Archive for May, 2018


A review of the 2015 documentary “He Named Me Malala”

May 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

‘Me’ is of course Malala Yousafai, the inspirational Pakistani girl who aged 15 was the subject of an assassination attempt by the Taliban. ‘He’ is her father Ziauddin who, in his own way, is a remarkable individual and who – contrary to what she states in this moving film – gave her much more than […]

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A review of the latest super-hero movie “Deadpool 2”

May 25th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The original “Deadpool” was made for just $58M but its takings were almost $800M so a sequel, indeed a franchise, was an inevitablity. “Deadpool 2” was released just weeks after “Avengers: Infinity War” and both super-hero movies star Josh Brolin as big and bad, but the two offerings could hardly be more different. “AIW” brings […]

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Two of the biggest crises in post-war French history: May 1958 and May 1968

May 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Over the last two weekends, I’ve spent a day at the City Literary Institute in central London on a course looking at a period of crisis in post-war French history which occurred 60 years ago and 50 years ago this month respectively. In each case, the lecturer was the French Sebastien Ardouin.  He was very […]

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In the UK , it’s Dementia Action Week – and I’m a volunteer for a relevant study

May 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Alzheimer’s Society has designated this as Dementia Action Week. There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 (one in 14 people in this age group have dementia), and the likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly with age. However, dementia can affect younger […]

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A review of the new film “On Chesil Beach”

May 22nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Ten years ago, I read the novella by Ian McEwan [for my review click here] and now he himself has adapated the story for the screen with director Dominic Cooke making his first feature film. The work was shot on location on the Dorset coast and deploys much use of classical music, but this is […]

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Can we really control the tech giants?

May 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports Matt Hancock has said that the Government will enact legislation to control social media firms and online abuse but, in a television interview this weekend, he admitted: When he called in representatives of 14 leading Internet companies to discuss his concerns, only four turned up. […]

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Word of the day: antidisestablishmentarianism

May 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the many debates on political reform in the UK, one idea  is disestablishment of the Church of England. Rightly in my view, it is argued that the UK population is no longer largely devoted to the Anglican faith and that, in multicultural Britain, it is wrong for one religious denomination to be privileged over others with […]

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British political institutions (6): devolution & Brexit

May 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This week, I attended the sixth and final session of the course at the City Literary Institute on “British Political Institutions“. This session was on devolution and Brexit and delivered by two lecturers: American Dale Mineshima-Lowe and British Mark Malcolmson. The UK has a devolved system of government with a Scottish Parliament, a Welsh Assembly […]

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Reviews of my last two films: “Sherlock Gnomes” & “Let The Sunshine In”

May 16th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The last two films that I’ve seen – on consecutive days last weekend – could not have been more different. ************************************************************ “Sherlock Gnomes” Like the Smurfs, garden gnomes make cute characters for a children’s animated movie. I missed the first outing, the Shakespeare-themed “Gnomeo & Juliet”, because it was issued in the year of my […]

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Word of the day: homunculus

May 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

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