Archive for August, 2009


Should we live with a nuclear Iran?

August 14th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

“No one should want a nuclear-armed Iran and new sanctions should certainly be tried. But if we calculate correctly that the prospect of an Iranian bomb ultimately comes down to a question of Iranian willpower, then a mature debate needs to be had about how we manage that risk. Instead of threatening military action that […]

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My fourth short story

August 14th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

My summertime project of short story writing is coming along fine and I’m really enjoying it. Today I published my fourth story entitled “The Hostage”. Please let me know what you think.

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My visit to the palace

August 13th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

I may have lived in London almost 40 years but, until today, I’d never visited Buckingham Palace. This is partly because the state rooms have only been open to the public for about a decade and they are still only open for a few months a year. It’s partly because we always neglect places on […]

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How the President decides

August 13th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

There’s an interesting piece in the “Wall Street Journal” about the decision-making processes of President Barack Obama. One commentator sums up the style as: “He’s thinking big but being cautious.”

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20 questions – and the answers

August 13th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Labour Party activist and blogger Paul Burgin runs a series on his blog in which he poses 20 questions to fellow bloggers. He invited me to answer a series of such questions and you can read my answers here.

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The Czech Night Hawk

August 12th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Over three years ago, I did a posting about a British television programme on the life of a wartime night fighter pilot, a Czech called Karel Kuttelwascher. He was my wife’s father and we were both interviewed for the programme which has been broadcast several times since then. Karel Kuttelwascher died – of a heart […]

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Obama’s health care plan (2)

August 12th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

The American debate over health care reform receives front-page treatment in today’s “Guardian” newspaper because the bitter opposition to Obama’s reform proposals is frequently involving outrageous misrepresentation of the performance of the National Health Service in Britain. The sickest suggestion – I use the adjective advisedly – is that, if he lived in the UK, […]

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How not to use Facebook

August 11th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

If this is true, it’s a classic. Even if it’s a spoof, it’s making an excellent point.

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How to live longer

August 10th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

There’s a report today which suggests that many Britons are cutting their lives short by the unhealthy lifestyle that they adopt. The Government is running a healthy living campaign campaign called “Change4Life” and I have a section on web site called “How To Be Healthy”.

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Are you a fundamentalist Christian?

August 9th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

No – I didn’t think so. If you were, you wouldn’t like many of my postings. But, since it’s Sunday, let’s run with Christian fundamentalism for a moment. What are the ten ten signs that you’re a fundamentalist Christian? They’re listed here.

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