Archive for November, 2017


A review of the new super-hero film “Justice League”

November 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This is a movie which has divided the professional critics and the general public with the former being hard on the work but the latter generally enjoying it. I confess that my feelings fall somewhere between the two. It seems that DC Comics just cannot replicate the success of Marvel Universe’s Avengers. Superman is dead […]

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Word of the day: decimation

November 24th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In current usage, the word decimation has come to mean something approaching annihilation achieved by one force against an opposing force. In fact, the term originally meant the death of ‘only’ one in ten of a group and was actually a punishment imposed by the Roman army on its own soldiers for an assumed lack […]

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It it time to consider an universal basic income?

November 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a recent survey. Once considered a policy belonging firmly to the radical left, polling by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath found that 49 per cent of 18 to 75-year-olds supported the […]

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7 things you can do to reduce plastic pollution

November 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m currently watching the wonderful new BBC series “Blue Planet II” and the latest episode highlights the issue of plastic in our oceans. Consider these facts – compiled by Plastic Oceans – on plastic pollution: The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now […]

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Is it over for Germany’s Angela Merkel? Nein – not yet anyway

November 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The electoral system in the German political system means that coalition governments are very common. The Social Democratic Party was in coalition with the Greens – the Red/Green coalition – from 1998-2005 and then, from 2005-2009, there was a ‘grand coalition’ between the Christian CDU/CSU and the SPD. Between 2009-2013, the CDU/CSU was in a […]

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Monaco and the crazy world of the super-rich

November 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As has recently been underlined by the Paradise Papers, the super-rich live in a world of their own, financially, geographically, and morally. An example of this is Monaco.  This is one of the few European countries that I’ve never visited – it has nothing to interest me. But it attracts the super-rich big time. Less […]

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It’s World Toilet Day – and that’s no joke

November 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their […]

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Just !% of the world’s population owns half the total wealth of the planet

November 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

According to Credit Suisse’s latest annual global wealth report published earlier this week,  the globe’s richest 1% now owns half the world’s wealth. The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140tn (£106tn), At the […]

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A review of “The Brain” by David Eagleman

November 16th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Eagleman is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A wonderful presenter, he created and wrote the fascinating six-part television series “The Brain” which was first aired on PBS in the United States in 2015 and subsequently shown (and reshown) on BBC in Britain (which is how I saw it). […]

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A review of the new film “Paddington 2”

November 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I loved “Paddington” and – to my delight – I loved “Paddington 2” too. Of course, we start with the adorable character created by Michael Bond (who died between the release of the two films), the brilliant CGI representation of our furry friend, and the purr-fect voicing by Ben Wishaw. This is such a British […]

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