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Are you a middle child? If so, it’s your day.

August 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

As you probably know, the Americans have a day for almost everything and today they celebrate National Middle Child Day. Two thoughts occur to me. First, it is widely thought that birth order influences personality and this idea is discussed on the Day’s web site. But I’m not sure how much scientific evidence there is for […]

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1976 and 2018: two exceptionally hot summers – but a lot of differences

July 28th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I remember the long hot summer of 1976. It was the summer I became a father and my life had never been sunnier. But, as explained in this article in the “Mirror” newspaper, there were lots of other things that made that year a better one than this year for so many people in Britain.

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Holiday in Cyprus (8): Pafos

July 1st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Sunday was the last day of our tour of Cyprus and was dominated by visits to two archaeological sites, neither of which I had heard of before this holiday. First though, we were taken on a half hour walk along the seafront of Limassol, an attractive city which, with some 200,000 citizens, is beginning to […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (7): Troodos Mountains

June 30th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On Saturday, we were out for over nine hours on a day trip to the Troodos Mountains, a location that is 90 million years old and now a UNESCO global geopark. The mountains themselves are not far from Limassol, but the mountain range is extensive and our minibus had to proceed really slowly because we […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (6): Southern Nicosia

June 29th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

After three days touring the Turkish north of Cyprus, today (Friday) the four of us on the North & South package left behind in Kyrenia the four signed up for the North Only package and started three days in the Greek south of the island. Whereas yesterday we had visited the northern part of the […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (5): Northern Nicosia

June 28th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On the third day of the northern part of our Cyprus trip (Thursday), we drove to the capital which is just half an hour away. Known as Lefkosia in Greek and Lefkoşa in Turkish, the name given to the city by the English is Nicosia. Since the Turkish invasion of 1974, it has been the […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (4): Famagusta

June 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On the second day of the northern part of our Cyprus trip (Wednesday), we drove from Kyrenia all the way to Famagusta on the eastern coast of the island which took just under an hour and an half. Originally built by the Phoenicians, the city was totally enclosed by ramparts by the Venetians and these […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (3): Kyrenia

June 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On Tuesday, I was woken at 4.30 am by the broadcasting of the Islamic call to prayer, a reminder that I was in north Cyprus and not south Cyprus. At 9 am, we met our guide for the northern part of our tour of the island: Sezain Patterson whose English was brilliant on account of […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (2): arrival

June 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

On Monday, the flight from London to Larnaca was just over four hours and the time difference between Britain and Cyprus is two hours, so it took the best part of the day reaching the island. At Larnaca, I met the other members of the group. Since I was travelling alone, I was hoping for […]

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Holiday in Cyprus (1): introduction

June 25th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Top of my bucket list is – so long as I have reasonable health and wealth – to have visited as many countries as my age.  I’m 70 today and I’m off to Cyprus which will be my 72nd country. It is an organised tour with the company Voyages Jules Verne and involves equal time […]

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