the year

December 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It’s known as the Winter Solstice. The shortest day lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in London, UK, where I live. This day is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than the June Solstice. After this point, the days start getting longer and the nights shorter. Hurray! This information is taken from a fascinating piece […]

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Are you sending Christmas cards this year?

December 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

According to this short article: The first Christmas card was in 1843 but the idea took some 20 years to become popular. This year, in the UK we will send an estimated 900 million cards – around 100 million fewer than last year. Some 80% of people in a poll said that they would prefer […]

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The rules for being human

November 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it but it will be yours for the entire period this time around. 2. You will learn lessons.     You’re enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You […]

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Does truth really matter? Or should we just accept that people have different views?

October 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I recently had dinner with some friends and we got to discussing truth – as you do. This is a subject I’ve thought about a lot, most recently in the so-called era of post-truth manifested by the utterances of President Trump. Why does truth matter? What techniques do people use to deny truth? What techniques should we […]

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Nine reasons why coffee can benefit your health

October 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I drink a lot of coffee so I was interested to see this analysis of the health benefits of the drink. Cheers, mate!

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How to have a six-month honeymoon and see the world

September 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Earlier this year in May, I had a holiday in Sri Lanka. You can read my account of the trip here. At one point in the holiday, we made an exciting train journey from a town called Nana-Oya to a city called Kandy. On the journey, I met briefly a good-looking young couple who were […]

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A short guide to comparative religions

September 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Taoism Shit happens. Confucianism Confucius say, “Shit happens.” Buddhism If shit happens, it isn’t really shit. Zen Buddhism What is the sound of shit happening? Hinduism This shit happened before. Mormonism This shit is going to happen again. Islam If shit happens, it is the Will of Allah. Stoicism This shit is its own reward. […]

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The 15 funniest jokes of this year’s Edinburgh fringe

August 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Here in Britain, we’ve been having a miserable summer with lots of cool, overcast and wet days, so we need some humour to keep us smiling. In this list, you’ll find the best jokes from this year’s Edinburgh fringe festival. And, if you want more jokes, you’ll find tons on my website here: Lots of […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – my review of the book

August 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have recently finished reading a book called “The How Of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky. The main section of the work is a description of 12 happiness-enhancing activities and, over the past three days, I’ve blogged about these techniques. If you’d like to see a recap of all the activities and my review of the […]

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