Archive for the ‘Cultural issues’ Category
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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.
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.
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.
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, […]
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!
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.
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 […]