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My Thought For The Week reaches 1,000

August 4th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

For the last 20 years, week in and week out, I have send out electronically a motivational thought to what is now a list of around 1,500 friends, colleagues and contacts. It goes out each Sunday and this week’s thought is the 1,000th: “Do we settle for the world as it is or do we […]

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Roger Darlington’s World is 20 years old today

July 2nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I suppose that, like most non-technical people, I first became aware of the Internet around 1995 when world-wide the number connected to the network doubled. Besides e-mail, for me the great benefit of the Internet was what we then called the World Wide Web (I was never interested in newsgroups or chat rooms or gaming).  […]

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At last, I retire completely

June 23rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Technically, I finished working 17 years ago when I took early retirement on health grounds from the Communication Workers Union after 24 years as a national official with that organisation. In practice, in time I was able largely to address my health issues and continue working part-time through a portfolio of appointments in the consumer […]

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Seminar to celebrate the work of Bob Fryer

June 21st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Today I attended a seminar at the National Education Union in London to celebrate the work of Professor Bob (Rob) Fryer.  Bob has spent 50 years working in higher and adult education as a teacher, researcher, policy advisor, practitioner and leader in relation to employment, industrial relations, trades unionism and lifelong learning.  The aim of […]

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A weekend visit to Lille

June 16th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

For our first foreign trip together, Kathleen and I decided to visit Lille, a location neither of us had been to before. Lille is a city of some 230,000 in the north-west of France in an enclave jutting into Belgium and it is the country’s fourth largest city. It is a mere one hour 20 […]

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What is it like to visit the famous Peruvian site of Machu Picchu?

May 15th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I really enjoy visiting new countries and have now managed to see a total of 73. Foreign travel is an opportunity to experience different cultures and visit wonderful locations. But I am aware that some popular tourist locations are now becoming overwhelmed. Today there is a story in the “Guardian” about opposition the building of […]

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50 years ago today, I joined the Labour Party

April 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I guess that I’m tribal in my politics: I’ve never missed an opportunity to vote, I’ve never voted anything other than Labour, and I now have half a century of continuous membership of the Labour Party. The Party has been through many travails in that time and indeed is going through great difficulties now with […]

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What are we going to do about the growing challenge of dementia?

April 14th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I have previously done a posting about my participation in a study looking at the health risks which might predict the onset of dementia. The study, conducted by Imperial College in London, is called CHARIOT PRO – a abbreviation for Cognitive Health in Ageing Register: Investigational, Observational, and Trial studies in dementia research: Prospective Readiness […]

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I’m on the move …

March 24th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Tomorrow I shall be moving home. This will be my first move in 35 years and will involve massive downsizing, so I have been decluttering substantially over many weeks. Currently I am surrounded by dozens of boxes trying to work out what will go where in the new place. The move will involve a change […]

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And how did you spend Valentine’s Day?

February 15th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I visited Manchester for the day with my new partner. We went to the People’s History Museum to join a special tour of the main galleries and hear about love stories through history – an event billed as “a perfect date for romantic radicals”. Mary Wollstonecraft strongly disagreed with the treatment of women within the institution […]

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