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Some more reading for Theresa May: how to make decisions

December 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Until yesterday afternoon, we had spent a couple of weeks expecting that today we would have “a meaningful vote” in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. I did a blog posting on how I thought that things would work out on and after that vote. Instead the Prime Minister has decided to […]

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Seven of the many things I learned from Joshua (aged 11)

November 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I spent last week in Oxford looking after 11 year old Joshua, the son of my close Chinese friends, while both his parents were in China on separate business trips. In the course of the week, Joshua and I had many discussions and I learned so much from this clever young man including the following: […]

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This could be my last conference speech

November 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve been speaking in public for around 55 years, but this week I might just have made my last conference speech. The occasion was a London event organised by the consultancy Independ and the publication “The Water Report”. The title of the event was “Defining the social contract: essential public services, private business and better […]

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Visit to Rome (4)

October 22nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On our third and last full day in Rome, again we had a theme: this time, the papacy. Again we were out all day but this time the weather was cooler and generally overcast. We decided not to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel (I’ve been three times before) since 11 year old Joshua […]

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Visit to Rome (3)

October 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On our second day in Rome, we had a clear theme: the Roman era. Again we were out for a full eight hours. We started by spending the morning at the Colosseum where we had a male guide who told us horrific stories of the slaughter of Christians, prisoners and gladiators for the pleasure of […]

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Visit to Rome (2)

October 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Our first full day in Rome was a long walking tour. We were out for eight hours and, in that time, visited six locations and made three refreshment stops. We started near our hotel with a visit to the huge Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This was originally built in the 5th century with Romanesque, […]

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Visit to Rome (1)

October 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve kept a diary since I was a teenager and I like to count things, so I know that this is my fourth trip to Rome and my 12th visit to Italy. It is the 200th time that I have travelled outside the UK. On this occasion, I am away with two members of my Chinese […]

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Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, I’m reminded of a story …

September 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Ten years ago today, the American investment bank Lehman Brothers went into liquidation. It was the most dramatic event of the financial crash of 2008 which has led to economic retrenchment and austerity for so many nations and so many people. When I started to write short stories, I found that one of the characters […]

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My recent trip to Colombia – the full story

September 9th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have recently returned from a fascinating trip to Colombia. Although I did daily postings to this blog while on the holiday, I’ve now pulled all these together into a comprehensive and continuous narrative which you can read here.

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Holiday in Colombia (11): conclusion

September 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

After spending two nights at each of five hotels, our trip to Colombia was coming to an end.  On the final morning in Cartagena, there was no programme, so Silvia and I did some final shopping and I had my photograph taken with 73 year old Victoria, a distinguished black woman of African descent wearing […]

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