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How I first learned about racism and how I am still on a journey

June 22nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

On 21 June 1948, passengers disembarked from the liner “Empress Windrush” including some 800 from the Caribbean. Although there had been black people in Britain since the Romans, the arrival of this group of immigrants is widely regarded as the beginning of the history of multicultural Britain. Since 2018, 21 June has been known as […]

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In the UK, it’s Day 50 of lockdown and Mass Observation would like to know about your day.

May 12th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

This year, the Mass Observation Archive will be repeating its annual call for day diaries, capturing the everyday lives of people across the UK. The written diaries will be stored in the Archive at The Keep and be used by a wide range of people for research, teaching and learning. This is the 10thAnniversary of […]

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How has this week in lockdown been for you? The Internet has made it tolerable for me.

April 5th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I live alone and I’m in a vulnerable group age-wise for the coronavirus. So I’ve been observing all the lockdown precautions, but still having a walk each day. What has made this experience much more tolerable though has been access to modern communications, especially the Internet. On Monday, I used FaceTime to deliver an online […]

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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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