Archive for June, 2012

Discovering a new place in London

June 21st, 2012 by Roger Darlington

I’ve lived and worked in London for 40 years, but from time to time i still discover a new place of interest. This week, it was the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide. I went there to view a small exhibition on the Berlin Olympics of 1936, obviously timed as a […]

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Gaby’s Deli saved for at least a year

June 20th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Last September, I did a posting about the campaign to save my favourite London cafe: Gaby’s Deli in Charing Cross Road near Leicester Square.  The campaign has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that Gaby’s is still open and that we now know that it will have a lease at least until May […]

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Whatever happened to the cashless society?

June 19th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

“When I first became involved in the communications industry in the late 1970s, I was convinced that the then new microelectronics revolution would soon eliminate a lot of the need for cash. At that time, it looked as if some kind of electronic card would be the approach. In the 1980s, there was a trial […]

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The Anglo-American War of 1812

June 18th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Two hundred years ago today, a war commenced between the United States and Britain. Today the conflict hardly features in the history classes of either nation. You can read a short note on the war here and a longer account here. The war is mostly remembered in the USA as the origins of the national […]

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How would you have voted?

June 18th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Since I obtained the right to vote 44 years ago, I have never missed an opportunity to cast my vote, whether in a national or local election. It has not been difficult for me to decide how to cast my vote since principles and ideology matter more to me than current policy or the particular […]

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Why the Olympic torch will not see the centre of Darlington

June 17th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Explanation here.

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Is the United States in unstoppable decline?

June 16th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

This is the question at the heart of the book I read during my recent holiday in the USA [my account of the trip here]. The book by Edward Luce is entitled “Time To Start Thinking: America And The Spectre Of Decline”. You can read my review here.

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The rise and rise of baby Catrin

June 15th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Regular readers of NightHawk will know how delighted (OK, besotted) I am to be a grandfather. Baby Catrin is now almost one and a half and remains an absolute delight. I like to see her once a week, but recently we have been to Washington & New York and Catrin & parents have been to […]

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Will Barack Obama be re-elected? (1)

June 12th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Most people outside the United States assume that Obama will win a second term in November. After all, he is the incumbent, he has not suffered any personal or political scandal, he is so intelligent and fluent, he baled out the auto industry, he is reforming the financial system, he is introducing a new healthcare […]

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A different view of Iraq

June 11th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

I’ve visited 56 countries and would love to go to more. I learn so much on my travels and see the world very differently. One country which fascinates me is Iraq. I would not be willing to travel to most parts of the country in current circumstances, but I would be open to visiting the Kurdish […]

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