Archive for January, 2020

A review of the latest film version of “Little Women”

January 7th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

“Little Women” has now been made into a feature film as often as the number of daughters in the much-loved novel by Louisa May Alcott: by George Cukor in 1933, by Mervyn Le Roy in 1949, by Gillian Armstrong in 1994, and now by Greta Gerwig who wrote as well as directed. Gerwig has assembled […]

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So what exactly is 20/20 vision?

January 5th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

It’s 2020 and the new year has led to lots of media references to 20/20 vision. The implication is usually that such vision is perfect, but this is too simplistic. So what exactly is 20/20 vision? The term 20/20 and similar fractions are visual acuity measurements. They also are called Snellen fractions, named after Herman […]

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What kind of country is Iran?

January 3rd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

For reasons which I don’t have to explain, the country of Iran is now in news headlines around the world. But what do you actually know about this powerful yet opaque nation? There are two ways of looking at Iran. First, we can look at the history and politics of this complex country. I have […]

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