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How important is the birth order of children?

February 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It is widely believed and indeed evidenced that first-born children are generally more successful educationally and professionally.  I am a first-born of three and have a younger sister and a younger brother. Of course, this is anecdote and not evidence, but, while I was the first person in my family to go to university, in […]

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Where the heck is Matt Harding now?

November 4th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I love the videos created by American traveller Matt Harding. This is his latest:

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Ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect?

October 29th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

The Dunning-Kruger effect is defined as “a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is”. The phenomenon was first observed in a series of experiments by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of the department of psychology at Cornell University in 1999. Policial commentators […]

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From Moscow to Mexico: a father-and-son’s 2,000 mile voyage by bicycle from northern Idaho to the Mexican border

September 22nd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

A colleague of mine has just done something remarkable. Together with his teenage son, he raised over £5,000 for the cancer charity Macmillan by cycling some 2,000 miles in the United States over a period of seven weeks. I made a small contribution to the cause which which is why I followed the journey on […]

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15 of the funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Festival

August 23rd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Like a laugh? Not going to the Edinburgh Festival? Never fear – thanks to the “Guardian” newspaper, we have a compilation of 15 of the funniest jokes right here.

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10 of the funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Festival

August 16th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Like a laugh? Not going to the Edinburgh Festival? Never fear – thanks to the “Guardian” newspaper, we have a compilation of 10 of the funniest jokes right here.

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Question: when is a tall story not a tall story?

July 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Answer: when it’s about tallness but it’s true. “Men and women have grown taller over the last century, with South Korean women shooting up by more than 20cm (7.9in) on average, and Iranian men gaining 16.5 cm (6.5in). A comprehensive global study looked at the average height of 18-year old men and women in 200 […]

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One less thing to worry about in this troubled world

June 16th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I drink a lot of coffee – especially cappuccino. Since 1991, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classed coffee as “possibly” carcinogenic. But the expert group has now decided there is insufficient evidence to say whether it causes cancer or not. I’ll drink to that. More information here.

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73 thoughtful stories, motivational tales, and pieces of wisdom from around the world

June 14th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I like to collect stories that make you think and my collection is one of the most visited of the 200 or so pages on my web site. I’ve just added a new story titled “The battle of the beetles”, so you might like to check out some of the stories here.

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Today is May Day – a celebration of the workers of the world

May 1st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

“On May Day, we celebrate the worker of the world: blue collar, white collar, pink collar, in hoodies, hijab, or prison green, this day belongs to the entire working class.” Peter Linebaugh, American author of “The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day”

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