Archive for October, 2007

My role in “Coronation Street”

October 30th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Over the last six weeks, I’ve done an unusual amount of travel: Sarajevo for a short break with my sister, Prague to attend the graduation ceremony of a dear friend, Inverness for a meeting of the Ofcom Consumer Panel, Zagreb to give two presentations at a conference, and now this week Manchester mainly to attend […]

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How free is the world’s press?

October 28th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

An index measuring the level of press freedom in 169 countries throughout the world has just been published by Reporters Without Borders for the sixth year running. You can check it out

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Back from Zagreb

October 27th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

It’s like those buses – you wait for ages and then two come along … For decades, I’ve travelled the world but I never went to former Yugoslavia or its newly-independent components. However, last month, I spent a long weekend in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina [my review here]. Then, last week, I […]

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Better news fron Iran

October 27th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

As I reported in an earlier posting, jailed Iranian labour activist Mansour Osanloo faced the loss of vision in one eye while the regime refused him medical treatment. A massive online campaign, involving Amnesty International, the International Transport Workers Federation, and many thousands of LabourStart readers, resulted in Osanloo receiving the medical treatment he needed […]

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Another trip; another country

October 23rd, 2007 by Roger Darlington

I won’t be blogging for a few days now because I’m off out of the country. I’m attending a seminar in Zagreb and Croatia takes the number of countries that I’ve now visited to 48. I’m participating in a seminar entitled “Consumer Issues In The Electronic Communications Market” and I’ll be giving two presentations.

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How small can a cinema be?

October 23rd, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Regular visitors to NightHawk will know that I’m a big movie fan and love going to the cinema. One of the smaller and most unusual cinemas I’ve ever visited is called Kinema in the woods and is located in Woodall in Lincolnshire. However, my attention was drawn to a report this week of the closure […]

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How to do this and that

October 22nd, 2007 by Roger Darlington

I had an interview for a public appointment today (I’ll let you know more about it if I’m successful). As part of my preparation, I read my own advice on how to have a good job interview. This is a page on my web site as part of a broader section on life skills which […]

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The World In One City – revisited

October 21st, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Three months ago, I blogged here about a project called “The World In One City”. This is a project that Owen Powell (who posted a comment on my blog) and Alex Horne started on 24 October 2006 (United Nations Day), and which they hope to finish in just a few days’ time, on the same […]

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One laptop per child

October 20th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

It’s not often in life that one meets someone who is truly charismatic and inspirational, but this week I was fortunate to hear Nicholas Negroponte speak at an event in Westminster entitled “Parliament & The Internet ” and he totally capivated his audience with his enthusiasm and sincerity. He flew over that morning from the […]

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More worrying news from Iran

October 19th, 2007 by Roger Darlington

Mansour Osanloo, the jailed leader of the bus workers’ union in Tehran, faces the possible loss of his eyesight unless he receives urgent medical attention – which the Iranian authorities are denying him. As a former trade union official who has myself had severe vision problems in the past, this case resonates especially with me […]

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