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Visit to Georgia (5): Sighnaghi

September 16th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Our third day in Georgia was full of more new experiences. Most of our group took a day trip east of Tbilisi out to the Kakheti region which is the wine-growing district of the country. It was another day of 33F/91F. Our guide was Lasha who had studied at King’s College in London and sported […]

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Visit to Georgia (4): Gori

September 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Another day in Georgia and another set of fascinating experiences. Five of us – Silvia and I plus Jim, Leslie and David – hired a car to take us to Gori. This is about 80 km (50 miles) north-west of Tbilisi and around an hour’s drive if (as proved to be the case) your driver […]

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Visit to Georgia (3): Tbilisi

September 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Our first day in Georgia was very enjoyable indeed. We are all staying at the Mirabelle Hotel, a small place of just 14 rooms located very centrally on the north side of the river and very close to the imposing, new Sameba Cathedral (built 1995-2004). The group – all friends of Eric and Cindy – […]

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Visit to Georgia (1): the country

September 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Top of my bucket list is the wish, so long as I have sufficient health and wealth, to have visited as many countries as my age. I am now 69 and I am about to experience my 71st country thanks to the invitation to attend the launch of a book by my good friend Eric […]

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The current state of religious belief in Britain

September 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The latest data on religious belief in the UK comes from the 34th British Social Attitudes BSA) survey conducted by the National Centre for Social Research. It might surprise many non-Britons who think that the UK is still basically a religious nation and it might surprise some Britons who seem to think that the UK is going […]

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How far and fast should you walk each day?

August 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

For two years now, I’ve had an Apple Watch which prompts me to walk at least 30 minutes each day and the ‘nudge’ has worked with me consistently hitting the target. But recently my brother told me that 30 minutes normal walking is not enough. Apparently you have to do at least 10 minutes of […]

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My first experience of London’s Notting Hill Carnival

August 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The Notting Hill Carnival has been held in London every year since 1966 and I’ve lived in London since late 1971 but never previously attended the event. This weekend, though, at the venerable age of 69 I ticked off an item on my bucket list by attending the carnival for the first time. And I […]

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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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