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Remembering one of the most magical days of my life

April 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I was saddened to read a report in today’s “Guardian” that explains that, following massive bleaching events in both 2016 and 2017, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is severely damaged along two-thirds of its length and has entered a “terminal stage”. Four years ago, I was fortunate enough to spend a day at the Great Barrier […]

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How many films have you seen?

April 7th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Since childhood, I have been a massive movie fan and, since the age of 13, I’ve kept a diary which includes a record of every film that I’ve seen at the cinema, on rental, or on television (I’m a man – I like counting things!). I’ve just reached the grand total of 2,500. With luck, […]

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From Kathmandu to London

March 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I had a very leisurely lunch today (around three hours) in a Moroccan restaurant called “Sidi Maarouf” on Edgware Road in central London.. I was with my young friend Alexei who is ethnically Russian, was brought up in Moldova, and now lives in Germany.  He is such a bright and thoughtful man with a couple […]

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At last, I again have a main computer that works

March 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You may have read earlier about my travails with my Mac Mini in this blog posting. I can now report that, after two visits from techie friends, two long calls to Mac support experts, two visits to an Authorised Service Provider, two hundred pounds in payments and two weeks with no main computer, my Mac […]

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What do you do when your computer crashes?

March 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Anyone who knows me in the real or the virtual world appreciates that both personally and professionally I depend massively on being connected to the Internet. So, if there is one thing which is guaranteed to raise my stress levels, it is a problem with IT. Five and a half years ago, I switched from […]

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How important is the birth order of children?

February 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It is widely believed and indeed evidenced that first-born children are generally more successful educationally and professionally.  I am a first-born of three and have a younger sister and a younger brother. Of course, this is anecdote and not evidence, but, while I was the first person in my family to go to university, in […]

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How to think critically

January 7th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Once again, I have just given permission for the use of my advice on how to think critically to the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School of the US Naval War College who will issue it to course students as a handout.  If the advice is good enough for the American military, you might like to take […]

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Think Christmas is well and truly over? – it’s not if you’re Italian

January 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany in Christian countries. My mother was Italian and Catholic and she introduced we three children to the character of Befana – the Good Witch who brings presents for children on the eve of the Epiphany. It made some sense; after all, the three kings did not bring gifts […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (7)

December 31st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Earlier, I have blogged about my three shifts as a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas (CAC). The 45th CAC is now over. Collection of accurate statistics and data is still taking place, but the charity has shared with volunteers  some highlights of the event to demonstrate what we contributed to this Christmas. […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (6)

December 28th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Yesterday (Tuesday) was the third and last of my shifts as a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. As I waited for the briefing to begin for the expected 170 volunteers, I spoke to two other volunteers: one guy who works in the travel sector and another doing a PhD in […]

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