Archive for October, 2015


When was the last time? (3)

October 8th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

You went for a walk? You went for a swim? You ate something new? You drank something new? You went to the cinema? You went to a play? You gave money to someone in the street? You assisted someone hunched over a map? You talked to a stranger? You visited a different country? The moral? […]

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When was the last time? (2)

October 7th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

You went inside a bank? You used a library? You visited a post office? You used a telephone kiosk? You wrote a personal letter? The moral? Use it or lose it.

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When was the last time? (1)

October 6th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

You had a visit from a ‘rag and bone’ man? You had someone call to sharpen your knives? You had coal delivered to your home? You had your chimney swept? You had milk delivered to your home? You sent a telegram? You spent a penny and it cost a penny? The moral? Things change.

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How many plastic bags are issued by English supermarkets?

October 5th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets in England in 2014 rose to 7.64 billion – 200 million more than in 2013. That’s why today a charge of 5 p per bag is being introduced. ┬áSo just how big us this problem and how can it be countered – see BBC feature here.

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A review of the new sci-fi movie “The Martian”

October 4th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Earlier this year, I read the excellent sci-fi novel “The Martian” by Andy Weir. You can read my review here. I thought at the time it would make a good movie and, in some respects, the film by Ridley Scott is even more enjoyable than the book. You can read my review here.

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A review of the romantic comedy “Man Up”

October 3rd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

It’s always fun to relax with a rom-com and “Man Up” is enjoyable without being in any way exceptional. You can read my review here.

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Now I’m zooming down the information superhighway as my broadband speed is boosted by a factor of 10

October 2nd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

I’ve never worried too much about my broadband speed since all I do is e-mail and web browsing. So I was pretty content with my download speed of up to 2.74 Mbps and upload speed of up to 0.76 Mbps. But recently my son and his family relocated to Nairobi, so I’ve started to use […]

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My 30th short story: “The Storyteller Of Damascus”

October 2nd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Many of my short stories are sparked off by some experience I’ve had. Four and a half years ago, I went on a holiday to Syria and, while in the capital city of Damascus, I attended a storytelling in a bar. This inspired my short story “The Storyteller Of Damascus” which you can read here. […]

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Word of the day: deconfliction

October 1st, 2015 by Roger Darlington

I did not know there was such a word but it was used in a comment by a US defence official on the Russian air strikes in Syria.

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