Archive for September, 2018


A review of “Love In The Time Of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez

September 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927 and died in 2014. This work – one his most famous – was published in 1981 and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. I finally read the work after seeing the film and visiting Colombia, including Cartagena, the Caribbean city where the novel is located […]

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Who are the best providers of communications services?

September 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Choosing a communications provider should not be simply a matter of price but also of service quality – but which provider is the best for fixed, mobile or broadband? Fortunately Ofcom provides some very helpful data and I’ve reviewed the latest statistics in my new column on IT matters here. Today, at Ofcom headquarters, I’ll […]

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Why and how we could regulate Internet content

September 18th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Ofcom has today published a discussion document examining the area of harmful internet content. The document is designed to contribute to the debate on how people might be protected from online harm. It considers how lessons from broadcasting regulation might help to inform work by policymakers to tackle the issue. This follows an interim report […]

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Who has saved more lives than any other person in history? You’ve probably never heard of him.

September 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was an English scientist who lived in the 18th century. He discovered the first vaccine, which was for the smallpox virus. This disease was widespread at that time and killed many people. Those who were infected but survived were often left badly scarred. Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had caught the cowpox […]

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When did you last write a letter?: The rapid decline of long-form communication

September 16th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This week, I have chaired two meetings at which we’ve discussed different forms of communication and which have led me to draw the same conclusion: we are witnessing the rapid decline of long-form personal communications whether in the form of text or voice. One meeting was at Citizens Advice which is the statutory body representing […]

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Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, I’m reminded of a story …

September 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Ten years ago today, the American investment bank Lehman Brothers went into liquidation. It was the most dramatic event of the financial crash of 2008 which has led to economic retrenchment and austerity for so many nations and so many people. When I started to write short stories, I found that one of the characters […]

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How old is the germ theory of disease?

September 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Colombia which finished in the Caribbean port of Cartagena. Since my return, I’ve started to read the classic novel by Colombian Nobel prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez “Love In The Time Of Cholera”. Although the novel does not specifically identify the location of the story, it is very […]

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A guide to the mid-term elections in the US Congress

September 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve never been so interested in – and concerned about – the mid-term elections in the United States which will be held on Tuesday 6 November 2018. All the seats in the House of Representatives (435) and a third of the seats in the Senate (35)  are up for election. The Democrats should win the House […]

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My recent trip to Colombia – the full story

September 9th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have recently returned from a fascinating trip to Colombia. Although I did daily postings to this blog while on the holiday, I’ve now pulled all these together into a comprehensive and continuous narrative which you can read here.

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“Lunch Atop A Skyscaper” – so many questions …

September 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

You know this iconic photograph. We know it was taken 840 feet (260 meters) above the streets of New York City during the building of the Rockefeller Centre – a building I have visited a couple of times – on 20 September 1932. But who took the picture? It was credited to Charles C. Ebbets in 2003, […]

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