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I am no longer old – according to a proposal from the Japanese

July 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On the day that my 41 year old son had the news that he will have to work until he is 68 before receiving a state pension, I read of the proposal that someone of my age (69) is no longer to be termed old. In Japan, a joint committee of the Japan Gerontological Society […]

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Have you ever played Dobble?

July 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

No, of course not – you’ve never even heard of it, have you? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I was visiting friends in Oxford and we popped into a games shop that their 10 year old son loves. It is called The Gameskeeper and it is in Cowley Road. I explained to the friendly […]

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Should we write grandad or granddad?

July 4th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m off to Nairobi tomorrow to see my son, his wife and my two adorable granddaughters: Catrin (aged six a half) and Kara (aged 10 and a half months). Now to Catrin I have always been “Granddad Roger” as contrasted with “Grandpa David”.  But, while I spell it granddad, most people spell it grandad. I […]

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How many countries have you visited?

July 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Top of my bucket list is – for as long as I have the health and wealth – to have visited as many countries as my age. I recently became 69 and I have currently visited 70 countries. You can see a map and a list of the relevant countries countries here.

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My Thought For The Week reaches No 900 – would you like to join the circulation list?

July 2nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Around 18 years ago, I sent out an e-mail to the 12 members of the Research Department of the Communications Workers Union which I then headed. It was a quote from a newspaper article which I found interesting and I jokingly titled the e-mail Thought For The Week. Almost two decades later, that Thought For […]

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25 photographs of my recent holiday in Sri Lanka

June 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Last month, I spent two weeks on holiday in Sri Lanka. I blogged on this site about the trip; then I pulled all the blog postings together into a continuous narrative for my web site; now I’ve added 25 photographs to break up and illustrate the narrative. Check it out here.

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My recent holiday in Sri Lanka – the complete narrative

May 29th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’ve recently returned from an enjoyable two-week holiday in Sri Lanka. On the trip, I blogged here each day on my experiences. If you didn’t get the chance to read these blog postings or missed some or would like to read a complete account of the trip, I have now produced a full narrative here.

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Beware of my holiday destinations

May 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The joke among our family and friends is that, when I choose to visit a particular part of the world for a holiday, something dramatic often happens there. I suppose it started when I made a first visit to what was then Czechoslovakia in 1988. The following year the country overthrew Communism in its ‘velvet […]

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For the first time in forever, I watched a movie on an aircraft

May 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just returned from a wonderful two-week holiday touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Obviously the flight there and back were long ones but I never use the inflight entertainment, preferring to read and sleep. As many readers will know, I’m a massive movie fan. But I like to see my films on a […]

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Holiday in Sri Lanka (14): on the way home

May 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On my last morning (Tuesday) at the Trinco Blu Hotel, I checked the news online and was horrified to learn of the suicide bombing in Manchester, the city where I grew up and where my brother still lives. Following an exchange of texts with him, I learned that four schoolmates of my niece had been […]

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