Archive for May, 2010

Our local Hindu temple

May 31st, 2010 by Roger Darlington

A new Hindu temple has opened officially today in Wembley in north-west London. It took 14 years and cost £16 million to build. The charity behind the building of the temple is the Shri Vallabh Nidhi UK. The temple is literally down the road where from we live and I’m looking forward to visiting it. […]

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How much poverty in the UK?

May 31st, 2010 by Roger Darlington

An extract from an analysis of the most recent figures from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies: “The most widely used measure of relative poverty is the number of people living in households with incomes below 60% of the median. (If households were lined up from richest to poorest, adjusted for family size, the median […]

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I have seen the future

May 29th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

I bought the iPod; I was one of the first UK purchasers of the iPhone; and I’ve always known that I would buy the latest Apple product the iPad. But I wanted to play with one first and then treat myself for my birthday next month. Sometimes delayed gratification is good for the soul …. […]

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Can anyone explain “Lost”?

May 29th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

As explained in this posting, I gave up on the television series “Lost” in the middle of the fourth series when the promised answers dd not materialise. I was so disappointed that I didn’t even watch the concluding hours of the show – broadcast recently – because I feared that any ‘answers’ would still be […]

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My 21st short story

May 28th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

It’s around two and a half months since I ‘published’ one of my short stories on my web site. I was in China for three weeks and than had to write up an account of the trip for my site and catch up on my normal diary. But today I’ve added a new story – […]

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Sex symbol and communications specialist

May 27th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

She caused an international scandal by appearing nude in a Czechoslovak movie of 1933 before becoming a glamorous Hollywood star. She was Jewish but married an arms manufacturer who socialised with Hitler and Mussolini. She invented a frequency-hopping spread-spectrum technique that was so far ahead of its time that it was first submitted in 1941 […]

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Is social networking a fad?

May 26th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

This short video – which I saw at a conference this week – is a recent up-date of one produced last year with the latest statistics. It will make you think.

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The depths of the south-west

May 26th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

England is one of those countries where it is much easier to travel north-south than it is to journey east-west. I was reminded of the situation this week when I travelled by train from London to Bridgwater to attend a conference on next generation access or super-fast broadband. Now Bridgwater is not actually that far […]

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Georgia on my mind

May 23rd, 2010 by Roger Darlington

Georgia has been on my mind this weekend because of my first visit to a Georgian restaurant. The occasion was suggested to Vee and me by our very good friends Eric and Cindy who are going on holiday to Georgia in the summer and wanted to sample the food that they’ll be eating there. The […]

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The sky above our house today

May 22nd, 2010 by Roger Darlington

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