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Word of the day: Selah

January 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

According to the relevant Wikipedia page, Selah is a word used 74 times in the Hebrew Bible – 71 times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, but it is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like […]

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Word of the day: xenodochial

January 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Somebody has just used this word in a communication to me. Apparently, xenodochial is an adjective describing something – such as a person, place or software application — that is friendly to strangers. “Xenos” is a Greek word for “strangers” and, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, xenodochial means “hospitable.” All this makes me wonder […]

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Meryl Streep trumps her previous performances

January 9th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have been a huge fan of Meryl Streep as an actress and a person since her role in “The Deer Hunter”. At the Gold Globe Awards, she spoke with characteristic grace and passion:

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A review of the Taiwanese film “The Assassin”

January 8th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This work won the Best Director award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but what did I think of it? You can read my review here.

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A review of the new sci-fi movie “Passengers”

January 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Guys, how would you like to be all alone with Jennifer Lawrence? Girls, how would you like to be all alone with Chris Pratt? The next best thing is to see the film “Passengers” which is absolutely carried by Pratt and Lawrence. You can read my review here.

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A review of “The Danish Girl”

December 30th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander and Tom Hooper consolidate their success in this moving story about a genuine transgender experience. I’ve reviewed the film here.

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Remembering George Michael in concert

December 27th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

The sad and premature death of singer/songwriter George Michael reminds me of when I saw him in concert. It was the first non-sports event at the new Wembley Stadium in London and the date was Sunday 10 June 2007. I wondered why I could not find an account of the concert on this blog but, […]

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Nine ways to find happiness

December 25th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just finished reading a book titled “Happiness By Design” which lists nine features which enhance life satisfaction. You can check out my review and the nine factors here. And a Merry Christmas to you!

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A review of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

December 23rd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

The eighth “Star Wars” film is the first stand-alone one but fits very neatly in between III and IV. As a 68 year old, I enjoyed it as much as my nine year old companion. It is a Christmas cracker of a movie which I have reviewed here.

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A review of “Sully: Miracle On The Hudson”

December 8th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Everyone knows what happened when an Airbus was landed on the Hudson River in 2009 and all 155 passengers and crew survived. So how can the story be turned into a successful film? A director of the calibre of Clint Eastwood and an actor as fine as Tom Hanks make this an eminently watchable movie […]

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