Archive for June, 2016


10 of the best films about fathers

June 18th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I’ve been a father for 40 years now and a movie fan for around 60 years, so I was attracted to a piece in today’s “Guardian” newspaper headlined “10 of the best films about fathers”. Which of the film characters would I like to think best represented me? No contest: Atticus Finch in “To Kill […]

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Celebrating the life of Jo Cox

June 17th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Today the one subject on the mind of everyone in Britain is the appalling murder of Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox. As we mourn her death, we should celebrate her life and it was a life dedicated with passion to the cause of social justice, as is explained in this profile.

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One less thing to worry about in this troubled world

June 16th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I drink a lot of coffee – especially cappuccino. Since 1991, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classed coffee as “possibly” carcinogenic.¬†But the expert group has now decided there is insufficient evidence to say whether it causes cancer or not. I’ll drink to that. More information here.

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73 thoughtful stories, motivational tales, and pieces of wisdom from around the world

June 14th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I like to collect stories that make you think and my collection is one of the most visited of the 200 or so pages on my web site. I’ve just added a new story titled “The battle of the beetles”, so you might like to check out some of the stories here.

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President Barack Obama reacts to the killings in Orlando

June 13th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

For the 15th time in his occupancy of the White House, President Barack Obama has made a statement on a mass shooting and this time the massacre in Orlando is the worst incident of its kind in US history. What can he say that he hasn’t said before? What can he do that he hasn’t […]

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Where is the ‘Windsor hum’ coming from?

June 11th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

In the summer of 1966, I was 18 and had just finished secondary school. I was selected, with a group of other British schoolboys, to make an educational tour of eastern Canada. It lasted about month with a week-long sailing from Liverpool to Montreal and a return week-long sailing from Montreal to Southampton. In Canada, […]

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Elizabeth Warren eviscerates Donald Trump

June 10th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This contribution to this week’s gathering of the American Constitution Society by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is 30 minutes, but it is worth watching in full as a masterclass in speechmaking – both for what she says and how she says it. It is a devastating analysis of how Republicans and their business allies are […]

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A review of the movie “The Nice Guys”

June 10th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Russell Crowe. Ryan Gosling.  Humour. Violence. But how well does it work? You can read my review here.

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A review of the film “Money Monster”

June 10th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

George Clooney. Julia Roberts. A kicking for the financial markets. What’s not to like? You can read my review here.

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U.S. presidential election (28): Hillary makes history

June 9th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Say what you like about Hillary Clinton – and she’s had an extraordinary amount of criticism (most of it undeserved) – but that woman has resilience. Eight years after conceding defeat to Barack Obama at the end of one set of Democratic primaries and after a bruising further set of primaries in which Sanders has […]

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