Archive for March, 2012

How does your pay compare with the rest of the world?

March 31st, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Check it out here.

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Our participation in UK Biobank

March 30th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

An incredible snapshot of the health and lifestyles of 500,000 Britons – including 26,000 people with diabetes and 50,000 with joint disorders, 41,000 teetotallers, and 11,000 heart attack patients – is now available for medical research. With more than 1,000 separate pieces of information already available on volunteers aged 40-69 when they joined the project, UK […]

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The remarkable story of Leopold Socha

March 29th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

You have never heard of him but he is commemorated by the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem (which I have visited) as “Righteous among the Nations”  In the last year of Nazi occupation of Eastern Poland, he saved the lives of a group of Jews by hiding them in sewers. The story has recently been […]

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The death of a hero

March 28th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

In 1984, my first and only book was published. It was a biography of my wife’s father, the World War II Czech night intruder ace Karel Kuttelwascher and it was called “Night Hawk”. While doing picture research for the book at the Imperial War Museum, I came across a photograph of an aircraft called “The […]

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Why we all need regulation

March 27th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

This afternoon, I attended a workshop convened by the National Consumer Federation to debate the question “Are regulators failing consumers?” and to start the process of producing a Consumer Charter For Regulators. I was there in my capacity as a member of the Communications Consumer Panel. in my break-out group, I argued that the Charter […]

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Will Obama’s healthcare reforms survive?

March 26th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

In Britain, Parliament passes a Bill, and that’s it. However controversial, once the Bill becomes an Act, the debate is over. Nobody argues that the measure is unconstitutional, not least because the UK does not have a constitution as generally understood. Of course, an Act can be subject to judicial review – as was the […]

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What the (near) future might look like

March 26th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Microsoft has produced a vision of the future.  Some of the technology displayed in the video has been patented by the company and some is already deployed! To view, click here.

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The three conclusions reached by almost all conferences/seminars/workshops that I attend

March 25th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

The problem is complex and multi-facted There is no silver bullet or one size fits all We need to have more information/do more research/ have another meeting to bottom this out Does any of this resonate with you?

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I hear ‘the Father of the Internet’

March 24th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

For those of us steeped in Internet matters, the wonderfully named Vint Cerf is a mystical figure. He is universally known as “the Father of the Internet” because – together with Bob Kahn – he published “A Protocol For Packet Network Internetworking” in 1974 which was the technical basis then and now for the Internet. […]

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My new appointment in the water sector (2)

March 21st, 2012 by Roger Darlington

A few days ago, I did a posting about my appointment as Chair of the Customer Challenge Group at South East Water. The company has now issued a media release on the appointment which you can read here.

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