Archive for October, 2006

The question of Iraq

October 26th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

I’ve hardly blogged on Iraq since the US/UK invasion three years ago. This is partly because I feel let down by Blair and Bush over my initial (reluctant) support for the occupation and it is partly because the current situation in Iraq seems so intractable. However, I spent a couple of hours at the House […]

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Things they never said

October 25th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

There’s a report today about a new book titled “They Never Said That” which collates many cases of famous sayings that were never actually said by the people to which they are attributed. For instance, the television series “Star Trek” never used the lines “Beam me up Scotty” or “It’s life Jim, but not as […]

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No smoke without fire

October 25th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Heard the one about the fire station that caught fire? It happened at Arundel near to the home of my brother-in-law Derek who drew my attention to the incident. More information here.

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Impressions of Paris

October 23rd, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Vee and I have just returned from a long weekend in Paris, We have been there several times before, but we went with two special young Chinese friends, Hua and Zhihao, who have not seen the city before and they were delightful company We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris which was very […]

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The Hungarian revolution

October 23rd, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Throughout the media today, there are features marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Hungarian revolution in 1956. I have some good Hungarian friends and have visited Hungary twice, so the anniversary resonates with me. My first visit was in August 1991 when Vee and I spent a week on holiday in Budapest. […]

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Paris in the Autumn

October 20th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Vee and I are off today for a long weekend in Paris. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited this wonderful city. However, we’re going there this time with some young Chinese friends in their early 30s who have never seen Paris. It will be great fun to enjoy the city with Zhihao […]

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The 95-5-0.1 rule

October 19th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

On my other blog CommsWatch, a few weeks ago I did a posting titled “Who are the users generating content?” In that posting, I stated: ” … most Net users are still overwhelmingly consumers rather than producers – although this is obviously changing. My website and two weblogs between them average around 3,000 visitors a […]

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The best of wildlife photography

October 19th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Check out these pictures.

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The rural post office network

October 18th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

Today the National Federation of Subpostmasters is organising a rally at Westminister Central Hall and a mass lobbying of MPs, as well as presenting to 10 Downing Street a petition signed by 4 million people. What’s it all about? It’s about the future of the rural post office network. We still have around 14,300 post […]

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Now there are 300M Americans

October 17th, 2006 by Roger Darlington

As explained in this article, according to census projections, the American population today passed the 300 million mark. One American is born every 7 seconds; one American dies every 13 seconds; one migrant arrives in the USA every 31 seconds. It has taken the USA 39 years to add the last 100M population and it […]

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