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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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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (5)

December 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Yesterday (Christmas Day) was the second of my three shifts as a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. In London, there is no public transport on Christmas Day so, to reach my centre in the middle of town, I had to use my local cab company. This is staffed overwhelmingly by […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (4)

December 24th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I have become a volunteer for the first time in my 68 years. I am doing three shifts with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. I am working on 23, 25 & 27 December and have deliberately given myself a day off between each shift to recover physically and emotionally. My shifts run […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (3)

December 21st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This year, I am going to be a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. At the induction session for new volunteers, we were given some background information on the causes of homelessness: The lack of housing overall The lack of affordable housing The loss of a tenancy Lacking work and/or skills […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (2)

December 20th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This year, I am going to be a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. At the induction session for new volunteers, we were given some background information on the scale and nature of homelessness. Some 60% of the homeless say that they are lonely. Some 70% of the homeless say that […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (1)

December 19th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

For the first time in my life, I am about to become a volunteer. I have been accepted to do three shifts with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. Since this is my first time, at the weekend I attended a two-hour New Volunteers Induction Session at the Bloomsbury Baptist Central Church in […]

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30 photographs of my Thanksgiving visit to the USA

December 13th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

First, I did 10 blog postings during my visit to the United States to enjoy Thanksgiving; then I knitted these postings into a continuous narrative for my web site; now I’ve illustrated the text of the web page with 30 photographs. Check them out here.

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