Archive for the ‘Cultural issues’ Category


Ever heard of “up-lit”? Sounds like a good idea to me.

October 14th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

So many fiction books and television series seem to be about crime and violence. Although I’m current reading the thriller “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr and recently watched the hit BBC series “Bodyguard”, I’m not generally attracted to such dark material. Apparently, I’m not the only one which explains the growth in popularity of so-called […]

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A review of the new film “The Wife”

October 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is a quality film with outstanding acting but it won’t appeal to all because it is a character-driven, dialogue-rich work with no action sequences or special effects. Indeed it could have been a play. In fact, it is adapted by Jane Anderson from the 2003 novel by Meg Wolitzer and, together with the eponymous […]

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Word of the day: myrmidon

October 9th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It means “a person who executes without question or scruple a master’s commands”. The word comes from classical mythology as the Myrmidons were one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War. I came across the word while reading “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr which is set in Nazi-occupied […]

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A review of the new super-hero movie “Venom”

October 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This movie is far from being the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it is not as bad as many critics have suggested. What makes it a little different is that, in other super-hero films, the same character so often has two persona (think Clark Kent and Superman or Tony Stark and Iron Man)), […]

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A review of the new Polish film “Cold War”

September 30th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is a most unusual but utterly engaging film. Written and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, it is largely in Polish (although the dialogue is quite sparse) and set mainly in Poland (but with sections in Berlin, Paris and Yugoslavia). It was shot in black and white and in an aspect ratio of 1.37 : 1 […]

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A review of “Love In The Time Of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez

September 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927 and died in 2014. This work – one his most famous – was published in 1981 and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. I finally read the work after seeing the film and visiting Colombia, including Cartagena, the Caribbean city where the novel is located […]

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“Lunch Atop A Skyscaper” – so many questions …

September 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

You know this iconic photograph. We know it was taken 840 feet (260 meters) above the streets of New York City during the building of the Rockefeller Centre – a building I have visited a couple of times – on 20 September 1932. But who took the picture? It was credited to Charles C. Ebbets in 2003, […]

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A review of the new movie “The Equalizer 2”

August 18th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In his long and distinguished career of almost 50 films, 63 year old Denzel Washington has never made a sequel – until now. Like Liam Neeson with “Taken”, he has found a money-spinning action role in later life and he’s going to run with it. Between the two “Equalizer” movies, Washington has turned director in […]

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Word of the day: Pastafarianism

August 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism) is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. According to adherents, Pastafarianism is a “real, legitimate religion, as much as any other”. The word is in the news today because the Dutch council […]

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A review of the new film “The Escape”

August 16th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

How many women are unfulfilled by marriage and motherhood and wish to escape? Many more than we would dare to imagine, I suspect. This British film – actually written and directed by a man (Dominic Savage) – tells the story of one such tormented soul who is such a supporting character to her husband and […]

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