Archive for August, 2013

Is your place of work like this … or like that?

August 24th, 2013 by Roger Darlington

Check out this short video.

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The growing potholes on the information superhighway

August 24th, 2013 by Roger Darlington

On 14 August, there was a  the two-hour failure of the New York Times website , during which it resorted to publishing articles on its Facebook page. While a malicious attack was initially suspected, the problem was caused simply by a scheduled system maintenance. On the same day, Microsoft customers began to report email failures. […]

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Word of the day: quincunx

August 23rd, 2013 by Roger Darlington

It is the arrangement of five objects – such as trees – in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle. I’d never come across the word before this week when it was ‘word of the day’ on the online dictionary I use on my iPhone. You have to be […]

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Who was the most destructive man of the early 20th century?

August 22nd, 2013 by Roger Darlington

I have spent recent weeks ploughing through the 600-page “A History Of The World” by Andrew Marr and I’ve now reached the early part of the 20th century. He suggests that “the most destructive man of his generation” is someone you’ve never heard of: a German bureaucrat called Arthur Zimmerman. Marr writes: “He was responsible […]

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The top 10 jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

August 21st, 2013 by Roger Darlington

One-liners to make you laugh here

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Another lovely day with my granddaughter Catrin

August 21st, 2013 by Roger Darlington

Every few months, I like to see my young friend Jen with her son James who is almost exactly the same age as my granddaughter Catrin (they are both just over two and a half). This week, I wanted Catrin to join us and her parents allowed me to keep her out of nursery for […]

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The future of humankind according to science fiction films

August 20th, 2013 by Roger Darlington

Check out this fun infographic.

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Congratulations to Elie Goulding on her first No 1 single

August 19th, 2013 by Roger Darlington

As I explained in this posting, early this year I bought and enjoyed the second CD from Ellie Goulding called “Halcyon”. Subsequently I obtained her first CD called “Lights”. I think that Goulding is a talented and accomplished singer/songwriter with a distinctive voice. I was pleased by the news today that she has achieved her […]

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Will we ever agree on what caused the First World War?

August 19th, 2013 by Roger Darlington

It took six weeks, but I have now finished viewing the box set of the 26-part BBC television series on “The Great War” which was bought for me as a birthday present by a good friend. It was a utterly fascinating series, informative and balanced and very, very moving. This was a war the like of […]

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Welcome to food bank Britain where even working families have to request provisions

August 18th, 2013 by Roger Darlington

“Food banks have no place in modern Britain. Millions of families are facing a perfect storm of pressures on their budgets. The combined impact of welfare upheaval, cuts to public spending, low wages and the high cost of living are putting unbearable pressure on many households, forcing them to seek emergency help putting food on […]

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