Archive for August, 2019

How Netanyahu could lose; how Boris could be beaten; and why voting matters

August 19th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

There’s an election going on in Israel right now and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely expected to retain power, but my friend Eric Lee has written an interesting column for the “Times of Israel” explaining how Netanyahu could lose. The argument rests on the supposition that Israeli Arabs – who comprise a fifth […]

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The inverted yield curve – or why the American economy might be heading for a recession (followed by the world economy of course)

August 18th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Every recession of the last 60 years has been preceded by an inverted yield curve. The term is off-puttingly wonky but it just means investors see trouble ahead. There’s some argument that the oracular power of inversions ain’t what it used to be thanks to the aggressive monetary policies that have been pursued by central banks […]

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Actor Jeff Daniels warns of the end of democracy in the United States

August 13th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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A review of “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw”

August 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Since the first film in 2001, the “Fast & Furious” series has become Universal’s biggest franchise, currently ranking as the tenth-highest-grossing film series of all time with a combined take of over $5 billion. Now I am not in the demographic at which these films is aimed, but this is the second time that I […]

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Interesting use of language

August 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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UK becomes a nation of streamers… but traditional broadcast TV leads the way on UK content.

August 9th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

UAround half of all UK homes now subscribe to TV streaming services, according to a major Ofcom report revealing rapid shifts in the nation’s viewing habits. Ofcom’s Media Nations report, a comprehensive study of major trends in UK television, radio and audio, published recently finds: The number of UK households signed up to the most […]

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A review of the novel “China Dream” by Ma Jian

August 5th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Ma Jian was born in the Chinese city of Qingdao in 1953, the same year as Xi Jinping who is now President of China without term limits. Both men were caught up in the horrific events of Mao’s Cultural Revolution which killed anything up to three miliion and ruined the lives of many millions more. […]

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My Thought For The Week reaches 1,000

August 4th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

For the last 20 years, week in and week out, I have send out electronically a motivational thought to what is now a list of around 1,500 friends, colleagues and contacts. It goes out each Sunday and this week’s thought is the 1,000th: “Do we settle for the world as it is or do we […]

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