Archive for May, 2010

The start of Life 2.0

May 21st, 2010 by Roger Darlington

If the essence of Web 2.0 is user generated content (UGC), then arguably the key point about anything which can be classed as Life 2.0 is that one form of life creates a new form of life – in which case, it seems that we are there with the news this week that scientists have […]

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What have the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats agreed? (2)

May 20th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

Following the relatively short agreement on policies published when the new coalition government was first founded, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have today published a much longer and more comprehensive agreement. It is a remarkable document, the like of which we have never seen before, and we shall have to see whether the parties can […]

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The racial divide in the USA

May 19th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

As explained in this article, a report released this week by Brandeis University in Massachusetts reveals that a typical white American family is now five times richer than its African-American counterpart of the same class. White families typically have assets worth $100,000 (£69,000), up from $22,000 in the mid-1980s. African-American families’ assets stand at just […]

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Does India have a middle class?

May 19th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

According to the thinking outlined in this article, it seems that India has no  middle class. The central point is that there are essentially two ways to measure inequality, one is in absolute terms and the other is in relative terms. The problem with the definition of middle class used in the article is that […]

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China trip (6): photographs

May 18th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

It’s now five weeks since Vee and I returned from our three-week trip to China with our Chinese ‘family’ Zhihao, Hua & Joshua. It’s taken me some time to complete my account of the holiday for my web site, but I’ve now finished the exercise by adding a selection of 64 photographs. You can read […]

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The British Airways dispute

May 18th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

You’ve heard the management case. Now check out the staff view.

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My participation in a medical research project

May 17th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

In the Spring of last year, I took part in a 12-week medical trial of a new ‘polypill’ and wrote about the experience on this blog, the last entry being this one. This morning, my wife and I spent two and a quarter hours at an assessment centre in Hounslow in west London as participants […]

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The elephants are here

May 15th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

Recently, everywhere I go in central London, I see elephant sculptures decorated in amazing patterns and colours. What’s it all about? The explanation’s here.

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Reform of the British political system

May 14th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

The formation of a coalition government in Britain, between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, looks likely to institute a major programme of constitutional and political reform. As a result, I’ve revised my web site guide to the British political system and up-dated and expanded the section on reform.

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What is the alternative vote?

May 13th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

So the Liberal Democrats have been promised a referendum on the alternative vote (AV) as part of the deal to support the Conservatives in a coalition government. But what is AV? AV retains single member constituencies but voters number candidates in order of preference. If the top candidate fails to receive 50% of the vote, […]

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