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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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36 once-popular names that have fallen very much out fashion

April 7th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Online resource BabyCentre has compiled a list of 36 once-popular names that are yet to be registered on its database in 2017. Of course, this is not a statistically accurate sample of the whole baby population in the UK, but it’s probably quite a good indication of some broad trends. These are the names that […]

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Happy April Fools’s Day

April 1st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

in the age of Trump and fake news, it’s getting harder to work out what is genuinely an April Fool’s Day story and what is just bizarre reality. The BBC has a compilation of recent stories that seem crazy but are true. I’m pretty sure that this story in this morning’s “Guardian” newspaper is their […]

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An existential question for the 21st century: how do you change the duvet cover?

March 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You’d think that duvet covers would have openings on two sides to make it easier to change, but that would be too simple. Instead we have to struggle, but you can find some – not entirely serious – advice┬áhere.

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How should you make moral decisions?

March 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to […]

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Welcome to International Happiness Day

March 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The International Day of Happiness (known as Happiness Day) is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th March. This Happiness Day was founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien on 28th June 2012, when all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281 The International Day of Happiness. As […]

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Mindfulness – and the reason for the raisin

March 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

A friend of my mine has become a trainer in mindfulness and wanted to try out a session with me. One of the exercises she used involved a raisin as explained in this short video: The experience was strangely peaceful but a bit weird.

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