Archive for September, 2009

Double set of war crimes

September 16th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

So now an authoritative and independent report has spelled out at great length that both the Palestinians and the Israelis were guilty of war crimes last December and January. The 574-page report from esteemed judge Richard Goldstone is based on 188 interviews, more than 10,000 pages of documentation and 1,200 photographs and other material. Both […]

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National Consumer Week

September 14th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Here in Britain today sees the start of the National Consumer Week. An important part of this is the “Know your consumer rights” campaign which kicks off today. Since Consumer Focus (on whose Board I sit) is one of the campaign partners, our CEO Ed Mayo will be speaking alongside Kevin Brennan MP, Consumer Affairs […]

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Visit to Brickendonbury

September 13th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

This weekend, my wife and I – together with friends Ivan and Ros – visited a place called Brickendonbury which is a little bit north of London in Hertfordshire. The Brickendonbury estate, has a long and colourful history. Little is known about it until Saxon times (approx. 500 AD), when the hill site was claimed […]

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Are you prejudiced on names?

September 13th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Many teachers are – and, possibly with some reason, as this article in today’s “Sunday Times” explains.

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The ‘hidden’ story on the most popular baby names

September 12th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

According to the data compiled annually by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the most popular names for children born in England & Wales during 2008 were as follows: Position Boys Girls

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Listening to Sevara Nazarkhan

September 11th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

When I’m working on the PC, I often like to listen to music – either Classic FM on the radio or one of my CDs on the computer. This afternoon, I’ve been listening to my CDs of an Uzbek singer called Sevara Nazarkhan. I know – you’ve never heard of her. Neither had I until […]

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My eighth short story

September 11th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Over the summer, Friday has been the day that I’ve posted a new short story in my new writing phase and today is no exception. I’ve now posted my eighth short story which is about relationships and is called “The Dinner Party”. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

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Obama’s healthcare speech

September 10th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

President Barack Obama has addressed Congress in an effort to break the deadlock on passage of a healthcare reform bill. You can read the full text here.

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It’s 09.09.09

September 9th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

Maybe the world will end?!? But maybe not. I hope not – I still have a lot of short stories to write …

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How did economists get it so wrong?

September 8th, 2009 by Roger Darlington

In this article – long but so informative and convincing – Paul Krugman, “New York Times” op-ed columnist and winner of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, argues: “So here’s what I think economists have to do. First, they have to face up to the inconvenient reality that financial markets fall far short […]

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