Archive for November, 2010


Why the study of industrial relations matters

November 11th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

In 1966-1967, I spent one day a week for an academic year studying at the then Salford College of Advanced Technology (now the University of Salford) sponsored by the then AEI (now GEC). In the following three years, I did a full-time degree in Management Sciences at the then University of Manchester Institute of Science […]

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The People’s History Museum of Manchester

November 11th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

I was up in Manchester this week to attend the inaugural professorial lecture of my younger brother Ralph at the University of Salford [my blog posting here]. I took the opportunity to spend some time with my step-mother who still lives close to the city. She took me to a remarkable new museum in Manchester […]

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Does history matter?

November 9th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

I think so. It defines who we are and it defines who others are. That’s why I have a ‘History’ category for my blog posts. That’s why I  continue to read history texts on a regular basis and you’ll find my reviews of 28 history books here. Professional historian Simon Schama obviously thinks history is […]

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Is the United States a banana republic?

November 8th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

Perhaps that seems like an outrageous suggestion – but consider this: “The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 per cent of income, up from almost 9 per cent in 1976 … the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and […]

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The many lives of “Nikita”

November 8th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

First, it was a French film “Nikita” [my review here]; then it was a Hollywood remake “The Assassin” [my review here]; next it was a Canadian television series “La Femme Nikita” which ran for four and a half series; and now it’s a new American television series called simply “Nikita”. This time Maggie Q plays […]

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Do you use a toll bridge?

November 7th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

My wife has just set off for a few days to visit relatives in South Wales and, before she left, she checked out online the current charge for the new Severn Bridge. This set me thinking about the prevalence of toll bridges. When I was in full-time employment, I often used a little toll bridge […]

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Naming practices around the world

November 5th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

On my web site, I have a very comprehensive essay on naming practices and popular names around the world. You can check it out here. I regularly up-date it, especially to record and analyse the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in England & Wales when new annual data becomes available as it has recently. […]

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The right to be forgotten

November 5th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

The European Commission has proposed a legal “right to be forgotten” as part of its update of data protection rules, allowing Internet users to ensure that shameful pictures or other embarrassing online content is deleted from Facebook or other social networking websites. This is in response to growing fears about the negative influence of social […]

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The state of human development worldwide

November 5th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

The publication by the United Nations of the 20th annual edition of its human development report provides a wealth of fascinating data. The report ranks 169 countries by how developed they are as measured by a combination of measures covering education, health and inequality. You will find the basic rankings in Table 1 here. The […]

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Understanding the American political system

November 4th, 2010 by Roger Darlington

On Tuesday, Americans went to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term Congressional elections. Clearly people in the USA and outside were particularly interested at this time in how the American political system works. On Wednesday, no less than 1,345 people viewed my web page on “A Short Guide To The American Political […]

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