Archive for October, 2018


Ever heard of “up-lit”? Sounds like a good idea to me.

October 14th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

So many fiction books and television series seem to be about crime and violence. Although I’m current reading the thriller “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr and recently watched the hit BBC series “Bodyguard”, I’m not generally attracted to such dark material. Apparently, I’m not the only one which explains the growth in popularity of so-called […]

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A review of the new version of “A Star Is Born”

October 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It seems that each generation is destined to have its own version of this classic and painful cinematic tale of one star on the decline as another rises. In the original 1937 version, the actors were Frederic March and Janet Gaynor; then, in the 1954 remake, we had James Mason and Judy Garland; and, in […]

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A review of the new film “The Wife”

October 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is a quality film with outstanding acting but it won’t appeal to all because it is a character-driven, dialogue-rich work with no action sequences or special effects. Indeed it could have been a play. In fact, it is adapted by Jane Anderson from the 2003 novel by Meg Wolitzer and, together with the eponymous […]

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Word of the day: myrmidon

October 9th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It means “a person who executes without question or scruple a master’s commands”. The word comes from classical mythology as the Myrmidons were one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War. I came across the word while reading “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr which is set in Nazi-occupied […]

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What is the religious composition of the US Supreme Court?

October 8th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

For weeks now, the world has watched while the United States Senate has held confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly that nomination has now been confirmed and the court has a clear conservative majority that will impact its decisions for decade and guarantee Trump a long legacy. Meanwhile […]

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A review of the new super-hero movie “Venom”

October 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This movie is far from being the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it is not as bad as many critics have suggested. What makes it a little different is that, in other super-hero films, the same character so often has two persona (think Clark Kent and Superman or Tony Stark and Iron Man)), […]

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Could one woman still block Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

October 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“In the end, whether or not the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed could come down to the vote of one senator: Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine. Historically, she is popular with women. She attracts voters who are registered Democrats. She opposed Trump’s candidacy for president, saying that he could make the […]

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A review of “The Shortest History Of Germany” by James Hawes

October 4th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

How could the almost 2,000 tiny statelets that came out of Europe’s Thirty Years War of 1618-1648 become a united nation for the first time in 1871 thanks to Otto von Bismarck before plunging the globe into two world wars which it lost before rising anew as the leader of the European Union and one […]

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Could this be what finally brings down Donald J Trump?

October 3rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

US president Donald Trump has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a mammoth “New York Times” investigation has found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. “The [New York state] tax department is reviewing the […]

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