Archive for the ‘My life & thoughts’ Category

My latest short story: the Covid-themed “The Great Mall Of China”

September 21st, 2021 by Roger Darlington

A decade or so ago, I decided to try my hand at writing short stories and, over a period of a few years, I completed 31. I recently (self) published these stories in a book titled “The Rooms In My Mind”. As I prepared the stories for publication, I wondered if I could revive my […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (0)

The first reviews for my book of short stories

August 19th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

“Very good read witty & easy to read.” “Would buy his books again.” “Excellent and easily readable. Highly recommended!”. “An excellent read, thoughtful and very well written.” This is what they are writing on Amazon about my book of short stories titled “The Rooms In My Mind”. If you haven’t purchased it yet or think […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (0)

Be careful where I visit – the latest example is Mekele in Ethiopia

June 29th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

OK, I haven’t travelled abroad for a year and a half because of the global pandemic. Before that I visited a lot of countries. I’ve noticed that so many of the locations that I visit have either had a civil war or major conflict or do so shortly after my time there. The latest example […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (0)

Now I have written two books: a biography and a collection of short stories

June 26th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

In 1985, I wrote the biography of the Czech Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher who was the RAF’s greatest night intruder ace of the Second World War. It was republished in 2017. It is titled “Night Hawk”. I never thought that I would write another book. But now I have collated 31 short stories that I […]

Posted in Cultural issues, History, My life & thoughts | Comments (0)

Word of the day: flâneur

May 3rd, 2021 by Roger Darlington

A friend used this term today to describe me. I’d never heard of it and had to look it up. Flâneur is a French term meaning ‘stroller’ used by nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire to identify an observer of modern urban life. I guess this captures the essence of my Facebook page, especially since I moved to central […]

Posted in Consumer matters, My life & thoughts | Comments (0)

The joy of writing and the challenge of the short story

April 29th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I’ve always enjoyed writing. For 59 years now, I’ve kept a daily diary. Some 36 years ago, I even wrote a book: a biography of a Second World War night fighter pilot. I write a lot on my website – especially book reviews and film reviews. But all this is non-fiction: my life, someone else’s […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (2)

What do you remember about your childhood?

April 28th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I was brought up in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, so I have a particular set of memories. Do you remember early closing of shops on Wednesday and early release from work on Friday? These days, shops are open all the time and people work all the time. Do you remember being sent home […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (0)

The Duke of Edinburgh and I

April 9th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I understand that the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has invited particants to share their stories on social media. I achieved the Bronze Award in the early 1960s but never took it further. As a bright lad, I found most of the stages of the award something of a doddle. The problem was the requirement […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (1)

How I survived a year of lockdowns in this crazy year of a global pandemic

March 23rd, 2021 by Roger Darlington

As soon as the breakout of Covid-19 in Wuhan became news, I was following events there with great interest, not least because I have visited the city twice [some notes here]. Then, exactly a year ago today, Britain went into its first national lockdown. I noted in my diary: “Although this was widely expected and […]

Posted in My life & thoughts | Comments (2)

The meaning of life – according to Yuval Noah Harari (and me)

March 12th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just finished reading “21 Lessons For The 21st Century” by the Israeli writer Yuval Noah Harari. The penultimate chapter – by far the longest – addresses perhaps the most important of existential questions: what is the meaning of life? First, he addresses a popular story told for thousands of years which explains that “we […]

Posted in Cultural issues, My life & thoughts | Comments (2)