Archive for October, 2015


A busy Halloween in Sudbury Hill

October 31st, 2015 by Roger Darlington

it’s been another busy Halloween evening in our crescent in north-west London. Over a period of three hours, our door bell went 14 times as we were visited by a total of 59 little horrors. ¬†Good job we had tons of Quality Street chocolates for them.

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The end of the world is not yet nigh

October 31st, 2015 by Roger Darlington

This Halloween just got a whole lot scarier with the discovery of a huge asteroid hurtling towards Earth. The space rock was discovered less than a fortnight ago by astronomers using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. With the asteroid expected to come within the 7,500,000 km threshold of proximity to Earth, it has been classified […]

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A review of the new film “Suffragette”

October 31st, 2015 by Roger Darlington

It is hard to believe that women in the UK – as elsewhere – were denied the vote for so long and had to fight so hard for the right. The story is told in the new movie “Suffragette” which I have reviewed here. View the film and wonder why so many people – men […]

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Notes on Nairobi – now a continuous narrative with links and photos

October 30th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

If you are a regular reader of NightHawk, you might have read a series of daily blog postings on my recent visit to Nairobi. I have now pulled all these postings in one continuous narrative, added a series of hyperlinks to relevant web sites, and included a selection of 19 photographs. Check it out here.

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How to be happy

October 30th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

For the last eight months, each Friday I have been revisiting one of my collection of 31 short stories. This seems to have gone down well with readers of NightHawk. So I thought that, now I have concluded the look at my short stories, i would start a new Friday series in which I revisit […]

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A visit to London’s newest tourist attraction: the Sky Garden

October 28th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

In recent years, the skyline of central London has been reshaped by a number of tall buildings which have attracted popular names like the Gerkin, the Shard, and the Cheesegrater. Another is the Walkie Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street which curves outwards at the top and 35 floors up this building is a new attraction […]

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Some consumer things that we often can’t – but should – be bothered to do

October 27th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

There’s loads of stuff we should be doing – but who has the time and who can be bothered? Consumer websites and switching services urge us to take the time to do things to save money, but we don’t, because we haven’t got time, we don’t want to learn new passwords, we’re daunted by the […]

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We’ve been waiting for you, Mr Bond – my review of “Spectre”

October 26th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

It’s here; it’s released today; and I managed to see it yesterday. It’s the latest James Bond film; it’s “Spectre”; and I’ve reviewed it here.

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Will Kenya be the next country to be troubled following a visit by the Darlingtons?

October 25th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Vee and I have a bit of a track record. So many of the countries we have visited in the last decade or so have just suffered civil war or political turmoil or do so shortly after our time there. Don’t believe me? Check out this list. As regular readers of NightHawk will know, we […]

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Notes on Nairobi (10): “Pan” and farewell

October 23rd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Our seventh and last day (Thursday) was a low-key affair. Richard was away in Uganda and in the morning Emily had matters to attend, so Vee and I chilled at the hotel, just packing and reading. We were collected by Emily and Catrin about 12.30 pm and made a return visit to the Westgate Shopping […]

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