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It’s National Siblings Day

April 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Well, at least in most parts of the United States, its is – see here. I’m blessed with a great sister Silvia in Leicester and a great brother Ralph in Manchester and a great half brother Chris near Winchester, so today I’m going to declare publicly how much they mean to me. Siblings are very […]

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Another visit to Prague to see my Czech mates

April 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

One of my best friends, before his premature death, was a Czech doctor from Prague called Pavel who died in a London hospital 24 years ago. You can read my obituary for him here. I have kept in touch with his wife and three children and seen them regularly in Prague and sometimes in London. […]

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While I remember, let me talk to you about dementia

March 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It’s over six months ago that I did a blog posting explaining that I have been invited to volunteer for a study examining the risk factors for dementia. For various reasons, it was only today that I had my first hospital visit connected with the study. I spent almost four hours at the Imperial Research […]

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The Internet in China

February 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have just returned from a two-week visit to China – my fourth trip the country. In China, most web sites – including my own and usually the BBC – are usually accessible but over 3,000 sites are blocked including the American tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook – what is often called the Great […]

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Television in China

February 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’m just back from a two week trip to China – my fourth visit to this fascinating country..  I stayed in six hotels and visited five family homes, so I saw a fair bit of local television.  I think you can learn a lot about a country by watching its television   All the hotels […]

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China in the New Year (15): more Guangzhou

February 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It has been the last day of my amazing two-week visit to China with my Chinese ‘family’ Hua and son Joshua to celebrate the Chinese New Year and it was our second day in the southern city of Guangzhou. Typically we had a very varied programme. In the morning, we visited a place called Baiyun […]

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China in the New Year (14): Guangzhou

February 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

We have now flown from Xiamen to Guangzhou for the final leg of our two-week trip to China. Guangzhou – which used to be called Canton – is a city the size of London, with a population of 7.4 million, located opposite Hong Kong. I spent a little time in Guangzhou on my first visit […]

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China in the New Year (13): the tulou

February 22nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

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China in the New Year (12): Mao

February 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Our first full day in southern China was political. From our hotel in Longyan, we drove around 50 km (about 30 miles) to the Memorial Site of the Gutian Congress. What do you mean, you’ve never heard of it? This two-day event in December 1929 was seminal to the success of the Chinese Communist revolution […]

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China in the New Year (11): Yichang to Wuhan to Xiamen to Longyan

February 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

After five days in Yichang celebrating the Chinese New Year with Hua’s relatives on her mother’s side, the last two days have been largely taken up with travelling. First, we took the train from Yichang back to Wuhan. Here we were joined by six relatives of Hua’s father who had driven over from his home […]

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