Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category


What’s in a name? A lot more than you think.

September 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Last week, the Office of National Statistics published the most popular baby names in England & Wales for 2017. This gave me an opportunity to up-date my extensive website essay on naming practices around the world where I have drawn out just how different these practices are from our experience in Britain. It is assumed […]

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The 10 best jokes at the Edinburgh fringe

August 14th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

We need some humour in these difficult times. These 10 jokes  – some of which require thinking about – were collated by the “Guardian” newspaper: Athena Kugblenu: Patriarchy is putting Jane Austen on £10 notes the same time as bringing in contactless. Christian Talbot: Sometimes even I don’t understand feminism. And I’m a guy. Jez Watts: I […]

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What is the secret of health and happiness?

May 30th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“For some, eating alone can be a joyous thing: forking mouthfuls of pasta straight from the pan, peanut butter licked off a spoon, the unbridled pleasure of walking home from the chippie alone on a cold night. But regularly eating meals in isolation is a different story. This one factor is more strongly associated with […]

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In the UK , it’s Dementia Action Week – and I’m a volunteer for a relevant study

May 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Alzheimer’s Society has designated this as Dementia Action Week. There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 (one in 14 people in this age group have dementia), and the likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly with age. However, dementia can affect younger […]

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What’s on your to-do list and how best can you manage such a list?

May 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In an effort to encourage consumers to check during this Bank Holiday weekend whether they ever had Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) , the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) commissioned research which found that the top items on people’s to-do list are the following: Sorting out banking / finances Planning and preparing evening meals Booking appointments: dentist / doctors […]

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There’s little better in life than a good friend

April 30th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“According to a recent study by the Red Cross in partnership with Co-op, more than nine million adults in the UK are often or always lonely. We are facing a loneliness epidemic, with Theresa May taking the step earlier this year of appointing Tracey Crouch as what some have dubbed the “minister for loneliness” to […]

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Ever considered applying for a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship?

April 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

A Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons by travelling abroad for up to two months, researching innovative practice on a topic of your choice. In 1970, I was awarded one to make a study of the American telecommunications system. Everyone can apply, regardless of age or […]

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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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