Archive for March, 2017


At last, I again have a main computer that works

March 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You may have read earlier about my travails with my Mac Mini in this blog posting. I can now report that, after two visits from techie friends, two long calls to Mac support experts, two visits to an Authorised Service Provider, two hundred pounds in payments and two weeks with no main computer, my Mac […]

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So how is President Trump doing so far?

March 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, there is a longstanding practice of polling the popularity of the president. There are different polling organisations but one of the most reputable with one of the largest samples is Gallup. The last Gallup poll of President Barack Obama’s popularity – after a tough eight years in office – found a […]

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A review of the latest Ken Loach film “I, Daniel Blake”

March 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

British director Ken Loach – now aged 80 – is a film-maker with singular focus and talent. Nobody else would make a work about the benefits system with such a personal style and powerful impact. Like so many of his films, the acting and dialogue are so naturalistic that the work could almost be a […]

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Welcome to International Happiness Day

March 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The International Day of Happiness (known as Happiness Day) is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th March. This Happiness Day was founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien on 28th June 2012, when all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281 The International Day of Happiness. As […]

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What do you do when your computer crashes?

March 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Anyone who knows me in the real or the virtual world appreciates that both personally and professionally I depend massively on being connected to the Internet. So, if there is one thing which is guaranteed to raise my stress levels, it is a problem with IT. Five and a half years ago, I switched from […]

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Word of the day: abiogenesis

March 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Currently I’m reading a fascinating but challenging book by Sean Carroll, an American theoretical physicist. It has the title “The Big Picture: On the Origins Of Life, Meaning Anad The Universe Itself”. One of the subjects discussed is abiogenesis which the origin of life. The truth is that we do not have a single agreed-upon […]

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A review of the new film “Hacksaw Ridge”

March 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Even 70 years after the end of the Second World War, there are amazing stories to be told. Hacksaw Ridge was the nickname for the Maeda Escarpment, a location on Okinawa Island defended ferociously by the Japanese against American attack, and this film depicts the heroic tale of Desmond Doss who saved an incredible number […]

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The remarkable story of a four year old Russian girl

March 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Think you have problems? Four year old Saglana Salchak woke up to a family crisis in freezing Siberia and trudged five miles in thick snow to reach her nearest neighbour. You can read her astonishing story here.

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“Love Actually” revisited – love it! (2)

March 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Some weeks ago, I did a blog posting about the 12 minute follow up to the film “Love Actually” which is being made for Red Nose Day on 24 March 2017. ¬†Today the “Guardian” newspaper has a report¬†from the set of the mini sequel which includes this observation: “[Hugh] Grant sips water and tries to […]

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A review of the new film “Kong: Skull Island”

March 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It seems that you can’t keep a giant ape down and this is at least the fourth Kong movie that I’ve seen following the versions of “King Kong” released in 1933, 1976 and 2005. What makes this one different? It channels “Apocalypse Now” big time, setting the action just after the Vietnam War and deploying […]

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