Archive for September, 2012

We just don’t know what’s going on inside the people we meet

September 21st, 2012 by Roger Darlington

I saw this on someone’s Facebook page: I explored this theme in one of my short stories entitled “The Away Day”.

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Riding high in post-Olympic London

September 19th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Earlier this week, I saw my good friend Jen with her baby boy James who is almost two and therefore just a few months older than my granddaughter. At Jen’s suggestion, we went on the Emirates Air Line cable car which opened just before the Olympics and it was terrific fun with great views of […]

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The makers versus the takers in Republican Party mythology

September 18th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney keeps shooting himself in the foot, toe by toe, so that by polling day he may no longer be standing. His dismissal of the 47% of Americans who do not actually pay federal tax is astonishing for all sorts of reasons including the facts made very clear here.

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Should Israel attack Iran to block its nuclear ambitions?

September 16th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

I’be blogged several times opposing such a notion, as in this case, but it’s always good to see the argument put by an Israeli. Bernard Avishai is Adjunct Professor of Business at the Hebrew University. You can read his piece here. Not many people can say this, but I have visited both Israel [my account here] […]

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Three wonderful films that you have never heard of

September 15th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

In each case, there is no plot, no actors, and no dialogue but stunning cinematography and imagery and a pulsing soundtrack with the guiding hand of Ron Fricke. The three films are: “Koyaanisqatsi” (1982) – my review here “Baraka” (1992) – my review here “Samsara” (2011)- my review here If you live in a major city, […]

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Why are Western embassies being attacked around the Muslim world?

September 15th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

“The maelstrom of anti-western violence in the Arab world has little to do with an anti-Islam propaganda film released on YouTube. It has more to do with decades of perceived western imperialism – and the organisational skills of the Salafis, known for their no-compromise, literal interpretation of the faith.” This is the opening of a […]

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A brilliant critique of the Tea Party or the American Taliban

September 14th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

I’ve been watching “The Newsroom”, a new series written by Aaron Sorkin for HBO, screened in Britain on Sky Atlantic. It’s not as good as “The West Wing” which Sorkin also created, but it has some great moments. I did a posting about one of those moments which opened the first episode. Now I want […]

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Inequality in Britain: extreme and increasing

September 14th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

“In 2010/11, the incomes of the chief executives of the largest 100 companies in the UK increased by nearly 50% while the average pay rise in the private sector was just 2.7%. Because prices increased by 5.2%, most private sector workers actually became poorer and pay freezes meant that many public sector workers did even […]

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Who will be the world’s leading power in 20 years?

September 12th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

Among many fascinating points in a new survey of international opinion, there are very diffrent views on whether China will take over from the United States as the world’s leading power in 20 years. 30% of American think China will be top dog but 59% of Chinese believe this.

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The London 2012 Games: the last hurrah

September 10th, 2012 by Roger Darlington

This afternoon, I attended a meeting at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport to discuss a communications programme for when the Government announces a timetable for switchover to digital radio. I was there in my capacity as the Chair of the Consumer Expert Group. The DCMS is located just off Trafalgar Square so, once […]

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