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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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“The How Of Happiness” – activities 9, 10, 11, 12

August 16th, 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. Activities 9-12 are as follows: Savouring life’s joys: Paying close attention, taking delight and replaying life’s momentary pleasures and wonders – through thinking, writing, drawing or sharing […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – activities 5, 6, 7, 8

August 15th, 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. Activities 5-8 are as follows: Nurturing relationships: Picking a relationship in need of strengthening and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming and enjoying it. Developing […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – activities 1, 2, 3, 4

August 14th, 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. Activities 1-4 are as follows: Expressing gratitude: Counting your blessings for what you have (either to a close other or privately, through contemplation or diary-writing) or conveying […]

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I am no longer old – according to a proposal from the Japanese

July 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On the day that my 41 year old son had the news that he will have to work until he is 68 before receiving a state pension, I read of the proposal that someone of my age (69) is no longer to be termed old. In Japan, a joint committee of the Japan Gerontological Society […]

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Have you ever played Dobble?

July 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

No, of course not – you’ve never even heard of it, have you? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I was visiting friends in Oxford and we popped into a games shop that their 10 year old son loves. It is called The Gameskeeper and it is in Cowley Road. I explained to the friendly […]

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Word of the day: unicorn

June 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, I chaired part of a seminar discussing the impact of Brexit on the UK tech sector. A speaker referred to unicorns and I could not see any and did not know what he was talking about. As always, Google came to the rescue. It seems that he term unicorn has different meanings in […]

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Thoughts on life from an American friend as he becomes 80

June 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This is from my good friend Arthur Shostak: From the vantage point of my 80 years I like to think I have learned six lessons worth pondering by others of all ages: First, recognize time passes faster than anything save perhaps the speed of light (and I am not so sure about that calculation anymore). […]

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