Archive for April, 2019

“Observer” journalist Carole Cadwalladr calls out the tech giants in this TED talk

April 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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A review of the novel “Ordinary People” by Diana Evans

April 21st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

In the United States in 1976, there was the publication of a novel called “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest which four years later was made into a film of the same title that won four Academy Awards. I saw the film before then reading the book. In Britain in 2018, there was the publication of […]

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A review of the new film “Red Joan”

April 21st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Melita Norwood was a British civil servant who was recruited as a Soviet agent in 1937 and passed on valuable information about creation of the atomic bomb, yet managed to escape exposure until 1999 when she was 87. Her story is the inspiration for this film in which the character is named Joan Stanley and […]

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How many candidates are there for the US presidential election of 2020?

April 20th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

The elections is not until November 2020 – 18 months away. For the Republicans, Donald Trump has been running since he was elected to the White House in November 2016 with regular campaign rallies, the likes of which we have never seen before from an incumbent president. For the Democrats, there is a massive field […]

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How free is your country’s press?

April 18th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

The respected organisation Reporters Without Borders (RWB) each year publishes a review of the state of press freedom all around the world. This year, the top five are Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark. The bottom five are Vietnam, China, Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan. You can see a ranking of 180 countries and a […]

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What are we going to do about the growing challenge of dementia?

April 14th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I have previously done a posting about my participation in a study looking at the health risks which might predict the onset of dementia. The study, conducted by Imperial College in London, is called CHARIOT PRO – a abbreviation for Cognitive Health in Ageing Register: Investigational, Observational, and Trial studies in dementia research: Prospective Readiness […]

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The making of American power (5): Trump’s foreign policy

April 12th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This week, I attended the last session of an excellent eight-week evening class at London”s City Literary Institute. The title was “The making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump” and our able lecturer was Jack Gain. Week 8 of the course was about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy over the last […]

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The Conservative Party is dying – literally

April 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Younger and older generations have always been politically different, but never by this much. The generational schism exposed at the last General Election was unprecedented. The gap between the youngest and oldest voters was three times the post-war average – a fifty percentage point increase on the median gap since 1945. Age, rather than class […]

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The introduction of the world’s first 24-hour seven-day-a-week Ultra Low Emission Zone

April 8th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Two weeks ago, I started to live in the centre of London, so it is a fortuitous coincidence that today sees the introduction in the capital of the world’s first all-day, all-week Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). You can find a question and answer guide to London’ ULEZ here and an examination of how it […]

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A review of the new bio-pic “At Eternity’s Gate”

April 7th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

There is a whole sub-genre of films about artists and Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) has been the subject of more than most with this work, focusing on the last two years of his life, being the ninth (the previous one – only two years earlier – was “Loving Vincent”). For me, seeing “At […]

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