Archive for July, 2017


Why is there nothing as good as “Madam Secretary” about British politics?

July 26th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

OK, it’s not as superlative as “The West Wing”, my all-time favourite television series. But “Madam Secretary” is good television. Like “The West Wing”, it deals with political issues that have a real-life basis and it represents politicians as basically honourable and trying to to the right thing. And women both originated the series and […]

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The films of British writer/director Christopher Nolan

July 26th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

At this time of year, my professional commitments are light, so I sign up for a number of short courses at the City Lit further education college in central London. My second such course of this summer was delivered by an American lecturer called Mary Wild. and it was titled “Christopher Nolan: dystopian dreams and hidden […]

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Fifty years since the Six Day Arab-Israeli War of 1967

July 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

At this time of year, my professional commitments are light, so I sign up for a number of short courses at the City Lit further education college in central London. My first such course of this summer was delivered by Dr Noman Hanif – UK born of parents from Kashmir – and it was titled “The […]

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A review of the movie “War For Planet Of The Apes”

July 24th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“War For Planet Of The Apes” This is the third movie in the rebooted franchise which has used some confusing titles. In 2011, we had “Rise Of ..” and then in 2014 there was “Dawn Of ..” when really title-wise it should have been the other way round. Now (2017) comes “War For ..” but […]

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Getting to know Democratic Party hopeful Kamala Harris

July 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Kamala Harris is the newly-elected Democratic Party senator for the state of California and only the second black woman to have been elected to the Senate. Her mother, who was born in India, was a breast cancer researcher, and her father, from Jamaica, was an economics professor at Stanford University. She started out as a […]

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A review of the movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

July 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

After three “Spider-Man” movies directed by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the eponymous role and two “Amazing Spider-Man” films helmed by Marc Web with (British) Andrew Garfield as the titular super-hero, we have a sixth cinematic outing for the arachnid in a mere 15 years. This time the director is little-known Jon Watts and […]

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I am no longer old – according to a proposal from the Japanese

July 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On the day that my 41 year old son had the news that he will have to work until he is 68 before receiving a state pension, I read of the proposal that someone of my age (69) is no longer to be termed old. In Japan, a joint committee of the Japan Gerontological Society […]

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Rising life expectancy stalls after health spending cuts

July 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

There are many ways to measure the effectiveness of government policy in any particular country, but arguably a key measure is the life expectancy of its citizens. Obviously quality of life is important as well as length of life but the first tends to determine the second. In an article in today’s “Guardian” newspaper, the […]

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The coming referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurdistan

July 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Regular visitors to my blog or Facebook page will know that I have been in Nairobi for 12 days visiting my son and his family. I flew back overnight and, in spite my tiredness, I found myself in serious conversation with the driver of my cab home. When I asked him where he was from, […]

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Have you ever played Dobble?

July 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

No, of course not – you’ve never even heard of it, have you? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I was visiting friends in Oxford and we popped into a games shop that their 10 year old son loves. It is called The Gameskeeper and it is in Cowley Road. I explained to the friendly […]

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