Archive for June, 2007

The Department of Prime Minister

June 17th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

When Gordon Brown becomes Britain’s Prime Minister at the end of the month, he will be the 52nd person to occupy that role – the line stretches all the way from Sir Robert Walpole who served from 1721-1742. This weekend’s “Guardian” contains a wall chart picturing each of these Prime Ministers. Understandably there has been […]

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Life explained on film

June 16th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Have trouble following written instructions? Like a filmed demonstration instead? Then this videojug website may be for you. You could start by watching Stephen Fry talk about his use of the Internet here. Or you could check out computer tips and tricks here.

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Women in art

June 15th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

This is a brilliant clip from YouTube (all that’s missing is “Girl With A Pearl Earring” by Vermeer):

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NightHawk is up and running again

June 15th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

For the last 10 days, I’ve been unable to add postings to this blog. As you will probably appreciate, I normally add something every day. So this block has been very frustrating to me and possibly disappointing to you my readers. The problem was a massive surge – make that a tsunami – of spam […]

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The colour changing card trick

June 9th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

You will be amazed by this trick.

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Off on a training course

June 6th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

I’m out of London from this evening to Friday evening working at a place called Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. I’m acting as Support Trainer for a course called “Tools For Success” run by the training consultancy Lamont Associates which which I’ve been working for the last five years.

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“Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.”

June 6th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

A friend has forwarded this sentence to me as an example of a pangram. A pangram is a sentence which uses every letter of the alphabet at least once. You can find a fuller explanation, lots of examples in English, and some examples in other languages here.

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A high-spending day

June 5th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Today I spent £350,000. No, I didn’t buy a house – so let me explain .., I sit on the Council of Postwatch, the consumer body for postal services, and I am Chairman of the Council’s Research Committee. Since Postwatch is likely to be closed down in a year or so, this year’s research budget […]

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“Europe At War” (1)

June 5th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

One of the many subjects in which I am interested is history and I’ve just started reading the 500-page work “Europe At War 1939-1945: No Simple Victory” written by the British historian Norman Davies. This contains many fascinating facts, figures and insights. For instance, consider this table which sets out estimates of military war dead […]

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Recycle Now Week

June 4th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Here in the UK, it’s Recyle Now Week. On average, we throw away our own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks, so there’s a lot that each of us can do to help. Check out the advice here.

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