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Ever heard of the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships?

May 17th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I was awarded one in 1980 to make a five-week study of the American telecommunications system. Each year the categories of Fellowship change but every year they are no formal requirements for applicants. If you’re interested, check out this year’s categories here.

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How to be happy – today and always

March 20th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Today it is the the annual celebration of International Happiness Day. So, how can we be happy (or at least happier). I offer two resources: one professional, the other personal. On my web site, I’ve reviewed several excellent books on happiness. One is “The How Of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky and at the core of this […]

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Thought For The Week

January 6th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“For the first time in human history, starvation kills fewer people than obesity; plagues kill fewer people than old age; and violence kills fewer people than accidents.”Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari in “The World In 2019” This is actually Thought No 970 in my long-running series. You can see all the previous thoughts and/or […]

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12 questions about Christmas answered

December 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

What is Christmas? How did it come to fall on 25 December? So there was no holiday season before the birth of Jesus? And it’s been ‘always Christmastime’ ever since? What in the name of Jesus are mince pies? So is it now more of a capitalist extravaganza than a Christmas festival? Who is Father […]

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Seven of the many things I learned from Joshua (aged 11)

November 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I spent last week in Oxford looking after 11 year old Joshua, the son of my close Chinese friends, while both his parents were in China on separate business trips. In the course of the week, Joshua and I had many discussions and I learned so much from this clever young man including the following: […]

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It’s World Kindness Day – so try to be kind today … and always

November 13th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

World Kindness Day is observed internationally on 13 November each year. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGOs. It is observed in many countries including Britain. It is very easy to be cynical about such events, but the world really needs more kindness and sometimes as […]

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Stories to make you think

October 31st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

There are about 200 sections to my website, but one of the most popular is one which I call “Stories to make you think”. Here you will find no less than 79 thoughtful stories, motivational tales, and pieces of wisdom from around the world. I’ve justed added a new story to the collection and you […]

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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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