Archive for July, 2009

New blog hits bottom

July 16th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

The @artinloo blog asks people to ‘express on a piece of toilet paper what you are thinking about at that moment’ and then send the picture in to the site. Check it out here.

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Word of the day: harrow

July 15th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

I’ve lived for 25 years in a part of north-west London called Sudbury Hill which is at the foot of Harrow-on-the-Hill but I’ve never been aware that ‘harrow’ is an object – until today. I was out of London with a friend, we dropped into a local pub for a drink, and the name of […]

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Some ideas to make life simpler

July 14th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

All socks should be sold in packs of three. We should have a 99p coin. Weekends should be three days. Can you think of some other suggestions?

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20 ideas that could save the world

July 13th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

We’ve all heard a lot about the growing threat to the planet from the danger of climate change. But what are the answers? The “Guardian” newspaper today has a special four-page supplement in which it considers twenty possible solutions.

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Ten days that shook my world (6)

July 12th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

The long saga of my complaint against my Internet service provider Pipex continues – see here for the original situation. Having filed an online complaint with Pipex and received a totally unsatisfactory reaction, on 21 May 2009, I filed an online complaint against Pipex with the ombudsman Otelo. They replied in a letter dated 2 […]

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Nephew 2: David is The Iron Man

July 12th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Imagine swimming 2.4 miles (3.8 km). Imagine cycling 112 miles (180 km). Imagine running a marathon of 26.2 miles (42.2 km). Now imagine doing one after the other after the other – all on the same day. The event is called The Iron Man and it took place today in Zurich in Switzerland. One of […]

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Nephew 1: Dom is 30 years young

July 11th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

My sister’s youngest son Dom is 30 today and the family celebrated the event at a special gathering near to his home close to Blackburn. The chosen venue was the wonderfully named pub “The Clog and Billycock” in the Lancashire village of Pleasington. It was only a small gathering of 12 but represented three generations […]

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Do foxes like cricket?

July 10th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just spend two days at the Brit Oval cricket ground in south London as part of an away day for the Board of Consumer Focus. Since my interest in cricket is zilch, I declined the offer of a short tour of the ground. Instead I enjoyed looking at the resident family of foxes that […]

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“The Book Thief”

July 8th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

This week, I started to read a novel called “The Book Thief” by Australian author Markus Zusak.

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Three things about me

July 7th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Adapted from an e-mail circular doing the rounds …. Three names I go by 1. Roger 2. Rog (my brother and sister) 3. Rogiček (my Czech ‘family’) Three jobs I have had in my life 1. Research Assistant in the House of Commons 2. Special Adviser to a Cabinet Minister 3. Head of Research for […]

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