Archive for January, 2017


Word of the day: xenodochial

January 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Somebody has just used this word in a communication to me. Apparently, xenodochial is an adjective describing something – such as a person, place or software application — that is friendly to strangers. “Xenos” is a Greek word for “strangers” and, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, xenodochial means “hospitable.” All this makes me wonder […]

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How long can a Trump presidency last?

January 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The latest allegations about connections between Russia and Trump and his associates, if substantiated, are deeply worrying and come after a whole slew of concerns about conflicts of interests, character defects, political nominations, and flip-flopping policy announcement (often simply via Twitter). It is not just those who opposed the Trump candidacy who are worried; many […]

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Meryl Streep trumps her previous performances

January 9th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have been a huge fan of Meryl Streep as an actress and a person since her role in “The Deer Hunter”. At the Gold Globe Awards, she spoke with characteristic grace and passion:

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A review of the Taiwanese film “The Assassin”

January 8th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This work won the Best Director award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but what did I think of it? You can read my review here.

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How to think critically

January 7th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Once again, I have just given permission for the use of my advice on how to think critically to the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School of the US Naval War College who will issue it to course students as a handout.  If the advice is good enough for the American military, you might like to take […]

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A review of the new sci-fi movie “Passengers”

January 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Guys, how would you like to be all alone with Jennifer Lawrence? Girls, how would you like to be all alone with Chris Pratt? The next best thing is to see the film “Passengers” which is absolutely carried by Pratt and Lawrence. You can read my review here.

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Think Christmas is well and truly over? – it’s not if you’re Italian

January 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany in Christian countries. My mother was Italian and Catholic and she introduced we three children to the character of Befana – the Good Witch who brings presents for children on the eve of the Epiphany. It made some sense; after all, the three kings did not bring gifts […]

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It’s Fat Cat Tuesday – a national disgrace

January 4th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The UK’s top bosses will have made more money by lunchtime today than the typical UK worker will earn all year, according to an analysis that exposes the gulf between executives and the rest of the workforce. On “Fat Cat Wednesday” campaigners say that public anger with elites will intensify unless action is taken to […]

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“Stuck: How Labour is too weak to win, and too strong to die”

January 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This is the title of a report published today by the Fabian Society on the state of the British Labour Party. It is a sobering but fair analysis of the current challenges facing the party. The one paragraph summation is as follows: “The Labour Party is too weak to win the next election – whether […]

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