Archive for May, 2018

So what kind of man was Karl Marx?

May 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

All around the world – but in very different ways – people are marking today as the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx in Trier, Prussia. Although my politics have always been firmly Left of Centre, I’ve never been attracted to Marx’s ideas. I acknowledge that he is a giant in philosophical and political […]

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What’s on your to-do list and how best can you manage such a list?

May 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In an effort to encourage consumers to check during this Bank Holiday weekend whether they ever had Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) , the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) commissioned research which found that the top items on people’s to-do list are the following: Sorting out banking / finances Planning and preparing evening meals Booking appointments: dentist / doctors […]

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What are the chances of the Democrats winning the House and the Senate?

May 4th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, this November sees what are called the mid-term elections when we are half way through the current presidential term of of office and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of the seats in the Senate are up for election. The Democrats will do well, but can they […]

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A review of the new blockbuster movie “Avengers: Infinity War”

May 3rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

As blockbusters go, this buster promised to be the biggest block of them all and so it has proved to be. On its opening weekend, it took the record for the US box office from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the record for the world box office from “The Fate Of The Furious”. Everything […]

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You’ve heard about Mount Rushmore – but what about Stone Mountain?

May 2nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Most Americans will have heard of Stone Mountain, but most non-Americans will not. I confess that I’d never heard of the location until watching the ninth and final part of the impressive BBC2  series “Civilisations” when the presenter Simon Schama highlighted its controversial role in the American psyche. Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome […]

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