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How the coronavirus lockdown introduced me to online home schooling

March 26th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

This CV crisis – and especially the resultant UK lockdown – is leading to a much more intensive use of a variety of online communications services by me and very many others. In this first week, I have had a FaceTime chat with one friend, a Skype lunch with another friend, and a Facebook Messenger […]

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A year of living on London’s South Bank – now such a different experience

March 25th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

A year ago today, I moved home for the first time in 35 years. I went from a four-bedroom house in London’s suburbs to a two-bedroom flat on London’s South Bank. It was a major downsizing operation which involved a substantial process of decluttering. It was stressful but it was a great move. Yet how […]

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How was your week? Did you have four scans, two samples, an ECG, a health questionnaire and a cognitive test all on the same day?

December 20th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

One day this week, I had no less than four scans. These were: Brain MRI scan. This provides information about the structure and function of the brain; for example which parts of the brain are important for carrying out certain tasks and how different parts of the brain are connected. Heart and body MRI scan. This provides […]

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My nearest cinema and a review of “Joker”

October 27th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

As all my friends know, I am a massive cinema fan. I see a fair number of films and review all of them online. Now, when I moved to London’s South Bank seven month ago, I was excited that I would be living so near so many cinemas. Indeed the British Film Institute – which […]

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Who would have thought that anyone would be interested in my diaries?

October 25th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I started keeping a diary when I was 13 and, since then, I haven’t missed a single day . This means that I’ve kept a diary for almost 58 years or 21,114 days to be precise. It is a personal diary written only for me – but this week I was visited by an historian […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (8): Stari Bar and Lake Skadar

October 12th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Our last day (Saturday) in Montenegro was another long excursion, starting at 9 am and concluding at 7.15 pm. Our first visit was to a local family operation for producing olive oil from their olive trees. Our guide described the “smashing” of the olives to create the oil.  Then we made a longer visit to […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (7): Kotor

October 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Yesterday we viewed the Bay of Kotor from high up in the surrounding mountains, but today (Friday) we took a boat ride on the Bay and spent some time in Kotor itself. The whole bay area including the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it really is a magnificent location.  The coach ride […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (6): Cetinje & Njegusi

October 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Another day (Thursday), another excursion – but shorter this time (9 am – 3.15 pm). We started with our first experience of rain but the weather soon brightened up and then became warm (22C).  Our first destination was the charming town of Cetinje. This was founded in the 1480s and it was Montenegro’s capital for […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (5): Albania

October 9th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

It was another long but interesting day (Wednesday) with collection from the hotel in Petrovac at 8 am and return towards 6 pm. It was a day of two halves: one in southern Montenegro and one in northern Albania.  So the morning involved time in the nearby town of Ulcinj. This is the southern-most town […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (4): forest and monastery

October 8th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Tuesday in Montenegro started in Kolasin in the mountains in early morning when it was just 4C and ended in Petrovac on the coast where it was a balmy 22C. First we visited the National Park of Biogradska Gora which is one of only three primeval forests in Europe.  The trees here are around four […]

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