Archive for July, 2011


A lovely afternoon with granddaughter Catrin

July 25th, 2011 by Roger Darlington

This weekend, I babysat my gorgeous granddaughter Catrin for the fourth time (she is now six months old) while her mum and dad went to see the latest “Harry Potter” film. We were together almost five hours and had a fun time. We read three books together and then I fed her all the yogurt […]

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100 years since rediscovery of Machu Picchu

July 24th, 2011 by Roger Darlington

Exactly 100 years ago today, on 24 July 1911, Hiram Bingham announced the discovery of Machu Picchu in Peru. An American historian employed as a lecturer at Yale University, Bingham had been searching for the city of Vilcabamba, the last Inca refuge during the Spanish conquest. He had worked for years in previous trips and […]

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There’s a new ice cream parlour in town

July 24th, 2011 by Roger Darlington

As I’ve explained here, I’m very keen on my desserts. So I was delighted last night, when Vee and I went over to Muswell Hill for dinner with our good friend Eric, to find that a new ice cream parlour had opened right next door to the Chinese restaurant where we ate. Naturally we had […]

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A review of “Evening”

July 23rd, 2011 by Roger Darlington

A movie with half a dozen female stars and you’ve never heard of it, have you? You can check out my review here.

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Another new location in London: the Cartoon Museum

July 22nd, 2011 by Roger Darlington

One of the many reasons that I love living in London is that there is always something new to see and do.¬† This week, my sister Silvia came down from Leicester to London for the day and suggested that we visit a museum that I hadn’t even here of. It’s the Cartoon Museum which was […]

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Not all of Iraq is a tale of disaster

July 21st, 2011 by Roger Darlington

“Major events in the wider Middle East have overshadowed the already neglected story of the Kurdistan Region which is now the safest, most pluralistic and dynamic part of Iraq although there should be no complacency about pressing and persistent social, economic and political problems.” These are the opening words of the latest report from the […]

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Is the Net changing your brain?

July 21st, 2011 by Roger Darlington

It certainly is – but in a good way or a bad way? I discuss this in my latest – the 68th – column on Internet issues which you can read here.

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What do these web sites have in common? (2)

July 20th, 2011 by Roger Darlington

A couple of days ago, I did a posting in which I listed a number of Left-leaning web sites, asked what they had in common, and promised the answer today. The answer is that all these¬† Left-leaning political and trade union sites are being blocked by the public wifi system at St Pancras railway station […]

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Do you suffer from electrosensitivity?

July 19th, 2011 by Roger Darlington

Someone I know really well suffers exceptionally badly from what he believes to be electrosensitivity. The problem is that the condition is not generally recognised by the medical community. The relevant Wikipedia page states: “Although individuals who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity believe that electromagnetic fields from common electrical devices trigger or exacerbate their symptoms, it has […]

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Which American politician said this? (2)

July 19th, 2011 by Roger Darlington

On Sunday, I did a posting with a quote on the separation of church and state and asked which American politician had said it. I promised you the answer today. The answer is Barry Goldwater in the US Senate in 1981 and you can find more information on his trenchant views here. Contrary to what […]

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