Archive for April, 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh and I

April 9th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I understand that the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has invited particants to share their stories on social media. I achieved the Bronze Award in the early 1960s but never took it further. As a bright lad, I found most of the stages of the award something of a doddle. The problem was the requirement […]

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Has physics found a fifth force?

April 8th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

In physics today, there is something called “the core theory” which asserts that everything consists of particles (such as electrons, protons and neutrons) and forces (namely, the strong and weak nuclear forces, electromagnetism and gravity) that arise out of fields (such as the Higgs field).  Now, for decades, scientists have sought to reconcile the general […]

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A review of the 2018 film “BacKkKlansman”

April 6th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Nobody makes movies like African-American director Spike Lee who has chronicled much of the black experience in the USA. This film was actually nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture although the one of the six nominations that the work received went to Best Adapted Screenplay. The adaptation is from the memoir […]

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Word of the day: irenic

April 2nd, 2021 by Roger Darlington

It means “tending to create peace”. The word comes from Eirene, the Greek goddess of peace, who also gives us the name Irene. 

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A review of the film “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

April 1st, 2021 by Roger Darlington

This intriguing title put me in mind of the 1967 action comedy “The President’s Analyst” – what happens when the counsellor to POTUS has his own mental issues? In this 2017 movie, what happens when one of the world’s most accomplished hitmen (Samuel L Jackson) needs to be protected by one of the world’s top […]

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