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That time when I almost went to work at 10 Downing Street …

January 17th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

All this talk of activity in 10 Downing Street reminds me that, following the appointment of Jim Callaghan as Labour Prime Minister in 1976, I was offered a position in his Political Office at No 10. Since it was a political post, it could not be paid by public funds and sufficient funding from trade […]

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Here’s some good advice: beware of my holiday destinations

January 6th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

The joke among our family and friends is that, when I choose to visit a particular part of the world for a holiday, something dramatic often happens there. The latest incidence of this recurrent pattern follows my recent posting that this year I’m hoping to visit five of the -stans of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, […]

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The sad burning of the South African Parliament Building

January 3rd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I was sad to hear of the news of the fire at the South African Parliament Building in Cape Town. Somehow it seems symbolic of the flawed attempt to create a new democracy in South Africa. But more immediately it poses questions such as: how did the arsonist gain entry to the building? why did […]

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It’s a special anniversary for my diary writing

December 31st, 2021 by Roger Darlington

On New Year’s Eve 1961, I started to write a diary. Since then, I’ve managed an entry for every single day. So today I celebrate exactly 60 years of recording my daily activities. The total number of daily entries now stands at 21,913.  The historian David Kynaston has made a total of six visits to study my diaries […]

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My Christmas gift to you

December 26th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

It’s my latest short story entitled “After Life” which you can read here. To access all my short stories click here If you would like to have my short stories in book form, you can purchase “The Rooms In My Mind” for a very modest price on Amazon click here

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Life at the moment feels like a waiting game

December 20th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I’m waiting to see if … … England enters into some kind of fourth lockdown to combat the impact of the Omicron variant of the corona virus … the western nations will honour their undertakings to provide anti-covid vaccines to the developing nations so that we reduce the incidence of deaths, illness and new variants […]

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Do you have any nicknames? Would you like to know three of mine?

December 10th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

When I was a lad, there was a popular comic called “The Beano” and one of the regular characters in that was a young boy called “Roger the Dodger”. Inevitably, I was often called that. When I started my working life, it was at the then Polytechnic of North London where I was the Accommodation […]

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If a substantial sum of money unexpectedly appeared in your bank account, what would you do?

December 4th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

This is what happened in August 2020 to Helen Peters [not her real name] when she found that Her Majesty’s Revenues & Customs (HMRC) deposited in her bank account the sum of £774,839.39. She decided to wait and see what would happen but found herself spending almost £20,000 before contacting a newspaper to ask what […]

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The latest tragedy to hit the wonderful country of Ethiopia

November 24th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

“… for the tourist who wants something different and is prepared for some challenges, Ethiopia is a great destination. The exotic names of places we visited were themselves magical: Addis Ababa, Axum, Lalibela … But the history was so rich and fascinating, whether it was the skeleton of Lucy, the stelae of Axum, the rock […]

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It’s exactly 50 years since I moved from Manchester to London

October 31st, 2021 by Roger Darlington

On Sunday 31 October 1971, I moved from Manchester – where I was brought up and went to school and university – to London – where I had a job as Accommodation Officer at what was then the Polytechnic of North London. I only held that post for around six months and then followed a […]

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