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A review of my new book “Rennie & River: Tales From Two Courts”

June 13th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

“What fascinating stories emerge from 2 small 1970s blocks of flats on the South Bank! Roger Darlington has selected colourful threads from the life tapestries of 40 of those living or working in the buildings. With great technical skill, he shares these memories from the extraordinarily wide-ranging group of individuals, with life stories spanning the […]

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The first review of my latest book

May 31st, 2024 by Roger Darlington

My new book – “Rennie & River: Tales From Two Courts” – has just had its first review. The reviewer concludes: “The real strength of this book – and it is an excellent, stimulating read, into which the reader can dip at their leisure – lies in the concept itself which is quite brilliant; its […]

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My latest book is a set of revealing portraits of 40 fascinating individuals who all live in the same little corner of central London

May 28th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

I hope that you will buy the book (just £4.99), read it, and review it. Many thanks. It’s available now on Amazon:

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My Thought For The Week is now 25 years old – have you signed up for it?

May 22nd, 2024 by Roger Darlington

Twenty five years ago this month, I saw a quote in a newspaper, liked it, and sent it in an e-mail to the 12 people who worked with me in the Research Department of the Communication Workers Union. Every week since then, I’ve circulated a new thought and last weekend the number reached the milestone […]

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My next book is on its way

May 15th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

Over the last year, I’ve interviewed 42 people – all staff or residents in my block of flats – for a series of personal profiles which I’ve drawn together for a book to be launched on 19 June 2024. Everyone has a story and each of these is fascinating in its own way.

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Holiday in Pakistan (12): conclusion

April 21st, 2024 by Roger Darlington

The conclusion of my holiday in Pakistan was almost as disruptive as the beginning, with a threatened flight change. At Islamabad airport, I was not given a boarding pass for the onward journey from Doha. Then, at Doha airport, I had to visit three desks of Qatar Airways, be  told that my intended flight was […]

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Holiday in Pakistan (11): Islamabad and Taxila

April 20th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

We finished our holiday in good spirits since we had the best hotel of the trip (the Serena), the weather was excellent, and we had some interesting visits. We drove along the wide Constitution Avenue in Islamabad, on which many government buildings are located, and then north-west to the ancient city of Texila which is […]

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Holiday in Pakistan (10): the worst journey of my life

April 19th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

The antepenultimate day of our holiday (Friday) should have been nothing special. The plan was to take a one hour flight from Gilgit back to Islamabad and visit some tourist sights in the Pakistani capital. What could possibly go wrong? In short: everything.  The morning flight from Gilgit was cancelled for some reason that was […]

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Holiday in Pakistan (9): more of the Hunza Valley

April 18th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

Our last day (Wednesday) in the Hunza Valley was a very long one. We left the hotel at 8.45 am and I was finally back in my room at 10.30 pm after almost 14 hours. The mountain-side road went through five tunnels – one very long indeed – built by the Chinese before we reached […]

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Holiday in Pakistan (8): the Hunza Valley

April 16th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

Monday was very much another travelling day. Once the landslides of yesterday were reported to be clear, we were able to leave Kachura at 9.30 am. It was raining and rained all day, so the clouds were low and the sky was grey.  On the early part of the journey, it was evident that the […]

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