Archive for August, 2006

Forgotten world (26): Rwanda

August 21st, 2006 by Roger Darlington

On five occasions now, I’ve had a week-long feature on NightHawk devoted to parts of the world that tend to be under-reported or even forgotten. You can check out the previous 25 entries here. This week, I plan to run a sixth series of postings on this theme. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda – when […]

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Some of the toughest questions in science

August 20th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Does the Higgs boson (or God) particle exist? Is there life on any other planet? Is there a pattern to to the occurrence of prime numbers? How will the universe end? Some discussion of these questions – but no answers – here

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Honey’s hideaway

August 19th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

It’s the weekend, so let’s have a lighter story than some of the other NightHawk postings this week. For the last 10 years, we’ve had a cat called Honey. To learn how she came into our lives and acquired her name, click here. Now, Honey wears a fur coat all year round, so she found […]

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Something else you didn’t know …

August 18th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

I think that regular visitors to NightHawk will agree that it covers an electic range of subjects – both serious and lighter – and from time to time one learns something. Well, today I learned something new – not earth-shattering but fun. I was called on the phone by the Press Asociation this morning to […]

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The healing power of electricity

August 18th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

It seems that electric fields can speed the healing of cuts and grazes. It sounds incredible and it will boost the confidence of people I know who claim to be healers, but I argue in my essay “The Reason For Truth” that one should be guided by the evidence and there is scientific evidence for […]

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The 50 coolest websites

August 17th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

This week the US news magazine “Time” gave a rundown of the 50 coolest sites on the web. Many attract a worldwide audience – but a lot appeal mainly to Americans. So here are 50 coolest websites that, according to the “Mirror” newspaper, us Brits could not live without.

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How Wal-Mart had to give in to unionisation

August 17th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

As someone who spent 24 years as a national trade union official, I believe that democratic trade unions are an essential feature of a free society and provide protection to workers from the imbalance of power in many workplaces. The United States likes to portray itself as the strongest democracy on earth, but it has […]

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A new blogger on the block

August 16th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

It will be evident from NightHawk that I’m a keen fan of blogging, so I welcome any addition to the blogosphere. One of the newest bloggers on the block is one of the strangest: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. You can check out his new blog here. As well as his native Farsi, the President […]

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The Peterloo massacre

August 16th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Today – 187 years ago – 60,000 workers, artisans, journeymen and radicals congregated on St Peter’s Fields on the edges of Manchester to demand adult male suffrage and a repeal of the Corn Law price-fixing cartel. Workers had realised that without political power they would never reap the riches of industrialisation. When the crowd failed […]

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Pip and me (2)

August 15th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

In an earlier posting, I explained how, as Chairman of the Greater London region of Postwatch, I spoke to BBC Radio London and Capital Radio about a new pricing system for our mail called Pricing in Proportion or PiP which comes into effect on 21 August. This morning at 7.10 am, I did another radio […]

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